More thanks from de Wets Wild

Elizabeth Turner (elleturner4), the talented blogger responsible for Dot knows!– a delightful mix of beautiful photos and intelligently humorous writing that you’d surely enjoy – have done us the great honour of nominating de Wets Wild for two awards recently!

Thank you, again, Elle (everyone seems to be calling you Elle in the blogosphere – do you prefer that to Liz?) for thinking of us – it is always nice to receive a pat on the back and more so from someone as talented and experienced as you!


First off, Elle nominated us for “The Versatile Blogger Award” and, in accepting the award there’s a couple of courtesies we need to adhere to:

Acknowledging and linking back to the blogger that nominated us – Done!

Next give seven random pieces of information about ourselves, so here goes:

1)     Marilize is a terrific cook!

2)     Dries enjoys a bit of “plane-spotting” every now and then

3)     Joubert has a little rabbit called “Snoesie” as a pet

4)     Snoesie rules the back yard

5)     Marilize is a passionate reader of fiction

6)     Dries enjoys reading non-fiction only

7)     Joubert, at three years of age is quite multilingual – Afrikaans is our home language, but he is quite accomplished in English and understands a fair bit of isiZulu.

And then the Grand Finale; nominating fifteen other bloggers that we consider worthy of this award, based on the following guidelines: “The quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honour those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”


Nature on the Edge

Notes from Africa


Derek Evans Photography

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

The Serenity Space

The Unwitting Traveller

23 Thorns

Through My Lens

Francine in Retirement

Cee’s Photography

human Triumphant

Our second award nomination from Elle is for the “Liebster Award” – in accepting, we have to mention and link back to our nominator (please refer to the opening paragraph), answer eleven quick questions about ourselves, and nominate eight favourite fellow bloggers for the award:

What is your favourite song?

Amazed by Lonestar

What was the last thing you ate?

The contents of the lunchbox Marilize packed for me…

Do you prefer to read from an eReader or a paper copy?


List your five favourite movies?

Notting Hill

Robin Hood, Men in Tights

The Lion King

Miss Congeniality

The Hangover

What writing project are you working on now?

We’re working on a series on the nature destinations around Pretoria, another on the camps of the Kruger Park, and one on the big tuskers of Kruger – all to be featured soon on de Wets Wild.

Are you allergic to anything?

Not that we know of!

Do you have any real life stories that start with, “This one time at camp…?”

Of course there are many, given that we escape to nature every chance we get – the hyena incident at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is a recent example.

How do you handle telemarketers?

Politely decline their offer the first time but then if they don’t want to relent I put my phone down next to the radio or television so that they too can experience the joy of listening to something you are not the least interested in…

When was the last time you wrote someone a letter by hand and mailed it?


Besides writing, do you have any other artsy talents?

Dries and Joubert enjoy drawing, and Marilize is, as mentioned before, an excellent cook

What is your favourite joke?

Not a joke, but a funny saying: If at first you don’t succeed, then maybe sky-diving isn’t for you!

In turn we’d like to nominate the following eight blogs for the Liebster Award:


Nature on the Edge

Notes from Africa


Derek Evans Photography

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

The Serenity Space

The Unwitting Traveller

We hope that our nominees accept these small tokens of the high regard we have for the work they publish!


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