Bees of Gaborone – Our Tiny Mafia #1/2

“Mafia just means family. And we look after our family.” Anon I’m pleased that African Honey Bees defend themselves as fiercely they do, because our lives depend on it. They pollinate our flowers and crops. Without them, we would have no food; these tiny bees have been our allies for a very long time. Cave…

Urban Eco | 12 June 2020

Monkey Filmed on Homemade Go-Pro 🐒

I had just started running around the outside of the house when a large monkey came out of nowhere and grabbed an apple off the bird-table.  I thought he had run off but when I lapped again, he had made himself comfortable on one of the pillars and was watching me. Each time I lapped…

Frog Tales | 11 May 2020

Lost Runner Thumbs Lift on Golf Cart.

Bolstered by an article about Nelson Mandela – who kept fit for 27 years in jail – I decided to start running around the outside of the house. Swimming is usually my thing, but lock-down Botswana calls for Lock-down measures. First, I pick a play-list and immediately go to a happy place when Dizzy Rascal…

Life in Botswana | 29 April 2020

Rejection Hurts

We were relaxing by the pool at a hotel when we noticed a particularly noisy weaver bird dismantling a nest; ripping this strand, that strand with such fury, that the nest fell from the tree – plop! Into the pool. The bird’s frustration was palpable – it paced endlessly up and down alongside the deep…

Frog Tales | 2 April 2020

Laetitia’s Self-Watering vegetable garden

Our miniature sausage dog Rory can be a moody little bug*er, but it was definitely more than sulking this time – so we took him to one of our local vets, Laetitia Gaudeux. B2 came with me, holding him on her lap for much needed calm and support – I love that little guy, he…

Urban Eco | 14 March 2020

Who am I? 6 things I did to change myself and my home

It’s been quite a while since my last post, and that’s because I totally lost my mo-jo. I won’t bore you with all the reasons, but here’s one of them. I got asked to guest-blog on a well-known forum with the header ‘6 things you can do to be more eco-friendly’ and I didn’t want…

Urban Eco | 7 March 2020

Why I wanted live earth worms, and how I got some

I was frantically scouring the shelves at The Crazy Store in Mowana Park, when I bumped into my daughter’s P.E teacher, Midge, similarly harassed. She was looking for creative ways to label bottles of wine for a 50th birthday party. ‘Large lettering!’ I suggest, tapping my reading glasses. We laugh, and she asks what I…

Urban Eco | 23 September 2019

Drama Triangles

An uncomfortable interaction took place with one of my friends – which I felt responsible for.   I called another friend, who is a qualified councillor, to ask how I could have dealt with it better, and she told me about the Karpman Drama Triangle, where-by two people continuously switch between three roles – victim, persecutor,…

Life in Botswana | 9 August 2019

No.1 Book Launch & Photos

I once got told I had a good face for comedy (?) and now I know why! I spent the last half-hour killing myself laughing. Thankfully, the rest of you don’t look quite so silly, and there are actually a couple of decent ones of me somewhere. Ahhh, what a night. Thank you, Mimi. And…

Book Publicity | 4 August 2019

It’s All About No.1 Frog Theory Re-Launch

Next Thursday ‘we’ are re-launching ‘The Frog Theory’ at the No.1 Ladies’ Coffee House, which was handed over to Mimi Shand by Alexander McCall Smith, celebrated author of ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ and I – can’t – wait!  Alexander McCall Smith also started the Really Terrible Orchestra, which makes me feel better about the…

Book Publicity | 26 July 2019