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Storms River Village, a nugget in the stream of life

Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape is about more than trees and sneaky elephants.  Storms River Mouth exudes a spirit of adventure, from rocks and caves befitting a famous 5 adventure to Tolkeinesque forest where trees breathe magic.  This is an unspoiled parallel universe hidden in nature’s skirt folds.  Thrill seekers hike with paddles to kayak on the river.  I wasn’t even brave ... Read More »

Fire in Somerset West January 2017

This evening Somerset West is eerie, the air is so thick with smoke you can taste it.  Unrelenting wind blows ash and grit into your eyes.  Tonight is our last night before heading home, right now I would prefer to be anywhere other than here.  I spent the day with my eldest son Heath, we played Putt Putt in Strand ... Read More »

Addo Elephant Park of Mice and Ellies

Majestic giant mammals draw visitors to Addo Elephant Park, yet like Elephants who never forget, what my children will remember most is mice and Red-necked francolins (we called them bush chickens).  At Spekboom tented camp we stayed in tents 4 & 5.  Tent 5 was fantastic, the game fence is about 1 m from the tent with a good view ... Read More »

Karoo’s Cradock Tuishuise unlocking a wormhole in time

Like a child stepping from reality to imagination, a part of me is always looking for escape, seeking a path to secret spaces.  Cradock in the Eastern Cape unlocked a wormhole in time, leading to a place of anti-pace.  Buildings made to last, stand firm while the world around them fragments and re-groups in ever changing structures. Away from the ... Read More »

Dome Pools hike – Magaliesberg

Hiking is one of the first things that Cliff and I had in common and it is so good to get out, stretch legs and commune with nature.  With children however we have had a few hiking blunders.  This time we took a child not fully recovered from a viral infection on a hike which took us 6 hours.  (The ... Read More »

Lambert’s Bay the first stop on our Spring flower trip to the West Coast and Namaqualand

The first day of our spring flower trip included a visit to Clanwilliam and ended spending the night in Lambert’s Bay. Isabella’s restaurant overlooking the harbour, proved to be the axis around which we gathered for tea (for the in-laws), beer (for me) and later a family supper.  Sea weathered fishing boats stamped with that special West Coast essence posed ... Read More »

Kamieskroon and Namaqua National Park Spring 2016

We paid the price for morning dawdling in Lamberts Bay, arriving at Namaqua National Park at 4pm on 4 Sept.   It seemed almost too late to enter but were advised that cloudy weather forecast for the following day would render flower viewing redundant.  Gazanias had already tucked in their petals as dusk approached.  Still cheerful daisies blanketed the landscape in a ... Read More »

Hondeklipbaai a rough diamond on the mystical west coast

The personification of Honneklipbaai would be Shane MacGowan from the Pogues.  A diamond in the rough, a place where dreams dress as scruffy diamond mining boats. Visiting Hondeklipbaai was part of our flower seeking journey.  Entering the town we pulled disgruntled faces on being met by shabby houses strung together with overhead power cables.  Hardly in line with the quaint coastal ... Read More »

Oh my Darling, a town in bloom

This morning I’ve been walking around singing “Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my garden of delight”, I’m known to walk around singing and making up my own words to real tunes.  I’m sure you can find a clementine somewhere in the town of Darling but at this time what you will find in magnificent abundance are wildflowers.  I’m ... Read More »