Denise Warth

I’m married to Shane, a true blue, born and bred Zimbabwean. There is never enough time in a day for all the gardening, sewing, painting and crafting!  Born to teach, I love cooking and love Jesus! We live near the best bass fishing dams in Africa and are within spitting distance from paradise on earth – Gona re Zhou! What more could anyone want?

ZAMBEZI VALLEY: The Carmine Bee-Eater Rescue

One of my favourite birds is the southern carmine bee-eaters. They migrate to Zimbabwe from August to November. When they flock to the trees on the river bank one could be forgiven for thinking Christmas has arrived early; they decorate the trees with their brilliant colours. I was delighted to see their distinctive entrance holes to the tunnels leading to their nests in one of the cliffs on the river’s edge. Incredibly, these beautiful little birds excavate tunnels that extend between one and two metres into the cliff. The nest at the end of each tunnel contains up to five eggs. The colony was busy and noisy, with the red and green birds flying back and forth chirping and twittering – chaos!

The Magic of Trees

THE TREE’S PRAYER ~ anonymous
You who would pass by and raise your hand
against me, harken ere you harm me:
I am the heat of your fire on the cold
winter’s nights, the friendly shade
screening you from the summer sun,
and my fruits are refreshing draughts
quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house,
the board of your table, the bed on
Which you lie and the timber that
builds your boat
I am the handle of your hoe, the door of
your homestead, the wood of your cradle
and the shell of your coffin
I am the gift of God and the friend of man.
You who pass by listen to my prayer –
HARM ME NOT!