Similarities between man and plant in true poetic formPlant, human or animal, our biological processes bear certain similarities. It is these similarities that draws Kai Lossgott to question the boundaries between different forms of sentient life and where exactly consciousness begins.
Through his deep search, Kai finds connections to the body as a map of nerves, a formation of flowing veins, a passage for an essential life force and engraves the most appropriate word or line to link into the network of the leaf.
Kai says "My working process draws on Buddhist and Taoist meditation, which offer an embodied and integrated approach to the system, outside the workings of the conscious mind. This is a natural 'language' of perception, an unconscious rhythm of silence and sound that runs through every living thing. All human beings regularly perceive this in the state of crossing from wakefulness into sleep. Many of my dry-point engravings, drawings and artist books are attempts to depict this state, in which both mind and body are at rest. We ourselves are one of these living systems, estranged from ourselves. This book is for all the past and future lives we seek, a reserve of bodies in the search for survival."
In his book "talking to the tree outside my window while I sleep", he has captured his poems addressed to a tree, seeking a life-centred position in a human-centred world through a personal relationship with our living systems. The book is beautifully presented in a luminous transparent book of plant leaf engravings evolved from haptic and somatic sensibilities.
Source: Kai Lossgott
There are 5 parts of a plant that can be eaten - the root, the stem, the leaf, the flower and the fruit depending on its function in the food dish. Traditionally, the root (carrots, potatoes), the stem (asparagus, celery), leaves (lettuce, spinach) and fruit (apples, berries) are used in culinary activities, while the flower is only used as decoration (nasturtium).
Edible flowers may be preserved for future use using techniques such as drying, freezing or steeping in oil. They can be used fresh in drinks, jellies, salads, soups, syrups and main dishes. Flower-flavoured oils and vinegars are made by steeping edible flower petals in these liquids, while candy flowers are crystallized using egg white and sugar (as a preservative).
Some flowers of these familiar plants can be used:
Note: Some flowers are toxic, others may be edible only after appropriate preparations. Toxic flowers may be misidentified as edible when gathered. Allergic reactions are possible, especially from eating pollen. Both gathered flowers and those from a commercial grower may have been sprayed with toxic pesticides. Damaged, dirty or insect-ridden flowers may be unsafe to eat. Some flowers are not safe if eaten often. Please research your flower properly before using it in food dishes and/or consuming it.
With its long sunny deserted white beaches and tropical atmosphere, Mozambique is every diver's paradise. With a wonderful array of corals, fish and other marine life, there are many suitable locations to choose from, depending on how far you are prepared to travel.
For first time divers, the southern most point of the country is easily accessible, close to the border and within a day's driving trip from KwaZulu Natal or Gauteng. The perfect spot for a first time dive experience would be at Ponta Malongane, just 8km north of the overcrowded Ponta da Oura. Staying in the dive camp with other fellow divers creates various opportunities to share experiences and knowledge of the local marine life.
The great thing about Ponta Malongane's dive camp is that they have separated wooden huts with 2 single beds in each, each hut raised off the ground, providing the feeling of individual space and solitude to reflect or regain strength after an exciting but exhausting dive. The entertainment area and bar is on the second floor of the main eating area and the views over the ocean are fantastic.
Dive boats from this location do not go out as regularly as Ponta de Oura (thankfully) and therefore the dive spots and reefs are not teaming with the overpopulation of naive enthusiastic divers. Water temperatures range from 22 degrees C in winter to 31 degrees C in summer and visibility between 5 and 35 metres, with an average year round visibility of 15 metres.
The reefs that are closest to Ponta Malongane offer a diversity of fish and coral, promising each dive to be totally different to the previous one. The dive sites are unspoilt coral reefs ranging from 10m to 30m deep with visibility around 40m at certain locations and have many caves and gullies where you can encounter moray eels, firefish, nudibranch, turtles, rays, whale sharks, a beautiful wide variety of tropical fish, dolphins and many sharks.
For more information on the accommodation at Ponta Malongane visit their website
And watch out for June's edition of the SA Home Onwer magazine, where Cheral, herself, will be profiled under the green experts section.
Description :Indigenous sub shrub with showy orange flowers and needle-like leaves that grows to 2m.
Flowering time :Late Autumn and Winter
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
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Seeds can be sown or plants can be planted for the following herbs and veggies this month:
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