Tag: Country life

Country People – Meet Villiers Steyn from Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Meet Villiers Steyn, professional photographer and photographic safari guide. My first impression of Villiers was through articles he wrote when he was a journalist for the Go!/Weg! magazine. I always really enjoyed his articles. It was also a recent article in the Africa Geographic Magazine that prompted me to interview him for my Country People…

About Coffee and the Bloem Coffee Expo

How many ways are there to enjoy a cup of coffee? A thousand probably.  Alone, to wake up in the morning, at lunch with a friend, over a good conversation, in a meeting, quickly at work or a firm favourite, in a coffee cafe, with the buzz of people all around you and that familiar…

15 ways to incorporate country living in your city life.

Country living is a lifestyle and a feeling and you can create a life that makes you happy and feels peaceful, wherever you are. Here are some ideas: 1. Grow your own vegetables. 2. Get a bird feeder, nothing says country like the friendly chirping of birds to wake you up. 3. Get a water…

Sunday and Summer Loveliness

We recently had some rain, and more rain upstream. The river that run’s through Bakoorvlakte flooded and everything is green. It’s my favourite time of the year, when everything is so lush. It always inspire me to walk around, explore and take pictures and also its a lovely time of the year to do bird…

Constantia Farm Stall

  I would like to share with you, one of my very favourite places to go to eat lunch and relax and shop. The Constantia Farm Stall. So, its almost time for the Cherry Festival. The official festival will be held in Ficksburg, but all around Ficksburg area things will start to happen as off…

Our Goose got a Gander

When we arrived here at Bakoorvlakte, we inherited a Goose. She was laying eggs and recently got broody and sat on the infertile eggs. This was just too sad to me and I went out and bought her a gander. It took her a good two weeks to get over her broodiness. Even after I…

Some Bat-eared Foxes of Bakoorvlakte

  My husband gave me a trailcam for my birthday. I have always wanted one to see what walks around in the bush when I am not there. After some experimenting with different areas I finally got some footage of the Bat-eared foxes that live on the farm. Not the best and the longest videos,…

What is the deal with a Buffalo Thorn?

Enter Buffalo Thorn on Google and a list of safari lodges pop up, poets write about it and I even have a friend that has a buffalo thorn twig tattooed over her ribs. So what is the big deal with this tree? It is clearly just one of those trees that make you think of…

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…

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…