Newsletter - January 2014 Date: 21/01/2014

Bucklands News…



By Terry and Michele Stewart

The New Year kicked off to a Wonderful start when we spotted our 5th Giraffe calf whilst out on the first game drive for 2014. We had kept an eye on the pregnant cow for a few months since she showed signs of being pregnant; by the time 2013 drew to a close this pregnant cow had already withdrawn from the other Giraffes and we suspected that she was probably ready to birth. We have been keeping an eye on mom and baby, albeit from a distance, so that mom and baby could bond. Mom and her little boy are doing fantastically! To think we first introduced 8 Giraffe early in 2009, and we now have 13!

We will be running our very popular Valentines Special again this February, if you are looking for a romantic break away for you and your partner, or if you would like to advantage of this offer and bring along some friends, the special will apply to all bookings made for February 2013, weekends and weekday bookings. Two guests sharing staying for two nights, staying at Bucklands Lodge, at our fully inclusive rate for only R3 000 per couple. Our fully inclusive rate is comprehensive and includes two game drives per day, afternoon high tea, three course dinner, early morning tea and brunch, drinks are excluded.

If you would like to check availability, call our reservations office on 072 736 3681 or email us at reservations@bucklandsreserve.co.za

 


 

 Bucklands Game News...



By Iain Stewart

We are blessed to be able to spend our working days out in the bush, observing animals and ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the reserve. In the months since the very dry winter of 2013, much has changed! Winter is usually the time when a lot of water is pumped to waterholes to ensure that the animals all have access to clean water. Winter is also the time that we supplement feed our herbivores with Game Licks and Lucerne to keep their condition at peak. Supplementation is vital for the pregnant females to ensure a high calving success rate. This summer, however, the rainfall and runoff have filled up our pans and valleys so abundantly, the grass is vividly green and the animals are seen munching and nibbling all day, which then allows us the time to focus our attentions on other areas!

Summer is a beautiful time on the reserve when one is interested in photographing the “smaller things.” There are flowers everywhere, there are butterflies and dragonflies to photograph, while the birding is also exciting this time of the year!

 

     

Recent Guest Comments



“Lovely, lovely lovely, very homely and typical Eastern Cape”

Ian and Annelien Wilmot – Grahamstown

“Fantastic piece of heaven you have here. We had a lovely time, thank you”
Nomka and Jesko – Grahamstown

“You have done an amazing job, well done”
Candice and Simon Grahamstown




Caught on our Trail Camera's



A lesser seen creature of the night, one of our beautiful Bushpigs caught on our Trail Camera! These mammals are strong swimmers and will wade in water to reach aquatic plants and will also wallow in mud to cool down.




 

Birding at Bucklands



The breeding season for the Pale Chanting Goshawks has been a successful one according to this picture. Below is a photograph of a juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk losing its brown plumage and growing into its blue-grey coloring.





Bucklands Recipe



Summer is a wonderful time to take advantage of our seasonal and organic vegetable garden situated right here at Bucklands!

Marrow plants are very generous plants, and we struggle to keep up with their production! Below is a recipe for Feta and Marrow Fritters that you can make at home.


Ingredients

1 cup self-raising flour
3 ml sea salt and black pepper
3 extra-large eggs, beaten
150 grams baby marrows, grated
1 bunch spring onion, chopped
225 grams feta, crumbled
1 teaspoon ground paprika
125 ml dried parsley, 60ml if fresh
125 ml mint, chopped
1 glug extra-virgin olive oil, for frying


To serve

2 large limes, cut into wedges
1 bag vine tomatoes, roasted


 Method

Mix flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl until smooth

Add remaining ingredients and mix to combine

Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan and fry dollops of the fritter mixture until golden on both sides.

Serve with lime wedges and roasted tomatoes


Cook's tips

Use diced haloumi cheese in place of feta

Replace baby marrows with grated carrot and 2 tsp (10ml) cumin seeds



Folklore Fun


Zebras have been the subject of African folk tales which tell how they got their stripes. According to a Bushmen folk tale of Namibia, the Zebra was once all white, but acquired its black stripes after a fight with a Baboon over a waterhole. After kicking the Baboon so hard, the Zebra lost his balance and tripped over a fire, and the fire sticks left scorch marks all over his white coat.

 

 

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