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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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Midmar | 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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