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Wildflowers Watching The Sea

Wildflowers Watching The Sea

Wide open spaces… what a place to grow wild. The wildflowers – themselves an intricate attraction – have the best view in the house. It is here that I gain perspective about the size of my triumphs and my troubles, the actual importance of those...
Toes In The Water…

Toes In The Water…

Families, friendly peeps, frolicking couples, four-footed friends – what a place and what a day to be outside. There are some truly magnificent beaches scattered throughout the UK – and in summer you might as well be on some tropical island somewhere. In...
A Carpet Of Wildflowers

A Carpet Of Wildflowers

An ancient tree, a formal setup with neat hedges and a bench in the background – and in the foreground – untamed, wild, triumphant and defiant – growth that is young and free and on its own terms. It might look like hail, or snow – but...
From The Woods

From The Woods

There’s something truly magical about the deep woods. Not just a cluster of trees in a botanical garden somewhere – but actual, ancient woodland that goes on and on. I’m partial – perhaps and of course – as my surname Van Der Walt means...
Where’s Freddo?

Where’s Freddo?

You can’t get here via road. You have to take a boat or kayak of some sort. Then you sit and watch the river, and life on the river, go by. Otters pop up in the water and then dive below, the play in the wake of passing boats, The birdlife sing symphonies as yet...