A Bird Book in Brasil

When Aitch said ‘Come with me to Brasil’ in 1988 I shouted ‘Hell, yes!’ over my shoulder as I rushed off to a bookstore to buy a book on the birds of Brasil. There wasn’t one. I asked everywhere and searched everywhere, but no luck. Then I asked Hardy Wilson, great birder, who reached upContinue reading “A Bird Book in Brasil”

Makololo 1997

Aitch’s twin sister Janet and her partner Duncan were running Makololo camp in the wonderful Hwange Reserve in Zimbabwe. Duncan had just recently built the camp for Wilderness Safaris and now they were the camp managers. And they invited us to stay! We flew in to Vic Falls, they picked us up and we hadContinue reading “Makololo 1997”

Gardening for Birds n Frogs n Butterflies n Goggas

Aitch learnt the joy of indigenous plants on the Bluff in 1985 when doing her cardio-vascular perfusion-ing at Wentworth hospital. Ian Whitton, friend and cardio-thoracic surgeon, indigenous gardener and nurseryman extraordinaire, piglet-producer, protea grower, pigeon-fancier, erythrina expert and all-round good friend took her under his wing. She needed it as a Capie new to KwaZuluContinue reading “Gardening for Birds n Frogs n Butterflies n Goggas”

Oklahoman Honeymoon

As I settled in the seat of the Delta Air plane en route to Texas and the Gulf I read in the newspaper that I’d scooped up where someone had abandoned it, that the one thing I did NOT want to be doing was flying over Easter. When is Easter? I asked the stewardess. ‘Tomorrow’Continue reading “Oklahoman Honeymoon”

Hwow! Hwange is Hwonderful!

One of Aitch’s list of ‘things to do’ once we knew she had cancer, was to visit her twin sis in Botswana. Janet quickly mustered her network and arranged a trip to Hwange, Zimababwe’s world-class national park. We’d been once before. Her friends Beks and Sarah Ndlovu of African Bush Camps own a concession andContinue reading “Hwow! Hwange is Hwonderful!”

Sharing Meals

We shared a meal in Vwaza Marsh National Park, Malawi. On the way there we delayed stocking up with food, thinking surely the next market will be better, but each town was the same: A big market square with lots of stalls, but only a few occupied, and those only offering a few oranges andContinue reading “Sharing Meals”

We Kayak the Kalahari

As a schoolboy I was keen on kayaking and was tickled by a cartoon depicting a kayak on dry land trailing a dust plume with the caption Kalahari Canoe Club! I kept that on my wall for years. Kayak’ing in the desert was just a joke, right!? In January 2010 we got to the KalahariContinue reading “We Kayak the Kalahari”

Good Advice in Kenya

Aitch and I went to Mombasa in 1995 and checked in at a hotel on Diani beach. The next day I walked the crowded streets of Mombasa looking for a cheap hired car. Mombasa is quite a place: While Aitch chilled on the uncrowded beach and pooldeck, no doubt quaffing ginless gin&tonics. She used toContinue reading “Good Advice in Kenya”

Die Donkie is n Wonderlike Ding

I was going too fast, but we were late and I could see miles ahead along the sweeping roads on the hillsides of Lesotho. A speck of dust would show up then disappear as we rounded a hill, then reappear later a bit nearer, but still far away. Eventually a car would materialise, turn intoContinue reading “Die Donkie is n Wonderlike Ding”

Fietsry in the Karkloof

So we enter the 19km event at Karkloof on our pushbikes. Me n Jessie. Aitch n Tom are going to do the 10km. We head off and Jess does well, stays on her bike on some gentle uphills, no pushing. Riding up one hill after 4 or 5 km we hear a whooshing sound, andContinue reading “Fietsry in the Karkloof”

Binoculars

We once had a robbery. In 2005 at 10 Windsor Avenue. We got home to find the place ransacked. Waddaya mean “How did we know?” – when Aitch was there we were fairly tidy! Turns out Aitch’s jewellery (including her sapphire & diamond engagement ring) was missing, which was no biggie – she didn’t evenContinue reading “Binoculars”