Author: Cheryl King

Aloes – Celebrate these Beautiful Plants

It’s Aloe Season here in Kwa Zulu Natal. Bitter Aloes or Cape Aloes as they are sometimes called (Aloe Forex), are beautiful plants that vibrantly bloom in Kwa Zulu Natal between May and August. This popular South African plant occurs in a broad range of habitats.  You will find them along our beachfront in Durban (purposely planted of course), along river catchment areas, on rocky hills and in gardens.  If you lucky to find an area where hundreds are in flower, you will be treated to a magnificent show of brightly coloured flowers adorning a dull brown winter landscape. ...

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World Oceans Day 2018

It’s World Oceans Day.   What’s your favourite sea creature? Perhaps it’s the beautiful turtle?  Then again who doesn’t love to see a pod of dolphins frolicking in the waves, or whales seemingly loafing around on the ocean surface?  I have a friend who loves octopuses.  When we used to dive together she would let out a huge squeal under the water whenever she saw one.  Mine is pelagic birds, particularly the magnificent Albatross with its massive 2m wingspan.  Crabs are cute! No matter which creature is your favourite, they’re all in big trouble.  Change that, they’re in colossal trouble!...

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Albatrosses – Masters of the Air

I’ve always had a love affair with the ocean. First, it was swimming as a young girl with my dad to backline way past the other bathers.  Only once did we get into trouble when lifeguards had to haul us out.  It was more embarrassing than frightening. Then it was scuba diving.  Although I no longer dive, to this day I can look out onto the ocean and “see” the world below.  Beautiful coral, colourful cute fish, amazing starfishes and tiny nudibranchs to mention a few. No words describe swimming with a friendly whale shark at Sodwana or listening...

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Share my World – 04 June 2018

Thank you, Cee, for Share Your World.   I loved your questions this week, the first one made me think of my mom and enjoy a good giggle. A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember? I have three sisters, all 2 years apart.  My mother was a great seamstress and she made all our clothes.  The problem is she dressed us all the same!! The earliest item of clothing I remember is a bathing costume she made for each of us.  The only differences were the sizes.  I wish I could find the photo to share with you. Regardless...

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SHARE MY WORLD – 28 May 2018

Thank you Cee for Share Your World. I’ve not participated for a long time (no excuses, they’re all poor) but here are my answers to this week’s challenge. If you were to pack a basket for picnic lunch, what would be in it? I love picnics.  They’re always an excuse to indulge in some of my favourite foods. My basket would be filled with different types of cheeses including Camembert to dip into a bottle of preserved ginger.  You will also find freshly baked crispy rolls, bits of chicken, sausages and meatballs.  Fresh salads on the side along with grapes...

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