We gave Derek's father a lift into the country where he met up with his sister. While we traveled I experienced the landscape as a poem: As we traveled in the countryside I began to see the autumnal earth and her layers of her farmlands as many different fabrics, a layered patchwork skirt some ploughed … Continue reading A Day in the Autumnal Country side, South Africa.
Roses on the roadside in Elgin, by Morag Noffke. Roses, roses, roses.My overwhelming memory of driving through the orchards in Elgin and Grabouw was of all the roses. The rose is one of my favorite flowers and they felt and looked so abundant lining streets. We were on the lookout for a private airfield that … Continue reading Elgin and Grabouw
Derek's flight over Franschhoek and Theewaterskloof Dam Last Thursday I posted about Our visit to Franschhoek and surrounds. Some of you might already know that Derek flies a Microlight: so as today is International Civil Aviation Day I thought I would like to share with you a special video Derek made for you on my … Continue reading International Civil Aviation Day
I would like to share our recent trip through the winelands in Franschhoek and countryside close to where we live in the Western Cape. Leopard's Lead, near Le Motte in Franschhoek, by Morag NoffkeI love how Franschhoek sits in a valley, snuggled by mountains on three sides. First we went to Leopard’s leap for lunch. … Continue reading Our visit to Franschhoek and surrounds.
We stayed two nights in Botswana. By this time we had spent almost 40 days on tour of Southern Africa. It was mostly because of me that we came home; Derek wanted to continue traveling to Tanzania but I was worried about my children that were at home and my ailing mother. My responsibilities were … Continue reading Back home to South Africa via Botswana and Namibia.
An interlude to our African Travels.I decided to invite a friend of mine, Tracy, to give you a glimpse into her world as she lives on a nature reserve close by to me. Although the nature reserve is surrounded by suburbs it lies quite close to the coast so I have included some pictures of … Continue reading A glimpse of Life on a small nature reserve in Cape Town.
First tell both your ‘inner critic’ and ‘inner logic-planner’, ‘thank you for your input but I don’t need you right now’, and turn the volume button right down. Then invite your inner observer into your forest bathing experience.
The infamous goat kraal that we had to look out for, to make a right turn in order to find the Namibian border.
...traveling 'blind' in the wilderness is very exciting on the one hand but when we realized we were lost and didn't know where we were or when we would find a place to sleep it was very anxiety provoking. This type of situation asks me to reach deep into myself...
Our trip was in 2013 but these days what with global warming, carbon emissions and the like we would want to consider the amount of animal protein we eat and what we would replace it with. What we considered eating simply then would not be what we consider it to be now. This would make a very interesting discussion if anyone would like to comment.