Recipe: Wild picked mushrooms in creamy garlic white wine.

Wild picked mushrooms in a creamy white wine garlic sauce with strips of crispy bacon cooked on a PotjieKing.  After the recent rains giving some relief to the drought stricken Garden Route a mass of mushroom fairy rings have erupted in the pastures around our home. We have managed to harvest a few kilograms and decided to have breakfast with the first batch. Ingredients  1Kg … Continue reading Recipe: Wild picked mushrooms in creamy garlic white wine.

Addicted to Addo

As the baby elephant peered out from under it’s mothers belly, the rest of the herd jostled with each other for space at the waters edge. I switched the video camera off and looked up. In the blink of an eye the boisterous baby had darted into the herd, turned, slipped on the wet clay surface and fallen into the waterhole. What ensued was a … Continue reading Addicted to Addo

The Guardians of Elliot

When we first drove into Elliot, it was at the end of the second stage of a long dashed trip from the Garden Route for an initial bird survey on a proposed wind farm. As we past the ‘Welcome to Elliot’ sign, the shadow of a Cape Vulture darkend our dashboard. I screeched to a halt, jumped out the car and focused my binoculars on … Continue reading The Guardians of Elliot

Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

“Do you realise that it is going to be freezing during your stay here?” was the opening question from Erna when she phoned a day before our planned arrival at her establishment in the Roggeveld. “Yes, we have seen the weather report and are packed for extreme weather” I replied. Amanda and I were preparing for our winter visit, the first of four 14 day … Continue reading Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

Mothers Day beach magic

For Judy the prospect of being shunted off to some fancy restaurant for Mothers Day was not high on her priority list, especially on a perfect sunny day in the Garden Route. Instead, a treat would be to enjoy some seafood collected and prepped on the beach with family. So, to bring her dream to reality, I packed up a daypack with the basics for … Continue reading Mothers Day beach magic

Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly

A lucky picture of a Mocker Swallowtail female (Papilio dardanus)! This butterfly has a number of female forms, each of which mimics another distasteful butterfly which is poisonous to birds. This form mimics a butterfly known as the Chief (Amauris echeria) which also flies in and around our Garden Route forests from mid to late summer. This specimen was feeding from a patch of Agapanthus … Continue reading Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly

Glow in the dark Golden Mole

In February of 2012 my Fox Terrier caught an unusual ‘gift’ for us. Deposited on the deck was a gob sodden traumatised black mammal. After rescuing the critter from our proud terrier, I grabbed my camera to photograph the gingerly unravelling bundle. Slowly the furry blob stretched out and took on the form of a eye less hamster with a pink nose. Excitement gripped us. … Continue reading Glow in the dark Golden Mole