Hi I’m Rach – a freelance writer, blogger and environmental educator based in Kwa-zulu Natal, South Africa. Born into a family of wildlife lovers, I spent my childhood immersed in nature and developed a love for wild places that has continued to grow…
Here are 9 things about me…
1. I wanted to be a farmer.
Dad: [teasing] Well, someday you will also like boys and wear lipstick…
Me: No WAYS! I will NEVER!!! I PROMISE you Dad…
Dad: But It’s not a bad thing Rach, It’s part of growing up.
Me: But I WON’T!!
Dad: Well let’s make a bet!… About 5 years later I lost the bet
Preparing for a cow show is serious business! A picture to prove it…
2. African travels with the Family
Luckily for me, my family are passionate about traveling Africa. Dad has made it his life goal to visit every reserve in Africa and is doing pretty well so far! He spent a lot of time in Kruger drawing vegetation maps and there is nothing better than listening to his campfire stories. Mum is a city girl, but just as comfy sleeping in a tent. She’s also the best campfire cook in the whole world and keeps us all safe by ‘keeping watch’ for lions in the camp at night. Beth is happiest riding really fast on her motorbike, her blond hair streaming behind her and she’s the only girl in the family to wear high-heel shoes. We are very different, but it makes things all the more fun (most of the time!). Caiden is a poet and a fisherman, people thought we were twins when we were little. He recently kayaked around the whole of Lake Malawi, a real adventurer my brother is.
3. Field Guiding
4. When in doubt, draw a pretty picture!
A typical afternoon scenario when I was a kid…
Mum: How’s your homework going Rach? Are you finished yet? You’ve been working very hard darling … you started at 3 o clock and it’s nearly 5 already…
7 year old me: Nearly finished Mum!
Mum: Can I see?
Me: Ok! [holding open book]
Mum: But… you haven’t filled in any of the answers to these maths sums Rach…
Me: But do you like the pretty borders I’ve drawn? Look, on this page I’ve done lilac-breasted rollers! And I’ve made these boxes into Landrovers … this one is even rainbow colours!
Mum: um … I think those boxes are where you are suppose to write the answers darling.
Me: But they look pretty don’t they!? Do you know I’ve used every single colour in my pencil case, cool hey?
Mum: Yes Rachie, it looks beautiful… (sigh)
(My amazing, beautiful Mum, always so patient and encouraging!)
5. Owls and elephants
These are some of my favorite animals and I will probably be writing about them quite a lot…
6. Closer to heaven
I LOVE climbing trees, it’s something I’ve never grown out of.
I’ve always (as soon as I could write I suppose) kept a journal. I’m so grateful because it’s provided such joy when reading back on all the wonderful memories. It’s also made me really appreciate the awesome life that my parents have given me.
I am passionate about sharing a love of wildlife with kids, through stories, pictures and hands-on sensory experiences in the wilderness.
‘If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us give them time to connect with nature and love the earth before we ask them to save it.’ (David Sobel, educationalist and author)
9. I love being in contact with other African adventures
and people who, like me, want to make a difference in our beautiful continent. If you would like to get in touch email : firstname.lastname@example.org