Author: Cheryl King

Visit Ghandi’s House in Inanda – you won’t go Home Empty Handed

When Theresa, my sister, was out from the UK, we visited Ghandi’s House in  Inanda Valley.  Below is her account of our fascinating visit.   “You will not leave empty-handed”.   This was was the welcome we received as we arrive at one of Durban’s tourist attractions.  Used to the museums in the UK when the tour ends in a gift store, I imagined he was referring to me purchasing gifts and curios from a nearby shop.   Wondering where the shop was, we were guided to a tiny green cottage named Sarvodaya (meaning Well Being for All).  The building...

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Share my World : 22 January 2018

Thank you Cee for Share Your World.  Can’t believe its a month since I last submitted a post.  Here are my answers. List 2 things you have to be happy about? Oh dear, I have a long list of what to be happy about – will share just two. One is being able to walk along the beautiful promenade on the beachfront here in Durban.  I try to start my walk just before sunrise, this is my soul food.  I’m not alone,  many Durbanites (those who live in Durban) enjoy their mornings here before work.   You will meet cyclists, runners, ...

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African Black Oystercatcher : Bird of the Year

The African Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini) BirdLife SA declared the magnificent African Black Oystercatcher was 2018’s Bird of the Year.  These birds have a happy story to tell, and it’s worth sharing. A visit to Cape Town wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t ‘bump’ into these beautiful jet black Oystercatchers with their strikingly red eyes and bill.  It’s almost a guarantee I’ll see them – whether it’s when visiting my brother at The Strand, walking along the promenade at Sea Point in Cape Town itself, or wandering around the West Coast. Recently I found a pair in Clansthal...

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Weathered

This is my first submission on WordPress photo challenge. The theme this week is ‘Weathered’. What was my interpretation?  I thought of some fascinating people with lined, leathery and weathered faces I had met over the years and photographed.  It was tempting to share them but decided on Reichenau Mission in a small off the grid town of Bulwer in Kwa Zulu Natal.   The mission, built in 1886 by German Trappists boasts a large church with impressive stained glass windows, a rural school and also a large old mill.  Many of the buildings are still in use, but...

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A Visit to the Himba People of Namibia

During a birding trip in the arid remote Kunene region of Northern Namibia, I had the opportunity to visit a community of Himba people.  While my friends were searching for birds, I spent the afternoon with these fascinating and friendly people. Our guide, a Himba himself recommended we take goods such as flour, oil and salt as gifts.  So our first stop was the general store where we stocked up before our visit. On arrival, we were welcomed warmly by some woman and children while our guide explained the traditional way of life belonging to these people.  We were...

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