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Wellies Or Winter Warmers -  A Trip To Lake Jozini

Wellies Or Winter Warmers - A Trip To...

I’m sitting here freezing, wondering how anyone can say, “I love winter!” I do get the crackling fire in the huge grate, which we don’t have, the red wine, which I...

Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

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...

The Honey Badger Headlines - The Annual Moan Report

The Honey Badger Headlines - The Annual...

Many a sailor or boat owner will attest to this truth.   Boats are dry docked for longer periods than they’re afloat.   Our darling Honey Badger never lets us down in that...

From Mexico To Kathmandu

From Mexico To Kathmandu

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...

Let's Go Mexico

Let's Go Mexico

The weather’s turning, and we need a quick fix. There’s no time to beat about the bush.  I’m ready and packed, just waiting for Butch to finish up at work.  Seeing as...

Big B and Little B Go On Safari

Big B and Little B Go On Safari

This Kgalagadi trip was an experience for the books. During a recent weekend away, I realised how special it is to go on holiday with family, especially with one’s children and...

Fab Four Ride Again -  Kraalskloof Campsite - Slanghoek

Fab Four Ride Again - Kraalskloof...

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...

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

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...

Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona Virus

Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona...

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...

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

A One Night Stand - Cremorne Holiday...

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...

Wonderously Wild  – Mdumbi Backpackers

Wonderously Wild – Mdumbi Backpackers

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...

Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

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...

Searching For Magic Mushrooms - Hogsback - Eastern Cape Province

Searching For Magic Mushrooms - Hogsback...

My Grandmama told me about the Hogsback. In the early 1930’s she’d haul my aunt, my Dad, a French nanny and a German wet nurse, by train from Cape Town and steam off during the hot summer...

Hoo-Ray It's holi-Yay!

Hoo-Ray It's holi-Yay!

There were a few weeks to go, before the summer holidays would break the monotony of 8 months under house arrest, while we continued enduring the lockdown.  Like a bolt of lightning on a...

Could be, Should be, Would Be. The Year that was  –  2020

Could be, Should be, Would Be. The Year...

 – the very long and short of it. This is my retrospective of annus horribilis – the year that was 2020.  To approach it, I wriggle my fingers into kid gloves and swallow...

Glamping in the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Glamping in the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Butch and I have never camped in a SANParks campsite. We prefer to stay off the grid or do wild camping as one does in Botswana and Zimbabwe.  Without a doubt, our favourite camps being...

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

A Saffa Safari - A Road Trip To The...

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. ...

My Fear of Failure - An Albatross

My Fear of Failure - An Albatross

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...

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...

Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

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...

My Namaqualand Journal - Madeliefie, Pietsnotjie, Katstertjie -

My Namaqualand Journal - Madeliefie,...

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....

Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

Beefy Brown Onion Soup For The Ego

“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!” ...

Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek - Kraalkloof Camp

Wandering Closer To Home - Slanghoek -...

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...

Beauty Is All Around Us  - Overberg Daytrip

Beauty Is All Around Us - Overberg Daytrip

“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...