About the author

Being cheeky - Valencay, France

Being cheeky – Photo taken while cyclotouring in Valencay, France

“Have you ever…. ” is a collection of stories and photos. Some of these will be quirky, others funny, and some are just simple tales about things I have seen, done, found fascinating or just simply enjoyed, on this great merry-go-round of life.

I have been fortunate to have lived on two continents and have also been lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit.

Australia and southern Africa (the places where I have lived), have very many similarities and also many unique features, all of which are a delight.

This blog does not have a single focus. Instead, it is a collection of all sorts of varied articles which get posted in no particular order. Some are responses to challenges posted by other bloggers, others are articles about whatever I feel inspired to write about at the time!

Riding a camel while travelling in western India

Riding a camel while travelling in western India

I have also spent many hours in the ‘bush’, surveying and observing plants an animals. However, whilst I love watching and photographing the latter, my passion is for plants. (As an added bonus, the latter pose patiently as they are photographed, and generally don’t bite, so are generally far easier to work with!).

But most often, this blog will be a place to post many of the photos that I have collected in my travels and to describe my recollections of those amazing experiences.

My travels have taken me through the Middle East, Southern Africa, Asia, Europe and the UK as well as closer destinations such as New Zealand and many places in Australia.

In recent years, I have found that the best way to see these places has been from the saddle of my bicycle. I have been lucky enough to have completed three cyclo-tours so far, with more to come in future years. You can follow these adventures on my ‘Ride a rainbow‘ cycling blog if you are interested.

I hope you enjoy reading my various articles and that they inspire you to go and see some of these wonderful places for yourself!

In case you are wondering about the name Madoqua……

In late 2012 I wrote a post which discussed my thoughts on the contents of About pages and whether I should have included an explanation for my name “Madoqua” on my About page. My readers thought that this was a good idea.

But instead of repeating the information, I have hyperlinked to the post. If you click the link to the article: ‘About’ pages and blog names‘ and you can read all about it!

29 Responses to About the author

  1. mudlips says:

    Hi, thank you for visisting, liking, and following my blog. I read with interest that you’re an ecologist and a cyclist and middle age. While I’m not an ecologist professionally, my graduate work was so strongly ecologically focused, essentially a “minor” is there’s such a thing in grad work. BUT,I’m also a cyclist and in mid-life. So, a few things in common. I enjoyed reading about your night ride with the kangaroo. I’ll be back to read more!

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    • Madoqua says:

      Lovely to have you visit and I hope you enjoy my posts. My cycling exploits are on a separate website (there’s a link in my blogroll) if you are interested? It’s great to meet someone with similar interests. I am really looking forward to reading more of your articles.

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  2. cocoaupnorth says:

    Lovely blog you have. Very fascinating stuff about wildlife more especially in Kruger National Park, I enjoyed reading these posts. And thank you very much for visiting my blog so that I can find yours. Much appreciated.

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    • Madoqua says:

      Thank you for your visit and appreciation of my posts about Kruger. I really do enjoy the flora and fauna of southern Africa. I will be back to visit your site to read some more.

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  3. sophypoo77 says:

    Absolutely stunning photography!!!

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  4. I am enjoying your blog!

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  5. Lois says:

    Two of my want-to-go places, southern Africa and Australia!

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    • Madoqua says:

      They are so alike and yet so different in many ways. I love them both, but I must admit the animals of Africa really fascinate and amaze me.
      The downside of both is that they are both so far from Europe/North America. If you plan to visit Australia, it is worth going to New Zealand too, it is also a fantastic place.

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  8. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://wp.me/p2ekZU-ZC. All the best!

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  9. Madoqua, I hope you’ll accept the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award –
    http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/blogging-a-window-on-the-world/
    No pressure – it’s a way of widening the circles, and the important thing is that others come over to see your great blog.

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  10. KnitNell says:

    Hi Madoqua – thought I would pop over and look at you as you have found your way over to leafy Farnham via my blog KnitNell. Always great to see what other people are doing especially if they share interests. I love your blog and photos especially those in Australia – my (South African) husband The Poff and I were very impressed when we visited it but have to say it was NZ that grabbed our hearts. Hope to return there again one day. Rather than old freezers we have gold postboxes now after the Olympics. Our nearest is a couple of miles away in Alton. oooh just a little bit up market. 2012 has been a lovely year for us in the UK. cheers KnitNell

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    • Madoqua says:

      KnitNell, so lovely to have you visit! Thanks so much for the lovely comments about my blog, I am most delighted that you enjoy the articles so much.
      Australia is a great place, but so different to that amazing place – New Zealand. We are very lucky to be so near to NZ and can visit within a few hours. I can well understand how that country captured your heart!
      I would love to see one of those gold postboxes (or a photo anyway!). What a lovely idea.
      I was interested in your blog because I have been a knitter, spinner, crotcheter and sewer from my childhood. I now live in a warm climate, and rarely spin any more, although I really enjoy it and have two beautiful spinning wheels. I don’t post much about these crafts, but perhaps I should! It might encourage me to do a bit more in this regard!

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  11. Sartenada says:

    I looked Your photos and I did find very interesting “cyclotouring”. It sounds so great. Are making cyclotouring generally in many countries / places?

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    • Madoqua says:

      Sartenada, I was looking at my cycling blog and it has been neglected for a while with so many things going on over Christmas. But I am planning to get back to it soon.
      We have only cyclo-toured twice so far (UK and France), but we intend to do many more. Each time I get better organised!

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  12. Eattravelphotograph says:

    Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can find everything about it on my post http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/forgotten-awards/, hope you’ll accept it!

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  13. A wonderful blog full of adventures and positive vision of life and everything else. It’s a joy to see your world through your lens and words. Thanks.

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  14. I could not help taking a peek at your blog after your visits to my blog this weekend. I like the bit that I have seen very much and will definitely be back to read some more!

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