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A West Coast Road Trip: Cape Town – Darling – Malmesbury, rocking the daisies!


It was my first road trip outside Cape Town in many months, I realised, not having left Cape Town in a year, other than a short business trip to Stellenbosch earlier during Lockdown. The reason for the trip was an opportunity to see the wild flowers of the West Coast, particularly spectacular this year due to the heavy winter rains, on the Waylands Farm private nature reserve outside Darling, owned by John and Jeanette Duckitt. It became a mini Huguenot High School Matric English class reunion, this being our 50th anniversary of leaving school, and celebrating 62 years of five of us having started school together in Wellington 62 years ago. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 167 of Lockdown, 9 September 2020.


Wednesday 9 September 2020, Day 23 of Level 2, Day 167 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a Roadtrip with Jenny Stephens, our first escape from Cape Town since Lockdown started, and a mini reunion of our Matric class of 50 years ago, five of us knowing each other since Sub A in Wellington, 62 years ago ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️; for a Breakfast spoil with our hosts Jeanette and John Duckitt; for Elaine Wegelin and Bev Bestbier joining us for tea, catching up on the past year since we last saw each other; for an informative drive and walk through the Waylands Wildflower Reserve outside Darling, boasting wild flowers of many varieties and even a mole snake, John telling us all the botanical names, such beauty growing wild; for a spoil lunch together, going back into our past, with lots of laughter; for meeting Chef and Restaurateur Benitha Nel of Peaberry Café in Malmesbury, returning to Cape Town from there, a fabulous trip on the N7; for being happy to see my cats again, having been very well-behaved; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, winning 325 Miles; for calls with Jenny and Jeanette; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 22 of Level 2, 8 September 2020.


Tuesday 8 September 2020, Day 22 of Level 2, Day 166 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day; for a quick walk this morning to get some steps, energizing me to write my Blogpost when I got back home; for being well organized in leaving for a Roadtrip, with my school friend Jenny Stephens ; for meeting Chef and Restaurateur Prim Reddy Chapter at her new Indian Chapter in Blouberg for the first time; for a lovely drive to Darling, visiting Evita se Perron, Darling Brew, and had tea and scones at The Marmalade Cat; for staying over at Waylands Guesthouse on the Waylands Farm, seeing flowers on the way already; for walking the last steps of the day on the Farm; for ending a lovely day with a Braai; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →