Category Archives: Gauteng

Fire in the smoke

I’d been sitting cosily in my study for most of today writing up my conference abstracts when at about 17h00 I look out the window and saw the most beautiful soft pastelly glow in the sky

As is usual in the highveld in winter, the sunsets are spectacular. Blue skies and wispy clouds combine with smoke from the veld fires to put on a bit of a show.

I called to my husband and rushed outside to capture what I could before the sun set in its entirety. We stood on the patio looking at the sunset and strangely, for that time of the evening, saw a bat out already. Hmmm…must’ve had his sunglasses on…

Fire in the sky - Highveld Sunset
Fire in the sky – Highveld Sunset


Artist’s retreat – Nirox Farm

A recent visit to NIROX inspired this post. It’s a serene place set in a 15 hectare nature reserve in the Cradle of Humankind, a UNSESCO World Heritage Site.

The Cradle of Humankind is rich in palaeontological treasure and contains more than 40 fossil sites, the most famous of which are Mrs Pless (2.5 million years) and Little Foot (3.3 million years).

NIROX is home to a Sculpture Park.