The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the Western Cape. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing. Guests staying at…

Babylponstoren puff adder walkway

5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting

A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The…

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

Turkey is one of those countries which has changed identity and cultures so many times that it has turned into a unique country with a unique culture. Exploring this culture rich country has been one of my most amazing adventures. The beautiful Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque served as the principal mosque of Istanbul, then Constantinople,…

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Last week a client asked me which country I would recommend for their first abroad adventure and the first place that came to mind was Turkey. It is the perfect mix between European and Asian with its unique culture and magnificent buildings. Istanbul is one of the best cities to get lost in, to explore and…

Pamukkale

Sparkling White Terraced Hot Springs of Turkey

Pamukkale with its sparkling white castle -like cascades is not only an unusual natural and historical site of Turkey, but is also unique in the world. No wonder this place is on nearly every tourists must-see list while exploring Turkey. I couldn’t wait to see these sparkling terraces for myself when I finally arrived in…

Last look over the mist filled valley before we left the Fortress

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Driving through the mist covered valley  we were met by the silence of the deserted castle set on the top of the mountain. Staring out over the mist covered valleys below felt like I was in the middle od a dreamy, fairy tale world. It was as though we were cut off from the rest of…

Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

Plant a Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

In an effort to reduce water use and time spent caring for lawns, some gardeners are replacing their turf with thyme or chamomile! It is hard to believe that thyme is an ideal grass alternative. I would never even have suspected you could have a lawn of thyme or chamomile if I hadn’t come across them…

Bug Hotel

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insects! I do hope of which a minimum are spiders? With all this diversity of life it is good to know that very few creatures cause significant damage to our prized flowers and some help…

slanting trees

“Cape Doctor” the creator of slanting trees

“Cape Doctor” or “die Kaapse dokter” in Afrikaans is the local name for the strong, persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer. Although the wind smites a wide area of the sub-continent, it is notorious especially in and around the Cape Peninsula, where it can be unpleasantly strong and…

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

One of the things that stand out vividly in my memory of my childhood holidays was feeding the pigeons in Durban with my grandmother. She used to collect all the breadcrumbs and crusts for days before we arrived and then take us out to the beachfront to go and feed the doves. I used to…

white squirrel

A Squirrel as White as Snow

Have you ever seen a white squirrel? I haven’t so when I spotted one in the Company Gardens here in Cape Town I ended up stalking it for a while until I could capture it on film. At first I thought it could be a rat and got quite excited when I realized it was…

Squirrels

Squirrel Antics in Cape Town

I just love squirrels they are these crazy little creatures that are always buzzing around with way too much energy. They are super inquisitive little creatures and here in Cape Town they have taken over the Company’s Gardens. This garden is perhaps the Central City’s most favourite outdoor space and certainly feels like our very…

Halong Bay-Vietnam

“Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

This weeks photo challenge is Silhouette!! A silhouette is the image of a person, animal, object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, I took this…

Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture in Nature

We are surrounded by textures man-made or natural. Moss has such a warm, soft almost furry texture. The above moss I found in cracks between the paving stones in our garden. Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden scene that is hard to achieve otherwise. I love that clammy feel of moss on the ground against the…

Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

The Devas protecting the causeway to Angkor Thom

Before entering the amazing city temple of Angkor Thom  we crossed the causeway spanning the moat in front of each tower. These bridges have a row of devas on the left and asuras on the right. They are huge and towered over me as I stood next to them. Each row holding a naga in the attitude of a tug-of-war.…