Saturday, 31 March 2012

Am shamelessly proud to claim: Recently published on Berfois

On wardrobes; or, lions in the veld...

Treemama, Yanyun Chen

by Jeremy Fernando

She appears to me, as if in a dream.
Ordinarily I would have said it was a nightmare. My relationship with nature has never been good; not just not close to for that already presumes a certain proximity. As far as I was concerned, nature is best experienced behind a glass panel; air-conditioning and a glass of wine de rigueur.
Why I found myself at the Haina Kalahari Lodge, perched at the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Desert, is still completely beyond me. Granted, there was a lot of wine involved—and a private plane was thrown into the mix—but here I was, surrounded by nature. And absolutely nothing else.
Suddenly the risk of getting mugged in Johannesburg seemed only a distant comfort.
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