Mingling Theatre Goers

Friday March 31st –

One last early morning… something I could readily say I wouldn’t miss 😜

Out we went and though we never seen as much the last two rides as we did during the first two, there was of course still very interesting moments πŸ˜‰

Three rhinos crossed in front of us, a female, calf and a male who was trying to keep the female in his territory.

Calves generally stay about five years with their mom and she won’t breed again during that time, so the male was wasting his time.
That didn’t stop him from generously marking his territory as he crossed the road, spraying and dragging his feet through it.
It’s good we were a few yards away 😜

Also, we learnt that the rhino horns actually grow out of the same stuff as our fingernails?!

Multiple impala, wildebeest and giraffes were seen throughout each ride and usually a few zebras as well but that morning we got to see a bigger herd of them, including an adorable little baby😁

We stopped by a thorny bush and Chris pulled off a small branch for us to all take a look at. Continue reading “Mingling Theatre Goers”

African Safari Field Notes – Day One

African Safari Field Notes – Day one, time unknown. We joined our fellow expedition members and guide. There are seven of us in total. Weather looks hot, water supply low. Emotions are running high, all feeling mixtures of slight excitement and trepidation. What will this journey hold? Are any of us really prepared…?

Wednesday March 29th –

(Due to the amount seen and done on the following days, I will be uploading one days adventures at a time, instead of the regular two days worth πŸ˜‰)

We awoke after a springy mattress sleep and got everything packed up and sorted out to head to ‘Ivory Tree Game Lodge’ for the safari part of our trip.

Before we left, we made mention of the pools lack of cleanliness and the owners irritated response was, ‘ Yeah well THIS IS AFRICA, it’s dirty!’.
To which I replied, ‘If that’s the case, how is your pool (which we could see through the separating gate) crystal clear?’.
She then didn’t say anything and went on to talk about a different topic πŸ™ˆ

We really didn’t want to be mean or rude… that’s never the point.
She was a nice enough lady and we did choose the spot but in a sense I feel like they should also know the customers opinion if they plan on running a guest house?

Breakfast was eaten at ‘Tasha’s’ and we went for unusual choices.

A middle eastern chicken and rice salad for me and lettuce burgers for Mike.

I also got a juice, since my newfound love for them needed quenching and Mike got a coffee milkshake, something else we’ve had a lot of.

My chicken salad was cold (I was expecting warm because of the rice part I guess?) and very refreshing.
A mixture of rice, chopped olives, cucumber and tomato was eaten with pepper grilled chicken and a side of very light, lemon pomegranate yogurt dressing.
It was very different but also very good and though I was full afterwords, it wasn’t that ‘weigh you down, food coma’ kind of full.

We’ve actually eaten some of the healthiest meals during this trip.
Many more restaurants (at least the ones we’ve chosen) have a large variety of healthy meal options.
Whether its fruit, yoghurt, nuts or grains, the choses are plenty and seen much more often than anywhere else we’ve been.

They do leave a person feeling better after eating and the flavours have been lovely.
Lots of lemony pesto too, which I’ve enjoyed.
But… away from food for a bit and on to the rest of the day πŸ˜‹ Continue reading “African Safari Field Notes – Day One”

We Write To Taste Life Twice

Saturday March 25th –

Almost the worst I’d felt yet πŸ™„
Waking with a pounding head, aching body and runny nose.

The plan was to get breakfast and then medication.
We made it into ‘Ile de Pain’, the breakfast place Mike had been wanting to go to and
a coco nutty smoothie was ordered to share and I couldn’t taste any of it 😏
Same goes for the scrambled eggs with parmesan and pesto.

Which sounded good, but I unfortunately can’t tell you how it was 😬

Mike had found a farmers market of sorts to check out so we drove there and wandered through it for a few minutes.

It was more of a food market than crafts and since we’d just eaten breakfast it wasn’t the best time to go.
That, mixed with my shivering, loss of taste and smell made it a little unappealing to me but if I’d went in good health I can imagine we would have lingered longer and left fuller πŸ˜‰
Mike did buy raspberries, strawberries and ready to eat pomegranate though.

The sunshine was what felt best to me, so we headed to a beach but the wind near the water proved to cold for my frail self and the sunshine made my head pound😜

So, to a store for medication.
Mike got me some cold meds you drink with water and after downing the very odd tasting/slightly fizzy water, I began improving πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ’Š Continue reading “We Write To Taste Life Twice”

Knysna – Heart Of The Garden Route

Thursday March 23rd –

(Knysna – pronounced with a silent K)

Morning began with breakfast at our hotel.
A large spread was waiting for us in the breakfast room and our hostess brought over our coffee.

The weather wasn’t as hot as our previous days and it wasn’t a bad thing πŸ˜‹

We checked out by 11:00 am and began driving to our next spot, still in Knysna, just a little further out of town.

I wasn’t feeling so good, my allergy/cold becoming suddenly worse, rather than better, so we went to see if we could check in to our next hotel early.
We drove up to the large, deserted looking building and Mike knocked on the door.
No one came out and since official check in wasn’t until 2:00 pm. we decided to return then.

‘The Heads’ weren’t too far away, the area where the sea water comes from into Knysna’s lagoons.
We walked around, collecting some new types of shells while being sprinkled with a light misting of rain.

Something everywhere needed badly at the moment. Continue reading “Knysna – Heart Of The Garden Route”

The Garden Route Awaits

Tuesday March 21st –

We took time and enjoyed our last breakfast together.
Still having things to talk about and discuss, plus the fact that Jolien (Pronounced YolienπŸ˜‰) and I had both moved away from home added a whole other extra topic to be explored πŸ˜‹

Coffee was sipped and the morning taken slowly, them saying it was a compliment that we didn’t want to leave and us feeling badly about using their time, to our advantage 😜

But eventually we did leave πŸ˜‰
With much appreciated advise about our journey ahead which would be taking us along The Garden Route.
We planned to drive it within a week or so, driving only a couple of hours a days and stopping for as much exploration as we wanted.

As you may have guessed, I fell asleep pretty quickly 😬
Road trips aren’t the way to get me to see countryside but Mike woke me up if there was something very interesting to be seen πŸ˜‹

We stopped at ‘The Villiers Chocolate Artisan’ and looked around for a few minutes, buying some chocolates to taste test and not being overly thrilled with the results.

Lacking the creamy smooth textures I so enjoy in chocolate.
They were fine, but since Holland has an abundance of good chocolate, we kind of know what we like and don’t like by now.
The tour may have been interesting, explaining the process and flavours, but we decided we had other things we’d like to spend money on😊

De Villiers Chocolate

On we drove. Continue reading “The Garden Route Awaits”

A Sunday, A Funday And Steak πŸ˜

Sunday March 19th –

Church in South Africa.
I forget Mike has been to South Africa two other times already, so most of the experiences are not new ones for him.

But as I expected, the song service had a little more sway and a higher volume level then our usual serviceπŸ˜‰
But it was enjoyed and installed a little wishfulness for that kind of singing everywhere.
Though we know, however unfortunate, we white folks aren’t so talented in the area of pretty, rhythmic noise making πŸ˜‹

The service was enjoyed and the following lunch back at the flat.

Everyone stuffing themselves accordingly with chicken sandwiches made on Portuguese rolls before retreating to rooms for afternoon naps.

Our hosts knew how to ‘Sunday’ well πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

We returned to church for the evening service and tried our best to wake up fully before arriving.
The heat mixed with an interrupted nap made everyone feel a little groggy.

After hearing a continuation of that morning’s service, we returned and spent the remainder of the evening together in the living room.
Enjoying coffee and tea, talking, making plans for the next day as well as for our upcoming road trip.

Monday March 20th –

The temperature? +38. The plan? Beach. Continue reading “A Sunday, A Funday And Steak πŸ˜”

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