Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day, the festival of romance and love celebrated worldwide. It is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, dating back to the 14th Century within the circles of Geoffrey Chaucer.
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Two years ago, I moved with my husband and soon-to-be-born baby to a 4-ha smallholding on the edge of Napier. The previous owners had farmed goats here and what remained of the veld areas on this property appeared to be quite ‘hammered’ by the goats and I had little hope that there would be much left.
My voice reached a high falsetto squeak on the very edge of hysteria. This was the third evening of a field trip, which included about 50 rares, most of them entirely new to us. We were exhausted both mentally and physically.
Last month we were lucky enough to receive a visit from lichen expert Professor Volkmar Wirth from Germany. Prof Wirth opened our eyes to the extraordinary diversity of lichen species to be found within the reserve, finding about 30 species in a relatively short space of time.