I almost did something illegal…

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…”


Good Food & Wine Show 2017

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 Bare Essentials of World Naked Gardening Day

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”