sweet/bitter: senuko seasons past and yet to come

Watch out! Many gorgeous flowers such as my Adenium swazicum, harbour a resident crab spider, cute but deadly…(if you are the size of a fly)…

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Bitter Sweet reminisces…

Our year past, 2017, at our bush house, Tsavene, has been one of joy, wilderness, family and landscapes…..mixed with dreadful anticipation and trepidation for the year to come….

Fabulous views from Sunset Rock, New Years Eve, as my dad tends the fire..

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Camping on the deck at Tsavene; adventure for Jade and Rayne, our grandchildren…

waiting for breakfast….

and swimming above the waterhole…

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Getting inspiration for paintings on woodland walks…

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Christmas shared with family and friends,

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gathering around a pretty table, drinking Painted Wolf Wine, (very yummy vino, plus it benefits wild dogs with every bottle sold)!

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Wowed by the Christmas colours of the wet season crinum lilies blooming in profusion below our house, in shades of deepest pink…

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to palest ethereal pink


Tending my garden, Dad and Olison planting trees…

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supervised as ever by Dzidzi and Shonge, the Jack Russells

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reaping a harvest of home-grown jalapeños…


Cooking and eating, slow-food style, on our mopani fire,

jalapeno on the fire.jpgLiving and eating under the stars…..inspiring my painting “Night Sky”, oil and acrylic on loose canvas, 100 x 130 cm

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which has been included in the abstract Robin Sprong Wallpaper range that I created during the year past! Very exciting!

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The joy of collecting stunning wooden sculptures such as this stork from my  talented Zimbabwean artist friends, and creating new garden vistas,

Watching the nesting birds…this paradise flycatcher inside our house on the verandah chandelier,

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who decided we are good chaperones for her two surviving chicks…

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(sadly there were three, one fell out of the nest onto my artwork and although I rescued the little being and kept it warm until I could place it back in the nest, it later died…)

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and in our strelitzia nicolae, a bulbul nest…..

Of course I am always going to be painting the plants that I love in my garden...

Strelitzia nicolae, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 130 cm

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And after many encounters in our “backyard”…


many delightful views of rocks and klipspringers..


many enigmatic stare downs by buffalo beasts!….

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I am endlessly inspired to paint….

“Sunset Buffalo”, acrylic on canvas board, , 41 x 51 cm.

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…and sunset walks in the banyeni acacia woodland are inspiration for landscapes…such as “Acacia silhouette”, acrylic on canvas board, 51 X 76 cm

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Walks and musings with the dogs are balm for the soul….

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Adventures with my dad…

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Collecting feathers and creating elaborate play-scenes, watched over by a fond grandfather…

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climbing every fallen log, in case the next one “feels” different….

Tortoise tactics, when faced with an inquisitive pup…..pretend you are not at home…

discretion is definitely the better part of valour…

All of this, and the  gorgeous Senuko landscape surrounding our house, is wind for our wings,

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and for the wings of our resident Ground hornbills..

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Yet this special beauty is a weight on our shoulders that sometimes feels unbearable. We shudder at the responsibility of caring for all this….the innocence of young impalas resting below our bush house..


The gaze of an eland beneath my verandah…

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and the growing trust of the elephants that drink at our waterhole..

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Mixed emotions; euphoria and love for this wild beauty, mixed with dread, wondering when vultures might descend on us…

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We know we are facing the ongoing threat of poaching, especially for elephant tusks and rhino horn..

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Horn of Fire

Knowing how easy it is for losses to hit us in the face…remembering the death of our rhino bull “Luveve”,  below our verandah at Tsavene, our bush house, on  our very doorstep, in 2015…here remembered in the words of Wilson…

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The body of “Luveve” slowly degenerated. The rhino pelvis lay at the scene for many months, as we watched hyena and lion work away at the scattered bones and skin of the poor carcass…

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Eventually this last year we rescued it, collected with reverence by Wilson…..he who had witnessed and recorded the sad death so many months before….

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Now I keep it on our verandah as a beautiful natural object but more importantly as a grim reminder ….

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How can we prevent the only rhino left on Senuko and indeed in the whole of the Save Valley Conservancy, from being merely a wooden carved one on our Tsavene verandah table?

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I need, we all need, rhinos ALIVE. They are the inspiration for the save Valley Conservancy, for all of Africa, and they are icons of our wilderness strongholds….

“Black Rhino”, mixed media/oil on stretched canvas, 3 x 2 feet

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How best can we protect all these wild animals, so dependent on the vagaries of humans for their continued existence; animals such as “Jupiter” the African wild dog. Look at the raw wound on his neck, now healing thankfully…..


rescued from the strangling, cutting snare wire that throttled his neck, by Jess and her team from the African Wildlife Conservation Fund

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How can we help Jupiter and his pack, and the other wild dog packs of Zimbabwe, to run free without fear of wire snares?

“Hunting”, mixed media on stretched canvas, 2 x 4 feet..

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How best can we maintain our loyal staff, people such as Anderson and Wilson, and their families, who care for our house and dogs. People such as the scouts who patrol our bush and protect our wildlife, and all the staff who keep Senuko ticking, limping along… They are all our friends in need, in the midst of economic uncertainty..

Anderson’s sweet family…

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Wilson and one of his daughters-Wilson’s clever daughter is deputy head girl at her school …

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The only way we can survive and create a stable future for ALL of us, man and animal alike,  the only way we can keep this vision going for the bigger picture of Wildlife Conservation and tourism,  is if the economic environment of our dear Zimbabwe allows! From having a dream, we need to move onto creating reality!

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Will Zimbabwe’s tourism really bounce back after the momentous happenings of last year? Everyone in the world press is talking about us, but are they really noticing us……

Have we “seen the sunrise in Zimbabwe?!”


PS: “Sunrise in Zimbabwe”, adapted by my dear friend Bud Cockcroft,  features on his album “Bits n Pieces”. It was written by Myles Hunter and Refugee, good friends of Bud’s from Canada, who fell in love with Zimbabwe.  It was used in an excellent Air Zimbabwe advertisement.

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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4 Responses to sweet/bitter: senuko seasons past and yet to come

  1. Bronwen Evans says:

    What a beautiful collection of photos Lin… an intimate look at a magical place filled with magical people, animals and all sorts of astounding things. Thank you for sharing and letting us in to your world…. and I see the girls got their wish for Xmas, all the waterholes and pools are filled with water… What joy! Wishing you and Clive everything you desire for 2018, love always. B XX

    • wineandwilddogs says:

      thanks for the comments dearest Bron, lets hope 2018 proves to be a vintage year… and well done on your wonderful CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART WEBSITE and newsletter, you have started 2018 with a flourish, aluta continua!

  2. Hannah Whittall says:

    Beautiful Linn – wishing you and clive a bright and happy 2018 – let hope a better one xx love the photos and those gorgeous granddaughters – much love to you all xx hannah x

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