2013 Road Trip

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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Day 20 | Road Trip, Buddha, and an Opportunity to Teach

Today was a good day. A long awaited visit to the Buddhist Retreat Centre was exactly what Damian and I both needed. 108km from Howick, I found our way via Pietermaritzburg, travelling through rural Kwazulu Natal - trees and valleys in abundance. For some distance we had a vehicle in front of us towing a trailer with a horse in it. The trailer was too wide for one horse, and the poor animal was s...
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Day 19 | An Ideal Office and Miniature Animals

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A gorgeous sunny winter's  day had me move my 'office' outdoors to the braai area, making the work pass quickly and keeping me enveloped in a sense of nature, while soaking in some Vitamin D. As soon as I was done, it was off to Yellowwood Café for tea and cake. The animals are just so cute and the setting ideal on a sunny afternoon - Damian and I had a wonderful time taking it all in and then pl...
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Howick | Yellowwood Restaurant and Café

This lovely restaurant is pleasing as far as both food and family entertainment are concerned. Set on a tranquil farm with a view of the Howick Falls, the property is home to some adorable creatures – all in miniature – miniature horses and miniature donkeys, a dexter bull and a few cows, pot belly pigs, goats, dwarf rabbits, guinea pigs and some chickens. On a sunny day it was a treat to choos...
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Day 18 | Meat Free Mondays

Today was a work day, so I spent most of it doing just that - working. By the time I was done we jumped in the car to find something to do and headed towards Howick, hoping to visit the Yellowwood Café, only to find it closed on Mondays. Next we tried to visit the Howick Museum, but arriving at 15h49, found it to close at 15h30. I thought we'd find consolation in chocolate from Florentines - also ...
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Day 17 |Sunday Walk and a Braai

Sunday's are lazy days, and even on holiday this is no exception. After a late sleep in followed by a scrumptious eggs benedict breakfast, Damian was hoisted onto Trevor's back in his backpack for a walk up to the top of the hill to admire the view. After controlled burning what remains of the grass is black, though this is a safer walk as far as snakes are concerned. Syrrah joined us, and chased ...
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Day 16 | Horse Riding, Quad Biking and Swinging

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Waking up early, Damian was excited to get to go horse riding after a long while being out of the saddle. We arrived at a beautiful farm to find Polly, a rescued cattle herding pony, saddled and waiting. Being a lot larger than the ponies Damian usually rides, Trevor needed to walk on one side and help hold Damian up as I was stretching up to reach. Such a sweet pony who, despite his nervousness o...
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Nottingham Road | Lavender Trout Bistro

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A lovely family restaurant to enjoy a sunny day, Lavender Trout  is set in a beautiful patch of farmland. The first welcoming faces are those of the goats standing high atop their climbing post, as well as some roaming chickens and geese. Crossing a small stream the pathway leads to the outdoor dining area of the restaurant, equipped with wooden bench tables and with a view of a placid dam. A wan...
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Day 15 | Homeopathy and Serendipity

Today was a non-sightseeing day with doctor- and hair- appointments for Damian. I am feeling much relief after our visit with the doctor recommended by my brother. After countless  visits with just as many different doctors, mostly in vain when it comes to real advise for Damian, this time felt different. This is the first doctor who didn’t blatantly disregard my theory that Damian’s condition ...
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