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Ludwig’s Rose Farm – Taking time out to smell the roses

I have lived in Jo’burg for 13 years now, and have never really gelled with the place, my impression will always be of cold, hard, sharp edges, a half-starved model who shuns embrace.  I am a Natal girl at heart and always will be, sweet Natal ever soft and warm.  Still a day like today softens my perceptions and leaves ... Read More »

The Rain Flower

There has been no rain for about 8 days but that’s about to change.  This wonderful flower tells me so.  I would love to know the name of this plant which is a small round cactus.  Weather forecasts may be wrong but this flower never is.  When they open I know that it will rain in the next 48 hours, ... Read More »

Fixing my head cold with herbal teas

When it comes to health matters before running to a doctor I like to try natural healing methods.  This week I had rotten sinusitis and a bad cough.  I had a look at what herbs I had available then looked up the medicinal benefits in my herb books.  I have 2 books by Jekka McVicar and a Margaret Roberts book.  ... Read More »