‘You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave’ Pearl Mzobe and Kate meet up again in Sweden

Kate definitely fits the Hotel California lyric ‘You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave’.  She’s now Emeritus Professor but when Pearl Mzobe came to see us this weekend it was plain to see that here was the supervisor with her former student.  Pearl’s now taking her PhD at Lund University (she got her Masters with us at Rhodes a few years back) and we took her on our long walk that links together Uddevalla’s beautiful Nature Reserves.  It was a five hour walk in the clear sunshine through the greenest of forests with fresh flowing streams.  We even saw a fox and a snake.  We start off at Äsperöd and then link together Ture Dalar, Emaus, Korpberget and Gustavsberg reserves before walking along the Strandpromenarden around the end of the fjord and back to town. There were plenty of stops for the two geomorphologists to investigate the rivers and even more for me to take photos. You can see just how lovely it all is from these pictures.

 

Two webs, a bug and a special lady

Fieldwork with Kate in the Karoo usually involves lots of walking in hot dusty and scratchy places.  Last week’s trip to Ganora was no exception.  On the way to collect data from various instruments and gadgets you find yourself dodging spiders webs and finding the most exquisitely coloured insects.  They are the inhabitants of the sand gullies where Kate has been monitoring erosion for some time now.

So here they are: two webs, a bug and the lady herself!