2016: The Year of the Fossil

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MUST- SEE JOZI SITE – CRADLE OF HUMANKIND Guests who stayed at Liz at Lancaster recently visited Origins Museum and Sterkfontein out in the Cradle and came back full of excitement about our rich hominid history. I told them how I am constantly amazed at the opportunities we have in South Africa to explore our […]

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What do these countries have in common with South Africa?

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What’s the connection? What do these countries have in common with South Africa? Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan,  Singapore, Swaziland,  UAE, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe  ….. ……… they all have a Nando’s presence. Nando’s : a uniquely South African brand Recently I had a sudden […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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The rotten job of the informal recyclers Walking the local neighbourhood on a Monday morning is one of the many times my middle class suburban life is put into perspective. I’m not walking long distances to work I’m not searching smelly dustbins with rotting food and I’m not pulling a hugely heavy trolley (often for […]

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Bienvenue from Thomas

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Entrepreneurship: French speaking tourist guide Several weeks ago I blogged about the importance of the development of entrepreneurs .   Here’s the story of but one. We have many French-speaking guests come to stay at Liz at Lancaster, sent to us by AFS-decouverte, a company specializing in French tours through Southern Africa (thank you Yann).  Many of […]

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Looking for accommodation close to work

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Finding staff accommodation close to Liz at Lancaster   One of our staff members at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse is in desperate need of accommodation closer to work. I decided to try the FaceBook route and ask residents in Craighall Park and the neighbouring suburbs of Parkhurst and Blairgowrie if anybody had a room to […]

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The soft life in Africa

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As happy as a pig with a pillow 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 […]

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Talking to plants works!

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Thank you Alick Ncube for Liz at Lancaster’s wonderful garden   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  […]

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