South African Sketchbook

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Bonsmara cattle on Triple 'B' Ranch, a stud farm for pedigree beef cattle in the Waterberg, about 3 hours north of Pretoria that have self-catering cottages and offer horse safaris, when you can learn how to work with the breeding herds.

The Waterberg ~ South Africa

The Palala River, flowing north towards the Limpopo. Bonsmara cattle. Old red sandstone cliffs. Horses. Iron age sites and wildlife ~

A sketch of the South Africa Library in Cape Town.

Are you planning to go to Cape Town?

Sketches made travelling through the winelands ~ Visiting a friend at Roggelands, near Paarl ~ In the old Botantical Gardens looking at the South African Library ~ A map I sketched of the Cape Town area ~

The Palala River running through the Waterberg in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

The Waterberg ~ South Africa

The Palala River, flowing north towards the Limpopo. Bonsmara cattle. Old red sandstone cliffs. Horses. Iron age sites and wildlife ~

Sketches made whilst visiting Roggeland and Fairview in the wine region around Stellenbosch in the Cape

Are you planning to go to Cape Town?

Sketches made travelling through the winelands ~ Visiting a friend at Roggelands, near Paarl ~ In the old Botantical Gardens looking at the South African Library ~ A map I sketched of the Cape Town area ~

A diary kept whilst trevelling in the Eastern Transvaal, South Africa

Might I inspire you to travel more?

It's always hard to get away, but one thing I have resolved to do in 2013 is to travel more. It's always good to travel with a purpose. A sketch book and a small paintbox can enrich one's experience. It doesn't matter how good the pictures are. This one didn't work very well but elements proved useful. It's good to observe, to take visual notes. I find I have poor hand-eye coordination when I am tired but improve with practice. If nothing else, you return home with a record of your…

Looking out over the Swaziland mountains from Songimvelo Game Reserve in South Africa

Might I inspire you to travel more?

It's always hard to get away, but one thing I have resolved to do in 2013 is to travel more. It's always good to travel with a purpose. A sketch book and a small paintbox can enrich one's experience. It doesn't matter how good the pictures are. This one didn't work very well but elements proved useful. It's good to observe, to take visual notes. I find I have poor hand-eye coordination when I am tired but improve with practice. If nothing else, you return home with a record of your…

The north coast of Natal, just below the Mozambique border where you can find dolphin and hippo swimming in the sea.

Have you ever been to Kosi Bay?

If you are planning a trip to South Africa, see if you can visit Kosi Bay in Natal. The unique system of costal lakes support a huge number of bird species and is famous for the traditional fishtraps used by the local people. We were able to watch both Samango monkeys in the costal rain forest and went snorkeling in the estuary. Being guests of the Warden we were able to stay in one of the researcher's huts for a few days. I remember listening to Zulu drums beating as the sun went down. You…

The gardens of Windsong House on Triple 'B' Ranch in the Waterberg, South Africa

Painting in South Africa ~

At this time of year it is high summer in South Africa. When I lived in the Waterberg I went riding every morning before breakfast, returning for mealie pap and bananas fried with crispy bacon before settling down to paint in a room looking out over this lovely garden. You too can stay with my friends on Triple 'B' Ranch ~ home to Waterberg Cottages as well as Horizon Horseback Adventures with Ant's Nest and Ant's Hill near by ~

A book of sketches sent back to England from southern Africa.

The Waterberg ~ South Africa

The Palala River, flowing north towards the Limpopo. Bonsmara cattle. Old red sandstone cliffs. Horses. Iron age sites and wildlife ~

Sketching on the bank of the Palala River in the Waterberg

The Waterberg ~ South Africa

The Palala River, flowing north towards the Limpopo. Bonsmara cattle. Old red sandstone cliffs. Horses. Iron age sites and wildlife ~

A list of mammals seen, kept on Touchstone Game Reserve in the Waterberg, South Africa

A page from my sketchbook ~

A page from my sketchbook

A bird list kept in the Waterberg region of South Africa.

One of many bird lists I have kept ~

and some visual notes on ground nesting birds and those keeping an eye on them filming keeping out of the way or or just looking

A map of my adventures exploring the Cape. We climbed the mountain, tasted wine in Constantia, took a Sunday school in Khayelitshia, rode horses through the sand dunes and got so cold we knitted jumpers from wool that was hand-spun on a farm above Stellenbosch.

Are you planning to go to Cape Town?

Sketches made travelling through the winelands ~ Visiting a friend at Roggelands, near Paarl ~ In the old Botantical Gardens looking at the South African Library ~ A map I sketched of the Cape Town area ~

Game rangers after a long, hot day working in the bush.

Reviews of 'Ride the Wings of Morning' on Goodreads

A collection of letters written between the author and her family during the time she spent convalescing and working in South Africa, this lovely volume also contains artwork completed during the years she was there. I enjoyed this book very much and would love to meet the author. A wonderfully refreshing book, innocent, appealing, very funny, insightful . . . a must read if you like witty, human life stories. Richard Pilbrow Loved this book as it reminded me so much of my childhood in rural…

The path from my hut at Kosi Bay down to the lake. Samango monkeys lived in the trees and we could hear Zulu drums beating late into the night.

Have you ever been to Kosi Bay?

If you are planning a trip to South Africa, see if you can visit Kosi Bay in Natal. The unique system of costal lakes support a huge number of bird species and is famous for the traditional fishtraps used by the local people. We were able to watch both Samango monkeys in the costal rain forest and went snorkeling in the estuary. Being guests of the Warden we were able to stay in one of the researcher's huts for a few days. I remember listening to Zulu drums beating as the sun went down. You…

Kosi Bay on the Natal Coast, just below the Mozambique border.

Have you ever been to Kosi Bay?

If you are planning a trip to South Africa, see if you can visit Kosi Bay in Natal. The unique system of costal lakes support a huge number of bird species and is famous for the traditional fishtraps used by the local people. We were able to watch both Samango monkeys in the costal rain forest and went snorkeling in the estuary. Being guests of the Warden we were able to stay in one of the researcher's huts for a few days. I remember listening to Zulu drums beating as the sun went down. You…