The auto-awesome is quite hectic, and unintentionally funny
Here is Rebecca Ottmann from Siemens Stiftung in Germany and Logie Naidoo from the eThekwini Municipality handing over the certificates to the teachers who finished their training and received the gift of the science kits.
The teachers came from Inanda, Kwa-Ximba and the Folweni area, and attended a total of six training sessions, giving up their Saturdays in order to attend.
It was great to see their happiness at their achievement, and how much they appreciate the gift of the science kits.
Not so fast
Though commonly called the African Foxglove, it is not a member of the genus Digitalis
Ceratotheca triloba is a delightful volunteer plant, and happily grows in disturbed ground.
Or as PlantZAfrica puts it, they are "Opportunistic Annuals".
Yet another autumn-flowering plant of the grasslands, _Ceratotheca triloba_ is mostly found in the summer rainfall areas of South Africa.
In other words, don't try to spot them in Cape Town in the wild, though the display at Kirstenbosch Gardens is apparently fantastic.
However, as long as they receive plenty of irrigation during the hot summer months, they will flower for the Capetonians amongst us.
They are a favourite of the carpenter and other bees.
Yet another lovely spotted in the veldt at Monteseel.
Pretty sure this is where I first read about camp followers...Good read.
Another delicate veldt lovely from our rock-climbing to Monteseel on Sunday.
It looks to be part of the legume family; they are common to our grasslands.
Mostly all are purple too, come to think of it.
In fact, I'll share purple flowers only until the end of this week -
One such privilege is the ability to make friends from all over the world and learn about their culture and cuisine
Ladoo is firmly entrenched as a family favourite.
I learnt it from my friend Priya whose family originally came from the Sindh region but after partition settled in Mumbai.
However, the family have stripped the recipe down to its two primary ingredients of desiccated coconut and condensed milk.
So entrenched is it that Bethany thought of it when bringing in a treat to her class that the kids had to guess.
She was delighted no-one guessed what was a mixture of creamy, sticky and milky on the one hand and hairy, healthy and desiccated on the other.
It makes a great snack, keeps well in the fridge and even little ones can help you make it.
Well worth making -
Colour-wise, it's an anemone, but the outer series of prickles resemble a sea-urchin
It really looks like something that should be under sea as opposed to above sand.
What it is is a mystery to me, but whatever it is, it's lovely.
My son playing the piano at school prize-giving
He was tired of his exam pieces, so elected to learn a new piece - in two weeks only.
Talk about giving his mother and piano teacher canniptions.
Of course it's nowhere near as polished as the ones he worked on for ages, but I could understand his feelings, and this piece is a real crowd-pleaser.
Fortunately, he really, really enjoys playing in public, hence will blithely go on and learn a new piece and not be at all fussed about messing up.
The performance nerves belong to his mother, he has none.
But isn't that what music is about too - enjoying it together? Enjoying it, period.
I keep on waiting and waiting until he has the pieces really polished to take videos and by then it's too late and he's onto the next.
So here, for the record, is his initial version of Mission Impossible.
These autumn-flowering plants usually bear their blossoms on erect stems.
Apart from this delightful bohemian variety, which whirls and twirls its blossoms all about, looking mildly unkempt in the process.
If it were a person, it would be a young Raquel Welsh, with bed hair.
A glorious goddess of a gladiolus.
Taken on our walk at Montseel on Sunday.
We really are blessed with an astonishing variety of flowers here, and every last season brings its flowers.
These are the autumn lot, spring brings bulbs that flower amongst the burnt grass tinged with green. Spring also brings forth a flush of pink and green growth from the trees and many flowers.
Winter is most dramatic, with burnt orange aloes majestic and stark against long strands of umber, heavy-headed grass.
Autumn yields tiny lovelies nestling in the long grass, delicate living gems.
For , , , and anyone else still in wintry climes.
- eThekwini Community FoundationDirector, 2012 - present
Durban, South Africa
- University of the WitwatersrandMA Comparative Literature, 1990 - 1992
- University of KwaZulu-NatalHonours Psychology, 1988 - 1988
- University of KwaZulu-NatalBA, 1985 - 1987
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