South Africa

Adoption in South Africa

Some background info We started the adoption process in February 2016. This involved several consultations and screenings with 2 private social workers. I’m not going into details about the process as there are plenty of online resources available. We were…

Roadtrip to TenAhead

We left Joburg around 09:30 on Wednesday. The drive felt relatively quick. I spent a lot of the time finishing up my chess game with paans while Carol did the driving. It was the first game that we drew and I…

TenAhead Day 3

We woke up relatively late, 08:30. Had a lovely breakfast then spent some slow time sitting next to the fire in the dining room chatting, drinking cups of tea and coffee. The wind was a little better than yesterday so…

TenAhead Day 2

The wind has been howling since the early dark morning hours. We planned on going horse riding today but decided to stay indoors with this ice cold wind blowing outside. It’s kind of cool not being readily able to communicate with…

TenAhead Day 1

I’ve been on this planet for 34 years today. I woke up early, opened the curtains to watch the sun illuminate the mountain landscape just outside our window. The lodge has thick stone walls making it quite soundproof. It’s a…

Snow in Jozi

I’ve lived in Johannesburg since 1999 except for the year that I lived in London. For some reason I’ve always just missed being here to experience the ‘snow in johannesburg’.  In fact I’ve never really experienced a snow fall.  Once…

Looking back on the otter…

Looking back, the otter trail was truly an adventure, especially for someone like myself! When I was in it, it was torture physically and a struggle to keep going (though I knew what I was capable of and how far…

The Otter Trail

We were invited to do the Otter Trail towards the end of May. It was 100 times harder that I imagined it to be, despite all my research and reading up on the trail.  I am not hiker, not ‘outdoorsy’…