So this is a first in a series of 3, maybe 4 blog posts to document my recent field trips as part of my PhD. These trips were planned to use pitfall traps to catch ants, which will be used as a proxy for biodiversity assessments, and collect soils for nutrient analyses to contrast these across two nichés in the landscape – the normal matrix niché, and the heuweltjie (raised patches with unique plant communities compared to the matrix and associated with termite mounds). So follow me on this journey if you dare… Continue reading “I almost did something illegal…”
I said my next post was going to be a book review and I wasn’t half wrong. But first, story time: Continue reading “QUIET…I’m a blooming orchid (book review of Susan Cain’s “Quiet”)”
A while back I watched a movie about a child mathematic prodigy called “Gifted”. It follows the tragic story of a tortured genius and her desire to have her also genius daughter lead a normal, happy life. It got me thinking Continue reading “Are we all just tortured geniuses?”
My first attendance of the Good Food and Wine Show was quite an experience! I like food, but my interest is limited to eating. I’m not a foodie, I don’t know all the terms, I don’t know all the famous chefs, BUT…I know who Marco Pierre White is, cause I like watching Masterchef Australia, and I know who Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen is cause he was on Suzelle DIY once… Continue reading “Good Food & Wine Show 2017”
The title is just the name of a not too bad song by Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield. You can check it out here. I thought it an appropriate title as we in Cape Town are quite literally living from raindrop to raindrop at the moment. And that’s my segway.
So It all started when I went to my doctor Continue reading “Between the raindrops”
Who are the “us” I’m referring to? It’s me and you, and everyone else on the planet, and then some more…much, much more. Continue reading “There are so many of us!”
What exactly IS World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)? For the past 13 years some people have been stripping down to their birthday suits on the first Saturday of May and getting their hands dirty in the garden. While I’m sure some participants take part to experience a sense of liberation through non-sexual social nudity, as per aims of the Body Freedom Collaborative. But I’m pretty sure most people take part in WNGD simply for a voyeuristic kick. Continue reading “The Bare Essentials of World Naked Gardening Day”