Daisies come out to dance on the West Coast

Janette Bennett, who lives in Kwelera Mouth near East London, drove from the East to the West Coast last year to find flowers but the lack of rain had left the land parched and flowerless. But that all changed this year when she hit the road again and discovered dancing daisies galore. And gannetts. Last…

Follow Bridget’s fabulously green route in Maputo

Bridget Hilton-Barber, from the Ministry of Fabulousness, shares her Green Route in Maputo, Mozambique.   Maputo is a heady mix of African and Portuguese, along with Brazilian, French, Arab and Oriental influences. It’s been dubbed Little Havana because of its retro charm and tropical attitude – and there are some interesting green angles to this…

Go eco at Graceland retreat in Limpopo

Anders Ragnarsson, co-owner of Graceland Eco Retreat in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo, with his partner, Douglas Walker, shares his Green Route. ‘My favourite part of the day is waking up in my bedroom looking out through the panorama windows down into the valley. The sun rises over the mountains and floods the floors of the valley in…

Big dreams about living in a Tiny House

The idea of living in a tiny house is fascinating. Not sure where all my clutter would go but think of the advantages of living lightly, free of unnecessary possessions and, ideally, off-grid. I’ve always been fascinated by miniature worlds. When I was a child I was enchanted by the storybook Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan…

Sarah’s marvellous DIY makeover

When potter Sarah Walters found a neglected corner cottage in Newlands Village in Cape Town she set about turning it into her ideal work-from-home/studio/shop space, doing a lot of the renovations herself and upcycling materials she’d gathered over the years. Ceramicist Sarah Walters is familiar with working and living in the same space. Until recently…

Life can be a dream

Jill Mettler from Tokai in Cape Town has transformed her suburban garden into an organic food forest, filled with fruit and vegetables. ‘My green route begins when I wake up, with an organic espresso. Armed with the previous day’s coffee grounds and vegetable peels, I make my way into my food forest and take note…

A slice of country life

Inspired by Jennie Chancey’s Overberg Green Route I decided to see (and taste) country life near Stanford for myself. I’m fascinated by farms in and around Stanford. Perhaps one day I’ll live on one with a couple of chickens, perhaps some sheep or goats too? A favourite farm is Klein River Cheese with its bucolic setting…

Take a fabulous walk in The Parks of Johannesburg

To get a real sense of Jozi being the world’s largest man-made urban forest, come and play in The Parks, says Bridget Hilton-Barber of the Ministry of Fabulousness  The Parks is the collective name for the well-heeled, densely forested suburbs of Parktown, Parktown North, Parkview, Parkhurst, Craighall Park and Westcliff, which border the city’s biggest…

Encounters with travellers and other animals

Sitting down next to a Western Cape Leopard toad makes me happy. It means that despite the drought the toads are keeping cool in our small urban corridor. Meet Cyril the Squirrel, my new acquaintance in the Night Garden.  Squirrels are very inquisitive and Cyril the Squirrel finds the night garden fascinating. I snapped him…

Dig Eidin’s green gardens in KZN’s Nottingham Road

Eidin Griffin – aka Rebel Seed – lives on Edge Farm in Nottingham Road, KZN where she grows and harvests fruit and vegetables in her permaculture garden.  My very local Green Route starts at my permaculture garden with the three noisy ducks. I pick some aubergines, a few handfuls of flowers and the last of…

Step into Mrs Vintage’s green Overberg

Jennie Chancey, also known as Mrs Vintage for her love of vintage clothing, lives in Stanford with her husband Matthew and their 12 children. ‘Green living is very near and dear to my heart, which may sound funny coming from the mother of 12 children, I realise,’ says Jennie. Living in a heritage village in…

Delwyn unearths his Greenpeace path in KZN

Delwyn Pillay, a Seed Freedom activist and volunteer for Greenpeace Africa based in Durban, shares his Green Route 2018. My 2018 Green Route starts within Durban Bay, said to be one of the largest ports in the world and the busiest in Africa. Within this industrial harbour, you can find a relatively tiny (about 20ha) nature reserve, the Bayhead Natural…

Taste Natasha’s nourishing GreenCity CT

Natasha Napoli from Nourish’d Café and Juice bar in Cape Town shares her Green Route. Nourish’d Cafe is a cafe/juice bar that brings awareness about sustainability, consciousness and environmental issues. I serve fresh, natural nourishment to the community and I make my customers pay for their paper straws. When they ask me why they get a…

Discover Bridget’s fabulous green Mpumalanga escapes

  Bridget Hilton-Barber of  The Ministry of Fabulousness shared her Limpopo Green Route with us in April last year. This year she explores the green side of Mpumalanga. Mbombela (Nelspruit) is the hot ‘n heady centre of the Lowveld. Or the Slowveld as we call it, like the Lowveld but slower and steamier. The city has…

Gardening at night

What do you do in a drought when your previously green and verdant front lawn now looks like a stale Weetabix? Why you dig it up and take to gardening at night. Vintage pottery and small succulents in the night garden.   Image: Melanie Farrell The lawn has a huge hole in the middle of it…

Explore the Karoo with Kathryn at Numbi Valley

Kathryn Eybers, who co-owns Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm near Oudtshoorn with her husband, Ross, shares her Green Karoo Route. We love to visit Brett the Vet‘s Tortoiseback Vegan Haven  just outside the tiny Karoo town of Klaarstroom. Brett opens his farm stall once a week on a Friday morning 9am-12 and sells freshly picked organic heirloom veggies and exquisite…

Dip your toes into the Atlantic with Robyn in Kommetjie

Robyn Smith, the founder of Faithful-to-Nature, lives in Kommetjie with her hubby, and sons Cassie, who’s five, and three-month-old Kojo Viljoen. Robyn shares her aqua-green route with us. View this post on Instagram Mornings like these … 💚🌍🙏🐳#blissed #blessed #earthporn #kommetjie #longbeach #houtbayvista #capetown #southafrica #southernpeninsula #summerdays A post shared by Robyn Smith (@robyn_on_earth) on Mar…

Busisiwe shares her Eastern Cape seed route

Busisiwe Mgangxela, an emerging rural farmer near Hogsback who is passionate about keeping things natural and traditional, shares her Green Route. My background as a nurse educator where good quality nutrition is the first line of management in health care drives me and gives me strength to continue even when challenges arise. Caring for plants,…

Taste Nikki Brighton’s KZN Midlands on a plate

  Nikki Brighton – vegetable grower, barterer and photographer – shares her green route on a plate in the KZN Midlands I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. With so many farmers’ markets in the KZN Midlands, it is…

What to do in a drought

I was going to write about resolving to be more focused and organised about zero waste living but all I can think about is water. Everyone’s talking about poo these days. At coffee mornings and birthday lunches, high teas and evening soirees. I’m sure it’s discussed at every water cooler in Cape Town’s city centre…

Helen Walne, underwater-er

Helen Walne, a writer, editor and ‘obsessive underwater-er’, shares her blue-green route.   View this post on Instagram I’m like that troll who hides under bridges. Except I’m a troll with a snorkel and an appreciation for the Romantics. And a good, colonised jetty. #Swimming #openwaterswimming #swim #underwaterphotography #underwaterpics #water #capetown #seaswimming #wildswimming #freediving A…

Stroll along Janette Bennet’s wild Kwelera coast

  Writer and photographer Janette Bennett, who lives in Kwelera Mouth near East London, shares her green route with us. ‘I tend to hang out in and around my home (fairly hermitty), editing and writing, making bags and whatever, gardening and beaching. The first stop on my green route is my garden. We share it…