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Time more precious than diamonds in Cullinan

I don’t really buy into the “Me time” thing.  The phrase seems to echo the selfie vibe.  Looking back on my time a young single mother, my greatest regrets center around the times when I put my wants ahead of what was best for my children.  The logic seemed sound, “happy children need a happy mother”.  Well that was a ... Read More »

Exploring Graaf Reinet

Our return trip from Cape Town took a scenic route via Graaf Reinet.  We stayed at Die Ark self catering accommodation.  I loved the small thoughtful touches which make a big difference, like mozzie spray and delicious home made cookies. For supper we ate at Muller House, where the food was excellent value for money. On the morning of our ... Read More »

The 5km Zebra trail at Hennops Hiking trails, great for kids

We haven’t been hiking for ages.  Recently this was remedied going on a hike at Hennops River.  The 5km Zebra trail was perfect for our children aged 7 & 10.  Entering the hike I chose the suspension bridge after Cliff crossed on the cable car over the strongly flowing Hennops river, with the children.  At the end of the circular ... Read More »

Old Willow No7 Houseboats, kids ultimate fun times

At the end of last year we spent a weekend on an Old Willow houseboat on the Vaal river.  On seeing the houseboat the children exclaimed their joy with adjectives including “amazing” and “awesome”.  Being a boring grown up I noticed a few practical downfalls, still great family fun was had by all. The children couldn’t wait to try fishing.  ... Read More »

Quaggasfontein was an idyllic setting to welcome the New Year

Our journeys to and from Cape Town are often highlights of those holidays. Planning is not our strong suit. Sometimes we land up at truck stop quality places and sometimes we make wonderful discoveries. Our recent trip took an unusually direct route with no mucking about on roads less traveled (we saved that for the trip home). Our only one ... Read More »

Our family reunion holiday at Brambleberry Lodge in Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands

BrambleBerry Lodge in the Natal midlands was a picture perfect choice for a family reunion break.  Nottingham Road was closer for the Durban folks but not unreasonably far for the Jo’burg contingent.  We instantly fell in love with the wooden house overlooking a dam.  Last year we chose Birdsong Cottages in the central Drakensberg for our get together.  The drawback ... Read More »

Magical Meerkat memories made at Marrick Safari in Kimberley

We have explored our wonderful South Africa extensively over the years, but now and then memories are made that will endure a lifetime.  On our return to Gauteng from Cape Town we drove via Kimberly to take the children to the big hole.  Mein Heim guest farm and Mokala National park where we have stayed before were fully booked.  We ... Read More »

Crazy Mothers Day, snow hunting day trip to the Drakensberg

Not for the first time, when we hear about snow in SA anywhere near where we can get to, we start itching to go play.  Yesterday must have been our most crazy day trip ever, a 736 km round trip.  After reading that there was snow at the Witsieshoek parking lot in the Northern Drakensberg on Saturday afternoon we planned ... Read More »

One Day in Kimberley and the world’s your diamond

Returning from Cape Town in Jan, I made sure that we spent a night in Kimberley for the children to visit the big hole.  This man made wonder is at the heart of a place where past and present seem to co-exist.  The spirit of adventure rises from the dust.  My children (6 & 9) were less interested in the ... Read More »