Theme Reveal

This entry is part 1 of the series Out of Africa

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I stumbled across this blogging challenge this morning when reading another blog. Those of you who know me, know I can’t resist a good challenge. So here I am. Totally unprepared, and already overworked and underpaid. Wait, make that unpaid. But this looks like fun. YOAST READ MORE

Introduction to Africa

This entry is part 2 of the series Out of Africa

What do you think of when you hear of Africa?

Do you picture our vast assortment of magnificent wild animals, especially the big five? Do you think of the majestic Table Mountain, resplendent with her table cloth? Or the vast Sahara Desert?

Do you remember the scenes of violence you saw on TV, or the high crime rates? How about the first heart transplant? Or do you see a fascinating kaleidoscope of countries and cultures, traditions and beliefs, that all live in this amazing continent, the second biggest in the world? read more

A is for Africa

This entry is part 3 of the series Out of Africa

AWelcome to the beautiful land of Africa, home to some 1.111 billion people of every colour skin known to man.

Since the age of four, this continent, the second largest land mass on our globe, has been my home. I am proud to be part of our exciting and diverse Rainbow Nation, and I look forward to sharing some of it with you over the next 30 days. read more

C is for Crown of Africa

This entry is part 5 of the series Out of Africa

C“Look out the window, Shirley,” my mother urged. “See that mountain? It’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.”

Even at my skeptical age of 12, I caught my breath. Rising serenely through the carpet of clouds on the left of our plane, was a majestic mountain peak, the first real mountain I had ever seen. The snow on its surface caught the rays of the sun and glittered, resembling jewels on the face of a royal crown. read more

D is for Dung Beetle

This entry is part 6 of the series Out of Africa

DAbout 75 kms (47 miles) from my home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is the magnificent Addo Elephant National Park. The third largest national park in South Africa, it is home to the big five as well as a large number of other animals. It is also home to the flightless dung beetle which is almost unique to that area of Africa. read more

E is for Eagle

This entry is part 7 of the series Out of Africa

EHappy Easter everyone! The traditional greeting is, “Christ has risen!” And you reply, “He is risen indeed!”

It seems ideal that today I planned to share with you about the eagle, as of all the creatures on God’s planet, he is the one best able to typify the act of rising into the heavens, although he doesn’t quite reach the throne of God! read more

F is for Fire and Fynbos

This entry is part 8 of the series Out of Africa

FThis post was written in April 2015, but is very relevant to our situation today, as the country of South Africa reels from the tremendous aftermath of massive fires along the Garden Route.

Tourists travel from all over the world to marvel at the fynbos in the Cape Floral Kingdom. This is the only floral kingdom in the world found entirely within  one country. It lies along the southernmost area of South Africa. The kingdom covers a crescent-shaped area starting north of Cape Town as far as Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, and includes the beautiful Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. read more

G is for Giraffe

This entry is part 9 of the series Out of Africa


My husband and I were driving slowly along a road in the Kruger National Park, watching for animals. I lifted a pair of binoculars to study the distant terrain. Suddenly two out-of-focus poles shot past my window.

“What was that?” I asked.

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