U.S. of A 2015

We had an incredible vacation in the US this past December. Visited Disneyworld, FL. Flew to San Francisco. Road-tripped from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, then all along the Pacific Coast Highway. Stopped in Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and ended off with a couple days in San Diego! Highlights were definitely Yosemite and the Pacific Coast. We were blessed to meet up with friends, Megan, Steve and Lynn in San Francisco and stay with Christine, my long-time long-distance friend, in San Diego. This was our first international trip together since 2012.  I’ve always wanted to visit the east coast…
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Climb on

Last year August 12th, 2014 changed my life. I broke my ankle severely while boulder training and for a time was worried that I would not be able to walk again. You can read more about it here.  I started weight-bearing on my healing leg in November 2014.  All the muscle in my left leg had wasted away in 3 months. I had to learn how to walk on this leg again. It has been a long, slow, frustrating process that has really made me appreciate standing and the simple pleasant act of walking. Right up until about a month…
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Low-carb keto chocolate ice-cream

For the past year, I’ve been doing the keto diet on and off. When I do it properly, I feel great, weight comes off fairly easily and no tummy issues. My only weakness is desserts. I love ice-cream and waffles and pancakes and cakes. Most of the keto recipes that I’ve tried have not turned out the way it looks in the photos or just doesn’t really meet my expectations. I’m not a fan of coconut flour. This week, I browsed the web for ice cream recipes and the one I tried below is inspiration from 2 recipes, the first…
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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 didn’t lose outright. We stopped for lunch at a road-side Maxis close to Ventersdorp I think. The waitress was sincerely friendly. She reminded us of the gardener Mholi. Good natured.  The drive was great. Hardly felt the 5.5 hour drive. The Volvo xc60 is so comfy. Love it! We arrived in Smithfield in good time. Our bad luck we got…
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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 we decided to horse-ride up to Vultures View. It takes the guide about an hour to round up the horses, as they get to roam free most of the day. It took us only 7 minutes to get to the top. The wind was so strong up there we couldn’t spend much time enjoying the spectacular view. We asked our guide,…
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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 people. No Whatsapp facebook, email, smses. Apparenty if you walk out to a certain hill there may be some vodacom signal. The lodge staff didn’t specify how far you’d have to walk and which direction exactly.
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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 privilege being here in this setting. The quiet, no sounds of cars, trucks, ‘hardydahs’, helicopters and alarm sirens going off. Also not having cellphone and Internet access forces you to ‘temporarily’ adjust your habits. Not checking your phone constantly for one, not being able to read the news. Being able to enjoy the beauty around us without trying to capture…
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