A Day in Dubrovnik

George Bernard Shaw succinctly summed up the outstanding beauty of this alluring city when he said “Those who are looking for paradise on Earth should come and see Dubrovnik”. It is a city of stunning architecture, rich treasures and magnificent scenery but be warned, it is certainly not a well-kept secret! Although we are here…

Time is unstoppable

  When my younger son was only a few months old, I took this photo of him with his Pooh bear. Today this same son sent me a picture of his precious daughter, now 7 months old, in the same pose with her very own Pooh bear. “Oh, cute”, I hear you say and yes, it is…

Lost!

I’ve lost my left shoe. It’s a black leather brogue and without a doubt it’s half of my most comfortable pair. I wore it just the other day and now it’s gone, and I don’t know where. They’ll be here soon, so I must find it.

Arch enemy or Super-hero?

  Arch enemy She screamed in terror as he loomed over her, his bared fists mere inches from her tear-stained face. “If you tell anyone I broke it, you’ll be sorry!” he hissed, but despite the malevolence of his words, she could detect the fear and uncertainty that lurked somewhere behind them. “Ah, ha!” she…

An alternative romance.

Although this post is aimed mainly at the fairer sex, I recommend that you men stick with it as you may just learn a little more about the inner machinations of the female mind – and how can that be a bad thing? So read on all … you have nothing to lose! As we ladies…

Perhaps a step too far!

Surprise, surprise, it’s me again fresh from a long sabbatical in which I sold a property, bought a new one, undertook a major renovation, moved home and was blessed with the world’s most beautiful granddaughter. All of this left very little time and absolutely no energy for writing. Now that I’m happily settled in my…

Monuments, monasteries and Pasteis de Nata in Belem.

A quick 5 minute train journey or a much longer (trust me!) tram ride from Praca do Comercio, is the district of Belem. This is an absolute must-see destination for anyone visiting Lisbon and although most guides suggest a 3 – 4 hour visit, we spend almost a full day along the banks of the…

Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal.

Finally, after months of planning, research and almost 24 hours of non-stop travelling, I have finally arrived in Lisbon. We’ll be in Portugal for a full four weeks, seeing the sights and experiencing the food and culture and I’d be delighted if you’d follow along and add your comments and own experiences of this delightful…

Escape to Prince Albert, the beating heart of the Karoo!

We’ve all experienced times when things just become too much and the need to jump off the never-ending hamster wheel of life is overwhelming. Well, I believe I’ve found the perfect antidote to modern day urban madness – it’s as simple as packing a bag of comfortable clothes and heading off for a few days to…

On turning 60

I awoke on Monday morning with the realisation that I could no longer be considered young or even middle-aged. As I gingerly stretched my body, I felt the odd protest from my lower back and a slight ache in my shoulders, but my mind still resolutely refused to acknowledge what the calendar insisted was true ……

Thailand here we come!

As much as the prospect of four back-to-back flights and 30 hours of non-stop travelling doesn’t fill me with joy, the prospect of a couple of weeks in terrific Thailand certainly does! Unbeknown to us as we eagerly boarded our nearly empty flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, the very elusive phenomenon of comfort and space aboard an…

Up, up and away

There is nothing quite so satisfying as contentedly crossing a long-standing item off one’s bucket list: memories made √ photos taken √ dream fulfilled √ … and so it was after our amazing hot air balloon flight last week. Thanks to an extremely generous retirement gift from Chris’ company (thanks Jane and all at Softworx),…