Review

Being Gobsmacked By Beauty - Nieuwoudtville And Biedouw Valley

Being Gobsmacked By Beauty - Nieuwoudtville And Biedouw Valley

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

In the grand scheme of things, three OMG’s in one day aren’t that bad, but, you see, I’m not that sorta gal.  But then again, I’m known to have a mouth on me.  My expletives were utterly spontaneous, what my eyes saw my mouth exclaimed before my brain had caught up. My most vivid memory of...


Flower Power - Camping Around Namaqualand

Flower Power - Camping Around Namaqualand

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TOP OF PIEKENIERSKLOOF - KARDOESIE CAMPSITE AND ON TO CLANWILLIAM My best memories of childhood holidays were waking up reluctantly at 4h00 on the morning of our departure.  Then we could get away with travelling the first bit in our PJ’s and being squashed up against my brothers, who...


Clickety Clack Closer To Home

Clickety Clack Closer To Home

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

Camping in Rawsonville - Goudyn - Stillewater on the Smalblaar River You might think it’s ridiculous to go away for the weekend, and all you do is go off to the next hamlet.  As soon as I step into our Honey Badger to spring clean and spruce it up, make my bed and pack my goodies into the...


Revisiting An Old Favourite - Moggs Country Kitchen

Revisiting An Old Favourite - Moggs Country Kitchen

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It takes a vagabond to change the mind of someone who, for no apparent reason, renounced his enthusiasm or support.  At the time I was shocked!  Moggs Country Cookhouse, a favourite eatery in the Hemel and Aarde valley, was, for years, one of our regular watering holes.  We’d go there on a whim...


Mediocrity Underwhelmed - Reader's Restaurant - Tulbagh

Mediocrity Underwhelmed - Reader's Restaurant - Tulbagh

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Creating a fine plate of food can be taught.  But, it’s something a chef or cook must be passionate about.  “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh.  In a week, I experienced food prepared with zest and also the antithesis. According to Butch’s...


Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel

Bosmans’ Wine and Protea Farm – Hemel en Aarde Valley. Sami-Joan suggested we take ourselves off to the Bosman Farm in the Hemel and Aarde valley for a Tapas lunch and wine tasting. She’s a foodie and loves her wine; I knew I could take her word for it.  We phoned immediately and were...


From Mexico To Kathmandu

From Mexico To Kathmandu

Posted in Photography / Review / Recipes

Every sign and forecast pointed to a wet,  wintry weekend. Soon we had the wall heaters blazing, our non-skid socks and fleecy jumpers on.  We lay in late, dipping rusks into hot coffee, occasionally casting an eye outside.  At this rate, we’d spend the weekend in bed.  Nope, we needed to...


Fab Four Ride Again -  Kraalskloof Campsite - Slanghoek

Fab Four Ride Again - Kraalskloof Campsite - Slanghoek

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

Glamping in the mountains My sister-in-law Sue needs no introduction, albeit to say she’s one tough cookie and doesn’t take no for an answer. Trouble came in the form of an email from the proprietress of a campsite she’d reserved for the weekend, situated on the banks of the Breede River. ...


Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

Posted in Review / Travel

For the soul on a moody Monday as autumn bombards us in earnest. Monday’s are quiet days in our house.  The usual chores bring me down to earth, especially after an eventful weekend.  I enjoy the slow rumble of the old washing machine and the warmth emitted while our linens spin in the...


Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona Virus

Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona Virus

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

Maybe it’s just me who dwells on death today as a photograph pops up on my screen, taken three years ago, before the unthinkable. One of my very best friends passed away and will never feature in another photograph. Technology and Social Media is our new memory keeper. ---oOo--- With...


A One Night Stand - Cremorne Holiday Resort - Port St John's - Fabulously Flamboyant

A One Night Stand - Cremorne Holiday Resort - Port St John's - Fabulously Flamboyant

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

Tick list travel or dashing from one place to the next; doing over-nighters doesn’t do it for me; although, I do get it.  Sometimes there’s no option.   For me, travel is about exploring.  My curiosity about a place, its people, history, art, architecture needs in-depth investigation.  Before...


Wonderously Wild  – Mdumbi Backpackers

Wonderously Wild – Mdumbi Backpackers

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

ROADTRIPPING THE TRANSKEI is one of a few places that make me feel as if  I’m in another country.  The people are cool, the weather’s divine, the landscape so different from ours, even the history’s different. Due to various reasons and circumstances, many people find themselves...


Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

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Promises made have to be kept. That’s a golden rule.  Melissa, our niece, took up a position as a Dietician at a rural hospital in the Transkei.  We applauded her for her decision to spread her wings, step out of her comfort zone and make a lifetime of memories.   At Christmas time in 2019,...


A Saffa Safari - A Road Trip To The Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

A Saffa Safari - A Road Trip To The Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

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

Do yourself a favour. Make a reservation, pack your tent and raid the pantry. Dust off the ammo boxes. When you've done all that grab a few T's, a pair of shorts and your favourite flip flops.  Don't forget last year's stretched and perished bather.  It will do. Believe me. Now, head off to...


Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

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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...


Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

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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

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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...


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

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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

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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...


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...


The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

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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...


My Many Miles To Mabuasahube

My Many Miles To Mabuasahube

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Plus many hours practicing MA-BU-A-SA-HU-BE and for successfully playing the sympathy card. But first we rendezvous at Melton Wold in the Karoo. Planning a trip on short notice is very exciting. From the moment we decided, (during one of our long boozy lunches) that we needed a quick getaway...


Who Let The Dogs Out?

Who Let The Dogs Out?

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

And what's more in the Kalahari to boot! So, there we were, minding our own business watching another beautiful African sunset, contemplating the day, sipping drinks when a Land Cruiser came hurtling up our road in a billowing cloud of dust.  My stomach lurched and I do confess I felt...


"Maricha!  Where have you been?"

"Maricha! Where have you been?"

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / Musings

It’s Monday the 8th July, 2019 and will be the very first time I open my laptop to scroll down to Word to take up my keyboard once again and write. It’s been a while. I hope my words don’t let me down after all these months. I opened this scribbling written while in Canada and thought it a...


Bonnievale River Lodge And White Linen Camping

Bonnievale River Lodge And White Linen Camping

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

Sometimes the end of a story is the story.  Our stay in Bonnievale is a classic case where a mishap could make or break one's enjoyment of the moment . We have friends who are Swallows, in other words they spend six summer months in South Africa before migrating back to the UK to spend...


18 Fabulous Things To Do in April

18 Fabulous Things To Do in April

Posted in Review / Travel / Musings

These are my 18 fabulous things to do in April. Winter is not my favourite season so I need to have a few highlights to look forward to. For some reason a lot of eating goes into this list, will have to curb my enthusiasm! It is also time to prune and do some maintenance work before we have...


To Arniston With A Surfboard

To Arniston With A Surfboard

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

The Southern Cape must boast the best weather. For some reason autumn has come early this year, I can’t remember ever experiencing three weeks of inclement weather in February/March. We packed up our Honey Badger in the hope of sunshine and perfect waves. Arniston is a gem. As a young girl...


12  Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

12 Fun Things To Do During A Wet Spell

Here are my 12 fun things to do during a wet spell. Bragging rights in the car industry are earned when your new VW outguns the competition and goes from 0-60 in 2 seconds. Our summer went from balmy sunshine days to cloudy and wet overnight and kept Autumn up for 7 days.  All of a sudden we had...


Suikerbossie Guest Farm Meander -  A Review

Suikerbossie Guest Farm Meander - A Review

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

There are only 52 weekends in a year, we’ve already spent 9-10.  Lives are hectic and  stressful, many need to recharge in the country savouring fresh country air.  Suikerbossie Guest Farm in the Kouebokkeveld is the perfect retreat for young and old. I have a friend who knows the lyrics to...


The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

Posted in Review / Musings / the book box

My book of the year. Devoured by our book club and thoroughly enjoyable this coming of age story is deeply touching. John Boyne put his heart and soul into writing this book and told the story with humour, compassion and illustrated the stark realities of growing up in Catholic Ireland in...


The Wall - Kariba Dam

The Wall - Kariba Dam

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

It was time to wave Mana Pools goodbye. A month was just long enough and I was excited to resume our road trip and next destination. Kariba. All the stories I’ve heard about Kariba have conjured a picture of holidays, fun and houseboats. Romantic. We, of course, would not be staying in...


Going To The Dogs - Nyamepi Campsite Review

Going To The Dogs - Nyamepi Campsite Review

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

Close your eyes. In the distance hear the cry of the African Fish eagle calling its mate. The soft rustle you hear could be a Vervet monkey suckling her young one, the soft blow is an Impala warning the herd of possible danger and the loud swishing and snorting in the water a hippopotamus...


The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

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

It's true, birds of a feather flock together. Just like Lilian's Lovebirds.  Although we travel very well together and comfortably do it without company we were delighted to know that we would not be alone for the entire time we were in Mana. We are social animals after all and I definitely...