About

A true nature’s child and Earth child, in love with the outdoors, animals and beautiful spaces.

A former newspaper journalist with a passion for travel, photography and good food and wine, out to live my best life.

I love walking and hiking and this blog, while documenting my travels and putting the southernmost tip of Africa out there, also quietly celebrates the fact that despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I am able to lead a fairly active life thanks to a cocktail of tablets every morning. High on my bucket list is to walk along Hadrian’s Wall and parts of the Camino de Santiago.  But first to Vietnam and Cambodia to feed my soul with ancient temples and eastern wisdom.

Curious about the world around me, I’m fascinated by people and the real story behind the story and I love photographing unusual things. I’m a foodie in training and good food and wine is in abundance in Cape Town where I live. The concept of slow food interests me most, as does growing some of my own herbs and vegetables in a tiny patch on the side of my house. It’s a constant battle thanks to Cape Town’s relentless south-easter, but occasionally I manage to eat what I grow!

Although I could never completely give up living near a major city, I love nature and wide open spaces and always seek out the hidden backstreet places rather than the tourist hype.

I’m blessed with a 20-something year old and two rescue dogs who allow me to share their home.

And finally, I’m a self confessed bibliophile who never has enough time to read.

 

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“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn—which is what life is all about.” — Oprah Winfrey

 

34 thoughts on “About

  1. LOVE the recent pics of the bee. Look forward to walking this journey with you knowing how well you write and how much travelling is on the bucket list x

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  2. Fabulous blog. Sympathise with the arthritis, it can be so frustrating to be constantly aware of a limitation, (mine is fibromyalgia). I have adapted to an acceptance and have come to see the positive benefits of living with a condition – I am more tolerant, less judgmental, and more patient than when I was younger. Perhaps that would have happened anyway, but I doubt that it would have brought me exactly to where I am now. I still get down now and again, but know those times are temporary, and my curiosity in a wonderful world always returns. I love your photographs, the butterflies and the birds in particular.

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    • Thank you ever so much for the awesome comments. I love reading and writing and the outdoors and am totally enjoying my rekindled interest in photography. Love the comment about being more tolerant and less judgemental – I am too but mine is an age thing rather than my RA 🙂 I think I finally got that life is too short to sweat the small stuff. I hardly know I have RA unless it flares up and reminds me how miserable and in pain I was before I was diagnosed and like you I am curious about the world around me and want to see and experience as much as I can. Enjoy and well done on not letting your fibromyalgia get you down for long. Blogging is a wonderful way to meet kindred spirits! 🙂

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  3. I share your love of travel and exploring all the wonderful things in this world! Keep up the good work! On Friday, 24th May, Morgenster Estate is having an olive harvest festival, so you are welcome to join us to see how their olive oil is made, if you are interested.

    KInd Regards,
    Mariette

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  4. Took a lifetime to find your blog, but when I did I was amazed. It is beautiful, I love your pics. So proud to call you my friend. Love you. xx

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  5. Your blog is beautiful. It made me think that you must have some lovely slides and tales to tell about “living your best life”.

    So many of us also suffer from arthritis and take a cocktail of pills. But we also love to hear of people who overcome these things and see and hear and enjoy the wonderful things that you do!

    I just wondered whether it you would be able to share with us some of the wonders you have enjoyed on your travels.

    Regards
    Jean

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  6. hi, great blog! i was interesting on the post about driving from Maputo to Ponta. We’re planning to drive from Maputo to Durban, so not to Ponta directly but most of the route is the same. How are the roads? Gravel or sand? we’ll probably get 4×4 just in case. thanks so much for advice!

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    • Thank you for stopping by! I flew into Maputo so I don’t know much about the roads apart from the road between Maputo and Ponta – which is mainly sand and really hard going. Don’t try it without a 4 x 4. That said, when we were there they were building a cement factory about midway between the two so I expect the road will have been upgraded somewhat since. The downside of that of course is that you lose part of the wild experience. The road from Durban to Ponta is good. Here’s a link which will also give you a bit more information about traveling to Mozambique. I suggest you buy the guide book from Getaway too. Regards, Karen
      http://www.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/travel-advice/travelling-mozambique-list-travel-tips/

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