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Archive for September, 2010

Lego Blocks of Bulembu

Lego Blocks of Bulembu

The recently revived Bulembu was once an asbestos mining town. It is now home to over two hundred AIDS orphans. In 2001, the mine closed after asbestos products were discovered to be carcinogenic and those still well enough abandoned the town in search of work elsewhere. A Christian organisation bought Bulembu in 2006 and utilizing the infrastructure already established by the mining industry, they have set up new industries generating products like timber, honey and water. Slowly people have returned and the old mining cottages are full of life again.


Beer Bread

Beer Bread

The great thing about this bread is that you don’t need to knead it for hours and you can add anything from fresh herbs to sun-dried tomatoes or olives and fresh chillies to spice it up. This recipe makes one small dense loaf, or five medium-sized rolls so adjust to fit the size of your pot and the number of friends for whom you’re cooking.


Maun, The Makgadikgadi Pan & Gaborone (Photo Diary)

Maun, The Makgadikgadi Pan & Gaborone (Photo Diary)

From Maun in Botswana, we successfully navigated the length of the Makgadikgadi Pan, camping half way across, surrounded by nothing but blinding salt for as far as the eye could see. We then travelled cross country to Gabarone in search of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective, Mma Ramwotse and found the next best thing; a policewoman called Precious.


Hilary’s Magic Mushrooms

Hilary's Magic Mushrooms

Hilary Ford gave us this tasty, simple and only slightly sinful recipe when we spent a few wonderful days at Bushman’s with her. It is a great accompaniment to boerewors sausages or any braai.


Execution Rock, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Execution Rock, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

This historic rock, situated within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, is traditionally where Swaziland’s criminals were executed. Once they were marched to the top, they could choose to either jump from it’s summit with dignity or be helped along with spears. Its African name is Nyonyane which means ‘little bird’ and poetically describes with horrifying beauty how these poor souls appeared as they plummeted to their deaths.


Swaziland’s Sanctuary

Swaziland's Sanctuary

Bird About the Bush, Beatrice the Bee-Eater invites you to soar with her above Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary’s game dense savanna, the home that she shares with Back to Africa’s Roan Antelope Project. Discover how Ted Reilly, a man who has dedicated his life to preserving Swaziland’s wildlife heritage, provided refuge for animals when they had nowhere else to turn and of the wonderful work that he continues to do at Mlilwane.


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