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Mopani Camp – Kruger National Park

From Shingwedzi camp, we moved to spend two nights at Mopani camp in the Kruger National Park.  Each thatched chalet blended into the African bush.  A giant baobab silhouetted against the setting sun stood in poetic majesty.  A rabbit (or hare) greeted us at the chalet as dusk settled.  Cliff and Fjord played drafts while I prepared supper. At dawn ... Read More »

90’s Woman – poem

This is another very old poem, written in 1996, in the heart of single parenting years 90’s Woman This small framed vulnerable creature Who last night quivered at a sharp word Cooked supper, shaved, lathered Unwound in bubble bath bliss Tucked children in with a kiss Woke to the demands of morning chaos Lost her cool Rushed kids to school ... Read More »

Babalala Picnic site in the Kruger National Park

Babalala picnic site is 32 Km from Shingwedzi camp where we stayed in the Kruger National Park.  Here we shared a family meal, surrounded by Africa in her splendour.  Impala grazed just meters away and Elephants moved silently to and from quenching their thirst at the reservoir. Most enchanting to the children were the hornbills who took fruit and bread ... Read More »

Shingwedzi Camp – Kruger National Park

Shingwedzi Camp is a fine reason for me to keep my blog, providing me with records of experiences.  Cliff tells me that we stayed there before, roughly 10 years ago.  I have zero recollection, nothing looked or felt familiar.  Either age is a factor, or I live too much in my head and engage too little with the world around ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cookies (with choc chips)

The first recipe book which I owned was given to me as a child, I think it was called Learn to Cook and would have been printed in the 60’s or 70’s.  The book has long since moved on to the happy kitchen in the sky.  The one recipe which endured from that book was for Peanut Butter Cookies and ... Read More »

The Old Transvaal Inn, food, books and encountering a kindred spirit

The centerpiece of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga is The Old Transvaal Inn.  The stone walls speak of history and durability.  We stopped at the inn for lunch en route to the Kruger National Park.  The food was good but sitting still on the verandah to enjoy it was difficult.  The shop inside called me to explore.  Rooms offering a plethora of ... Read More »

Torn between the beauty of Africa and Ellis Island

The car winds through the lowveld.  South Africa revealing her humble soil and her majesty at every turn.  My eyes focus on a book set in Ireland and America.  Glancing up I am aware of my infidelity.  My unfaithfulness to the beauty around me, nature now pouring herself out, a waterfall cascading from rock.  Twinned with unfaithfulness to the work ... Read More »

My first DA meeting – Jumping in the deep end

  I ditched playing politics after my parting of ways with the sadly disappointing COPE.  That was years ago.  In January after great deliberation, I filled in my online application to join the DA (Democratic Alliance).  I didn’t give my membership much thought, part of me still felt ‘all politiced out’.  Then I started doing the bridge banner protests against ... Read More »

The Worth of a woman – poem

Back in 2011, an online jewellery story The Daisy Chain, ran a poetry competition with the given topic being “A woman of worth”.  I was delighted to win 1st prize and a R500 voucher.  Sadly the Daisy Chain has ceased to exist. The worth of a woman The shape of her laughter The truth of her gaze Her springtime unfurling ... Read More »