Category Archives: Exploring the Cape

Are you dreaming? Or are you awake?

This last weekend, we attended a “Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep Retreat” with Charlie Morley at the tranquil retreat centre of Bodhi Khaya, outside Stanford, just past Hermanus in the Overberg. We had previously attended other retreats at the centre, … Continue reading

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Toys and games for the young patients of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

I attended an event this morning that reminded me again why I love to support the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes), a Defence Reserve regiment in the Western Cape, and worthwhile causes like the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in … Continue reading

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The Animal Communicator – an extraordinary movie

A couple of years ago, I attended an interspecies communication workshop with Anna Breytenbach (her website). Anna is a professional animal communicator with more than 12 years experience, having worked with both domestic and wild animals around the world. She … Continue reading

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An inspiring morning tea with Premier Helen Zille and the Children’s Hospital Trust

On 22 October 2013, I had a thoroughly inspiring tea with the Premier of the Western Cape Province, Helen Zille, at the elegant Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore. Well, sort of. The tea with the Premier bit, I … Continue reading

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Charon the Ferryman – and his spooky friend – are floating on the Black River

Two or three weeks ago, a blue-green boat with a strange cloaked figure sitting inside it suddenly appeared on the Black River, just north of the bridge where Raapenberg Road goes underneath Kromboom Parkway (or the M5). Initially, I thought … Continue reading

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Walking around with Flat Kathy: An introduction to a magical world?

It is not easy to walk around with Flat Kathy. For all strangers, or rather, people whom Flat Kathy hasn’t yet demanded I introduce her to, she is simply a sheet of sunshine yellow paper on a stick. With a … Continue reading

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Defeated by the sun-baked mountain slopes of the Swartboskloof and revived by lunch at Hillcrest Berry Farm

With Richard’s sister T, an avid hiker, visiting us last week, we thought we would treat her to a lovely hike in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve outside Stellenbosch. We ourselves hadn’t done any hiking in a long time, and honestly … Continue reading

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Looking back on an exciting year of being published!

Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. … Continue reading

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The Pinelands Muse leaps into its third year of publication

And Richard becomes famous! :-) Since October 2010, a glossy community magazine has popped into our postbox towards the end of each month (I wrote about their first anniversary here). Known as the Pinelands Muse, or just affectionately as ‘The … Continue reading

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Flowering fynbos, veggie patches and quaint cottage gardens: The Rotary Anns’ annual Spring Garden Day in Pinelands

Once a year in springtime, five brave residents of Pinelands generously open their gardens to crowds of curious visitors, as part of a fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Anns of Pinelands. This group, which is part of Rotary International, … Continue reading

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