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The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time

Today marks 100 days since the first Covid-positive case returned to South Africa from Europe, and what a time it has been. Not only for South Africa, but for much of the world. It is often said that Time means little to a fence post, but a great deal to a human...

With frost, some Freedom beckons

With frost, some Freedom beckons

I took a long walk early this morning, grateful that I am able to walk unassisted after my motorbike crash a year ago, and importantly to reflect on quite where we are at. I love the cold, and walking in a white, frosty environment this morning did my soul no end of...

Come what May

Come what May

Thank Heavens for late season rains over much of the country - let us hope they assist in producing bumper maize and cereal crops. We are going to need them. Zimbabwe even moreso. With self-isolation after my Antarctica/Argentina/Chile trips in February and March...

Video making for beginners

Video making for beginners

Corona virus has forced so many of us to reconsider our vocations, or at least how we fulfill them. Our computer expert son takes delight in telling us that we are technological dinosaurs. We were clearly born BC - Before Computers. As a result the very notion of...

Lock down versus Open up

Lock down versus Open up

In these most bizarre times of our generation, there is much to ponder. One of my very special friends from Army days, now living in Nelspruit, suffered a life-threatening motor vehicle accident some 15 years back. His brother's health has collapsed completely...

Strange times we are living in

Strange times we are living in

A little over 6 weeks ago I left home, on two wildly exciting voyages which included Chilean Fjordland and Antarctica. Coronavirus had just been announced in China, but who would have imagined how this virus was about to change global dynamics. In the interim...

Life’s great surprises

Life’s great surprises

Today finds us in Puerto Montt in Chile, and I am taking a moment to reflect on this journey thus far and take stock - something I have been unable to do hitherto. The schedule has been full, with meetings, crew drills, induction training, online training, deck time...

Victory to the Penguins

Victory to the Penguins

We have come to the end of a seriously intense 6 days in Antarctica, where the team have worked 10-12 hours days, ashore. The weather has been very kind to us indeed, with no landings cancelled, although wind prevented the kayakers going out every day. Yesterday we...

Onwards from Addis Ababa

Onwards from Addis Ababa

After my singularly uninspiring layover in Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, we boarded a Dreamliner bound for Buenos Aires via São Paulo. Interesting how São Paulo never featured in any communication, or the ticket, until I reached the departure gate? Being...

En route south

En route south

Friday was busy packing for 6 weeks in Argentina, Antarctica and Chile, working on a ship. The start of my day was made extra special by Rosalie and Susie Crutchley (Strange) very graciously giving me three of Jack’s beloved Bonsais. A wonderful link to a quite...

Back across the Drake Passage would you believe

Back across the Drake Passage would you believe

Following on from my last post, we had a frantic day in Ushuaia yesterday. It was sad bidding farewell to 170 guests, many of whom had become friends. The atmosphere within this last complement of passengers was fantastic. Ed Sheeran's party were reluctant to leave...

November musings

November musings

Our last blog was sent from Montreal before flying to Kangerlussuaq in south-western Greenland to board an expedition ship, to sail the infamous North-West Passage. Connectivity onboard prevented our sending daily blogs, unfortunately, despite my preparing one for the...

Reflections at sea

Reflections at sea

As we prepare to leave Crystal Symphony in Vancouver, it is difficult to believe how quickly these two months have flown by. It has exceeded expectations on almost every level. The cherry on top was a Humpback Whale on the surface with her calf, very close to the ship...

Alaskan Summer musings

Alaskan Summer musings

Alaska is experiencing an unusually dry, warm summer, with wildfires raging in the interior. In the South-East, onboard the sublime Crystal Symphony, our lives have been unaffected. In fact, the weather has been incredibly kind practically every day. Karen has made an...

Cruising in Life

Cruising in Life

Our lives were proceeding swimmingly in 2019, until Sunday 5 May. I shared those momentous changes in my last blog, including cancellation of the UK lecture tour at the 11th hour. Fate has smiled upon us, and we find ourselves cruising the Alaskan panhandle onboard...

Closing doors

Closing doors

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens. On Sunday 5 May, as many of you know, I smashed the front tyre of my motorbike on a pothole outside Kokstad, and fell badly. Almost ironic, given 2000km of riding over the previous 5 days with 12 friends over...

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