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Gary Player was famous for saying : ‘the harder he practiced, the luckier he became’. This creates a myriad conversations in terms of remaining fit for purpose, and importantly in our game, remaining visible and available. During the challenging Lock-down period we tried to remain front of mind with blogs, posting on social media and storytelling on Patreon. Remember the flagstone: ‘don’t complain about the darkness if you haven’t lit a candle’.
Thankfully incredible opportunities have come our way, including a trip to the Waterberg to surprise Murray for his 50th birthday. With the sun setting over Botswana, it was an unforgettable evening sharing stories of SA history, including Wolhuter and the lion.

Guests from Hong Kong, who attended our talk in Kenton-on-Sea joined me for a day at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Young President’s Organisation from Durban hosted me to share Flickering Embers at Hartford, Mooi River. The new owner of Summerhill Stud, Henning Pretorius showed us around the stud, with its magnificent 500 horses. As Churchill always said : ‘there is something about the outside of a horse that is very good for the inside of a man’. I concur wholeheartedly.

Lisa Candler single-handedly arranged a fundraiser for my old school, Howick High. KZN Spit braai’s provided delicious steak rolls, and 300 guests graced us with their presence for an evening of Shackleton. Richard Gevers, my neighbour, appropriately won the Shackleton Whisky in the raffle.
An absolutely triumphant event was held at Kyalami by Kwikbuild Cement, true fireside storytelling under a starry African sky. The discovery of Shackleton’s ship Endurance has created huge interest. A whisky group are hosting an event in Gillette to hear the story and sample the replica whisky found under the Cape Royd’s hut in 2007. Work opportunities I love.

A friend from University invited me to fish on his beautiful farm at 1800m/6000 ft ASL on the Lotheni Road. We saw Cranes (all 3 species), Eland, Oribi, Reedbuck, Vaal Rhebuck and spent a day intoxicated by cool, clean mountain air and Nature’s bounty. I love the high country and will return often to slake my thirst.
This month marks the third anniversary of my serious motorcycle accident in May 2019, providing much to ponder, particularly gratitude. Expedition cruise companies are kindly gracious enough to continue hiring me. As I prepare for another long stint on the west coast of Canada and Alaska, there are Battlefields tours in place, and a talk in Cape Town where the SA Agulhas ll is berthed. How exciting is that!
The more we practice, the luckier we get…

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