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Villiera wines in Stellenbosch

I haven’t bothered to write about the last few wine estates which we have visited.  They have been quite forgettable.  Vines in abundance, check.  Lovely old buildings, check.  Nice wine, check, and so on.  Nothing has stood out enough to be remarkable.  Just when I was beginning to feel that wine tasting is all “been there, done that”, we discovered ... Read More »

Light and shadow at The Owl House – Nieu Bethesda

Our daughter Acacia (5) called The Owl House in Nieu Bethesda “The God place”.  True art is spiritual, a link between mankind and infinity.  It is a bridge between flesh and blood and that part of us which reaches for more, even when ‘more’ cannot be named and pinned down. Helen Martins was a troubled soul, there is a tangible ... Read More »

Lupela Lodge outside Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape

Heading for our self catering accommodation at Lupela Lodge, we passed the nearby town Lady Grey. The clouds had dressed her, to fit her name. Like the original Lady Grey, the clouds were fickle and untrue, yielding nothing to the drought stricken earth. Despite the dun shades of drought, the lodge is a haven of peace and tranquillity. After the ... Read More »

Kosi Bay lodge, sunset cruise – precious time in another world

  Growing up, family holidays centred around water.  From Dad’s boat Maciya, we explored and fished.  Fluid memories ripple out from a place where reflections echoed to infinity. On present day family holidays, we do not own a boat but now and then, find ways to take to the water.  During our stay at Kosi Bay, we answered the call ... Read More »

Walking on the wild side at Kosi Bay – KZN parks cabin

A stones throw from the Mocambique border, the Kosi Bay area has an air of remote adventure.  A sliver of South Africa with the air of an unspoilt island.  Four lakes joined by channels culminate at Kosi mouth, where the first lake meets with the ocean.  The KZN parks lodges and camp sites are at the third lake. I imagine ... Read More »

Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng museum, a disgraceful rip off

Now and then my happy, peace-loving persona gives way to ire.  We all have things which get our goat (where does that come from?), being ripped off and being screwed over by government are particularly irksome to me.  A visit to Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng museum today checked both boxes.  After a 150 km round trip we went home without ... Read More »

PJ breakfast at Sunrise cafe in Piet Retief

Stepping way out of family character we left for our trip to Ndumo and Kosi Bay at 5 am.  Half asleep children were bundled into the car in their pj’s and off we set.  After a few hours on the road we started looking for a place to have breakfast.  Travelling food stops are a hit and miss affair, but ... Read More »