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2013 Road Trip

WWOOF SA – Part 2 – Reflections from Malmesbury

My first WWOOF SA experience in Plettenberg Bay ended with the decision to return to Cape Town firstly to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and secondly, in search of regular employment again. While submitting job applications, I decided to WWOOF a little closer to home while still at a loose end. As luck would have it, my first enquiry proved successful again and I found myself preparing t...
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WWOOF SA – Part 1 in Plettenberg Bay

Stumbling upon WWOOF [World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms] was a stroke of good fortune. It has been a long-time dream to travel to Ireland, and I was looking at ways to work my way around, as obviously I am not in a position to just go on an expensive holiday abroad. WWOOF is an international organization and has an office in most countries. How it works is that you sign up as a member in w...
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Eat Naan and Curry On at Punjab Express

We're not typically curry diners, I have never learned to make curry at home, and when we do eat out we typically frequent restaurants that serve pizzas, pastas, fish, steak or burgers. A few weeks ago on a chilly evening I craved a good curry and rice like I remembered having in Durban. We ordered takeout curry from a restaurant I won't name, I having a vegetarian option and my fiancé a lamb curr...
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Horse Riding

After about two years out of the saddle, it was wonderful to get to ride again. Although not as brave as I was in my teenage riding years, I was excited. The farm where my sister stables her Arab mare, Gill, is home to some lovely Nooitegedacht ponies and I was given a lovely mare, named Secret, to ride. The three of us set out and I soon gained much confidence with Secret being the more calm a...
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East London Aquarium

The East London Aquarium is a pleasant visit for little children, and the low tanks make it easy for children in prams and wheelchairs to view the sea life without needing mom or dad to pick them up. Wheelchair accessible from a separate gated entrance, entrance and aquarium are easy to navigate. With a range of fish species, beautiful seahorses, lobster, turtles and starfish, opportunity abounds...
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Umgeni Valley Reserve

Yesterday I told Damian that we would see the animals at Umgeni today so this is what we did. As any mom should realise, I should have made enquiries before promising. We arrived at reception to be asked what car I drive. "A Renault Scenic," I said. "Is it very low?" the receptionist asked. "Yes it is. Very." I answered - a little cautiously now. She then informed me that the route is a 4x4 road o...
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Day 23 | Lazy Sundays

A typical lazy Sunday beginning with a lie in and late breakfast eased into a slow drive towards Nottingham Road in search of somewhere interesting. Full moon restlessness, or whatever else, the feeling that it is time to put things in place for this next stage of our life is becoming increasingly urgent and I found myself imagining all my dreams coming true, and the steps that I need to take risi...
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Midmar Dam

It has been on our Midlands to-do-list to cycle at Midmar, so I decided today was the day. R20 entrance fee per person, and soon we were exploring, first by car. I couldn't believe it had taken me so long to discover this jewel of a place to cycle, picnic and just unwind! With long, scenic stretches of tarred roads, it is ideal for road cycling with Damian's buggy - the large expanse of water that...
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Lidgetton Valley Road

A spontaneous country road drive resulted in a delightful rural experience of the Lidgetton Valley with many creatures crossing our paths - shy monkeys peeping at us through the branches and a small eagle, whose species I am not sure of, resting on a fence , before flying off at the sight of me snapping pics. Horses and cows in abundance and beautiful farmland either side. A lovely road I think I ...
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