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The ancient vlei flows on, out to the sea; burgeoning with tiny fish which are eaten by pied kingfishers, reed beds humming and burbling with egrets, herons and ibises, the sky overhead full of avian traffic; cormorants, spur winged geese and hunting raptors, the shrubs filled with Cape weavers and bulbuls. The nesting boxes under [...]

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News from the Vlei 37 (September ’08)

Published on September 22, 2008 by in Fauna, Flora, News, Wildflowers

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News from the Vlei 37 (September ’08)

June; a glorious month of rain and sunshine, thunder and lightning, green landscape and birdsong. Early some mornings a delicate scent of green peppers and in the evenings the scented thorn sweetened our ambles along the edge of the vlei. Going up a kloof one afternoon we sprang a pair of spotted eagle owls who [...]

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News from the Vlei 36 (June ’08)

Published on June 12, 2008 by in Fauna, Flora, News

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News from the Vlei #36 Winter 2007 and life on the vlei never had it so good. Snowy white cloud banks raised over the eastern mountains circled northwards and brought a mackerel sky and icy rain leaving the air clear and sweet. August saw 44 mm of rain in a series of night time showers [...]

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News from the Vlei – April 2005

Published on April 30, 2005 by in News from the Vlei

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Whenever I think that there cannot be any more interesting things to write about, we make another discovery! Considering the arid environment it is extraordinary how many forms of life we are finding.   It is also amazing how quickly plants turn green or appear from nowhere if some watering is done.   On Sunday [...]

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News from the Vlei – March 2005

Published on March 19, 2005 by in News from the Vlei

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We have finally been given the go ahead on our heritage settlement proposal, so Nick persuaded Amandla Construction who are completing the tar road from Veldrif to Elands Bay, to bring a huge front end loader and level our piece of land!  Petrus from Springbok drove the loader, overseen by Piet, who builds roads all [...]

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News from the Vlei – February 2005

Published on February 28, 2005 by in News from the Vlei

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We made the big move on Friday 25th February 2005; I traveled in Lady Bird with Sam in the dog box and Tiger Lily in a basket on the back seat.    Tiger meowed from Cape Town to the Vlei, a distance of some 250 kilometers!  Nick followed in his bakkie with a trailer and our friend [...]

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