Aloes in Manicaland…

The aloes were flowering when we worked in Manicaland recently. Below is a ‘natures garden’ at a rather unspectacular place called Kudziwa.P1190533

The church, where we surveyed for water, is on the top of a granite kopjie. The bright aloes will be faded when the Msasa come out (very soon!)


Below, taken at the Vumba Botanical gardens…


Out walking in the Vumba, I spied that bright red dot clinging precariously to the side of a granite kopjie:P1210213

Closer inspection! (Dontcha just LOVE the plant in the foreground – I’d describe it as ‘frazzled’ how I feel, on occasion!)P1210214



Taken overlooking Mozambique…P1210232Imagine how pleased we were to stay at a (lovely place called Outside Inn) in the Vumba with aloes in prolific flower in the garden. This is the view from the front veranda.


The bird is a bonus.


P1210407This is the entrance to ‘Outside Inn’ – only a few kilometre from the Leopard Rock Hotel. It’s a cute little cottage (three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plenty firewood and all to ourselves for $50.00 per night!!!)

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pacificnorthwestkate - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Lovely Frankie – just lovely!!

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

We were lucky to see them, but I admit I would rather have seen the Msasa!!! Well, in the Makoni/Rusape area anyway – I don’t think they featuer much in the Vumba with all those huge trees – I was in seventh heaven

mukul chand - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Wonderful shots

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Thanks – they are such a splash of colour at this time of the year

mukul chand - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

look lovely, the aloes I have on my terrace look like pygmies now

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

We have some HUGE varieties here and various colours. A few years ago a troupe of baboons came into our garden and ate the aloe we had growing there! Its never regrown – how unusual that they would actually kill a plant like that. Someone suggested that maybe the baboons used it as a medicine. I like to think so, cos they left rather a mess outside our window! 

mukul chand - 12. Aug, 2016 -

Interesting indeed. I do find aloes great for the skin and hair as well.

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 -

Certainly aloe vera, but at some times of the year, here, aloes can be poisonous. At others, very good for healing – the trick is knowing which, when!!!

mukul chand - 12. Aug, 2016 -

Ah ha, great info. tks.

Diane Dean - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Your photos are truly fabulous once again. Thank you for sharing x

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Many thanks. And thankyou for your visit and comment

Sally - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Beautiful and very resonant – we so enjoyed these fabulous photos, plus the mention of ‘Outside Inn’ which we’ll explore for any future visits back to our home town!

frankiekay - 12. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Home town! You lucky thing! We had a great time at ‘Outside Inn’ and so cleverly named. Horse riding was also available nearby it Hiku (sp?) but since I was worried about taking my camera on a horse I didn’t know, I passed on that one. Like you….next time!

Sue - 14. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Lovely pictures

frankiekay - 14. Aug, 2016 - Reply

Thanks – I forgot to add the ones I took at La Rochelle – ah well, I guess Ill have to make another post!

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