August 2010 Edition 2


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Welcome the the Blanket Wrap

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Blanket Wrap

Editorial

Welcome to the second edition of the Blanket Wrap. September has arrived and with it, Spring! Time to shrug off the oppressiveness of the winter months and unfurl into colourful abandonment.

Take advantage of the change in season, if you are an avid fly fisherman, don’t forget your wadders and hit the water in pursuit of the elusive Lesotho wild trout. ”Don’t forget to send your best fish photos in so we can publish them in upcoming editions (no enhancing the image please)”.

The Basotho were lucky enough to rub shoulders with both Royalty and Presidents last month, adding to the buzz of excitement.

The first web-cam in Lesotho

Watch the sun rise and set over the mountains. See snow, rainbows and the mountains bathed in sunshine - just some of the images already captured on our remote live cam based in the Lesotho wilderness.

We have also uploaded what we believe to be the 1st live web cam in Lesotho. Visit the first live web cam in Lesotho. If you bookmark the link you can visit this amazing country or plan our weekends without leaving your home.

Feedback

On another note we had great feedback from the first edition. So if you have something to say or a great picture to share with our subscribers from all around the world, please email us and encourage like minded friends to subscribe and enjoy the uniqueness of Lesotho.

We are also pleased to mention our Peace Corps volunteer Juliana Fulton's Limpho oa Lesotho blog. To quote Juliana "I can't believe I'm going to live here, it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen."

From the Editor

 

Basotho Woman

A few people have asked about the newsletter's name which came about because of the native "Basotho Blanket", which is both a unique and instantly recognizable symbol of the country and its people. In each issue of “the wrap”, we intend to give our readers a better understanding of the blanket and its relationship with the Basotho people.

The blanket's historyNakhono Ndabe wearing her 46 year old blanket given to her as a wedding present

The first Lesotho Blankets came into use the mid 19 century. They were originally introduced by the white traders as a “European” replacement for skins and furs which were becoming harder to source. In the late 1890’s, one of the first European trading stations, Frazer’s introduced woven wooden blanket named the Victoria to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year. In the subsequent years many names, colours and designs emerged mostly to tell a story from the traditions of the Basotho people.

Designs

Designs have remained fairly unchanged over the last 50-100 years with the Basotho people having a deep noted attachment to certain styles, names and colours. Today the blankets are totally integrated into the life of the Basotho people.

The impetus given to the cult like attachment to the blanket comes from the Basotho themselves. Over 500,000 blankets are produced each year with demand outstripping supply.

 

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Current News

HRH Prince Seeiso and his wife

HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso visits Maliba Mountain Lodge.

It's not every day that members of the Royal family of Lesotho visits Maliba Mountain lodge, however each visit is a special one and lives long in the memory.

Kokonyana "Juliet" Nkopa, reflects on what it means to welcome Prince Seeiso and his wife Princess Mabereng to Maliba Lodge.

"I am very happy because I really wanted to meet him face to face, and he is very good to Basotho people especially the orphans, he usually gives them the presents. This also shows that he hasn't forgotten about us here at Maliba Lodge, as this was his second visit. I was nervous to go to him, but because of his friendly appearance it was easy to talk to him and to serve him as well. I would really like to see him again with his children."

Read more on the princes visit on our Blog.

 

Prince Seeiso and Prince Harry

Princes William and Harry dance with Prince Seeiso

As far back as 2004 Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso have been working together in response to the plight of the neediest of Lesotho’s people – its orphans and vulnerable children. 

Sentebale charity for children in LesothoSentebale (Meaning “forget-me-not” was chosen to honour both their mothers, Queen Mamohato and Diana, Princess of Wales's charity work) was inspired as a result of the two Princes friendship, after Prince Harry spent part of his gap year working as a volunteer on a number of local welfare projects as a guest of Prince Seeiso’s.

They have both pledged a lifetime commitment to this cause.

Read more about the Prince's work on our Blog.

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Water - liquid gold

Rainbow Trout

Wild Lesotho Trout Fishing in Lesotho

Hunting wild Lesotho Trout in Lesotho is one of the more popular activities and not without good reason. As it offers plenty of excitement for the angler and can be undertaken at numerous sites around the mountain Kingdom. The areas are remote, with difficult access and very few people, as a result fishing pressure is very light and you will have unlimited kilometres of rivers all for yourself.

The trout river fishing season opens each year on the 1st of September and closes on the 31st of May. Whilst there are plenty of easily accessible fishing sites dotted all around Lesotho. There are many that are still to be explored, although they do require the angler to be a keen hiker as well in order to access them over the mountainous terrain.

Rest assured it is well worth the effort, as Lesotho boasts some of the most incredible scenery, from snow capped mountains and green fertile valleys stretching to the horizon. Brown trout, rainbow trout and carp provide satisfying sport for anglers in the mountain streams of the Lesotho highlands. Yellow fish, barbel and the Maloti minnow (Senqunyane, Bokong and Jorodane rivers) are found in the lowland rivers.....

Read the full article on our Blog.

Rainbow trout

One that didn't get away


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Picture of the Month

 

Chris wrote to us with his story and included the image opposite.

Children at St. Felix PrimaryEarlier this year on a private visit to some of the government schools in Northern Lesotho I learnt that Lesotho has plenty of Primary and Secondary schools and teachers and has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa (82% World Vision), however these schools are ill equipped and under financed.

This lack of infrastructure has resulted in limited teaching resources which, coupled with no maintenance program, leaves these schools in a terrible state of disrepair.

This photo was taken at St Felix primary school which had 150 of its 400 windows broken allowing the freezing mountain air to blow through every classroom. This vivid image was the catalyst for myself and some mates to get together to form the Maliba Community Trust to help finance the community projects like repairing school infrastructure.


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Upcoming Festivals and Events

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Upcoming events

Fouriesburg Spring Fair 4-5 September 4/5 September Fouriesburg Spring Fair

Read the full article on our Blog

Morija Festival Cultural Competition (5-6 October, Lesotho)

http://www.morijafest.com/

Roof of Africa – Enduro Race, (25 – 27) November, Lesotho

http://www.roof-of-africa.com/

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Joke of the month

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Joke of the month

Fairy god fatherI met a fairy today who granted me one wish.

"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "but I am not allowed to grant that type of wish."
"Fine," I said, "Then I want to die when Bafana Bafana wins the Soccer World Cup."
"You crafty bugger!" said the fairy.


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