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   Zantedeschia aethiopica   
Zantedeschia aethiopica
Rhizomatous geophyte, 60-100cm with plain green leaves and large pure white funnel-shaped
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Allergy-Friendly Gardening
31-08-2011 12:28
Do you love gardening, but suffer from acute hay fever? Perhaps you should plant an indigenous garden Spring is often synonymous with acute hay fever, so here are some sensible suggestions for surrounding yourself with low pollen producing , allergy friendly indigenous plants.

The new gardening mantra is "grow indigenous".
Allergy-Friendly Gardening
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Aloe arborescens
Aloe arborescens
Pelargonium ionidiflorum
Pelargonium ionidiflorum
Chrysanthemoides monilifera
Chrysanthemoides monilifera
Trema orientalis
Trema orientalis
Elegia tectorum
Elegia tectorum
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
Tranquillity Cracks Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Tranquillity Cracks
Where: Table mountain, Camps Bay
Duration: 3 - 5 hrs
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Lions Head Tiring    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights) 
Lions Head
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 - 5hrs
Cecilia Forest An easy stroll    No exposure to heights 
Cecilia Forest
Where: Cape Town
Duration: 1.5 - 2hrs
  Hike of the week  
  Harkerville Hiking Trail  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 2 days  
  Distance: 27km  
  Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights)  
Harkerville Hiking Trail
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  Mushroom of the week  
Russula Sardonia
  Photo submitted: klair (7 July 2010)  
  Notice the purple stem.  
Russula Sardonia
Inedible Inedible
Size: 40 - 120 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
Spore bearing: gills Gills
depressed  glabrous  adnexed  crowded
tapering to base  unswollen 
Synonym: Russula drimeia.

Colour varies from a pinky purple through to a deep purplish red. They are typically common, fairly large, and brightly colored - making them one of the most recognizable genera among mycologists and mushroom collectors.
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  Some other inedible mushrooms...  
Chondostereum purpureum
Chondostereum purpureum
Cyathus Striatus
Cyathus Striatus
Pycnoporus sanguineus
Pycnoporus sanguineus
Anthurus archeri
Anthurus archeri
Mucilago crustacea
Mucilago crustacea
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Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
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Schools of fish.
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Sorry Europe.
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.


Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
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