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After two utterly magical trips to the Arctic this season, it could be argued that the weather there was better than this year’s Cape winter? Dramatic rain and winds have created havoc, tested homes’ rooves and seen some communities stranded on account of damaged roads. Many trees blown over onto roads, cars and buildings.
Thankfully dams are full. Human beings seemingly have short memories regarding the very recent catastrophic Cape drought? South Africa is water scarce.

A special client invited me to speak at Shepherds Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg. I felt like a rock star, flying to Lanseria, private charter to the lodge, and back again. Sadly fires have wreaked havoc in this 55 000 hectare reserve, which is very dry. The further one gets from the Magaliesberg, the hotter and drier it becomes. I always go cold passing Marikana considering the miners’ protest tragedy there.

The abundance of sport around the world I enjoy especially. The Rugby World Cup is a great unifying force within our beloved country, and let’s hope the BOKS can go all the way. Samoa came so close to beating England, and some of  the reffing decisions are bewildering. The much anticipated Rod Laver Cup in tennis was a damp squib, with Alcaraz, Djokovic, Zverev, Sinner and Tsitsipas not showing up to play for Europe. Very disappointing indeed. Result was 10-2 to The World.

The Namaqualand flowers were exceptional this year, following good rains. Huge numbers of visitors flocked to view this wonderland, one of our countries many natural icons.
I will be returning to Antarctica in December and January, but hoping that locals may consider engaging me for storytelling events in November as 2023 draws to a close. A story is a fine addition to a dinner or client appreciation event.
Slowly settling and acclimating to our new lives in Cape Town.

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