In my previous blog, I wrote of road tripping to Cape Town, along with trips to battlefields, Manyoni Rhino Reserve and the like. We love travelling, and this month were fortunate enough to take dear friends to their timeshare at Hazyview and enjoy some time in the Lowveld. Hardly surprising many call it the ‘Slowveld’, the heat creates a lethargy all its own. In Kruger, we found a large male Leopard lying on a rock, and had the sighting to ourselves for 20 minutes. The new project of carriages on the railway bridge at Skukuza is wildly exciting. Most photographed feature in the Kruger Park, yet generated no income hitherto? Our dear friends Chris and Debbie Kane-Berman from Londolozi are hugely involved. [See great Getaway article in December 2020 issue]. A group from the Entrepreneurs Organisation asked me to share Shackleton, on a farm behind the Inhlozane Mountain (beyond Dargle). It was a typical Midlands evening with thick mist and drizzle. The road to the venue was testing to say the least – not for the faint-hearted, nor monkeys with walking sticks. A magnificent evening however.
As many of you know, our mantra during Lock-down has been “Don’t complain about the darkness if you haven’t lit a candle”. Our lighting a candle has comprised sharing stories online, via Patreon. Literally a story per week, plus some monthly live interaction with my Patrons. A close friend asked me whether it may be possible to produce flash drives (USB’s) holding the stories in both video and audio format, as gifts for those who may find the Patreon platform challenging. We have selected 20 stories from the 34 shared thus far, and the flash drives are being produced as we converse. A combination of South African stories, Anglo-Zulu War, early Antarctic exploration, storytelling itself and the differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic. Our fervent hope is that they will make lovely gifts for all age groups, to be enjoyed at home or in the car. Please be in contact if you are interested. Launch price R450.
In addition, Patreon have made annual subscriptions available. The Acacia subscription costs 5 Pounds per month, or 60 Pounds for the year (less 10% discount) – a gift worth considering, we hope? Please bear in mind that the recipient receives access to all the back stories too. Link to Patreon is patreon.com/robcaskie/posts
My other products remain available – books/DVD’s and USB’s about the Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, along with DVD’s and USB’s about Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton (early Antarctic exploration). Thankfully these products continue to sell well after talks, dinners and battlefield tours.
In September, October and November I took Homescholars on battlefield tours. The age group ranged from 7 to a grandad of 81 years, and they were an absolute delight. This month we walked over the Boer defences on the Colenso Koppies, the grass being burnt and short. The youngsters loved the whole experience, including viewing the loop (salient) in the Tugela River, where Hart’s Irish Brigade took such a pounding.
With the end of 2020 in sight now, I think most will be grateful to see the back of this most bizarre year. Coronavirus has certainly changed the world.
Please be considerate of others as 2021 beckons, full of promise, possibilities and new experiences.