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.

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…

Cheeseboards and Sparkling Wine

Today, with lunch we were celebrating with some guests. I packed a cheeseboard to go with the lunch, which is something I love doing. Cheeseboards are like a work of art and colour. I like to add at least three different cheeses, but the more you add the better. Today I added a Roquefort, a Pecorini with a nutty…

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…

An introduction to my pets

Tikka

We live with two permanent pets. An Australian Cattle Dog, called Tikka and a beautiful ginger cat, called Felix. Tikka is a very active and very loving dog. He is now 2,3 years . He loves chasing warthog and springbuck, going on game drives and stealing game meat if he gets a chance. Felix is…

A Game Drive and some Buffalo

Sundown spot

Yesterday afternoon my sister-in-law and her husband came to visit and we went on a game drive. Even though the trees are getting leaves, the bush is still very, very dry and we are praying for rain. Here are some pictures of the farm and the buffaloes we saw. Enjoy them. Liza.