Category: On the Farm

Welcome to Bakoorvlakte

The time for new beginnings is now. Welcome to the valley of sheep, lucerne, cattle and… Bat-eared foxes. Less rocky outcrops, less mountains and more grassy plains and more agricultural farming, but still the country. We moved to a farm where the main focus is sheep farming and lucerne under irrigation. There is also cattle…

Good bye Eastern Freestate

A view of the farm

‘Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.’ The move to this farm has been one of the hardest moves I have ever made in my life. It was just difficult. I have loved the Lowveld since I can remember and in 2012 we moved from the warm, sunny, beautiful Lowveld with its rivers,…

Malachite Sunbird Visit

When we just moved to the Free State, I had a hard time adapting and I especially missed some of my favourite birds. I have soon gotten over that, because the area we are living in is so rich in bird life.  I have in the meantime been able to add a couple of new species to…

Scrub Hare – Kolhaas – Lepus saxatalis

I found this pretty hare quietly sitting under a shrub. They usually dart of in a direction, but I didn’t switch of my vehicle wihen I saw it. Instead, I left it running and quietly got out sneaked around the vehicle to take the picture. I like how it came out, so I thought to…

Afterwork Quick Birding Drive

I went on a quick game drive this afternoon, looking for some birds. Lately I have been trying to get my bird knowledge to a better level. What a blessing to be able to improve it right here at home. I would like to share a few of the things I saw on drive. Enjoy.

Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 1

I don’t really know where to start with this story about an animal that is now closest to my heart. Spotted Hyenas are interesting animals. Their whoops and calls during the night are a big part of the African experience. I am quite scared of them. Especially in natural areas with no fences to keep them out. Although careful at first, they…

The Tortoises have finally awoken

Tortoise

Or maybe, I have only started seeing them now? We have some tortoises that frequent our garden. I haven’t seen them since the previous summer. The tortoises in our area, hibernate through winter and today, for the first time in months, I noticed one that walked straight into out little dam to drink water. And…

Waiting for summer

I try to embrace the moment and live every second to the fullest, but there is no hiding my feelings on this: I love summer. Summer in the Eastern Freestate is green and colourful with flowers, green grass, lots of baby animals, lots of rain, lots of sun and… a booming vegetable garden. And the…

Chipo, my gift from God.

When my husband and I arrived in the Free State in April 2012, things were difficult for me. I grew up in Pretoria, then worked in Nylstroom for some time, moved to Hoedspruit, where I got married to my husband and we moved to the Eastern Free State together for a job opportunity. I did not…