• Biodiversity 16-1-2017

    Dear Friends, Despite the illegal livestock challenges and forced invasion into private land and protected area throughout the entire Laikipia region, due to a combination of protracted drought and political expansionism/incitement, we carried out an interim biodiversity survey with the National Museums of Kenya team to see the impact of illegal grazers on the species […]

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  • Biodiversity 25-10-2016

    The Python, The Elephants, The Small Five Magic and the intriguing mystery of the Print on the Sand: The Biodiversity Update   In the sky of October clouds gather. The first grass rains beat their drum on the dust Waking up the Dung Beatles who buzz content in the gathering dusk         […]

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  • Land of Hope 20-10-2016

    The Day the Ocean Reached the Savannah / Land of Hope update Dear Friends It was a festive day when Patrick Apetet – irrepressible grin of satisfaction splitting his face – arrived with a hired car, an electrician, a technician, and the largest TV screen on the market, – complete with DVD player, and the […]

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  • LHG 18-10-2016

    Dear Friends After a full moon night The morning began with a wind that gave wings to the hundreds flags.     First to arrive our proud builders team – they had spent weeks perfecting the arena: with a lilth in their step, moving in synchrony   – last touches, a post, a rope, a […]

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  • LHG 25-8-2016

    Up go the Flag Poles Up go the flag poles On the verdant fields Roll roll the marker on the runners track Staff eager smiling working Long hours Once again they will be proud hosts.My field office is set To encourage the team. Next to the old olive I sit once again- Saved from the […]

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  • Elves 15-8-2016

    DAY (7 weeks!) the Update ELF OF THE DAY Sitting up on the sofa Serene A wild termite mushroom umbrella her scepter Two dogs at her feet Adoring Kaya Ottavia Nashipae – the Elves Princess – Happiness – Surveys the world, Blue eyes Calm Discovers it’s mysteries One by one The adventure of life unfolds […]

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  • Biodiversity 17-7-2016

    Dear Friends The Biodiversity Update ‘Rains bring life’ may be a cliché, but here in the African bush it is real, and not just visible: We hear it, we smell it, we SEE it: Grass sprouts fresh, Unexpected blooms appear overnight on seemingly desiccated branches From cracked earth Buried tubers shoot up striped lilies Mushrooms […]

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  • WED 5-6-2016

    5th June 2016 Dear Friends! The tortoise is slow and this update is late*.. (but not late to celebrate- World Environment Day.) With rains, and grass green all life shone again. Blooms opened on old branches encrusted with lichen, nests filled with eggs, sky with wings, and a thousands frogs serenaded the new moon from […]

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  • WBD 22-5-2016

    “To See a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower.” Hold Infinity in the Palm of your Hand And Eternity in an Hour”. William Blake   On 22nd May 2016 World Biodiversity Day Dear Friends I choose this significant day to share a promise of news with you. Up […]

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  • Ivory burning 01-5-2016

    Dear Friends, I went  back today  to the Ivory site to bring food and hot tea to the crew left to finish the job and clear the mess: As expected – hardly anyone there the day after-  passed yesterday’ glamour- red carpet, music  and speeches. Puddles, mud blackened shapes disintegrating in the rain. I thought […]

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