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Clanwilliam wildflowers in Spring 2016

Our 2008 spring flower trip birthed a longing to revisit the West Coast and Namaqualand.  On 3 September 2016 this desire became a reality.  Soon after leaving Cape Town roadside flowers greeted us. Making it to the final day of the Clanwilliam flower show, displays in the Church whet our appetites for the journey ahead. At the Ramskop wildflower garden ... Read More »

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Yellowwood Park

  When grey or windy weather thwart beach plans in Durban, visiting a nature reserve is our favorite outdoor activity.  There must be about 10 nature reserves dotted within under an hour’s drive from central Durban. One grey day on our last Durban trip we chose to revisit the Kenneth Stainbank Nature reserve in Yellowwood Park, sort of between the Bluff ... Read More »

Heidi on audiobook, making a gentle homeward journey

A delightful visit with family in Umdloti inevitably drew to conclusion.  While in transit we listened to the audio book Heidi (free download here).  Thus influenced by this charming tale, I shall in this instance imitate the style in which the sweet tale was narrated. We dragged forlorn heels away from the gentle hills of Natal, seeking any excuse to ... Read More »

A touch of divinity at The Little Church Tea Garden in Van Reenen

  In 1999 my father married Charlotte at the Little Church in van Reenen. It seats 8 people and is the smallest consecrated church in the Southern Hemisphere. When the minister walked in to the full church with guest spilling out the back door, to conduct the wedding ceremony, he exclaimed “Hallelujah! It’s a revival”. Caught up in wedding festivities ... Read More »

Hilltop Camp at Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve

Between the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi gate and Hilltop Camp, the bushveld reminded us of life where man has not throttled nature. As the dusty road ascended to Hilltop I felt a Carpenters song coming on. “I’m on top of the world, looking down on creation…” tra la la. While we were mere visitors, the permanent residents, Nyala, Samango Monkeys and ... Read More »

Blue that it took so long to discover Green Lantern Inn

Discovering the Green Lantern Inn, in Van Reenen stirred unadulterated delight. This joy was marred by irritation and disappointment. How could we have missed this gem before?! We travel the Johannesburg / Durban route at least four times a year. I don’t even remember passing the Green Lantern signpost previously, so daft as the establishment has been around for well ... Read More »

The Victorian Secret – should not be kept secret

first heard of The Victorian Secret in Benoni referred to as Victoria’s Secret. While it is a genteel and respectable establishment, the indulgence feels just a little naughty. When Mum visits from Durbs, I like to take her out for a treat. Previously we have been to The Margaret Roberts Herbal centre and Arum Symphony. This time we chose The ... Read More »