Author: Hat

The strange town of Springfontein…

Before I tell you about our stay at Cradock’s tuishuise… I just wanted to share some photos of a very strange little town that we drove through on the way to Cradock. It happened quite by accident.  Darryl (the book festival organiser) had recommended a stop at the “Springfontein Padstal”.   A padstal, for those of you who aren’t South African,  is an Afrikaans word – directly translated as “road-shop” or “road-store”… and most of them are awesome!  Padstals (unlike the gaudy, supersized petrol-ports with their attached fast food franchises)… are independently owned roadside havens situated alongside almost all...

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Historic Karoo villages, Afrikaans hospitality and a tomb on a mountain…

About two weeks ago, we returned from 6 days and 5 nights spent in Cradock – a historic town in the Eastern Cape.  Over the years, we’ve zig-zagged across most of South Africa and spent lots of time in every major city (except Kimberley).  And we’ve visited many Karoo towns… but never Cradock. And (as I quickly discovered)… Cradock should be visited!! Here’s why: It’s one of South Africa’s most historically significant towns.  Many believe that the apartheid regime gasped it’s last, desperate breaths in Cradock and when the Cradock Four were murdered by security police in 1985 –...

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A rhyme I wrote about change and fear…

How marvellous to marvel ’bout the great and wide unknown How wonderful to wonder ’bout the things we’ve not been shown… The prospect of a treasure is what keeps the digger digging The secrets that are hidden are what keeps the seeker seeking…   How dull our lives would be if we had answers to all questions How frangible our minds, if we weren’t open to suggestions… The Journey is irrelevant to those who are unmoving And growth holds no appeal for those impervious to improving…   The Knower’s life is static if he abnegates his doubt His brittle...

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Book fairs, white lions and bloody good food at a hilltop cafe…

So… about two months ago (and I will try my level best not to ramble on and on about this)… I found myself (quite unexpectedly) invited to participate in some of South Africa’s book fairs. Now… one would think that – (being a book-lover who has published books of her own) –  I would have been to a book fair before! But no. I have not been to a book fair before. Book fairs… (according to the stubborn stereotype lodged inside my brain)… are for those other people.  It’s for the credentialed, clever people.  It’s for the Real Authors…...

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A spur of the moment trip to the wild

So… a couple of months ago, Nick  realised that he had a gap in his work schedule.  For those of you who aren’t sure how this whole movie-making-thing works, Nick typically works on a film for about 3 or 4 months (if he’s editing only). The locations  where he works depend largely on the films themselves.  As an exploring, semi-nomadic family… we’re always pretty chuffed when Nick’s film work takes us to interesting new places for weeks at a time.  Semi-Soet had us exploring the winelands of Franschoek.  Faan se Trein had us tucked away in a beautiful Karoo...

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