Wild Cubs of the Mountain is a play on our surname ‘Van den Berg’, which literally means ‘from the mountain’! I’ve had a few blogs which has documented different parts of our lives and different hobbies that we have. I do not blog often, and have decided to combine all of these blogs in one place… and keep it free – if you are not a serious blogger there really isn’t much reason to have a self-hosted site!! SO here we are… our little corner of the web…!! We are the ‘Wild Cubs of the Mountain’! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy some of our adventures!!

About Me

Behind all this Hoopla, is me! Hi! My name is Xandré and I am a thirty-something South African, currently living in Edmonton Canada. I am a lover of my husband and two naughty dogs. A structural engineer by day, I am also a closet creative, wannabe gardener, enthusiastic food maker, restless traveler, amateur photographer and pinterest addict. I hope to inspire you with all my little (and sometimes bigger) projects and I hope to prove to you that anyone can do anything they set out to do.

About My Husband


My gorgeous husband (also South African) loves travelling and our (his?) dogs and me! He is a quantity surveyor (or in American terms – an estimator). Although he is not always in the mood to help me (he usually does though), he entertains my crazy antics and supports my wild ideas! 100% the most fun person for me to be around!! You will see him and our dogs featured often on this blog!

About Our Dogs


From the left: Duke (Lab x Bulldog) is brown and is made to give/receive love!!! Wagter (Lab x Basset) is actually spelt n-a-u-g-h-t-y, but we adore him!! They love us an enormous amount!! (It really is a vice versa situation we have got going on!) They are South African as well and has seen more of the world than most people ever will! Oh, and they enjoy walks in the park… 😀

About My DIY


I believe that I can do anything! Maybe not as well as someone you would pay, but I blame pinterest for my DIY confidence! We have been living in our little home for almost two years now and we have slowly changed this house into a home. Still many more DIY mishaps, lessons and adventures to come before we can hang up our tools!

About My Photography


I love photography. I love landscape photography. And when I have willing models, I love shooting people! I mostly shoot with my Canon 6D and 24-105L lens and Sony A6300 with the 15-55 mm kit lens. I also have a nifty-fifty to my disposal which is the newest lens to my very slow growing kit. In addition to the DSLR I have a compact Canon IXUS 200 which comes in extremely handy more often that not! I always shoot manual and hope that I can give you few tips on how to use your camera in manual mode with confidence!

About Me & Food


I am a foodie. All food. Sweet and savoury. I love eating. And although I do not develop my own recipes, I will share with you what I have been up to in the kitchen and the sources of the recipes that I followed.

About Our Travel


I have been fortunate to see many countries over the last 10 years of my life. Unfortunately, real life and work gets in the way of travelling on a more frequent basis. I have ticked off quite a few countries and cities around the world. My thirst has not been quenched though, and with hard work, hopefully there will be many more trips in our future!