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Se7en + 1 Timeous Lessons Learnt on a Trip to Zambia with GreenPop…

August 21st, 2015 · 9 Comments

After Weeks of blogging about Zambia, I am actually getting to the end of my Zambia series and regular blogging will eventually resume. That being said, I do promise a round up, with plenty of details for you to join in and be part of the fun too.

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I have said it before and I will say it again, when you travel something happens to time and everything changes. It feels as if, while you have been off and discovered new places and things, the folk back home have stood still and not moved. I am sure that for those back home it is quite the opposite… they were busy doing things and getting things done and I had vanished out of time. Needless to say time didn’t actually stand still for any of us…

Se7en + 1 Timeous Lessons Learnt in Zambia:

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  1. There is Time to Plant Trees and Make Friends: The magic of planting trees had me, long before I actually knew how to plant a tree… crazy I know. The thought of planting trees in one of the world’s most deforested areas appealed to my heart. It turns out that in order to plant trees you have to be a people person and I had to climb out from behind a screen and mingle. It was as easy as you might think and there was a whole lot of mental strategy and planning that went into it… and then I loved it. I loved meeting folk from faraway places and spending time with children who had hopes and dreams very similar to my own children. The thing is, you could get professionals to go in and plant rows and rows of tree like machines, and planting with volunteers is a slow process indeed, as each of us has to be taught and trained. But the relationships built while planting and the pride of a school child in owning a tree that will provide fruit is worth taking a little longer. I am not the best tree planter by any means, I am slow and pedantic, but I love it and that has to count for something.
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  3. There is a Time to Just Dive In and Paint Murals: I have painted murals over the years, but I have always been a little anxious about taking that first step. Well one thing about the GreenPop team is that “hesitation” is a word they just don’t know. See a wall and grab some folk and dive right in. The mechanics of splitting warm colors and cold colors and creating a focal point, are nothing compared to spending time with a group of kids and seeing them turn a white wall into a canvas. May I suggest that you grab a couple of kids and go… dive in, it is such fun, and very good for the soul.
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    Photo Credit: Marike Herselman

  5. There is a Time to Heal and Learn New Skills: The very first lesson we learnt upon arrival in Livingston, was the “how and why” behind the deforestation. In a nutshell, the cost of a very fragile and unreliable electricity supply in Zambia is exorbitant, so they rely on coal for their domestic power. Coal comes from the local woodlands. Teak trees, that are hundreds of years old, are chopped down and slow-burned in kilns over a period of two weeks. Smoke rises from these mounds as the slow burning fire works its way through the kiln. The wood is transformed into charcoal for domestic use and sold in bags around town.
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    The woodlands here need time to recover. There are so many quick fixes… at present foresters break the kilns open when they find come upon them. But that also takes away a livelihood, and a host of dependent family members will suffer, not to mention the tree is already chopped down. Other solutions take longer, find more sustainable sources of power and remove the dependence on coal is a good place to begin.

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  7. There is a Time to Make a Difference One by One: One of the things the GreenPop leaders do to help their volunteers and and the local folk work together as a unit is gather in a circle to begin with and get to know each other. Here we were all learning that every little bit counts. first we clap one finger, then we clap two, then we clap with three fingers, and four and five. Naturally the sound is tiny and finally there is a loud clap.The thing is a forest can only be planted a tree at a time and each of us can make a difference, one voice at a time really can join together to make a difference.
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  9. There is a Time to Take Charge and Make Changes: Years ago I wrote a post that I never intended to be a green mother, it just turned out to be a lot easier. But I can tell you that after a visit in a green camp it was definitely time to up our green game significantly. After years of procrastinating we have a compost pile of note… why oh why did this take so long? Between composting and making eco-bricks our household garbage has reduced dramatically and we are way less than a bag a week. We also made full use of the Yuppie Chef birthday special and grabbed a WonderBag, and it has been working round the clock for us. Don’t even ask why this took so long, I have no Idea. Little things really do make a big difference and it just isn’t hard to implement.
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  11. There is a Time for Team Work Even at Home: In our house everyone does chores and jobs generally get done but nobody, except one player was ever been keen to wash dishes. One child took forever, another is talented at smashing, and all in all dish washing was pretty much left to me and took literally hours off each day. But after spending a couple of days in the GreenPop camp I couldn’t help noticing the efficiency of the dishwashing system. Each person washes there own dishes after each meal. To be honest, the wall of dishes in our house can range from frightening to terrifying alarmingly fast, but nobody is afraid of one or two dishes and even the wildest or the slowest of dishwashers is able to wash the plate they used for breakfast, lunch and supper. I haven’t washed a wall of dishes since I got home from Zambia and I never ever intend to go back to the way things were again.
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  13. There is a Time to Rest: I am the ultimate busy bee… always doing and moving from one project to the next. If I run out of steam with a project, well I know a change is as good as a holiday, so I change what I am doing and carry on with another. But I have always heard that folk that rest are so much more productive. So I took this opportunity to rest and catch up… and without the business of home I slept out all the tiredness and finally worked out what “working from rest” actually means. It means embracing the afternoon nap and if it gets too late and you don’t have a blog post – then you go to bed, because tomorrow is another day and your blog readers… will still be there. For years I just pushed through tiredness as one does… now I don’t even think of it. So blogging less and getting so much more done. There is indeed a lot more strength in rest. If you find yourself battling to just take yourself off to bed, and pushing through just one more thing… then get someone else to send you to bed… do it for yourself and everyone you live with too!!!
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  15. There is a Time to Make Memories: I have never really liked having my photograph taken and the last heap of photographs that I had taken were on our wedding day… that’s more than twenty years ago, not to mention more than half a dozen pregnancies. Turns out the person in my minds eye is very far removed from reality. The fact is I hardly know myself, in so many ways… motherhood can actually do that to a person, without you even noticing. I do realise that our minds are very clever at liking what we look at a lot, so in our culture we see a lot more of other “fake” folk in print that we see ourselves. The thing is those other folk are not necessarily real people… it is time to be in a few more photographs so that I can learn to like the person that I am right now. Not to mention, this is the face my kids know so well… I am always championing their causes and they were thrilled to see a little crazy triumph in my eyes when I visited the Victoria Falls.
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Previous Posts in the Zambia Series:

  1. Se7en Stories to Begin With…
  2. The Journey that is Traveling to Zambia by Bus
  3. Feasting in an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
  4. Life in the Green Green-Pop Campsite
  5. There is so much more to Planting a Tree than Planting a Tree.
  6. Se7en + 1 Things to Make and Do in Zambia.
  7. The Incredible People You Can Meet in Zambia.
  8. A Trip to Zambia and a Market Tour.

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What We Are Reading Right Now… #34

August 19th, 2015 · 5 Comments

So here we are in the heart of winter… and just like any other season of the year, it is a good season to be reading. We thought we would bring you the latest and greatest family friendly reads from PanMacmillan South Africa.


The Galactic List of Latest and Greatest Reads

I know, I know… this looks like a cook book, and it has recipes… but it is so much more than that. This book is a year in the life of a farm called Fern Verrow, situated in the Welsh countryside between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye. Jane Scotter and Harry Astley are biodynamic farmers, where biodynamic farming is a holistic view of organic farming. The book is divided into four sections, one for each season and it is packed with incredibly beautiful photographs. Reading it actually feels like a walk in the countryside and in invitation into someones home… quiet afternoons of food preparation next to the aga in the heart of winter and outside in the country garden in the summer.

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I loved how the recipes were true to the farm and the book is filled with things that you would naturally want to make at certain times of the year: roast root vegetables in the heart of winter; gathering wild food from the hedgerow in Spring and creating herb teas and herb butters with their discoveries; Summer recipes included whole section on edible flowers, and we loved the fresh pea and mint soup, pure loveliness; and then Autumn, lovely rich recipes and our favourite baked apples.


This book is set in a part of the world that we really wanted to live in for a long while and we will definitely visit again. It is really a coffee table book: a mix of beautiful countryside; organic, sustainable farming tips even for small scale urban farmers and tons of lovely rustic recipes. You can take a look at the farm, Fern Verrow on their website.

Family Food by Pete Evans: The first step to reviewing, this book was to leave it out on the coffee table for a little while and see exactly which recipes our kids marked as potential recipes to try out. The next step was to check out exactly what a Paleo diet is, I could possibly be the last person on earth to know. Anyhow, it turns out that a Paleo diet as one that takes you back to first principles, leaving the highly processed and sugary foods of modern man out of the diet and focusing on heaps of healthy fresh vegetables. This type of diet without grains and dairy is one that so many of our friends, with very allergic kids, follow. Well this is a book that will solve all those problems of what to feed folk that only eat this and that… turns out it is totally not about what you don’t eat and a whole lot of about what you can eat. The book begins with a small section of tips on how to change your diet… and then it is followed by dozens of recipes. To be honest we didn’t notice the difference between what we normally eat and a paleo diet, over a period of a couple of days while we reviewed this book I have to say the recipes we tried were delicious and I am so glad that we got try them.

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  1. Sweet Potato Rosti: This was a complete hit over here and my kids have asked for it daily ever since.
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  3. Ham, Egg and Mayo Lettuce Wraps: My kids love creating their own food at the table and we just made a wrap buffet at the lunch table and we were good to go, and the kids are so easy, ours quickly morphed into lettuce boats, the idea is the same… good fun with healthy food, I am all for it.
  4. Roast Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon: Delicious of course and exactly how I would normally cook a roast chicken.
  5. Roast Beef and Gravy: Again this is exactly how we would nornally cook a roast, and I love this for having visitors over because we like to go for an amble on the beach while the dinner cooks itself… works for me. I did like that even with all the constraints of paleo there was a gravy solution… because there are folk around here that have to have their gravy. It turned out once again, pretty much what we do for gravy and so was an easy option for us.
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  7. Simple Garden Salad: I confess that our salads are very much, lettuce from the garden and tomatoes… most times and I was a bit like, “Who needs a recipe for a salad?” but everyone loved all the different tastes and flavours in here and it is definitely time to up my salad game!!!
  8. Sweet Potato Mash: My kids could live on sweet potatoes alone, but “just keeping it real” sweet potato mash was totally not a hit over here… not at all. And there are so many delicious ways to eat sweet potatoes… and this was just not one of them for us. I think it may have been the coconut milk – not really something we pop into recipes a lot and it was just an unexpected and unfamiliar flavour for them.
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  10. Fruit Salad Popsicles: What can I say, galactic hit. And how easy was this, yummy chopped fruit in coconut water… and frozen in our popsicle cubes overnight… couldn’t be easier. couldn’t be lovelier…

Overall this was a great cook book for plenty of healthy eating meals. Paleo diets are particularly noticeable for their “no wheat and dairy,” and so many of our friends follow this, so this book is perfect for preparing feasts for guests. This is one of those cookbooks that sits on your recipe book shelf and you will refer to again and again, whenever you are in a slump and looking for some crisp and fresh, family friendly, meal inspiration.

The Hoods Are Reading…


Hood #4:

Predators, the Whole Tooth and Claw Story by Glenn Murphy: Science Sorted just happens to be a great series of books for kids who love and adore facts and books that require interaction in order for them to keep on reading. This book is literally packed with predator facts, not just dinosaurs… don’t be misled, this book is about all predators. Presented in a question and answer format, there are lots of engaging pictures and factoid bubbles and there are activities and things to do through out the book. In fact there is so much going on in this book that “never a dull moment” comes to mind… it is perfect for the emerging reader who would be overwhelmed by a great big fat chapter book.


Hood #5:

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate Dicamillo: This book is one of our favourite family reads ever. It is packed with sweetness and adventure. The hero is the most darling, brave little mouse… and there is unrequited love. Other fabulous characters are brought to life in the book: the beautiful Princess Pea; and the not very bright peasant girl, Miggery Sow; and of course a rat… Rescuro, who loves soup and searches for the light. The four characters are each on a journey… their quests are difficult and the stakes are high. There are endless twists and turns in true DiCamillo Style. This book is written for kids that are reading chapter books, but actually we prefer it as a read aloud so that everyone can listen together. If you are looking for a heroic tale that works across all ages, then you have found it. You can take a look at Kate DiCamillo’s website over here.


Hood #6:

Princess Mirror-Belle and Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers, by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks: Many folk are surprised to discover that Julia Donaldson has written chapter books… we are all so delighted with the Grufflo and Room on the Broom and all her other picture books that we look no further. Well Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for your easy chapter book reader. Ellen is an ordinary gal, as ordinary goes, but she has an extraordinary double in the mirror, Princess Mirror-Belle. This princess is rather a mischievous one and manages to get Ellen in to all sorts of scrapes. Each book contains three self contained stories: Dragon’s Pox, Ellen’s Castle, Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs, Party Hoppers, Wobblesday and Love Potion Crisps. You can read a little more about Princess Mirror-Belle on the Julia Donaldson website.


Hood #7:

Sophie in the Saddle by Dick King Smith: We have introduced Sophie before, we love her. Sophie is six and is quite set on being a farmer when she grows up. This is a “first chapter book” that you really want to settle in and read to your child, just so that you can catch all the jokes that are hidden in there for you and that may fly over the heads of your little ones… “You are going to drive a hard bargain when you grow up.” … and Sophie replies, “I shall drive a Land Rover.” Sophie is a determined young lady and is beyond thrilled that her family will be going on holiday and staying on a farm. This is her dream come true, and of course there are some minor little “hiccups” in her perfect plan, “her dream,” and therein lies the story. Sweet chapters about a sweet gal, who never means to be funny, but she is delightfully funny. We all love Sophie, she is the six year old sister everyone would love to have. You can meet her at the stunning Dick King Smith Website.

Judy Moody and Stink and the Big Bad Blackout: I confess we love and adore Judy Moody’s younger brother, Stink. We thought we had read them all and were delighted discover we hadn’t. There is a terrible storm brewing and the Moody family are preparing for a night without power… this books seems terribly appropriate for us living in the land of load shedding. School is out, so are the lights, grandma comes to stay and the family resorts to a whole lot of “non-electric” activities, including storytelling in the dark… just good fun and making memories. Not to mention glossy and full colour illustrations… this is a great book for reading together.

And the se7en + 1th Books:


Hood #8:

Shaun the Sheep: On the Ball written by Martin Howard and illustrated by Andy James: Well Hood #8 has discovered a series of books that no-one has read before him… and he loves it. Shaun the Sheep, for those of you like us who have not seen the TV series, is about a sheep, called Shaun and a gang of farmyard animals that live at Mossy Bottom Farm. This particular story begins, on a sweltering summers day and it is a sporty story, a game invented as they play along. This book will appeal to a beginner reader just out of the easy reader level: short, easy to read chapters, large print and the pages are packed with funny illustrations. That’s exactly what makes it a great book for reading to little people too. You can meet Shaun the Sheep on his website here.

The Giant of Jum by Elli Willard and Benji Davies: Oh the sweetness of a fine picture book. This about a terribly hungry and very appealing giant that is on the hunt for a lad called Jack, because he thinks Jack might make a delightful snack. Of course the children in the book endear themselves to the giant and find a much more appealing feast for the giant… There is rhythm, there is rhyme, there is a lovely giant chant to learn, delightful illustrations… really this book has everything required for a cuddly read in a sunny spot. You might find yourself having to make a chocolate cake

We would really like to thank PanMacMillan Books South Africa for providing us with the books to review for this post. We would like to declare that this is not a sponsored post, we were not paid to do these reviews, just provided with books. All the opinions are as usual, entirely our own!!!

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Sunday Snippet: Look at the Birds of the Air…

August 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Our Bible Verse of the Week…

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Matthew 6:26

Look at the birds of the air;

they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,

And yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are you not much more valuable than them?

Week by Week

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A Trip to Zambia and a Market Tour…

August 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments

There are few things better when visiting another country, than living alongside the local folk and discovering where they shop. In Livingston there are fabulous markets and pavement stalls, and of course in the centre of town the ubiquitous and predictable large supermarket. If you know how I cannot enjoy shopping in a supermarket at home, well I like it even less in a foreign country. Luckily, there is so much more to shopping than supermarkets and if you follow the well worn trail of footprints…

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Past a pile of bicycles, just outside of town… you will find yourself in a very popular and busy market place. As you get closer to the market small stores start to appear more frequently at the side of the road…

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Head over the railroad crossing…

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Past the furniture store…

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And the clothing stores…

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And there are plenty of those…

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To the market place…

Homeware Department

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Food Department

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When you reach the egg store, you know you are about to enter the wonderful world of market food.

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The Absolutely Everything Else Department

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Including black bags…

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And shoes…

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And the Tea Room

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Don’t forget to stop at the sweetie Stall…

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And of course the fabric… this is the thing that everyone comes to Zambia for… the beautiful printed fabric… every colour under the rainbow and then some…

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Previous Posts in the Zambia Series:

  1. Se7en Stories to Begin With
  2. The Journey that is Traveling to Zambia by Bus
  3. Feasting in an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
  4. Life in the Green Green-Pop Campsite
  5. There is so much more to Planting a Tree than Planting a Tree.
  6. Se7en + 1 Things to Make and Do in Zambia.
  7. The Incredible People You Can Meet in Zambia.

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Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #285

August 15th, 2015 · 6 Comments

I love this photograph, snapped last week. Another wintry day spent in the kitchen, with little people talking to the father person, party hats and teddy bears and just the daily stuff of life… A pot of tea and Shirley Hughes could have quite easily been there…

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Lovely Links from This Week

  1. I just love this series Motherhood Around the World, on A Cup of Jo.
  2. Around the World in 40 Books on childhood 101…
  3. I am feeling the winter slump, and know we should be getting stuff done, but we are all in hibernation. But there is inspiration in here: 101 Awesome Weekend DIY Projects on Poppytalk.
  4. Does your family have it’s own LEGO language, ours sure does… it is complicated, intricate, and has been developed over about fifteen years. It would be hard for an outsider to figure out the rules, but we aren’t alone… Lego Nomenclature… makes for an interesting read.
  5. This post is a great one, so worth a read even if you haven’t entered the world of teens yet … Simple Homeschool: Homeschooling Teens, the hardest part of Kris’s homeschool year.
  6. There is everything to love about Pilgrims’ Passports on Chino House, this week… everything to love!!!
  7. Will you read Knowing God with me? and Tim Challies, we will definitely be reading along.
  8. And the se7en + 1th:

    A Blast From the Past:

Book of the Week

Just to make it quite clear, this is not a review book… We splurged on this one because we love it so much. This book is a pure magical adventure and everywhere you may have or wish you had explored. This is the Atlas of all Atlases, filled with teeny tiny details… wildlife, landmarks and people groups, languages… there are snippets of incredible facts… this book is an inspiration like no other. Just pouring over it and chatting about the places we could go, this book has inspired the adventurer inside of us. It does what great books do best, sets you free to dream dreams…

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That’s us… Hope your weekend has been a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all…

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A Trip to Zambia: And Se7en + 1 Incredible People That Were There…

August 14th, 2015 · 10 Comments

It has been a while since I posted on Zambia and I still have a few posts to go in the series. This post is about the amazing folk I met while volunteering in Zambia. I have to say that I think if you have ever traveled anywhere, and lived alongside folk then you will know that isn’t really the geography that makes traveling so incredible, but rather the people that you meet on your way. This post is really about the incredible folk I met from all walks of life, wherever we went there were simply the most amazing people.

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Previous Posts in the Zambia Series:

Let’s Meet the People

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  1. Uncle Ben, Tree Ambassador: Just as the Ocean has an Ambassador in Sylvia Earle, so Zambia has has an ambassador of trees. I met Uncle Ben briefly in Cape Town early this year, and already I felt compelled to learn more from him. A man who is always teaching and sharing his story… he has been a lone voice for the trees, for so long, speaking for them when no-one else was. He doesn’t just speak for trees but he plants them… he is part of a growing force of environmentalists who realise that if they don’t plant trees for their children then there won’t be trees.
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    I love his thinking, that the environment is under pressure… but the environment belongs to us all… the air that we breathe wherever we are is our air. Just as the whale doesn’t worry about international borders neither do trees. Environmental problems wherever they are, aren’t concerned with borders, we can all do something about them… we must. This man is a compelling story teller and an evening of his storytelling at the campfire is a memory that will be fixed in your heart forever.

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  3. Zwai Taught Us to Plant Trees With Confidence: I met Zwai in Cape Town, at a tree planting day… and it turns out he has a man packed with knowledge. One thing about GreenPop is that they have dozens of volunteers and locals passing through, all needing to know how to plant trees and the first thing they do is team us up and teach us. I love how he taught us so well that I could come home and straight away share the knowledge, not just with my kids but a group of kids. Lesson learnt and savoured.
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  5. The Permaculture Team: Marshall, Artwell and Ganief. What these guys don’t know about plants and planting… how to grow your vegetable garden from scratch; permaculture; hydroponics; composting and food forests. I was so excited to work in the food forest one day and just see how vegetables are growing along side and learn about mulching and companion planting.I tell you I have discovered a whole new section of the library since I got home… reading and reading and reading.

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    But that wasn’t enough, they were also part a Sustainable Food Systems Workshop with UNESCO and a heap of local kids… and I loved their attitude: It’s not what do you want to be when you grow up, but rather “What Problem do you want to solve?” Now that’s a completely different view of the world. The day was all about looking for business opportunities at each step of the way in the food chain process, and by having a sustainable food chain, one where your “usually discarded waste” goes back into your system. Right now our business systems are based on competition but globally we need to make a conscious decision to work together.

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  7. Candice, The Zero Waste Warrior: A year ago I would not have believed Zero-Waste was even a thing. But the more I learn, the more I know, the more I believe that this is what we should be aiming for. We really need to reduce our waste and drastically, and immediately. This gal is full of tips and tricks of things to do and consider in terms of up-cycling and re-cycling. I know as a family that our one black bag of garbage a week is too much, it very quickly becomes 52 bags a year. Imagine if every household is throwing away 52 bags of garbage a year… that’s 520 bags from our street alone. The one thing in Zambia that we saw a lot of was garbage, while Cape Town has a giant tip, carefully hidden from site… they have pits that they fill with garbage and burn when they they become full. It is so easy to look at the garbage blowing around the neighbourhood, that has blown out of the pit… and say gosh, we have nothing like that. But a visit to our city dump and I have to say… at least they can see their garbage and be aware that they need to do something. We have this idea that our garbage vanishes in the back of a truck and so everything is fine… but I have to say, we can be doing so much more than we are do. Since we got back we have implemented a compost heap – it was one of our goals for the year and had I know it was this easy we would have done it years ago. Plenty of food for thought there!!!
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  9. Ireen: A Climate Ambassador: I quiet unassuming gal who popped out of the crowd in town one day and struck me with her energy. It isn’t often that you meet someone who just quietly gets so much done. Everywhere you look around camp she was doing something and busy helping someone. This gal is going places, she is dedicated to the environment and any and all projects associated with it… she is not afraid to take on big projects and think of ways to find solutions to problems, she was equally at ease amongst the Greenpop staffers and the Unicef students that came for a day of workshops… it is young energetic folk like Ireen, that are busy making environmental changes happen, where they are, with what they have. I am so proud to have met this gal – I know she is going places.
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  11. The School Children: Whenever we worked at a school we were met by bright and energetic kids that knew so much. At the first school we visited two gals stood up and recited a long and incredible poem about the environment, environmental issues and solutions. Honestly, I was blown away. Then there were this lad and his buddy, who has invented an electro magnetic hover board – I kid you not… these kids are so inventive and have such entrepreneurial minds. We could really learn a lot from them.
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    Photo Credit: Marike Herselman

  13. The Volunteers: What a fabulous team of folk from all over the world, from all ages and stages and from all walks of life. This was a fairly intense week for me, my natural personality has me well hidden behind a screen and suddenly I was out there meeting so many people, all with such adventurous hearts. I have to say it was great. Students from Stellenbosch, girls from Germany and Ireland and Sweden, a couple from the United States. Folk from Zimbabwe and Zambia, Australia and NewZealand. It was a truly incredible place to meet people and learn. And somehow all together we formed a team and managed to plant trees, not to mention talk and talk and then talk some more. And while I am typically overwhelmed by crowds and get fairly “peopled out” after the shortest meeting, I have to say I loved meeting all these folk and connecting with them.
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  15. The GreenPop Team: Here you have an incredible mix of creativity, folk who just won’t give up on the environment. They are dedicated and committed, they are tenacious and consistent, they practice what they preach and they are not afraid to take action. This folks is the incredible GreenPop team packed with the most energetic and creative people you can imagine. I had such fun meeting and chatting to these guys that are so positive and focused on making a difference in the world. These guys are dreamers, they don’t think small, and they don’t think “every little bit counts.” They see a problem and commit to doing everything they can. In Zambia there is a huge deforestation problem. GreenPop aren’t thinking one tree at a time… they are thinking: “Lets plant a forest,” and then they plant one.

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Se7en + 1 Go Road Tripping: Hermanus for Whale Watching…

August 13th, 2015 · 4 Comments

It has been a while since we had a family day, just for us, and we needed one. This past Monday we took a trip to Hermanus to go Whale Watching. Fun times, family times and making memories. We are so lucky to live in a part of the world with whales… they are one of the happiest features of our winter. This photograph does nothing to demonstrate the freezing cold, windy conditions… it always looks like summer here…

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It was an early start, and we stopped for mosbolletjies and a game of chess on the way. Mosbolletjies are a sweet brioche bread with aniseed… and a road tripping favourite. (And yes I need to post our recipe for them).

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On through the tapestry of farmlands…

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We were headed for the cliff walk in Hermanus. I have been walking these cliffs and watching whales since I was in high school. We haven’t been there for years and it was time to catch up.

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The sea here can be wild…

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And if you look carefully you can see whale spray almost everywhere you look.

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So there was a lot of looking…

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And hopeful expectation…

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We weren’t the only ones looking for whales!!!

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The Biodiversity Walk

Some folk have turned the cliff walk into a biodiversity walk…

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We bumped into a friend and scored a family photograph…

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Art on the Point…

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And just like that the whales arrived… And we were happy to sit and watch them for ages…

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Treasures in the market…

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There is always plenty to look at in Hermanus…

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The Old Harbour

There is so much to see in the harbour and it is a good place to stop ad play. No matter how much walking about we do there are certain short people that still need to run about a lot… others of us prefer to sit in the sun and watch all this energy bound about.

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There was a massive swell breaking over the harbour wall and the locals kept us entertained…

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There was paddling to watch…

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And small treasures…

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On to Stanford and dinner with friends…

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This picture sums up exactly what we all feel about road tripping!!!

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