The Rondevlei Bird Hide in the Garden Route


The Rondevlei bird hide is a popular bird viewing site, situated on the northern shore of Rondevlei Lake, near the coastal village of Sedgefield, in the Garden Route. The lake is one of the five lake systems that constitute the Wilderness Lakes area, part of the Wilderness section of the South African National Park’s Wilderness National Park. It is located roughly five kilometers from the center of Sedgefield village (South Africa’s first ‘Slow Town’), GPS co-ordinates: -33.988149, 22.716218.

African Purple Swamp hen

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Trees in Pots


New hobby, new blog. Goes together like tea and biscuits, and Japan and bonsai. I’ve been collecting a few bonsai and driven myself to the leafy surrounds of Surry to do a few workshops at Herons Bonsai, under the guiding hand of bonsai master, Peter Chan.

At today’s count, I have four Scots Pine, a Chinese Juniper, a Sabina Juniper, a Hawthorn, a Chinese Elm, and a couple of Japanese maples in training. Today I received one of those Scots Pine’s, which was classed as Bonsai material, though it had been styled by Peter Warren, the author of a very good DK Bonsai book recently published. It has a wonderful thick, craggy trunk. Excellent potential – let’s hope I don’t kill that potential!


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