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Good, Better, Idiom

Good, Better, Idiom

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Packing up and traipsing all over the countryside is not the only way to relax after a busy year. We stayed at home. It was different, and, interesting. Our home was our base for making day trips. We lolled about at home as if we were sitting on the beach at Tofo, that’s where we were meant...


One Whale Wallows

One Whale Wallows

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Weekenders line the cliffs and choke up the paths in the Rep.of Hermanus. Spring break and it's chock-a-block.Traffic jams, long queues and exhausted officials are the order of the next 10 days. No matter where you were within a 1km radius of the Old Harbour you’d hear the screech of...


Drive By Shootings On Sunday Drives

Drive By Shootings On Sunday Drives

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Butch hadn’t had such a good day on Saturday. His Springboks lost to the All Blacks, the result was expected, but the shock of it still hits the solar plexus doesn’t it? What a shame. Sadly for them Saturday was the last straw and their last chance to impress. They’ve lost an ardent fan. To...


LynnV Has A New Shoot In Franschoek

LynnV Has A New Shoot In Franschoek

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Psst, the word is out and it’s spreading. Lynn did it! After months of speculation, she finally did it! She’s opened her new Salon on Main. She’s always true to her word. A year ago like a pupae you transformed into a butterfly, and then you leap-frogged over a mountain range to realise...


Getting It Right - Camping At Mana Pools

Getting It Right - Camping At Mana Pools

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Position, position, position! No 20 is the sought-after campsite and we had it! With a large, ancient Wild Fig tree offering us shade we made camp just beyond the branches’ reach, where the early morning rays would be our alarm clock and at night the Hippos calling would send us off to...


A Facial In Time Saves Nine

A Facial In Time Saves Nine

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"People are not often naturally perfect and that's why God made stockings, shoes and cosmetics."Estee Lauder.  Last week I  stopped to chat which ended with the promise of a gift.   Juliette must’ve seen the need for a relaxing facial when she saw me dragging my sore calves unenthusiastically...


The Weakest Link Takes A Hike

The Weakest Link Takes A Hike

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History tells us that contemplation, meditation, soul-searching and philosophising often takes place on mountain tops. Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Mandela and Ghandi did it. I had a close call, a wake-up call, a bruised ego, a sore bottom and a chipped toenail. Last week we packed our back...


My Ten Cents Worth

My Ten Cents Worth

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Our friends' enquiry about the weather in Zimbabwe got the ball rolling rather unexpectedly. We were on our way to Mana Pools for the summer holidays when I put a spanner in the works. I like glamping. Sadly a wet tent doesn’t do it for me.  I’ve got the (wet) T shirt to prove it. Picture...


Finishing In A Flurry

Finishing In A Flurry

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Things are tight in this house. We have a couple of hours left to do all the packing. This year has gone from 0-365 in a flash, yet, we’ve achieved much. Our country has reached all-time lows and surprisingly we’ve become more unified, determined and resolute about our future, our freedom and...


Juanita Conchita Margarita

Juanita Conchita Margarita

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel for sure. What could’ve turned into a “slit my wrist” moment became a re-kindling of a friendship sorely missed. My hopes were restored and my budget stretched like old garter elastic. Every time I walk into her home I gasp, by the time I get to...


Posh Nosh On A Friday In November

Posh Nosh On A Friday In November

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To stop me smoking in the tickey box (phone booth) my Mom dangled the “once you’ve written your Matric you can do as you please” carrot. It didn’t work. But, what I did do once I was my own boss was have a really large slab of my Mom's delicious Chocolate Cake for Breakfast.  I did it...


October November A Weekend To Remember

October November A Weekend To Remember

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My job is opening farm gates, there were 18, this time I didn't have to open any.That pleased me. It delighted me to know our Swallows had returned earlier this week. Catching up takes time, unfolding and laying out the tales needs time and space.  It's best to do so somewhere quiet...


A Spring Celebration In The Nuy Valley

A Spring Celebration In The Nuy Valley

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The evening was perfect, balmy, windless with a promise of summer. Perfectly groomed gardens all around us as we mingled on the manicured lawns under the stars at Leipzig, right here on our doorstep in the Nuy Valley a mere 10 or so kilometres from Worcester. This was a celebration of good...


Spit or Swallow

Spit or Swallow

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That is the question. Not on an empty stomach. Well I don’t know about that. At the time of this dilemma choices were limited; there was no place to hide. A mad dash to the kitchen I made,  it was a shambles. “Manners maketh man” was ringing in my ears while I heaved and clamped my jaw. I was...


Miserably Morose on a Monday

Miserably Morose on a Monday

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It’s no use, no-one can dodge this bullet any longer, it’s back to the Spinning Class this afternoon, the scales don’t lie, we can count calories until the cows come home, nope,  it’s time to add some strenuous exercises to the game plan! I wonder if jaw wiring is still an option? I still...


Between The Covers it's Man up or Clam up

Between The Covers it's Man up or Clam up

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We need confidence and courage to grab an opportunity and run with it, to persevere and not lose faith takes guts.“A ship is always safe at the shore; but that is NOT what it is built for. Right  ― Albert Einstein. People are fascinating and if you’re a little more aware and have an...


Sea Horses and Mermaids

Sea Horses and Mermaids

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For a while now we’ve been hearing rumours about snorkelling with Sea Horses,"Right!" I thought "and I’m talking to Faeries!" they’re almost extinct and live in the Tropics somewhere. Exactly,  in Inhambane in the tropical waters there! So one day we investigated, of course it’s easier said...


The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

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Chocolate Melting Jar an innovative find  by Kitchen Inspire by ANZO.  Often the best buys are the ones I do on the trot while my eyes are searching shelves for the thingy on the list.   My blue eye spotted this gem while scouring the shelves for the 6th colander for our summer cottage...


Silly Season Snapping at our Heels

Silly Season Snapping at our Heels

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This morning I didn’t wake up to the chirruping of songbirds, but to the clanging of a bucket, snap of a step ladder and a jodling painter, Wally is revamping. Roof trusses are being knocked up across the street as a new house shoots up and according to the owner his parents are moving in on...


Oranges and Lemons ring the bells of Citrusdal

Oranges and Lemons ring the bells of Citrusdal

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Just a quickie before I forget, do not pass through Citrusdal without stopping for brunch and coffee in the main road. The chocolate cake is the best in the west and the baked cheese cake is celestial.   At the Grapevine Coffee Shop the instruction is clear, "greet everyone with a smile!"  and...


Having street food without being a pavement special

Having street food without being a pavement special

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Si! “The Italians and Spanish, the Chinese and Vietnamese see food as part of a larger, more essential and pleasurable part of daily life. Not as an experience to be collected or bragged about - or as a ritual like filling up a car - but as something else that gives pleasure, like sex or music,...


The Church Boutique Hotel Hanoi

The Church Boutique Hotel Hanoi

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Imagine our excitement when we touched down in Ha Noi, we’d had a brilliant flight, been attended to hand and foot, but, a cunning little cottonwool cloud floated over our sunny, autumn horizon as we were being ripped off at the Tourism counter when we ordered a taxi. Charging us an arm and a...


Ruffled in Raffles

Ruffled in Raffles

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This I’ve got to get off my chest. When in Rome do as the Romans do, right? So off we went to the iconic Raffles bar for the famous Singapore Sling. It was a typical hot and humid Singapore day so we didn’t need much encouragement to visit this famous landmark. The beautiful Raffles Hotel...


Clams Crabs and Cookery Courses

Clams Crabs and Cookery Courses

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Slipping into a sexy, starched apron with a new recipe in one hand and a flute of bubbles in the other is bliss. The olive in my Martini is attending a cookery course re-kindling my passion for food, where delicious recipes are shared, prepared and then enjoyed by the group.   Good food and...


V Lavender Hotel Singapore

V Lavender Hotel Singapore

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Singapore is someone’s vision come to fruition and for that I admire the man and his dream, but, it’s just another large, modern city with a beautiful skyline at night when the lights are shining bright. We were very spoilt whilst there and enjoyed sundowners at a rooftop bar, had delicious...


KOK Coffee - Ha Noi - Vietnam

KOK Coffee - Ha Noi - Vietnam

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A week ago I opened my eyes in Saigon; today I awoke, like most mornings, by the exotic aroma of a  freshly brewed cup of coffee and the golden sunshine pouring into my bedroom from the azure sky.   My Dad has been making his “Sleeping Beauty” her first cuppa every day now for 60 years and...


Fowler's Grill

Fowler's Grill

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In a one horse town this is where the horse is. It's had it's ups and downs but it remains a landmark in Church Str.  Locals love it, as there're no surprises here. Not even Chef has a bad day. When I arrived in Worcester thirty three years ago there was a landmark restaurant called Albert's...


Les Girls are Frenching It - First Reunion

Les Girls are Frenching It - First Reunion

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My beloved spends a weekend with his four ex-wives and a girlfriend, that's how he described himself when asked what he was doing! Our friendship is a gift which we re-live as we savour it. In a wink a year has passed.    Les Girls got their act together and we enjoyed a fabulous weekend...


Inverroche Classic Gin

Inverroche Classic Gin

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Most people remember their Grandmothers because they smelt of Violets or Lavender,  when I think of my Glam’ma I imagine Gin and cigarette smoke, two of my favourite things! Femme fatale. She was glamorous, worldly, beautiful, graceful, well travelled, she spoke the Queen’s English and...


 Vietnam

Vietnam

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 They say “a secret’s only a secret once you’ve told someone”. So I have a confession to make, jip, I have a crush on Luke Nguyen, I’d record his cooking programmes, he filled my disc space, which was awkward to explain. So when we decided to visit Vietnam I rushed out to the nearest Book...


Moon over the Sea

Moon over the Sea

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If you should read a book with the title "100 places to go to before you die" then this cottage is one of them.   Right there on the beach in Tofo, a seaside village not too far from Inhambane in   Mozambique,  just North of Maputo the capital.   Whatever you do, try to  get there either by...


Travelling with Audiobooks

Travelling with Audiobooks

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The first thing we do when we go anywhere out of town is pack our iPod to listen to Audiobooks. For some reason we've never been successful when it comes to the car radio, that aerial just remains dodgy! I joined  www.audible.co.uk  years ago and eagerly await my very affordable subscription...


Skietkuil Guest Farm,  a star in the Karoo

Skietkuil Guest Farm, a star in the Karoo

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This one's a keeper in my books. Situated right on the N1 from Cape Town to Johannesburg slap in the middle between Three Sisters and Richmond. Beautifully renovated farmsteads, tastefully decorated with all the amenities for a self catering stay for one night or 10, take your pick. What's...


 Molopo Kalahari Lodge: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Molopo Kalahari Lodge: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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 A gin and tonic never tasted better.  When last did you get up at 3H30 in the morning, after you'd been to a wedding, and been on the road for at least 10 hours?  Exactly, few people have or would dare to. We did. My aching bones rejoiced when we stopped at the Molopo Lodge en-route to...


Maun Lodge:    I know I Maun a lot.

Maun Lodge: I know I Maun a lot.

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It was with a heavy heart that we left the Khwai Community Camp last Thursday, we were really getting into the swing of things in the bush and the last thing we anticipated was a return to civilization, but, unfortunately a broken alternator waits for no man. Anticipating a long and frustrating...


Queness Inn:    Maun

Queness Inn: Maun

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Don't judge a Guesthouse by it's impersonal face bricks.  A new Guesthouse, quite a few kilometers from the CBD, Queness Inn was a great find. Friendly, accommodating receptionist, willing to help and make suggestions and she was able to give us informative advice. The three golden rules were...


 Bon Arrivee  Maun: Fly me to the moon

Bon Arrivee Maun: Fly me to the moon

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I know it's very unlikely that all restaurants will keep up standards in the long run, but, one can live in hope and a patron at our guesthouse, assured us that this was the best Maun had to offer. We'd been there before and we'd enjoyed the vibe, food, colonial atmosphere and the rather...


Duchess of Wisbeach: Sea Point

Duchess of Wisbeach: Sea Point

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Good recipe + great ingredients = a culinary flop.  A friends recommendation to visit the Duchess was all the encouragement we needed to make a booking, even though our daughter and son-in-law were skeptical about our choice. There's so much choice in Cape Town they lamented. What my friend...


 Seelan Restaurant and Bar:   V&A Waterfront

Seelan Restaurant and Bar: V&A Waterfront

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Stunning autumn days in Cape Town beckon us to stroll down to the V&A Waterfront for lunch, it's always surprising how busy restaurants in this neck of the woods are, almost European busy. We stumbled upon Seeian tucked away below "decks" on Quay 5, a new establishment, hardly 2 weeks...


Sawai Madhopur: Nahargarh Ranthambhore

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Earning their stripes at Nahagarh.  We visited the Rantambore national park in summer when it's not tourist season and very hot, I think we hit it spot on as far as our accommodation was concerned! What a treat, we were pampered and spoilt and waited upon fit for a Maharajah. A most...