CRAFTING YOUR NATURE-INSPIRED MESSAGE WITH CARE
I’m Tina Vlok
CO-OWNER. DEVELOPER. ADVENTURER. GARDENER
I wouldn’t say I’m one to put on a show. I rather like to connect with those subjects that bring me great joy, and then put my head down and work with them. And those subjects definitely include the environment, the world around us, and the role that agriculture plays.
So I guess it’s no surprise that my working career started in agriculture – as a winemaker. I’ve worked at the most wonderful wineries in South Africa. And winemaking brought me one of my greatest pleasures in life – the ability to travel to other countries around the world, and experience their connection to the environment. It didn’t end there: winemaking even brought me the love of my life – the man I today call my husband.
But from being a full-time winemaker, in 2007 my life took a bit of a turn – one I don’t regret even for a second. Suddenly I found myself in the world of the digital, learning all there is to learn about selling an idea and a product online. I became immersed in this new world. And today, it continues to evoke my fascination and excitement. I use my knowledge of all that is digital, and combine it with my love for beautiful things – colours, leaves, flowers, patterns – things inspired by nature.
Of course, that means enjoying as much of nature as I can. So when I get a chance, I head out into the mountains above my house, and the beautiful shoreline down the road from me, to reconnect. The best bit? My Airedale terriers happen to love it too!
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I’m Heather D’Alton
CO-OWNER. WRITER. ADVENTURER. TRAVELLER
I’m not really a fan of the word ‘passionate’. It’s so over-used. But my Thesaurus isn’t helping me with great alternatives. So what the hell, here goes. I’m passionate about the natural world, and protecting it. I really am. From the big picture, more strategic stuff, to the smallest ladybird that just can’t escape that pool of water she ended up in. I guess it comes from growing up on a beautiful farm, with a father who cares deeply about the intricate space around him.
But strangely, that’s not what I ended up studying. It was the use of words that captured me, using words to tell what I felt were important stories. So instead I studied journalism. And then spent the next 10 years of my life working in different countries, and different cities in South Africa and around the world, showing the good and the bad of society.
Then, one day, flying back to Joburg (where I worked), looking out on the great, heaving city, I realised it was time to remember that old love – to reconnect with the environment that had so inspired me as a youngster. And so I joined an NGO working to protect our luscious fynbos-covered valleys and mountains, helping them to share their wonderful message.
Today, I once again live on the landscape where I grew up – enjoying the thousands of shades of green around me. It’s here that I’m reminded daily why I’m so passionate about Mother Earth – and helping to give her the voice she wouldn’t otherwise have.
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