Natural Jewel Dripping In Gold

Sharing Space With Wildlife

St Lucia approximately 2.68 km squared, surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Site. Miles of white beaches filled with coral reefs, sea mammals alongside extraordinary coastal forests alive with wild animals, bird life. Wonderful hospitable people conserving and hosting you in this natural area.

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iSimangaliso Heritage Site employs and educates local residents, who have returned their homes after previous government removed them. Bringing hope, giving people an opportunity to work together for the betterment of all who live here.

Being the largest estuary in Africa it needs respect rightly deserved, estuary was showing signs of hardship during drought a couple of years ago, too much silt and chemicals from farming washing down, during this visit we noticed the mangroves taking strain to survive, not adequate salt water filtering into the estuary even for invention by man earlier in the year.

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Home For A Week Needless to say wherever we go wild cats appear, let me introduce you to the first to arrive, Tom Cat with a small marking on the ear indicating it has been neutered. Skeets (very skittish) had top of ear removed too, being neutered allows the cats a life, not over populating a region that holds wild cat.

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Tom Cat With Small Nick On The Ear

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"Tom" Cat With Small Nick On The Ear

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"Skeets" Cat Ear Indicating Neutered

Cats could quite easily have been from original Southern African Wildcat with slight reddish colouring on the tummy and hind legs, only Tom allowed the odd touch during the week, Skeets and Ginger who arrived a couple of days later kept distance, accepted food and hissed when approached.

Later some fun with the cats again, still early days....

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Vervet Monkeys, similar to being at home did a daily run through enjoying themselves trying to make way into steal from unwary visitors, we are monkey wise!

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Keep the doors closed with all windows having screens to avoid unnecessary confrontation with these clever little animals.

Children in the establishment had a trampoline, watching them enjoy taking turns showing off their antics, another pleasure to sit and watch children play after months of being locked up in their homes.

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Children always teach us how to let our hair down and have loads of fun, playing tag, touch and run to enable those waiting a turn to keep entertained.

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Sunset Jetty

Visit down to sunset jetty to enjoy end of day over the water, this jetty affords lovely views with no traffic, main bridge into town another option except for traffic flowing to and fro like the water below.

Photographs with brief detail to capture the golden moment.....

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Smaller craft returning from sunset cruise, view through the larger boat used when more people arrive, one witnessed the toll this town is taking due to covid. (No movement at the moment between Gauteng as numbers rose up there, they went into a provincial lock-down.)

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A golden end to the day and a better future everywhere!

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Cape Wagtail gives his last hooray of the day from the top deck of the unused craft.

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Walking up Sunset Jetty, day is almost done.

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But first let me introduce you to the local film star of video, (will be revealed in a later post),
Pardette busy preparing for going out tomorrow photographing sunrise and sunsets in the town!

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Silver Bloggers don't be perturbed the accommodation is comfortable, a place to plan to get out to explore many places in this region making it a favourite. Three bedroom accommodation, lovely lounge, kitchen and two bathrooms to call home for a week.

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La Rochelle, St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal

Walking is no problem to get to anything within the village or hop in the car it's a minute away!

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Today 23rd July Quiet after the storm of last week, most helping wherever able, either cleaning up operations or making up food parcels for those destitute... there are many!

No shops to buy in many areas, residents in hard hit areas wake up now to realize there is no place to walk to a local Spaza shop for a loaf of bread or pint of milk, it was burned down, rebuilding is going to take time for those who are able to.

We now have snow inland, a chilly breeze blows through the land, those without food or a blanket will battle in the coming days, should anyone wish to donate the only organization I recommend is Gift of the Givers who distribute into many regions requiring urgent assistance, not only in South Africa.

Any donation graciously offered here in Hive via @papilloncharity to their region will be gratefully received, they may not have been affected by recent riots... Raging cold moving through the Cape there are many hungry mouths to feed. Thanking you in anticipation. How To

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All photography my own using Canon Powershot SX730 HS camera. Any queries or requests please drop a comment below or make contact with me, have a wonderful day! Photography without tripod, go with the flow wherever life takes you. NB: Amateur photographer in nature, keep smiling!

Thought for Today: "Live patiently in the world; know that those who hate you are more numerous than those who love you." - African Proverb

Communities to Enjoy On Hive: #lifestylelounge @hive-114105, #qurator @hive-102880, #featheredfriends @hive-106444, #wednesdaywalk @hive-155530, #amazingnature @hive-127788, #alwaysaflower @hive-154065, #feelgood @hive-19093, #theterminal @hive-101265, #ladiesofhive @hive-124452, #silverbloggers @hive-106316


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Ah! The lovely St Lucia and that house looks great for 7 days Lady Joan.
You have certainly spent some time on this lovely post and the shots are all top class.
I thought that they breached the sand blocking off the sea from the estuary a while ago, but it seems that the lagoon is still suffering?

Blessings and @LUV

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Always amazing to get to this area, the cottages are very comfortable and really a close walk to almost everything in the town.

Not enough salt water getting into the estuary, it was completely closed off again, to come soon....

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They do indeed look like classy cottages.
We worked up to the power line Alusaf Smelter in the 80's and so sad that I missed going to St Lucia.
Furtherest that I went was Richards Bay. Maybe some time in the future.

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Hopefully you will get back up this way with so much change since the 80's, giving back to nature the people in the region appreciating it much more.

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It would certainly be great to get back up there Lady Joan. To see the changes in Mtunzini, Empangeni, Richards Bay as one drives past or through them and then to visit St Lucia.
Are those bungalos time shared?

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Too much mining and mayhem toward Richards Bay, actually disgusting, most the rest remain similar with little change. Yes the cottages are time share and exceptionally well kept.

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I have seen how the mining have destroyed the small towns up north my friend.
So yes whenever I get up there, I will give Richards Bay a wide berth.
Good that it's timeshare as I have a friend's points that we can use anytime, but we have only used it three times in 20 years, as duty comes first.

Blessings and !BEER

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Always have to find some time in a year to take a break to replenish oneself, we are no good to anyone worn out and tired.

One does not have to travel far to find a spot to enjoy, change is good, big problem in this country is very few offer pets along which would be ideal.

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Are you saying that those cottages are pet friendly Lady Joan?

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No not at all, my main complaint in this country is our pets cannot go with us.

We do not have good places to home dogs or cats for a week, those too all gone!

Actually put our first dog into kennel for a week nearly forty years ago, swore never again, she came home flea ridden and so thin and unhappy....

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Oh yes, we had the same experience as when we fetched him from a "caring" facility after 7 days in the Berg, he was skinny and a nervous wreck. Never again even if he anchors us at home. We received many timeshare offers and we only took 2 one in CT and another at the Berg and we left him with Marian's mother. He loves her and it's visa versa. But we cannot take advantage of them.

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Pets are part of the family we have always managed to arrange someone to stay with them, Woody is challenging since even when I go shopping for an hour or two he becomes unruly.

Hopefully some accommodation will become more dog friendly in the future, Troy is small so you could sneak him in LOL...

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They are indeed a part of the family and our old little guy comes every night into our bedroom for his petting and song session before we go to sleep. I try to sing different songs for him as I can feel when he is getting bored and he likes to hear his name in the songs.

Yep, we did once and he became surrounded by 5 other dogs that their owners also snuck in. Now he is a very cheeky guy and you can imagine what took place.
So we all had to leave.

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Never tried taking a pet on holiday with us, never been afforded the opportunity with most our dogs being big breed. One can only imagine the fun they would experience being able to run free on a farm.

You tried....

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Oh yes, ours is a small guy and one would think that they would allow him in, as he is house trained, but no luck.
Big dogs are always a problem, as two friends of ours also rather stay at home with their big dog.
Very few places that allow the hounds.

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Always been the mentality here that dogs are in residence purely for protection, hence no holidaying with them.

Not sure why big dogs are always targeted, personally I find them more well behaved.

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Yes and it's always the dogs that yowl for their owners.

They are better behaved and the small dogs can cause much marrakas.

Blessings.

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Maybe it's the size, small dogs think big, get away with it, because owners more often than not are obviously of mind they are toy dogs and cannot create mayhem.

Little devils in disguise at times 😁

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Oh yeah, I think that I told you about the time that I stopped at a service station for petrol and Marian took him out of the car for a pee?
A bull terrier from another car came walking past and he was determined to attack the bull terrier.
Luckily they were both on leashes and the other dog's owner was mightily surprised.
That's why I say that he thinks he is a Rottweiler 🤣

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Small dogs are packages of dynamite, always stand up to be counted, yes fortunately on a leash one has some control....

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The small ones have great attitude and my mom taught us that if a tame dog gets agressive towards a new visitor, to rather avoid that person.

That bull terrier on a leash saved our little boy.

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Looks like a beautiful area fir a vacation enjoy your time there
Glad things are improving there and sad to think of all those struggling there

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk

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Going to get far worse before it gets better JJ, this place is like a remote island in the middle of nowhere.

Thanks for visiting.

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The sunset looks amazing. Are the cats afraid of the monkeys?

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Cats stand guard, don't really move away from the monkeys, just a watchful eye on their movements.

People may ponder feeding wild cats, my thoughts.. if you keep them well fed while there, they will leave the bird nests or smaller critters alone in the region.

Bush baby or Galagos also nest up in the trees, you hear them at night, cats are superb climbers, keeping nature in balance keeping the cats in check hopefully allows other animals to thrive and live.

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I'm so glad you were able to go up that way when the lockdown restrictions were relaxed a little. Our Cynthia told us that they're having to pay between R40 & R50 for a loaf of bread since these horrendous riots! What an absutely awful time that was. We really have to go up to St Lucia and the game reserves up there some time again, have not been there for years. La Rochelle is on our holiday club's portfolio.
What a lovely getaway that was!

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La Rochelle have re-vamped the accommodation, it is spotlessly clean, well maintained. No views except the bush with great proximity to everything.

Currently going into parks foot and mouth is around once again so cars are sprayed down prior to entry.

Food prices will rocket now with fuel prices going up, Spaza shops no longer, I find it disgusting basic essentials in some places are exceptionally high, these must be reported, totally illegal! Really a case where majority suffer at the hands of a minority!

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That looks like a real nice place to stay even longer than only a week, I believe, there's much to explore 😀

I like the cats and the monkeys and the rest, but foremost it's the golden sunset photos which I love a lot - especially the first photo looks so cool 👍

I'm looking forward to the video with Pardette.


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We have stayed here about five or six times over the years, being up there is ever changing. You eventually find little hidden spots to enjoy even when the place was thronging with visitors.

Sunrise over the sea, or sunsets over estuary are amazing, we were hoping to make sunrise but I could not get anyone up in time.... Making sandwiches and drinks before game drives with no stores in parks one has to plan ahead.

Oh Pardette is so well behaved, becoming role model in the town and will feature in the future content.

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Oh yes, I understand - the normal visitors stay on the paths and go to the places in their travel brochures, but you have been there a few times and have explored little gems which you have for you alone, just like some places I know where I even can hear the other people 😁

That's exactly the good thing about getting up early in the mornings - you might have even the best places many times for you alone 😀


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Going alone early mornings is not an option with possibility of walking into wildlife. Hippo cruise the beaches at night you could walk straight into them returning to the estuary.

Little forest I had in previous content, people are warned to not go too early nor leave too late, best time between 10 am and 3 pm for the same reason of hippo coming and going.

Finding places to enjoy are plentiful being slap bang in the middle of nature, I take walks on my own around the gardens to see the bird life, squirrels (previous years) and gorgeous plants.

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!BEER !PIZZA and !WINE to !ENGAGE 15 over discussing daily sightings.

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So the Hippos want to have the best times of the day for themselves? Someone should tell them that nature belongs to all, also to humans ... at least to a few who care 😊


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Always give them right of way, rather larger than us, also come with temper tantrums attached getting between them and their beloved water....

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Oh yeah, I have heard stories about them - they look slow and good-natured but you shouldn't get intheir way 😎


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A delightful getaway Joan with fabulous sunsets. The accommodations look lovely and close enough to the village to walk. You had lots of company, besides the locals, with the cats, vervet monkeys, Cape Wagtail and Pardette.

Take care and keep warm.💕

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Exceptionally good company everywhere, maybe now things have settled in town I will be able to share to game drives. More about Pardette to come she is absolutely an adorable dog, also extremely friendly.

Thanks for lovely greetings, a cold start to a perfect winter day, what is not to love about Durban?

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Hello dear friend @joanstewart good night
What a beautiful choice, a very beautiful place to visit, I appreciate that you let us know these beautiful photographs.
That sunset is unique and incredible
I take this opportunity to wish you a splendid night and a well-deserved rest

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Thanks for lovely words of appreciation in our countryside @jlufer things are still not what they should be, balance of nature has been disturbed in this region.

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What a beautiful place to escape to, Joan! @joanstewart Such lovely scenery with those amazing sunset that made the grass glow, just so vivid! It is such a shame that the area has been hit so hard, I can tell that it is still such a wonderful corner of the world and I hope that it makes it back to its former glory for all the animals that call it home.

Those monkeys sure are pesky! :)) I hope they didn't get under the cat's skin. Hehe... Your place there looks lovely, I do so love to rent homes when I go away, it seems less like a visitor and more like living among the people. Thank you so much for the wonderful post.

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Definitely a place to let go of daily life, most of time at cottage I spend outdoors other than a few hours of sleep, listen to the calls of the night, days are spent out exploring.

Cats take everything in their stride, even the monkeys being ignored. Sunsets across the water takes place around 17h00 in winter, absolute magic to pop down and watch.

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Hi (Joan) @joanstewart, so relieved to hear that life has settled in your neck of the woods and so sad to hear that some are hungry and it is getting cold.
But, happy to see you are out and about into nature again. We have a suburb called St Lucia in Brisbane Queensland where the University of Queensland is situated. I always find it interesting how these names are used in the world. Sending blessings🙏

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Knock on effects by minority is going to hit greater communities in rural areas, has been difficult to find food since covid lock downs, now worse with many families no longer having an income. Many households rely on one family member finding employment, supporting up to eight on average.

Around every corner there is something to see, nature parks are abundant with wildlife affording different sights in every season. St Lucia is a relatively common name in the world, this is most probably one of the smallest towns with bragging rights.

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Great shots! So many cute animals! How do the cats and monkeys get along? Do they stand each other or do they fight?

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Cats keep a weary eye on the monkeys but neither appeared to budge for the other.

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Glad you were able to get away and have a lovely break around all those wonderful animals followed by those amazing sunsets this is what we all need at times like this. Stay safe @joanstewart 😊

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Sunsets always staggering in beauty across water, we did not make the sunrise unfortunately perhaps next time 😄

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