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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Carissa Macrocarpa/ Natal plum. The white waxy flowers are fragrant and the fruit are delicious, if you can get used to the milky substance in the skin but it can be peeled off.

    Also the our local district municipality, Uthungulu, is namer after the plant.

    Sunrise this morning. First for 2018
    Made sum jam the other day from the amathungulu fruit on our hedge the other day here at sodwana.

    Will remove the pips next time before cooking

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    Last sunset of 2017, cellphone and overlooking the Richards Bay harbour.

    Thank you all for having spent time with me, in my part of the world, through my photos I post here. It has been a heartwarming experience.
    Well I hope that the pics from that magic part of the country will continue in the new year.
    All the best for 2018 and keep the pics coming, it brings back lots of memories for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caranx36 View Post
    Well I hope that the pics from that magic part of the country will continue in the new year.
    All the best for 2018 and keep the pics coming, it brings back lots of memories for me.

    Rob
    Thanks Rob, yeah I will still be posting pics

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    After sunrise, Palm Beach, Richards Bay
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    After sunset, Richards Bay, Pelican Island.
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    Sunset, grasslands near Empangeni.
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    A youngish aloe ( I suspect it is an aloe ferox) on top of the Lebombo mountain overlooking Swaziland, basking in the late afternoon sun. When in bloom, the locals make little selfclosing loops with fishing line in the flowers to catch any bird that visits the blooming flowers.
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    Richards Bay Palm Beach, sunset.
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    School soccer match, Ingwavuma.
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    Fallen Albizia tree, between Empangeni and Richards Bay.
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    Ndabayakhe area near the University of Zululand.

    In the foreground two shrubs with small white flowers called umsuzwane, fever tea bush, Lippia Javanica. Most commonly used for bad coughs, leaves are picked, bruised to release the very pungent smell and added to a dish with boiling water and with a towel draped over the head and dish, the vapour is inhaled. It has the same effect as Vicks Vaporub.
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    February is marula time, when the fruits ripen and drop to the ground in numbers. The tree is a vital source of many things for the rural people and is almost never cut down. Shade being one of them.

    The Umganu fruit are eaten fresh ( not really tasty but edible) and contains more Vitamin C than an orange. The pip when dry has two kernels that can be eaten, a favourite pass time of youngsters is to sit with a hairpin and pick the nut out via one of the small holes in the pip.

    The tree host the emperor moths and their caterpillars are eaten. Some people roast them, pan fry them and others boil them in water. The drying or dehydrating after boiling as done with the mopani worm is done less frequently, I suspect due to the humidity in the areas where the trees grow. The "amacimbi" are very rich and one can't eat too much at one sitting. Interestingly, the caterpillars from the cabbage tree moth are considered tastier.

    And then there is the beer made from fermented fruit,called amaganu, with every homestead having their own method or recipe to produce their brew. This results in beers with quite markedly different tastes and strengths and sugar contents, some are pleasant and some are just downright and dangerously potent.

    Two marula festivals are held every year in Maputaland during the fruiting period, by iNkosi Tembe and by iNkosi Goodwill Zwelithini.
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    Talking of moths and marula trees, I seem to recall this being a Cabbage Tree Emperor moth, close up view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    February is marula time, when the fruits ripen and drop to the ground in numbers. The tree is a vital source of many things for the rural people and is almost never cut down. Shade being one of them.

    The Umganu fruit are eaten fresh ( not really tasty but edible) and contains more Vitamin C than an orange. The pip when dry has two kernels that can be eaten, a favourite pass time of youngsters is to sit with a hairpin and pick the nut out via one of the small holes in the pip.

    The tree host the emperor moths and their caterpillars are eaten. Some people roast them, pan fry them and others boil them in water. The drying or dehydrating after boiling as done with the mopani worm is done less frequently, I suspect due to the humidity in the areas where the trees grow. The "amacimbi" are very rich and one can't eat too much at one sitting. Interestingly, the caterpillars from the cabbage tree moth are considered tastier.

    And then there is the beer made from fermented fruit,called amaganu, with every homestead having their own method or recipe to produce their brew. This results in beers with quite markedly different tastes and strengths and sugar contents, some are pleasant and some are just downright and dangerously potent.

    Two marula festivals are held every year in Maputaland during the fruiting period, by iNkosi Tembe and by iNkosi Goodwill Zwelithini.
    Riaan many people dom`t know that you get a male and female Marula tree The male blooms and does exactly as the female but bears no fruit which I am quite happy about as you know my bar is built around a male Marula and to be honest the biggest Marula tree I have ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemula View Post
    Riaan many people dom`t know that you get a male and female Marula tree The male blooms and does exactly as the female but bears no fruit which I am quite happy about as you know my bar is built around a male Marula and to be honest the biggest Marula tree I have ever seen.
    Therefore the belief that drinking an infusion of the bark from the tree of choice while pregnant will produce either a boy or girl child.

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    Springtide high, Alkantstrand beach, Richards Bay.
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    Some of my early work of the Ingwavuma river, sunset.
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    Commonly called "beach morning glory" - basking in the late afternoon sun.
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    Commonly called "beach morning glory" - basking in the late afternoon sun.
    Gee dit jou n morning glory as jy die blare eet?
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    Riaan when last did you visit the Ingwavuma river? I think you will be bitterly disappointed was there on Sunday with the lack of water for the past few years it is mostly overgrown with weeds and there are huge sand banks where the locals are taking river sand from the river bed at places the holes are so deep you can not see a truck is parked in there loading sand.
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