Category Archives: Birding

A friend in the garden for 2017…

Here at Frog & Fern swallows soar in low cloud and our resident Bush shrike whistles “ooooooooo-up” among  splendid Msasa trees. Our rains have come. Mzanje fruit lie thick and sweet among the leaves feeding chongololos, birds, butterflies, people and … Continue reading

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November, blossoms, birds and crazy people

November sounds at Frog & Fern are dominated by a constant wind and lively trilling of a pair of Paradise Flycatchers nesting  metres from the kitchen door.  Our  flycatchers arrived on September 29th. We watched them choose their nest site, … Continue reading

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Wait for the call….

September brings the spectacle of nature known to Zimbabweans as “Msasa time”. For a couple of weeks those of us still lucky enough to be surrounded with Brachystegia Woodland revel in the astounding colours of  emerging leaves. And as the … Continue reading

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The patience of a scientist

How lucky were we, at Frog & Fern this August? Hailing from Belgium and staying in Mzanje cottage for ten days with his wife and teenage daughter was marine biologist Hans Hillewaert. One could not help but appreciate this special … Continue reading

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Visitors of every variety in 2015

Chimanimani in May is always something special. Our wild proteas and delicate tree orchids start to bloom, the skies are a vivid blue behind the mountains which rise in crisp definition above our village. This month is well ahead of … Continue reading

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Don’t dress up Mum!

As I enjoy a morning coffee my nearest neighbour sits quietly observing me.  She tilts her head and stares at me, unblinking. We share a moment  looking at each other –  She seems unmoved.  Rather like me she appears solidly … Continue reading

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Where will your road lead you?

Visitors to Chimanimani can be described as being hugely varied but invariably interesting, as well as active people.   Now that the rains have stopped they are out exploring in 4×4’s or stepping off a mini-bus, ragged and courageous. Some … Continue reading

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2014…brings rain and gorgeous birds

Happily for us it was rain and not fireworks bringing  in the New Year to our garden at Frog & Fern Cottages. Exactly what we needed of course. No frightened, runaway animals, instead the horses are knee deep in kikuyu.  … Continue reading

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December already….and a good month for a prayer.

Wishing you an excellent Festive Season where ever you may be reading this. I wonder if your year sped by with the same slippery velocity? Here in Zimbabwe 2013 provided an interesting year and how grateful we were to have … Continue reading

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April Skies

You cannot imagine a bluer blue than the sky above our mountains today. April brings crisp sunny mornings. Our dogs, horses and cats wake early to move out. Bask, soaking in sunshine warmth like sponges. Whilst we miss the cheerful  … Continue reading

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