Sacred Stones

The Midlands is full of surprises, secrets lurk in unexpected places and hidden treasures are uncovered by those with a keen eye for the unusual. The Standing Stones of Karkloof are a perfect example. Karkloof residents have begun mapping areas of important natural and cultural heritage. One of these is the intriguing Standing Stones site,…

La Petite France

I really like Grant Warren of la Petite France. I met him a few years ago when he grew organic vegetables and kept a small dairy herd. I was fascinated when he told me that he grew 99% of what his cows ate. He is definitely one of the good guys, so I headed out…

A-Z Midlands Villages

The gentle rolling countryside of the KZN midlands just north of Pietermaritzburg is home to South Africa’s premier country route. The Midlands Meander provides a different perspective for the visitor to the “Zulu Kingdom”, with a diverse range of experiences from luxurious pampering to antique collecting or milking the cows. During the 1970’s a group…

Mount Gilboa

“Yes, Yes!” a voice floated through the swirling mist on Mt Gilboa last week. It was John Roff, delighted at finding Disa nervosa in bloom. This plant mimics Watsonia and in the flower filled grassland certainly looked just like all the other Watsonias from a distance.  Apparently, the similar colour and size of the inflorescences on different plants in the same location increases chances of being…