The Addo elephant – an inspirational coincidence

The Addo elephant – an inspirational coincidence

Last week we spent a day at Addo Elephant National Park and, just as we were leaving at sunset, we saw a lone bull elephant striding up over the horizon.  The misty Suurberg ridges rising up beyond the Sundays River valley made a lovely dramatic backdrop to his silhouette. I got to wondering what would … Continue reading

Aloes, webs and cosmos

Aloes, webs and cosmos

There will probably be autumn mist tomorrow morning, our host at Tsitsa Falls backpackers (Adrian Badenhorst) told us around the camp fire, you often get them when a hot day follows.  He was right.  The whole Tsitsa valley was dark with mist at sunrise but it soon began to clear as the sun burned through. … Continue reading

Loose leaves from Kenya

Loose leaves from Kenya

Sitting on the shelf in my studio are four stamp albums.  Three of them belonged to my Dad and the other belongs to Helen.  He gave her these albums and I have them all for safekeeping. The post’s called loose leaves because in Dad’s ‘swops and to be included’ album are a few Kenyan stamps … Continue reading

Atlas of Kenya: Ethnic Distributions slideshow

Atlas of Kenya: Ethnic Distributions slideshow

Way back in 1990 I went on sabbatical leave to St Mary’s College, Durham University, and produced an Atlas of Kenya.  I specifically wanted to map where ethnic groups lived at independence (1963) and where they lived in 1979 at the end of President Kenyatta’s government. I used the 1962 and 1979 population censuses to … Continue reading

Cover Concept for ‘The Cull’

Cover Concept for ‘The Cull’

I’ve been working on some cover concepts for Harry Owen’s upcoming collection ‘The Cull: new and resurrected poems’.  It’s taken a while to get to the finished product but now both Harry and Amitabh Mitra, who’s publishing it through the Poets Printery, are very enthusiastic about this one. The basis for the cover is a picture … Continue reading