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My Fear of Failure - An Albatross

My Fear of Failure - An Albatross

Posted in The Honey Badger Diaries / Musings

The deadweight of the rotting Albatross I was lugging around was weighing me down. Day and night, I was consumed by fear, uncertainty and doubt.  Knowing I had no choice, my fate sealed. The reality; Butch's sight is compromised.  If we continue to believe that our retirement dream to travel...


Rainy Days And Sundays - Butternut Relish

Rainy Days And Sundays - Butternut Relish

Inclement weather is expected to dry up in October. The rain running rivulets down the window panes as I type is a surprise. Shouldn’t be, you’d think, but, we’ve had such good weather for eight straight weeks, that I was ready to rip out the old bather to wallow in the shallows with...


Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

I jolted, something wet was slowly snaking its way across my belly, gathering momentum as it slipped around to my back. We'd just returned, unpacked, and put the washing machine on heavy load, after a longish weekend, at the very remote GIFBERG HOLIDAY FARM near Van Rhyn'sdorp. I’d...


My Namaqualand Journal - Madeliefie, Pietsnotjie, Katstertjie -

My Namaqualand Journal - Madeliefie, Pietsnotjie, Katstertjie -

Posted in Photography / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries / Musings

Every year at about this time a wayward uncle would stop over in his rusty, vintage Kombi, to stock up on fresh supplies, before setting off on his annual pilgrimage into the Namaqualand to paint.  My father-in-law would beckon him into his flat, stepping back from the front door, frowning...


Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

Posted in Recipes / Soups

“Don’t worry, we all look terrible with these masks on Maricha.” Said an acquaintance I greeted in the grocery store today.  All I’d said was “Ha-wow!”  as my mask ballooned into my mouth.  It was clear she didn’t recognise me at all. My medical gloves made a painful snap as I pulled them on....


Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek - Kraalkloof Camp

Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek - Kraalkloof Camp

Butch and his colleagues meet up in their library every morning for coffee. He says “sometimes we talk law, but, mostly, we just catch up and chat.” Everyone knows our story by now, and often good trip ideas are shared. Last week he was tipped-off about a camping spot on a farm in the...


Beauty Is All Around Us  - Overberg Daytrip

Beauty Is All Around Us - Overberg Daytrip

Posted in Photography / Travel

“Let’s pack up our troubles and go day trippin’,” said good lookin’. Every week has its minor challenges, and last week didn’t disappoint.  I have had wheels under my bum since I turned 18. Ten days without a car is something to get your head around.  Not that I minded. We’ve managed to empty...


Around The World With A Wooden Spoon And Spatula

Around The World With A Wooden Spoon And Spatula

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Desserts / Soups / Drinks and Beverages / Travel

Pfft, to armchair travel we might think.  For the foreseeable future, it’s a new reality whichever way we look at it. The thought of not travelling is like telling a ladybird she may not save her children burning in their house. Dreadful. Unthinkable. Depressing. Every morning I throw back...


Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

With dust billowing in our wake, we made our way from the Tankwa farmstall back onto the main road (a 70km detour, I was told) to continue our meanderings in search of peace.  The road north became quieter, and farmsteads became fewer. In the Karoo, sustainable farming can only be on vast tracts...


Wandering into the future – Matroosberg Nature Reserve

Wandering into the future – Matroosberg Nature Reserve

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

It's no use crying over spilt milk. We’ve had our chips, and now we must suck it up and move on, without the help or approval of the government, closed borders or the WHO. Our lives are still in our hands. What we do with the situation takes some creative thinking and a will to do something...


Rooting For Beets

Rooting For Beets

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables

My farm to table produce box from Groenstoor included, amongst many delicious offerings, a bushel of beetroot, and a bunch of carrots, and rooted sweet and bitter salad leaves. This morning, while I was grating an apple and pear for my breakfast Bircher, I remembered how, as children, we used...


Bolognaise Arancini - Flavour Bombs

Bolognaise Arancini - Flavour Bombs

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Starters / Miscellaneous

Arancini is an Italian dish consisting of small balls of Arborio rice, stuffed with a savoury filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried. Arancini is synonymous with Sicily. If you’ve never tasted arancini or made it yourself now is a golden opportunity to impress. Here it’s raining, cold...


Honey Badgers Don't Hibernate

Honey Badgers Don't Hibernate

I stopped laughing.  My one redeeming attribute is that I enjoy a good laugh, some start deep in my belly, others I try to suppress as they tickle my spirit, but, on the whole Butch and I enjoy a good old fashioned chortle.  When did merriment leave us?  Sometime, I can’t pinpoint, probably...


Covid19 Confessions

Covid19 Confessions

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Baking and Cakes / Musings

Covid19 stumped even the writers of Horoscopes who did not predict this devastating pandemic. No, as far as all the psychics go, we’re still plain sailing. They’ve let us down miserably. My prediction for today. Cancerian. “Since Mercury is just about to turn retrograde, it’s best to keep...


My Saucy Pepper Beef Pie

My Saucy Pepper Beef Pie

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes

We thought the pie was delicious.  Butch’s mouth has been salivating for something like this for a while so I thought “Well why not?”  I didn’t make my pastry but bought a ready-made Puff pastry instead.  We all have our favourite one, I like using the Woolies All Butter Puff Pastry Sheets. ...


My Run-in With Covid 19

My Run-in With Covid 19

Posted in Musings

I think we’re all of the opinion that our world has changed with Covid 19 in one way or another.  Mine certainly has.  But, not so much my daily life as my outlook on life.  For the first time in almost 65 years, I have had to really take a close look at how I view life.  For a South African...


Sunday's Roast With Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

Sunday's Roast With Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin

Posted in Photography / Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Salads

Using staples from our store cupboard is always a bargain, especially over a weekend when you don’t want to put a foot wrong,  or into a shop. On most Sundays we like to take things easy, meals should be hassle free, but, always, delicious and preferably with something new. My parents often...


Breakfast Inspiration - BIRCHER

Breakfast Inspiration - BIRCHER

Posted in Recipes / Fruit / Miscellaneous / Travel

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. I find we slip into a routine very quickly especially when it’s just Butch and I. Every meal is just a repetition of the day before as we’re both busy and meals at home just serve their nutritional purpose. Keeping us sustained and hopefully healthy....


Gifting Memories - La Colombe and Kleinbosch Kloof

Gifting Memories - La Colombe and Kleinbosch Kloof

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel

A few years ago we decided to invite a grand-daughter on a camping weekend to Prince Albert. It was an opportunity to get to know her better and for her to experience some of the things we enjoy. As luck would have it, it was the very weekend of the Olive Festival so we had much to explore...


Weekend Meander to MIDDELPOS

Weekend Meander to MIDDELPOS

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

Pompelompie Hartklop (Heartbeat) Festival. The heart of the Karoo beats in its people. They are a hardened community, resilient and steadfast in their faith and in the land. Here every person is worthy. So, one fine day Butch comes along and suggests we go on a road trip to Middelpos. I’d...


Lets Hit The Road Jack - YZERFONTEIN

Lets Hit The Road Jack - YZERFONTEIN

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

My beloved knew I’d be emotionally drained after our glorious six weeks in Onrus with the family.  This was my weekend to be spoilt, almost an early Valentine’s treat.  He made a reservation at the Yzerfontein Caravan Park for the weekend and secured a lovely campsite using the camp layout on...


Rather Late Than Never

Rather Late Than Never

Posted in Photography / Musings

Hallo! I have missed you old friend. And, like some relationships, if neglected, one could become estranged. I am back! We will be on track in no time, good friends, although separated, don’t need much to become reacquainted! After almost three months I have all my balls in the air...


Moaning Minnie on Monday

Moaning Minnie on Monday

Posted in Review / Musings

I hate complaining, it does no one any good does it?  But sometimes I am so disappointed that the only way to get over myself is to vent my frustration. Today I see red. On Friday, as is customary, I telephonically ordered Almond Croissants from Daly Bread in Worcester. There is no denying...


Quiche Me Quick

Quiche Me Quick

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Salads / Starters

When  it's sunny and days can be spent on the beach with a book there is no time to linger in the kitchen. Quick, easy meals are called for. Having a few vegetarian recipes in your arsenal is always a good idea especially while on holiday. I find we need something “fresh” and that’s when...


Sunday AKA The Wife's Day Off

Sunday AKA The Wife's Day Off

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Starters / Festive and Christmas

In South Africa husbands give their wives “the day off” when THEY cook. This often happens on a Sunday Fun day. What it means is that we don’t have to stand in front of the stove, (normally a barbecue fire), and sweat it out. This day off doesn’t come cheap though. We earn it. Before we...


Setting The Record Straight

Setting The Record Straight

Posted in Photography / Musings

A very interesting article was written by some very clever people all about perception, comprehension and fake news. We are bombarded by news and most of it is fake. "Humans can transform fake information into fake memories, especially when the fabricated details align with our system of...


Windy Weekend Weather Wolseley

Windy Weekend Weather Wolseley

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

It’s often hard to believe there was a life before a disaster. Fortunately there is. Our memories eventually only remember the good things in life as bad thoughts are laid to rest along the wayside. And then life goes on and soon we say “life is good”! So before the great debacle and...


A Gut-Wrenching Confession

A Gut-Wrenching Confession

Posted in The Honey Badger Diaries / Musings

If you're interested in the whole sordid disaster then this is it! Shake, Rattle and Roll, without the big band, was what happened to me this morning. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try or work at something it fails.  Coming to terms with failure and moving on is also a learning curve I...


2nd November A Day To Remember

2nd November A Day To Remember

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

It would’ve been my Grandmama, Joe Knight’s birthday. Born on the 2nd November, 1906. She would’ve been a ripe old age (113), but, would she have been proud of our rugby team? Absolutely. Oftentimes I wish she could’ve witnessed and experienced our Rainbow nation in action, especially when all...


Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

Posted in Photography / Musings

Not only am I trying to negotiate my way to a heavy duty driving license, which in itself is nerve wracking, we are gearing down to change lanes in our lives too. Once we took the  plunge to put the indicators on signaling a changing of lanes in our personal life it was inevitable that many...


Making Memories In Montagu

Making Memories In Montagu

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

As we get older we enjoy celebrations. Could it be that they’re becoming scarcer as we attend more funerals than parties these days? Fortunately we were on our way to a birthday braai and would camp in beautiful Montagu with its heritage homes, large properties, channelled water, quaint...


A Knight's Stay - Somerset West

A Knight's Stay - Somerset West

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel

It’s hereditary, this thing that I don’t do sleep overs. I prefer sleeping in my own bed with my own ancient down pillow. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I have to sleep out, my pillow. The other is packing all my toiletries. I inevitably forget something at home. This time it...


Seven Sticks Of Wood And A Block Of Blitz

Seven Sticks Of Wood And A Block Of Blitz

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

No final destination was the plan. YR.com said it would be the worst weekend to go camping. I checked daily, which is very unusual, to see whether the weather would improve. Not a chance. We’d not have our spirits dampened by a drizzle so we packed up and went off to see some spring blooms...


The Honey Badger Goes For An Annual Check-up

The Honey Badger Goes For An Annual Check-up

Posted in Photography / The Honey Badger Diaries

We’ve been far and wide in the Honey Badger, our Isuzu NP 300 4X4 Overlander or motor home. Motor home sounds like a retirement home whereas Overlander sounds sexy and adventurous. Don’t you think?  We'll stick to Overlander Truck. It’s been just over a year since we officially took...


Winter Wining And Dining Winners

Winter Wining And Dining Winners

Posted in Review / Travel

One Restaurant did leave a bad taste in our mouths. Their food is mouth watering, their communications shocking. More about them later. Let’s move on. Should I ever complain about anything, just roll your eyes. I know, life is a bed of meringue, sugar and spice. . I am spoilt and...


If Eyes Are Dim Eye Cannot See

If Eyes Are Dim Eye Cannot See

Posted in Photography / Musings

This morning while driving in congested traffic I decided to close my right eye in an experiment to see what it’s like to have only one good eye. It’s dreadful.  Scary. One’s whole perspective changes. With only one eye my focus changed, my distance calculations were horrid and I lost...


Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Safari On Super Suppers And Snacks

Gosh it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that spring in my step. A new shop opened in town, Nibbly Bits. As the name suggests they stock all sorts of delicious nibbly bits. I went all out and got us some treats. After my spree I met up with friends en-route to Prince Albert in the Karoo and...


Tips And Tricks For Camping, Overlanding Or Roadtripping

Tips And Tricks For Camping, Overlanding Or Roadtripping

Posted in Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries / Musings

Every trip has its unique challenges and it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality especially when space is of the essence. African roads are often bad, always take that into account. Here are some of the things I learned on this trip. 1. Less is more.2. When catering have a menu. Some...


Mabuasahube - The Pecking Order

Mabuasahube - The Pecking Order

Posted in Photography / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

At last we were ready to enjoy ten days of doing absolutely nothing. That's what dreams are made of... a real holiday. The wonder of Mabuasahube. All we do is wonder what’s next. Shrug. Shake your head.  Nothing. We just wait and see. No expectations. But, there is always the promise of a...


The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

Best friends, best buddies, best Boetie (brother) and hiekkelsuster (crochet companion) that’s what Percy and Sue are to us. It’s rare to hear siblings, at our age, actually like each other and choose to spend time together. We do. We’re close, companionable, comfortable and cosy. The...