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#67Minutes

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After going through the various suggestions online about how to spend our 67 minutes serving on Mandela Day, we decided at the last minute to come up with our own idea. It didn't quite go as planned, and we didn't interact with as many people as we had set out to, but we did engage with some interesting personalities behind the guises we pass in our daily lives, whether consciously or not. With...
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Food, Glorious Food!

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Showstopper Recipes from the Creative Talents on Stage and Behind the Scenes Some time ago I had the opportunity to engage in conversation with some of the creative talents of a number of spectacular productions, finding out a bit more about their roles as actors, directors and choreographers in making these theatrical masterpieces the successful productions we, as the audience, enjoy. Listenin...
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Hermanus – When the Whales Don’t Come Out to Play

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Hermanus On Tour #HOT Our team of  bloggers, social media marketers and video journalists descended upon Hermanus to experience the Fynarts Festival 2015 and to discover just how much there is to do when the whales don’t come out to play. It seems our goal was supported by the weather as we were set to start our tour with a boat trip from Gansbaai to view the whales, but due to strong winds, this...
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Elgin Valley – More than Apples

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Little over a week ago if you had asked me “What is in Elgin?” my answer would have been short: Apples, and the best pies from Peregrine Farm Stall. Elgin, after all, is known as the home of Appletiser and produces 60% of the apples grown in South Africa. But that was last week… now I know that the Elgin Valley’s treasures are vast and varied. METRORAIL | HGTS | SOCIALLY UNFORGETTABLE In a p...
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Once a Year, Go Someplace You’ve Never Been

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There is something to be said for going places you’ve never been. There is the anticipation of wondering what you will find, the curiosity in learning more about the differences between where you come from and where you’re going, and the joy in finding commonalities and that in some ways everything is connected. Exploring new places and experiencing different ways of life doesn’t need to involv...
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Harvesting Acorns

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At long last I have redesigned the cover of Harvesting Acorns. When I first published my book, I spent a long time with the cover, but I will admit, the end result wasn't really what I had in mind. And, when someone who had read my first book, Warrior on Wheels, and knew it was a children's story automatically assumed Harvesting Acorns was also a children's story, he asked me "Is it a story abo...
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T’Niqua Stable Inn

Out where rugged coastline meets pristine fynbos forest, where the stars shine brighter and heaven meets earth, style and comfort abound at the hidden gem that is T’Niqua Stable Inn. Described by its guests as a ‘diamond in the rough’ this 4-star guesthouse is a nature lover’s haven offering horse riding or carriage trips to an exquisite viewpoint and hiking, cycling and bird-watching trails from ...
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A Long Walk With Madiba

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I wrote this a few months ago but shared it on my travel blog. I am grateful for those moments in the otherwise hustle and bustle of life to have spent in thought and gratitude to this great man. Hamba Kakuhle Tata... In the heart of the Midlands on a peaceful stretch of road a few kilometres past Piggly Wiggly Country Village in the direction of Midmar Dam, a signboard catches my eye: Nels...
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Exchanging Stilettos for Gumboots

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During the December holidays I grew increasingly panicked at the thought of going back to a job I didn’t enjoy in the new year. Don’t get me wrong – I loved my colleagues and my bosses and my working conditions were really good, I had just been in an industry that held no meaning for me for too long. Sixteen years too long. I often worked late and also often under a lot of pressure. Though I...
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Please Leave Your Legs at the Door

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A few months ago we showed up at a meeting, though we didn't get to attend. There were probably a couple hundred people at the most in a large venue. I won't go into detail to avoid passing blame or putting any particular group in a bad light or generalising. It wasn't a meeting I was particularly excited about but went in respect of the people I care about, so I am not writing to complain about m...
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