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Month: June 2019

Wildlife treat – Black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou)

Last week I wrote about one of the scariest critters that are found in our homes before it rains, the trusty rain spider, today the tables turn and we face one of Africa’s ugliest animals. Though this award is said to go to just the wildebeest and no set rule on whether it’s the blue, black or one of the other many species of wildebeest in this group, I can honestly say neither of them really improve or get the ugliest award. In Africa we tend to love categorising things into the “5 most” groups, ranging from the 5 shyest…

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Crawly critters – Rain spiders, a critter from nightmares

These rather large and bold spiders can come across as fierce, just by looking at them. With their enormous size, when provoked they have a display that can be quite daunting with their general size being made larger, legs lifted and in a stance that is ready for whatever is thrown at them, however, sometimes it’s the big scary ones that are often the least to worry about. My first encounter with one, I must have been around 13 or 14 years of age, we had just moved from Cape Town city to the more country side area, Stellenbosch. After…

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English countryside – The Yorkshire dales, Hawes

One of the more talked about places I had heard about in England was the Lake district, with huge open countryside, beautiful waterfalls, wildlife and filled with history. I went there about a year ago in January where we were treated with picturesque snowy coated landscapes, which made for a perfect trip. It took me by surprise when I visited the Yorkshire Dales, because all these things were there too, just less crowded, even on a long Easter weekend with the gleaming hot sun. We stayed in a cottage in Hawes, Roofstones. It was a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms,…

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Fishing – catching it hook line and sinker…

Southern Africa has some of the best game fishing to offer, with many fish migrating from the west coast to the east coast of Africa to breed, whilst other species stay in fresh waters where they are sort after for their aggressive nature. Fishing or angling (the art of catching no fish. A little club joke we had) has been around more than 40 000 thousand years, since then there has been dramatic changes starting off with bone hooks, today machinery is taking over this age-old art of survival. When you speak to the older generations of local fisherman in…

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