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Wag ‘n Bietjie Padstal near Hoedspruit

The literal translation of Wag ‘n Bietjie is ‘wait a while’, if you’re on the R531 near Hoedspruit, stop at Wag ‘n Bietjie.  That’s the quintessential essence of padstals (farm stalls).  They call us from the flashing blur of scenery in transit, to pause on our journey.   They offer up little nuggets for us to turn over and examine.  Our ... Read More »

Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet Under Tangled trees

Poetry is life, and life is poetry.  At Blyde River Cabin we drank Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet, surrounded by a tangle of trees. Blyde River Cabin, is the only place where we’ve stayed with a recycling bin, and the plastic Tangled Tree bottle is designed for recycling.  There is poetry in life, and life is poetry. Read More »

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BY MATTHEW QUICK – REVIEW

Men write family drama and romance books with more head and less heart.  Not that they lack emotion, but they convey feeling in a different way.  I like that way.  Nick Hornby has become my favourite author, well on most days until I pick up a Joanne Harris or John Irving.  Recently I read The Rosie Project, although it’s very ... Read More »

Boksburg Post office – delivering filth, fear and intimidation

Safe at home now, I still feel shaken by events this morning.  I am not easily frightened.  Today I felt vulnerable and afraid.  I also felt disappointed that a situation turned hostile when it had the potential for citizens and a state institution to work to common good. Let me start at the beginning, I am branch secretary for the DA (Democratic ... Read More »

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Animal Rehabilitation Centres stir mixed emotions.  The nature of their existence both tragic and heartwarming.  Being reminded of the wholesale destruction of habitat and wildlife engineered by humans, clouds the sunshine of my day.  Still, we need to be aware, ignoring tragedy only allows evil to gain more territory.  At Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre a small team dedicate their lives ... Read More »

Kota Joe Roadhouse – a fresh take on an established concept

Kota Joe Roadhouse, is a fresh fun take on the roadhouse concept.  A vehicle to take roadhouses into the future.  After running a “best roadhouse” poll on a local community Facebook group, The Fireplace was most popular (51 votes), and Kota Joe second (13 votes).  In fairness The Fireplace has been around for almost 60 years and some may not ... Read More »

SOLID WOOD CAKE POP BOARDS MADE TO ORDER

Every time that I have made cake pops, the biggest hassle has been standing them upright while the chocolate coating or icing sets.  In the past I’ve jammed them into a sliced watermelon or polystyrene, but not been entirely happy.  My husband Clifford, learned woodwork from his father who was a carpenter by trade.  Cliff has made some beautiful items ... Read More »

Blyde River Cabin, thoughtful, tranquility

The walls of my childhood bedroom were adorned with prints and posters, and of course my mother’s art.  One poster print captured my imagination, it was a Heath Robinson illustration for A Midsummer Nights Dream.  The same elusive feeling captured by the artist, stirred at Blyde River Cabin.  The misty, rainy weather during our stay did not detract from the ... Read More »

HUGO – THE MOVIE

In December I was enchanted by the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This week, we found time to watch the movie, Hugo.  Previously this had slipped under my radar despite winning an Oscar. This was the first family movie which we have watched together (over 2 nights).  Parts probably went over Acacia’s 4-year-old head, but she still enjoyed it.  ... Read More »