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Tankwa Padstal and Werkswinkel Bar – special Karoo Magic

The Karoo has the feel of pages where stories are waiting to arise from the dust.  A space where dreams can bridge the divide to reality.  Yet you need a core of rock and a spirit of steel to survive and thrive under the undiluted sun. We first read of Tankwa Padstal in “The Great Karoo Pub Crawl” article in ... Read More »

Hiking with small children in the Kogelberg biosphere nature reserve

Hiking sweeps cobwebs from the mind, casting off thought strands which harvest nothing but dust.  With every step on the Kogelberg Palmiet trail, summer blooms revealed delicate beauty. Previously in the Western Cape we undertook the hike to Elephant’s Eye cave, a breathtaking (literally and physically) activity.  With Acacia then only 3 years old, this was a blot on the page ... Read More »

Winters Drift, travelling through time and tasting wine in Elgin

The setting of Winters Drift tasting station, puts the wine’s best foot forward before a sip is taken.  Train stations are imbued with an air of romance and a sense of adventure.  I had never heard of Winters Drift wines before but we noticed that they have notched up some impressive awards.  We particularly loved the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ... Read More »

A not so fruitful drive through Ceres

Expectations are funny old things.  I expected less than nothing from Williston in the Karoo and was enchanted.  I had great expectations for Ceres and was sorely disappointed.  My perception was that Ceres is the fruit capital of South Africa.  I envisaged a valley of plenty, brimming with natural abundance.  Little short of Disneyesque perfection.  I pictured farm stalls selling ... Read More »

River View Lodge in Prieska

  In 2006 we could not resist the lure of Augrabies Falls in full flood.  On our trip home we spent a night at River View Lodge in Prieska.  We loved the view which embraced the Orange River and left with a good feeling.  Our room then was a tad over-doilied (tissue boxes dressed in ball gowns, that sort of ... Read More »

The Ark Restaurant & Doppies Bar in Williston

The magical Karoo can pull some marvellous surprises from its hat.  On our off the beaten track route from Jo’burg to Cape Town, we left Prieska at 5am.  Carnarvon was still in dreamland when we passed through.  Breakfast became a gnawing priority, but the dot on our map representing Williston didn’t inspire much hope.  Plans were made to find a ... Read More »

Child friendly – Mosquito Repellents

It’s that time of year.  Lovely African heat, long days and festive cheer.  The little dark cloud blotting the sunshine is the sound of mozzies when we turn out the lights.  When the children were babies I bought Mike Mozzie from Baby City to protect them.  This comes (or came) in 2 forms, a spray or a stick.  I found ... Read More »

Umhlanga nature reserve – an easy walk with children

10 Years ago on a Durban trip, my husband Clifford proposed to me.  I use the word proposed in a rather loose manner as he said something along the lines of “So when should we get married?”  We had met only 4 months previously after exchanging a few messages on a dating website.  Despite his somewhat unromantic proposal,  my memories ... Read More »

Smile and say cheese – Marrakesh Cheese Farm

Leaving Durban returning home to Jo’burg is never easy.  We ease the pain by taking a mosey through the Natal Midlands on our way out.  Last week we decided to try a few new places.  We drove past 1 or 2 cheese places before deciding to visit Marrakesh Cheese Farm in Rosetta.  Our choice was oh so perfect, their cheeses ... Read More »

Meeting friends halfway at Marula’s Cafe in Westville

Friendship is about meeting half way.  Friendship is not about what I can get from another but about what we share.  It is the space where memories are born, experience is gained and new thoughts are birthed.  It is the dynamic interaction between individuals which transcends and transforms the mundane.  Seeing the world through the eyes of another, expands my ... Read More »