Come travel with me…

I cannot NOT write. I think I was born with a pen (okay, today it’s a stylus) in my hand. So, wherever we go (and we travel a LOT), my diary tags along too. So does my tiny #NoFilter Canon SD 1200. And together we create a world from a unique perspective. My perspective. This blog is the world through my eyes, a bit offbeat, sometimes quirky, always different.

This Blog is for my short-attention-span friends out there … less words, more pictures. But if you like what you see, I also have full-on longer-length articles of our wayward travels elsewhere on this website.
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Thinking of a White Christmas …

Thinking of a White Christmas …

Posted on: 23rd December 2019| By: Marielle

Somehow hippos have made their way into a Central Park playground. In spite of our December African blue skies, burning sun … and the blasted Southeasters! … my thoughts have been wandering to colder climes, considering that new adventure prowling stealthily in the wings, ready to pounce like a snow leopard, in 2020. When we…
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Whoo-hoo! Owls and Holidays

Whoo-hoo! Owls and Holidays

Posted on: 12th December 2019| By: Marielle

The call of the Spotted Eagle-Owl is one of those typical owl sounds that appear again and again in mythology, fairy tales and spooky stories — and it’s also one of the cries we make when we’re happy. As in Whoo-hoo! It’s the December holidays! And Thesen Islands has just celebrated the third brood of…
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What a difference a (season) makes

What a difference a (season) makes

Posted on: 14th November 2019| By: Marielle

… with apologies to the original song by Dinah Washington (and Natalie Cole). “… what a difference a day makes, Brought the sun and the flowers, Where there used to be rain … There’s a rainbow before me” The singer was talking about the effects of love and kisses, but I’m talking mountains and weather….
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Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Knysna Film Festival … Brilliant!

Posted on: 5th November 2019| By: Marielle

Oh, man, I’ve just had so much fun at Knysna’s first-ever Film Festival. I know, I know, the programme and movie scheduling was really complicated (it put a lot of people off), the handling of tickets was organised chaos, the venues were spread out all over town. But, honestly, the standard and quality of the…
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Greece? Caribbean? No, Knysna Beach Bar!

Greece? Caribbean? No, Knysna Beach Bar!

Posted on: 31st October 2019| By: Marielle

Only the elegant old Paddlesteamer gives the game away … [thank you to Jenny Wolhuter for this photo!] So, while the rest of South Africa was watching the Springboks/Wales Rugby World Cup face-off, three of us went AWOL. The tension was simply too much. And then the Boks went and won the game!!! Well, then,…
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Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Posted on: 22nd October 2019| By: Marielle

My few days in Groot Brak were spent with two very artistic “tuned-in” women … oodles of talent, thought-provoking conversations, and an appreciation of the magic in nature. Laurinda Smit, besides her day job producing a monthly local news publication with two associates, is also a mandala artist. Using a pointillist painting technique among other…
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Eyes on Groot Brak, Garden Route

Eyes on Groot Brak, Garden Route

Posted on: 17th October 2019| By: Marielle

A short, gentle sojourn in Groot Brakrivier (or Great Brak River to the English) opened my eyes recently to how we sometimes underestimate what very long stretches of silky-sand beaches (in a still-pristine state) we have in South Africa. We walked for kilometres on broad ribbons of powdery sand, sometimes flanked by high dune ridges,…
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Kgalagadi Crossroads

Kgalagadi Crossroads

Posted on: 3rd October 2019| By: Marielle

Kgalagadi is a hard nut to crack. Yes, yes, it’s the best wild precinct for Big Cats. Cheetah, leopard and those amber-eyed lion with beautiful dark manes. Put it down to the swathes of lustrous-gold grasslands to hurtle through and broad open riverbeds to stake out, filled with giant herds of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest….
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Through a sepia lens

Through a sepia lens

Posted on: 25th September 2019| By: Marielle

A garden that contains over 66 sculptures enfolded in its dips and rises just can’t be dealt with in a single Post … but just to keep your interest piqued the works here are viewed through a different lens. Light and shade. Sepia and greyscale. The monotones allow you to look past extraneous matter and…
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Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Posted on: 17th September 2019| By: Marielle

Overwhelming. Awesome. Sensational. World class. These are all words that describe South African sculptor Dylan Lewis’s sculpture garden on Mulberry Farm in Paradyskloof (a very apt name, that!) in Stellenbosch. He started the garden himself way back in 2009, using an excavator to dig and pile up earth and mould it into dips and mounds…
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