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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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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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Share-a-Pony

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Visiting Share-a-Pony elicits a range of happy feelings and memories. I began my riding days when I was 11 years old, eager to ride... and terrified of horses. I had been begging my parents for years to let me start riding, and the excitement when they finally said yes was overwhelming. The first pony I rode was a little skewbald Shetland pony named Blossom. I think just about everyone who has eve...
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Women’s Retreat and FBI Chef School Cake Decorating Demo

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Thoroughly spoiled by the team at Queens Casino and Butterscotch Events, we enjoyed an evening being wowed by the FBI Chef School and Patisserie Acadamy as they demonstrated the intricate art of cake decorating. Chef Nico and Chef Lesley are clearly professionals and kept us entertained throughout their presentation. We arrived to welcoming pink drinks with the option of "Naughty" or "Nice" - o...
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And All That Jazz

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We spent an  evening enchanted by the beautiful voice of Amy Larter at the Alexander Playhouse. Amy, originally from East London and an old-Hudsonian, now lives in Cape Town and is the voice of The Amy Larter Band. Her powerful voice and jazz pop style had the audience enthralled with her renditions of some popular favourites - What a Wonderful World, American Boy and Michael Bublé's Everything as...
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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 and...
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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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Howick | 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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