Category Archives: Hogmanay

I bless the rains down in Africa; Baobabs, Beauty and Baubles in Zimbabwe; 

Travellers and residents of Africa, we are all familiar with the iconic ‘upside down tree”, the iconic baobab of Africa which stands much of the year bare and sculptural against the clear winter sky in Zimbabwe. Its branches twist and … Continue reading

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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge; Rain and Rejuvenation, Snails and Wild Flowers…

At the beginning of 2015, I reminisce ….. Clive Stockil, through Tusk Trust, won the Prince William Award  for a Lifetime Achievement in Conservation in 2013…here he is at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge with staff and the Award itself….. We now congratulate Richard … Continue reading

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Atholl Brose- nectar of oats and whisky, sweetened with honey-A Scottish drink enjoyed all over the world , and especially at New Year

Atholl Brose–another New Year tradition which I enjoy,  this is truly a  Scottish brew….one I will create for New Years Eve at Chilo Gorge Lodge I soak oatmeal in water overnight and squeeze out the delicious milky extract…then local yummy honey goes … Continue reading

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Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hock and Collards Recipe -Southern United States New Year tradition

To balance the Scottish Tradition of Atholl Brose that I am honouring in the previous blog,  here is a tasty New Year tradition in the United States- Black-Eyed Peas- a ‘Good Luck” tradition, and one I can fully vouch for, having spent a … Continue reading

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Hogmanay and elephants! Scottish roots of Auld Lang Syne and tradition reach worldwide- I have joined the World Wide Ceilidh –

Such fun, wonderful festive season feasts, elephants galore, rain  and happy guests…. this is the early morning view downriver from Room 5 at Chilo Gorge – a lone bull elephant crossing the Save River through gentle rain, in front of Mahenye … Continue reading

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