Category Archives: Hiking

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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Remember “Solvitur ambulando” for 2017.

A Black cuckoo mournfully sang “I’m soooo sad” –  competing with  the buoyant, lively trilling of a pair of Paradise Flycatchers.  A fresh breeze, scudding clouds. Sunshine, green, green Msasa and the squelch of a ripe Mzanje underfoot.  You had … Continue reading

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Mountains of Mood

Wishing you  Happy Christmas.  May you walk these mountains in 2016! 2015 is all but gone. Every morning the mountains have stood beyond the village, unmoved by our trivial and transient lives. And each day, if you took the time … 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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Take a walk in May.

Walking, riding or taking the dogs out for a run – There is NO place like this. Aloes are in flower as well as the everlastings. Wherever  you go you are met with astounding beauty. The walking you choose to … Continue reading

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Does your Medical Aid cover a helicopter rescue?

Our back fence adjoins a National Park and there are many walks in and around Frog & Fern Cottage – Bridal Veil Falls, Pork Pie and Greenmount –  all of them will get your heart rate up. There are in … Continue reading

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Relax…and walk.

The best kind of holiday sends you back to the office feeling mentally sharp and physically fitter.  Where to go to achieve this on a budget? I used to enjoy lying on a beach reading a book and then jumping … Continue reading

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Keeping cool – Chimanimani is the place to be.

October is known as suicide month – dry, hot, debilitating –  unless you have a mountain stream gushing by your doorstep… Here in Chimanimani we are known to be somewhat off beat, refreshingly so in my opinion. Take for instance … 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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The month of June

June glorious June! She has driven my training ants below ground for the winter and ushered in day upon day of clear blue skies. Wonderful walking weather and we linger sumptuously slowly upon our familiar routes.  Benji can now safely … Continue reading

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