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Day 53 and counting down!

After almost 8 weeks of lockdown, the French government has now announced relaxations to the lockdown! Hurray! Whilst all of us here have coped very well, the limitations on seeing … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Day 20 of Lockdown

The restrictions seem to get slowly tightened around the Caribbean, with some islands being more draconian than others. Thankfully the Martinique Prefecture has been pretty practical so far, and our … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

14 Days into Sunny Lockdown

Usually we can use a launderette or local laundry service. The little washing machine we brought with us got chucked out last year because it used too much water and … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

One Week on…

Our strange situation has become the same for many people in many countries now. Both the UK and South Africa have been put into lockdown, as have many other countries. … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

A New Way of Life

After facing up to the options, the decision was to head to Martinique, firstly because of access to health facilities if it came to a serious problem, secondly for security … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Dilemmas in Paradise

The coronavirus is causing huge worry and disruption globally. General opinion is that we are well out of the firing line here. But that is not to say we are … Continue reading

March 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Southern Karoo roadtrip

The Karoo desert that starts about 3-4 hours drive from Cape Town, to be visited for the dramatic landscapes. That and the isolation. Starting from Cape Town, take the N1 … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Exploring Southern Africa

When we left England in 2013, our expectation was to be living aboard Freebooter for the forseeable future with periodic visits back to the UK to see family and friends. … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Old Postal Road

Up in the Cederburg mountains, a trail links Biedow Camp and the Tankwa Karoo Reserve across a mountain plateau. The name comes from the 1800’s when a 19 year old … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Les Chutes de Carbet

Much is made of these waterfalls, some of the highest around. Coming in a set of 3, the 2nd is the most popular attraction (110m drop) with its bathing pools, … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Red Rock

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, Annemarie took this photo! These Herero ladies seek to show the traditional way of living, including grinding the red sandstone rocks to powder and … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Red Sands

There is a renowned petrified forest at Sossusvlei. Set in the middle of huge red dunes, the contrasting white ‘lake bed’ with its dead tress is both vast and haunting. … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Girl’s Best Friend

Namibia is famous for its diamonds. In fact a large part of the country is ‘off-limits’ without a guide and a permit for fear that you might go off-piste and … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

And for dessert…..

 Namibia has a lot of sand. We saw a lot of it on our road trip, and a lot of it ended up in the car, the sleeping bag, etc. … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Profitable Death

Funerals in Ghana carry a different slant. If you are ‘someone’ this can involve taking out full page colour ads in the local paper, listing all the principal mourners and setting … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Whistlestop Tour of South Africa – Part 2

A six hour trip took us to Birds of Eden, the largest aviary in the world, where you see everything from Macau’s to Flamingos to Fruit Bats flying free in … Continue reading

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Whistlestop Tour of South Africa – Part 1

  When our Australian teacher friend, Wendy, asked if she could come and visit us in South Africa, the brief was broad – she wanted “to see as much as … Continue reading

October 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Homelessness

It is winter here in Johannesburg, and as I write the wind and rain is lashing the windows, we had hail earlier, there are snow warnings in the mountains, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Okavango Delta

  After yet another very early start, we drove up into the Okavango to stay in the Moremi reserve. The Third Bridge Camp is a very long way in, and … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Trip to Botswana

  The close proximity of two public holidays, one for the local elections, gave us the opportunity to go and explore Africa some more.  Our nephew, Max, has joined us … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pets and other critturs!

Staying in the same place for a few days helps one to make friends. A boat’s hull makes a great hiding place from local predators as they cannot see you … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nature at its best…

There are dolphins,   and there are dolphins! At dusk off St Vincent, we were treated to a huge pod of these wonderful mammals, spread out over around half a mile. … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beggars

I know we have mentioned this before but… Johannesburg has a growing challenge with all sorts of begging at the robots (traffic lights). The presentation of their visual pleas ranges … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beauty and the Beast

Whilst South Africa ran away on holiday for two weeks, thanks to three public holidays in 10 days, some people were stuck with having to work through with just Good … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Pink Globe

  The spectacular Zulu Memorial at Blood River showing the shields of the different chiefs.       One always likes to think of one’s country as a peaceable entity, … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment