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Spring, finally!

| by: admin | September 14, 2013

Officially Spring started on 1 September – but it didn’t quite feel like it yet. Today however the garden showed us otherwise, just as in this wonderful poem by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke that celebrates the return of … Continue reading


Whale season

| by: admin | July 24, 2013

This is the “picture of the day” from Ocean Adventures in Plettenbergbay. The Southern Right Whales have arrived !! We could also watch them from Robberg Nature Reserve recently. Can we see them in Knysna? Yes, you can go for … Continue reading


The Argonaut

| by: admin | July 16, 2013

This is the eggcase of Argonauta argo which was washed up to my feet on Brenton Beach one evening. And not only the eggcase but the octopus inhabiting it as well. I was so amazed about it´s sight and not … Continue reading


Knysna´s Mild Winter

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We are currently enjoying a mild green winter here with daytime temperatures between 14 to 26°C. The latter is well known as hot “bergwind” in the garden route and only persists for about 2 days. Night temperatures  are often around … Continue reading


Heritage seed tomatoes

| by: admin | February 10, 2013

These are a few of the tomatoes the monkeys left for us. Luckily they do not eat chillies and are not very interested in basil and other herbs. The cocktail and plum tomatoes seeded themselves but the larger and medium-round … Continue reading


A fish in a box

| by: admin | September 24, 2012

Boxfish or Turretfish – Tetraodontiformes I love beach walks! Other than the oceans energy, the salty air and beauty of the scenery, there is always something interesting to find. Last weekend we walked around Robberg, the rocky island and nature … Continue reading


Beginning of Spring at the Garden Route

| by: admin | August 28, 2012

  We haven’t had such a long, cold winter at the Garden Route in a long time! It is August and we can still see the last snow on the peaks of the Swartberg (the higher peaks behind the Outeniquas), … Continue reading


A Knysna dwarf chamaleon (Bradypodion damaranum)

| by: admin | April 5, 2012

Just before Easter I found a Knysna dwarf chameleon in our bushy garden. And this is really, really special and only the third time in 15 years that we’ve discovered one here!  In Wikipedia the following is written about this … Continue reading


People of the Gardenroute

| by: admin | February 27, 2012

Reading in Gremlin News, our local online newsletter, I recently came across a link that pointed me to the following news item: “Knysna is a world popular destination, labeled as one of the Top 100 Destinations in the world and … Continue reading


Quiet Knysna Sunday

| by: admin | February 12, 2012

After a brief cooler spell and some long awaited rain last night, the glorious summer weather has returned to Knysna on this beautiful and quiet Sunday. It is pleasant and not too hot for a bike ride in the forest … Continue reading