Author: Cheryl King

Malagasy Pond Heron – My First Serious Twitch

Birdwatching in South Africa is always exciting. When we received a report that a Malagasy Pond Heron was seen in Mziki Dam, pandemonium once again erupted. Birders stopped what they were doing, cancelled all previous plans and headed for Zululand. I decided to join the mayhem along with Ian Gordon, Dave and Penny Rimmer. Our plan was to first drive through Hluhluwe Game Reserve and look for another celebrity, the Striped Crake seen at Thiyeni Bird Hide. By the time we arrived at the hide we had clocked up almost 100 birds (seen and heard), our tummy worms were...

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Green Corridor (Part 1) : A trip into Inanda Valley Anyone?

When I received an email with the subject “A trip into Inanda Valley Anyone?, my mouse stopped in its tracks. I didn’t hear the phone and my fingers flying over the keyboard came to an immediate halt. Another opportunity to leave home at the crack of dawn, explore, come home drunk with excitement, exhaustion and contentment had just appeared in my in-box. Peter, a local camera club member sent out an email inviting us to explore the Inanda Valley just outside of Durban. Without hesitating, my reply was ‘yes’. Most of the activities and attractions along the route are...

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Step into the Past (Part 3) – Susannah Place Museum

From the wealthy opulent life style of Vaucluse House, our next visit was Susannah Place Museum.   In the heart of the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighborhood, these homes were built by Irish immigrants in 1844.   Hundreds of poor working class folk lived in these tiny homes. The tour starts at the Corner Shop which in itself is fascinating. It has been recreated from oral history and the curators created, successfully I think, what a typical Corner Shop must have been like. It is here where we met our guide who introduced us to the four homes that have been preserved....

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Step into the Past (Part 2) – Vaucluse House

Something I learned while staying with Devan and Shanley is that Shanley loves Museums. So I grabbed the opportunity of our days together to visit three of them and loved every moment. VAUCLUSE HOUSE is situated in the most beautiful and very expensive suburb Vaucluse. The streets are lined with leafy well established trees, harbour views are plentiful and the homes magnificent. Shanley and I were both so mesmerized by the sheer beauty surrounding us we found ourselves wandering around the homes while waiting for the bus. I think we would have both been quite happy if the bus...

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Step into the Past (Part 1) – Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney boasts “living museums” and a visit to any one of them is a fascinating.   I found myself being transported back in time and got good insight on how the people occupying those buildings lived. I think the main reason for this is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides available. Their enlightening stories of each building had me spellbound . By the end of the tour I felt like I knew the families who had lived there.   Added to that, many times we were invited to touch, feel, smell the displayed items. We were even invited to sit on...

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