23.01.17 Waking up in the knowledge that third year exams are behind me and a new series of winterwatch has returned to liven up our weeknight tv screens, I decided to embrace my newfound temporary freedom by conducting my own winterwatch. With my trusty, slightly neglected of late, DSLR in tow I braved the foggy conditions … More Winterwatch at Wollaton
Friday 5th August The arrival of August seems to have transported us back to Spring with showers and cool temperatures reminiscent of April dominating the first few days. It was thus a refreshing sight to awake to blue skies on this fine morning; which only enhanced my already upbeat mood at the prospect of an … More The King of the Castle
Wednesday 22nd June Waking up to the light was a weird sensation. Thought it made a refreshing change. Wednesday is lie-in day. When I say lie-in I mean 7.15 am; practically mid-morning out here in the bush. This morning’s job, instead of the pre-sunrise bird point counts, was to conduct our first game transect on … More S.A Diaries – Spotted
Monday 20th June Following the surprise sighting of two lionesses yesterday morning, we were all on high alert in the back of the truck hoping that something would again emerge from the dawn shadows of the surrounding bush to say hello. But this pensive hope combined with our cold and barely-awake selves encourages the mind … More S.A Diaries – Lions & Giraffe & Elephants oh my!
Sunday 19th June Our 4 am wake up call interrupted our deep slumber all too soon. Almost immediately after unzipping myself from the confines of my sleeping bag and switching from a horizontal to a vertical position I felt very unsteady on my feet. I also realised the dull headache I chose to ignore as … More S.A Diaries – Wake up call
Saturday 18th June Once the repetitive shrill tone of my 6.30am alarm had ceased, the only sounds issuing from in and around camp were those of intricate bird song. I felt so at peace. The air temperature was nowhere near as cold as I’d anticipated, bearing in mind South Africa is currently experiencing winter. Instead … More S.A Diaries – Meeting the locals
I am back! After a hectic first week readjusting to civilisation, hampered by a severe case of post South Africa blues, I’ve finally found time to catch my breath and reflect on my African adventure. And what an adventure it has been! I’m so glad I kept a journal to record my daily thoughts and … More Back from the bush