Thank you

Dec 21, 2022 | News


This month we end the year with gratitude for all the good that has happened – no bad news, no statistics or arguments as to whose theory is correct and whose is not, instead we honour: So very many people who anonymously work so hard to preserve and conserve our environment and all that live on it. Our heroes!
In no special order….
Australia – for sharing with us their efforts for climate change
America & Canada – for including us in their information on Africa
Ethiopia – for the privilege of sharing their cultural history
Zimbabwe – for their resilience and incredible artistic talent

Uganda and Rwanda – for caring for the Batwa people and
building schools
Tanzania – homes for orphans and protecting the Maasai
The Gambia – for protecting their birdlife
Zambia – for planting trees
Mozambique – for re-structuring game reserves
Central Africa – caring for the forest elephants
Namibia – for the desert-adapted lions
(Photo : Andrew Beck, Desert Lion Trust)
Morocco – fantastic football!
Malawi – and this historical newspaper cutting sent to us from
Susie now in Hawaii

And we thank you, our readers, for your continued support of our wonderful authors and artists, caring for our Africa and supporting us, Africa Talked.

Yes! Of course you must come and visit…

Our Selected Artist this month is


Living in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, having developed a love of all things indigenous growing up in the magnificent Bvumba Mountains of the Eastern Highlands in Zimbabwe, Lindy’s art expresses a passion for nature with an eye that sees the tiniest details. Watercolours being her chosen medium, her unique style is recognised the world over.

We received so many incredible photographs this year, here are a few…

Elias Mugume, Lake Bunyoni ChildDevelopment Centre, Uganda
Kelly Landrey Zimbabwe.

Our favourite book this month is THE JOURNEY BIG PANDA AND TINY DRAGON by James Norbury. It is not set in Africa – but we share the same sentiments and the same world.

And as dawn broke across the mountains, they were greeted by the most magnificent sunrise heralding a new day and a new beginning.

‘There are so many unknowns and possibilities out there,’ said Tiny Dragon.
‘Well then,’ said Big Panda, ‘let’s see how many we can try.’

Many wonderful, informative and beautifully presented books have been published this year, memoirs, guides, photographic treasures, evocative fiction for adults and children, and historical. Visit for ideas of gifts and for yourself.

On the subject of books, some years ago we published THE DERELICT HOUSE: ELEPHANTS IN MY GARDEN, a journal of managing a safari lodge in a remote part of Africa in the ‘good old days’. Due to being embarrassed about poor (expensive) editing we did not do a marketing campaign, despite it being acclaimed worldwide, nor did a reprint. (NEW authors – don’t rush publishing your book and insist on a bound proof before accepting!)

BUT so many requests have come in from people who
have heard about the book and would like to read it – so we are offering a PDF version with illustrations, emailed directly to you. There is no charge, but a donation towards Africa Talked and this newsletter would be greatly appreciated.

‘Just to let you know, Lesley, how much I enjoyed your
book. It made me laugh out loud and took me right
back to Africa! The illustrations were lovely.’ Sara, UK

‘So wonderful, very vivid, I felt like I was right there with you!
Such an amazing life, thank you for sharing.’ Erica, USA

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of the light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean by yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
(John O’Donohue, Irish Poet, 1956 – present)

Go Well and be faithful to Nature
Lesley & Ian Thomson, Africa Talked
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