Author: Hat

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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What do you want from me?

A couple of years ago, I started a blog called Living Differently.  At the time, we were making some major shifts in our life… extracting ourselves from ‘The Norm’ and I wanted to document the journey.  Back then, it wasn’t about amassing blog followers…  I just wanted to document the experience in some way.  Even if it meant sharing the journey with nobody-in-particular.  Even if nobody never read a single post… just the process of writing about our journey was liberating (and, in many ways, healing). Blogging has always been a way for me to express myself.   I find...

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I’m baaack… (with a new book!)…

So… I have just spent the past hour writing a long-winded blog post... explaining my absence and what I’ve been doing over the last couple of months and blah, blah, blah…. Then… my computer went on the fritz, I lost internet connection and that long-winded post vanished into thin air!!! I just can’t bring myself to re-write the bloody thing… because I’m now irritable with an achy-back… and I need to fetch children, curtains and washing powder. In the meantime…  here’s a video page-through of the new book. It’s called FODDER:  Creative Miscellany for Thinkers, Dreamers & Questioners. 214...

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My theory on defensiveness

Has this happened to you? You share an opinion or a preference with somebody – and their default response is to assume that you’re attacking their preference or opinion. Here’s how it looks: “I love cats!” “So, what’s wrong with dogs?  Dogs are also nice you know!” “I really enjoy visiting Cape Town” “There’s nothing wrong with Durban, you know!” “We educate our kids differently.  They don’t attend school” “So – what are you saying?  Are you saying that we’re bad parents because our children attend public school?” “I’m an agnostic.  I’m not sure how I feel about God...

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