“She Just Needed To Be Who She Really Was.”

Originally posted on Sam & KJ's Suiseki Blog (水石):
Before I begin, please take a few minutes to read this true story as documented in the Book The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson (c) 2009. The Element “Gillian was only eight years old, but her future was already at risk. Her schoolwork was a disaster, at least as… Continue reading “She Just Needed To Be Who She Really Was.”

Birding in Swaziland

Originally posted on roncorylus:
Our journey started from Johannesburg and we were in Swaziland at the Malolotja Reserve in time for lunch.  It is a beautiful area with rolling hills and magnificent scenery. The bird of note was the Buff-Streaked Chat and there were many of them around. We travelled with Lilli and Barry, and Margaret, with Grahame Snow of Reach Africa as our guide.… Continue reading Birding in Swaziland

A Winter Birding Traverse – Part 12 – Sirheni to Sanbonani

Originally posted on roncorylus:
We left Sirheni with long faces and travelled across to Louis Trichardt and then down the N1 to Pretoria, where I had an appointment the next morning.  Once that was out of the way, we set off east again to Sanbonani, a time share and hotel complex close to Hazyview.  Sanbonani has magnificent gardens and lies in a V between two… Continue reading A Winter Birding Traverse – Part 12 – Sirheni to Sanbonani

A Winter Birding Traverse – Part 13 – Sanbonani to Hermanus

Originally posted on roncorylus:
Our journey from Sanbonani took us down to Clarens in the eastern Free State, but not before we had had to cope with early morning rush hour traffic in Mbombela! The trip was uneventful and, with around 600 kilometres to cover, left little time for birding along the way. We did, however, visit the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, where we… Continue reading A Winter Birding Traverse – Part 13 – Sanbonani to Hermanus

Overberg Birding

Originally posted on roncorylus:
A morning drive through parts of the Overberg revealed many interesting birds along the Hawston View road.  From there we traveled along the Van der Stel Pass and onwards across the Theewaterskloof Dam, before heading to Greyton.  Lunch in a cafe garden gave us the opportunity to see a pair of Olive Woodpeckers, the highlight of our trip.  Returning to Hermanus… Continue reading Overberg Birding

A Private Visit to Omiya Bonsai Village

Valavanis Bonsai Blog Yesterday the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition was closed to switch out all the bonsai masterpiece. and replace them with a couple hundred new masterpieces. It will open in a few hours for Part 2. Also opening is the 6thJapan Suiseki Exhibition, where I’m an exhibitor and member too. Fuyo-en Bonsai Garden I met some long time friends, Boon, from California, John Kirby from … Continue reading A Private Visit to Omiya Bonsai Village