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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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on 7 Days of Nature’s Gifts: Day 2 – Festive Season Cocktail

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Thanks for the info on rooibos. I’ve seen it mentioned in print a few times but didn’t have a clue what it was.

We spent a wonderful Christmas with you all one year. We brought our eldest son and his family. It was a wonderful visit where we saw a baby impala being born and watched a stampede of Impala being chased by wild dogs. I also remember the wonderful Christmas dinner we had. My mother introduced me to Rooiboss tea on my first trip to South Africa. It is delicious! Merry Christmas to yo all! Victoria

Thanks for the lovely poems, pictures (the ones of the giraffe and of the sunbird are so beautiful!) and story on rooibos.

Hi Jemma, thank you for the interesting information on Rooibos tea. It has been my favourite tea for many years here in Canada, but I learned some new things in reading this. I first heard of it in the Alexander McCall Smith book series that takes place in Botswana, but they called it red bush tea. I imagine it is the same thing? Thank you for the lovely photos and the great information!

When a person is young you tend to not look at nature the way it should be looked at, with the utter most appreciation. Ten years in a person’s life makes a huge difference and can make you look at life totally different. The stillness in the bush gives you time to think and to take stock of your life, and appreciate everything in the wild and animals.

Loved your blog Jemma….can so relate to ‘The Peace of Wild Things’, it has always been my happy place and although I left my childhood home in Africa moons ago, I still find peace whenever I have the opportunity to be immersed in the Wild, be it a forest or a savanna.. wishing you and all the Londo family a wonderful, peaceful festive season 🙏🏻💗

Beautiful poetry shared with us – thank you. I enjoyed my first cup of Rooibos tea Christmas, 1995, during my first trip to RSA. It was so different from teas I was used to drinking and quickly became a favorite. Luckily I took some home as it hadn’t arrived in The US Truly a wonderful Day 2 of Advent.

A really nice blog and food for thought. Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas to one and all at Londolozi.

Gemma, Thanks for the festive drink suggestions and wonderful story! We will try to make up a batch before New Years! We love the flavors of Rooibos and still have some left from our last visit.

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