Living in the present moment – By Di Atherton

So often we find ourselves fighting time. We don’t have enough time. We run out of time. But if you think about it, time is just there. 86,400 seconds of it in a 24-hour period. The same for you and for me. The lesson for me that day was that the more I focussed on simply being in the moment, the less I paid attention to time and despite my expectation that the 7-hour stopover would drag on endlessly, it actually went really quickly.

Take a drive to Wakkerstroom – By Ciska Kay

If you’re a history buff or a keen birdwatcher, you’re probably already familiar with this part of the world. In 1859, Dirk Cornelius Uys (better known as Swart Dirk Uys, due to his dark complexion), accompanied by two chaps known only as Gunter and Joubert, were instructed to search for a suitable place in the remote part of the Transvaal to establish a new town and congregation

The White River Gallery

With its contemporary exterior of concrete, glass and iron, the gallery has been a strongly recognisable feature in White River and surrounds, associated for many years with art-related events in the Lowveld. Designed as the quintessential “white cube”, its ingenious inverted ceiling allows the flow of natural light, the interior warmly reminiscent of church-like serenity facilitating the viewing of art in peaceful solitude. Although it is much loved by the community as an arts gem, regular visitors from further afield have fuelled its countrywide reputation as a gallery of standing and consistency.

Refuse the plastic straw – By Di Atherton

It’s fascinating to watch people endlessly complaining about litter and yet not coming up with solutions. When the Municipal strikes are on and the streets are trashed with rubbish bins upended, very few businesses get down and dirty and clean up their little section of road and pavement. Why should they? It’s “someone else’s” problem.

Honey bee crisis: How can you and I help to save the honey bee? By Inge Lotter

This is where each of us can make a difference. Farmers, municipalities and home gardeners can reverse this trend by choosing bee-friendly plants as ornamentals, windbreaks, on field edges and ridges, and along roadsides. Fortunately, a number of plants used for soil erosion control or for shelter have abundant flowers to feed bees, making the selection of multi-purpose plants more desirable. This has been done on a large scale by farmers and apiarists in Israel, where more than 1 million trees have been planted within the last 10 years to provide forage for bees. In a desert country that goes 6 months of the year without rain, the provision of bee forage has now enabled them to produce more than 3,600 tons of honey per year, enough for export. Other successful programmes have been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.