At the old hut site (the new one being temporarily cut off by flooding) I made lime mortar from the shells of rainforest snails by firing them in a kiln, slaking them in water, mixing them into lime putty. Lime is basically calcium carbonate (CaCO3). The general source of lime is limestone and various other…

Swellendam Hiking Trail

The trail is situated in the Langeberg Mountains of the southwestern Cape. The starting point is reached from the town of Swellendam by turning from the Main Street into Andrew Whyte Street. The forestry station is reached about 3 km further along this road, which is well signposted. The total distance of the trail is […]


by HesterLeyNel   These daylilies, grown by my husband in huge quantities in our garden in Gauteng, South Africa, resulted in a mass colorful display every summer. Daylilies typically last no more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night, possibly replaced by another one […]