Author: Hat

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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A story I HAVE to tell…

Two weeks ago, we spent a week in Verlorenkloof, in the province of Mpumalanga.  I’ll talk about our experience there in a separate post… but I really wanted to write about what I discovered on the R36… which is a main road – a national road – that connects the city of Lydenberg with the N4 highway.  This isn’t some random, rural road used only occasionally by farmers… this is an artery road.  Enormous mining trucks travel on this road.  Visitors (like us) on their way to Dullstroom, Hoedspruit or the Long Tom Pass travel this road.  Farmers and...

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The New Season begins…

I’ve recently returned from a couple of days in the mountains with my threeples.  On the 11th Feb, it was our 12th wedding anniversary and we decided to escape Joburg for a bit… and go somewhere new. After fruitlessly searching Air BnB and Booking.com… I did something I usually don’t do:  I started searching for printed adverts in the back pages of some of my old travel magazines… and there, I saw a tiny photo… of a picturesque lake… surrounded by forests and mountain peaks.  There I found “Lake Naverone”. Lake Naverone is situated in the Southern Drakensberg… which...

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