Cathy

Cathy Buckle is well known for her writings of daily life in Zimbabwe. These are sent to subscribers around the world and are regularly featured by a number of international print and broadcast media outlets.

Sun spiders and land invaders

Dear Family and Friends, When the eight legged creature started running across the kitchen floor straight towards me one evening this week there was no time to grab a camera and click a picture, there was only one thing to do and that was to get the broom, fast! As soon as I saw it …

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Zimbabwe’s sound of hope

Dear Family and Friends Summer finally made its way into Zimbabwe this week and oh how pleased we are to see her. In the highveld the Msasa trees have emerged into new leaf: pink, red and caramel and in the lowveld the Baobabs are bare and the Mopane trees are shedding their old leaves in …

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The Goodbye Store and lost dreams

Dear Family and Friends, Out in the country life is slow and dusty this August in Zimbabwe. Winter has dragged on into spring this year and people are still wearing woolly hats and jackets against the biting wind and at night our beds are heavy with blankets. On a recent road trip with friends the …

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Oh South Africa

Dear Family and Friends, My letter today is for our friends and neighbours across the border. Oh South Africa, we are heartbroken for you. Your pain is our pain. We have watched events of this week in absolute horror, overcome with helplessness. Looting in plain sight of inactive police, in broad daylight, brazenly, in front …

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The money changers and the old lady

Dear Family and Friends, After weeks of writing about beautiful places and encounters in Zimbabwe I knew it was time for a reality check again when I met this old lady the other day. “I can’t cope with it anymore,” she said to me, “it’s this money, it’s not worth anything now and I don’t …

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Sunbirds and apple rings

  Dear Family and Friends, Under a beautiful blue sky I sat with friends looking out at a view of mountains, hills and kopjes, rugged cliffs and red aloes, wind tossed ravens and exquisite sunbirds.  A cold winter wind whispered and whistled through the pine trees behind us but sitting in the sun the layers …

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Umvumvumvu River bridge, Chimanimani June 2021 © Cathy Buckle

Umvumvumvu River bridge, Chimanimani June 2021 © Cathy Buckle CathyCathy Buckle is well known for her writings of daily life in Zimbabwe. These are sent to subscribers around the world and are regularly featured by a number of international print and broadcast media outlets. cathybuckle.co.zw/

Blue Duikers and landmark rulings

Dear Family and Friends, On a deeply shaded road under a low, cloudy sky, the mist kept reaching down and cloaking the giant trees in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. This is the Zimbabwe of huge kopjes and towering mountains, of clear cold rivers, stunning scenery and spectacular waterfalls. It was a bad road, progress was very …

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