πŸ‘£ In summer I always enjoy an early-evening walk on our smallholding. No need to get in my car to find nature, I have 8.5ha right here to explore, hoping to see the Barn Owl or some Guinea fowl, but always enjoying the Bluegum trees and beautiful grasses and wild flowers along the way.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Guineas are winged wonders

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm - unframed 12" x 8"- original for sale here.

After years of not seeing any guinea fowl around our property (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa), I was lucky enough to have a visit from them a couple of days ago and I was totally thrilled! Taking some photographs also gave me a chance to do some quick sketches.

a guinea fowl
molting polka dot feathers—
I see
handmade earrings

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Introducing the Cradle of Humankind



Situated in the heart of Tarlton, The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site region in South Africa is approximately 90 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about stones and bones, wine and dine in tranquil surroundings, try out a range of adrenalin-pumping activities, have a beautiful wedding, discover a range of wonderful wildlife and experience culture and craft. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight in the country. It's the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils. The area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered.


The striking Tumulus building, which houses the Maropeng visitor centre, greets you as you arrive for your journey to discover Maropeng.

In one of the passages inside Maropeng

In one of the passages inside Maropeng

Outside in the gardens

The impressive entrance to Maropeng

One of the passages inside Maropeng


The largest collection of human hominid fossils are on show right now, but not for long - go meet Naledi and learn about the awesome cavers Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker who discovered the fossils, the incredible all female anthropologist/archaeologist team who retrieved them, and (my favourite) Professor Lee Berger who led the team 😍 also, their latest addition of an Experience Lab is awesome. Kids got things lucky these days.


Maropeng is not just a showcase for old bones and history. You can also take an awesome boat ride through the "depths of the earth", traversing ice tunnels and erupting volcanic chambers. Be sure to hang onto your hat for this exciting trip!




The drive to Maropeng offers beautiful vistas. Discover the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves all in one day.


Spend the night at the Maropeng Hotel and wake up to breathtaking views of the Witwaterberg and Magaliesberg ranges.

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