Category Archives: Stories and encounters

The soft life in Africa

   A  friend received this e-mail from a friend in Zim and sent me this picture and story which I thought was delightful.     They had  been away at a game park and on the first evening, while sitting  in front of the fire in the bar, in walked a fully grown warthog.  He […]

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Country fare down in the Natal Midlands

    I was lucky enough to have a few days break a couple of weeks ago – my locum was free to step in here at Liz at Lancaster and friends in Southbroom down on the South Coast had agreed to have me to stay for a few days.So I set off on the […]

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South Africa’s Classic FM finds fans in New York

Recently we had guests from New York stay here at Liz at Lancaster, one of whom was Molly-Vivian Huang, an accomplished concert pianist.   They were visiting South Africa for a niece’s wedding up near Kruger,  and I wrote to them on their return to ask how it all went. I was delighted to get this response […]

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A sign in a rubbish bin!

Liz at Lancaster has just received a new batch of house wine: a cabernet sauvignon/merlot  red from Stellenbosch and a Chenin blanc white.  These are very drinkable wines at reasonable prices R52 a bottle for the red and R45 for the white. Recently, we had guests who were off to Kruger after staying here and […]

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Talking to plants works!

In November last year, parts of the Johannesburg Parks region were hit by a   devastating hail storm –  large hail stones fell with a ferocious intensity.  They shredded leaves of agapanthus and arums, as well large robust trees, and reduced every impatience and begonia plant  to a bruised and damaged lone green stalk.  Of course […]

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