Category Archives: gardens

sweet/bitter: senuko seasons past and yet to come

Watch out! Many gorgeous flowers such as my Adenium swazicum, harbour a resident crab spider, cute but deadly…(if you are the size of a fly)… Bitter Sweet reminisces… Our year past, 2017, at our bush house, Tsavene, has been one … Continue reading

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Bringing the Outside In; Greenery and landscape inspires me this month…

Bringing the outside in…my paintings currently are reflecting the landscapes around me, pulling the feeling of being outdoors inside… and I am tickled that current decor trends embrace this greenery theme…Strelitzias being very prominent! We have seen water water everywhere … Continue reading

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The Road Less Travelled is ours; River rescues and Boating on the mighty Save River ……

The road less travelled is ours… we have boated across the mighty Save River, Mahenye Island in the distance… and have been the only human adventurers to explore the newly washed landscape of Gonarezhou….along rain-puddled  green-flanked roads inhabited by rolling … Continue reading

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Baobab Blitz-Fruit Bats and ethereal flowers

In late November, after watching flower buds develop on the baobab trees at Chilo, we got down to some “citizen science” with our entranced guests.. … so much fun was had, watching baobab flowers opening at night and eating baobab-themed meals. Rain … Continue reading

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rainless skies and dusty sunsets; sunrises and elephants

Elephant sunrise…….on the Save River below Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…. etched in gold and pink against the budding baobab that graces Chilo Gorge Lodge . I am watching this baobab with bated breath, the progress of the buds against the … Continue reading

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An amazing mollusk: the Giant African Land Snail, revered totem of the Chauke Clan…

I love sketching the shells of these snails, so sculptural…. Achatina fulica is a species of land snail in the family Achatinidae, known commonly as the  giant African land snail. Wikipedia says: Outside of its native range this snail thrives … Continue reading

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Cleome by any other name would taste as sweet…..good ‘slow’ food at Chilo Gorge!

Beautiful Cleome Gynandra is growing fast in our Gonarezhou area with the recent rain. Thomas Mutombeni, head guide at Chilo Gorge, says: “it is a food plant, the leaves of which the Shangaans cook and eat like spinach. Shangaans call it … Continue reading

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