Helene van der Westhuizen

Msasa Trees in the Miombo Woodland with their spring leaves
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Miombo

The Miombo Woodlands is spread across southern-central Africa like a green sash. It has a truly special way in which to herald the start of the rainy season. With thanks to Meg Coates Palgrave who kindly provided the feature photograph.
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Honeybee gathering pollen and nectar from a white flower.
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Honeybee

The plight of the honeybees and how you can save them so they can save you.
With thanks to Johan du Toit for the feature photograph today. https://www.facebook.com/jdtcommunications

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Blooming Jacarandas lining a street in the late afternoon.
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Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – October

October is still spring, if ever it is longer than ten minutes. It’s the month of the Jacarandas in Pretoria and the arum lilies in the Western Cape. It’s the month that inspires the arts. Dis die mooiste mooiste maand.
With thanks to Sam J Basch for the image of the Jacarandas https://koisan.co.za/

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Three Copper Symbols arranged diagonally from top left to bottom right on Bundles of Copper Wire
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Copper

Copper has shaped the human story since the Neolithic Period. It is shaping our lives today. Are we able to sustain its availability tomorrow if we allow the demand to jump with 250% in about 50 years? We have electric vehicles on the up and up. You do the maths.
Photo Credits: Łukasz Klepaczewski (Background Wires) https://pixabay.com/users/disign-304935/
Copper Symbol: Skylnt https://pnghut.com/user/Skylnt/2

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2000-year-old Roman Kerbs in Pompeii
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Kerb

To have been at the spot where the Dublin part of this week’s column took place, to have passed that corner on a weekly basis, seems unreal and dreamlike as I look out the study window into the garden, back in South Africa, where the hadedas are having a field day with whatever they’re mining from the lawn.

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Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Ballet

Breaking the rules and changing history, Kitty Phetla entered the western-centric world of ballet. She’s too tall, she’s a proud black South African, and she’s forever changed the stereotypical image of Pavlova’s famous Dying Swan.

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Photograph of Wangari Maathai in blue traditional dress
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Herstory

This week’s word, herstory, takes us to meet an extraordinary woman from Kenya who changed the collective mind of her country towards the environment and lifted them out of poverty at the same time.

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Google Images of paintings to Illustrate the artform most prevalent in people's minds.
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Creation

Where does the word creation lead us if we look wider than the traditional concept of art and painting? We enter the worlds of Mary Anderson, Melitta Bentz and Elizabeth Magie. Have you ever heard of them? You will score bonus points if you know what they had in common.

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Dictionary Entry: Source
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Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Source

Our headword for today is source, and it takes us all the way back to the story of a young woman, told by Pip Williams, about the female side of the Oxford English Dictionary. A narrative, like so many others, hidden between the lines of a history written by men.

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An X-ray of the hand to illustrate the eight carpal bones of the wrist.
Helene van der Westhuizen
Heléne van der Westhuizen

Where Words Take Us – Wrist

The wrist has two faces. On the outside, it is a showcase for the finest jewellery. And on the inside, the eight little carpal bones pivot and move to turn the two wrist joints and make them central to the life of any freelancer with a computer.

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