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Reflections on an awesome October

Reflections on an awesome October

It seems almost surreal to be writing a blog from Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo, where I find myself Guest of Great Karoo Cycling, riding the Sneeuberg Trail with 14 other cyclists. Steppes Travel invited me to be part of their travel festival at the Royal Geographical...
Springtime reflections

Springtime reflections

Mid-September finds much of our country still pitifully dry and desperate for rain. Whilst Bell-Pottinger dominates local news, thoughts are with those in the Caribbean and America whose homes are flooded, and those in war-torn regions in the Middle East. A recent...
September beckons

September beckons

After the disappointment with pre-paid seats on Virgin to London last month, they have kindly refunded us. A recent trip to Cape Town confirmed just how serious the drought is in the Western Cape. Looking down on completely dry dams from high is pitiful, and their...
Winter is officially almost over

Winter is officially almost over

After our incredible tour to England in July, we suffered the disappointment of finding our pre-paid for seats taken on the Virgin flight. With the flight absolutely full, there was no option but to accept other seats. Virgin have since promised us a refund. It has...
July surprises

July surprises

With much of South Africa still gripped by crippling drought, a friend sent me photos of large trout at Graaf Reinet desperately swimming up irrigation canals, their reservoirs dry. Our trip to Thanda Game Reserve confirming their trucking in ALL water, for lodges,...
Winter solstice thoughts

Winter solstice thoughts

The day after the winter solstice found us in Cape Town, enjoying very short days, and speaking at The One&Only Hotel, as part of their Guest Speaker series. My medley of South African history, with special reference to the Zulu history, was well received,...