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Martin Waddell gets it right every time.

We discovered Martin Waddell at the library when Fjord was 2 the first book being ‘Tom Rabbit’.  I always choose books quite randomly but it was the Martin Waddell books which he asked for over and over.  I bought 2 packs of 10 Walker books at different times and despite the illustrators being different it was the Martin Waddell books ... Read More »

Pretoria Zoo

Over the weekend we visited Pretoria Zoo.  Whilst seeing animals in captivity is sad, I believe that zoos have an important role in education and creating an environment where compassion and knowledge are nurtured. For the 1st time we hired a toddler buggy which was easier than carrying children on the other hand it meant that Fjord was more interested ... Read More »

3D – Prohibited for Children under 5

We hung onto our little retro box TV for longer than most but this week we upgraded.  We went from one extreme to the other, now the proud owners of a 42″ LG 3D TV. The TV also has a cool function which converts 2D viewing to 3D, great novelty in that. I had read a few articles which mentioned ... Read More »

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

After reading the 50 Shades trilogy my IQ was sucking its thumb and singing nursery rhymes.  On The Road is a joyous journey back to thought and life.  It is a book to luxuriate in.  So many quotes which strike a resonating chord in the soul. “most of the time we were alone and mixing up our souls ever more ... Read More »

The winter of my content

Now is the winter of my content Youthful passions all but spent curled at the fireside, A satisfied beast Wild spirit tamed ambitions released Youths hunger sated parched thirst quenched But the treasured goal Was that reached? Un-enthralled by fantasies embers midlife vision blurs Focus wanders Essence has shifted from flame to smoke Words forgotten which once clearly spoke Youths ... Read More »

Orphan Time

Finding myself mid life.  Vulture thoughts circle dead things, the white bones of past pasts.  Future  shadow of the scythe touches today, an intruder stalking my boundaries.  I lose more golden moments picking over carcass memories.   Blurred recall, a swirl of what was and what might have been, mixed up and hazy.  Wish and reality, guilt and reality, truth and ... Read More »

Ithala Game reserve

Our previous visit to Ithala was 7 years ago as newly weds, that time we stayed in a tent at a camp site and I have special memories of the experience.  This time we stayed in a cottage at Ntshondwe resort. Ithala Game Reserve is 75km from Vryheid in the battlefields area of Northern Natal.  It hosts 4 of the ... Read More »

Fortune in misfortune, finding Petras Country Guest House

When we realized that we would not make it to the gate at Ithala Game Reserve before closing time we were not in high spirits.  Our mood darkened as we called a few options for self catering accommodation in Vryheid and were told that no rooms were available.  Our relief was great when our query with Petras Country Guest House ... Read More »