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Happy Holidays, Africa Style

29 December 2011 Daily Life
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Hey everyone, hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous Festive Season and have had a blissful Christmas, those of you who celebrate it! Our holiday kicked off with a magical week at Mabula Private Game Reserve, where we stayed in timeshare chalets (which are absolutely lovely). Dave’s daughter Terri-Lee, her husband and little girl joined us, […]

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Wild Things Wring Our Hearts Inside Out

31 October 2011 Daily Life
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There’s such truth in the saying that “When one door closes, another opens.” We recently experienced this in technicolour. Believe it or not, regular readers and long-time friends: Dave made a momentous decision 3 weeks ago, namely to retire from motorbike racing (after an on-off period of around 35 years). He’ll still ride of course, […]

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Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Blog Star!

20 September 2011 Daily Life
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It’s come to my attention that our beloved Jina’s blog star status has been slipping, since I haven’t posted photographs of her in a while. NOT acceptable, especially in light of what a beautiful (albeit small by usual standards) Norwegian Forest Cat she is! Thank you to fabulous Jamie at Musing by Moonlight for the […]

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What everbody ought to know about Camping in the Kalahari – Part I

11 August 2011 Wildlife
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In response to a recent post at Africa on the Blog, I was asked to share some tips for camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. This is assuming that you’re going the self-drive route, which we typically do from Johannesburg. A 4×4 vehicle is a prerequisite, preferably with an off-road trailer and […]

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Greatness

1 August 2011 Inspiration
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His name was Mufasa, apparently meaning “King” in the Manazoto language…and what a king he was. He exuded greatness. This magnificent male lion lived at Schotia Safaris, an Eastern Cape game farm belonging to the Bean family, who have owned the original farm, Orlando, since the early 1800’s. It’s run by Peter, Dave’s friend from […]

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Blogging Date to Diarise: Change the Way You Blog – Forever!

23 May 2011 Blogging
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It’s a red letter day: June 15, 2011 – at least for bloggers, and more specifically those who would like to grow their readership and maximize their marketing efforts. Our wonderful friend Michelle Salater, who has grown her own (Copy Doodle) and other blogs to phenomenal levels of success, is hosting a free webinar on […]

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Stress

5 May 2011 Inspiration
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Whether you feel “I’ve-had-it-with-the-world-and-everything-in-it” hectic, “get-out-of-my-face-I’m-having-a-bad-day” mad, or “don’t-make-your-problems-mine” ratty, it pays to remember that stress arises inside. STRESS: In response to a given stimulus, Stress arises inside Allowed to rule, it wreaks havoc recognized, unresisted, it recedes Powerful, potential teacher, Stress offers options on a silver platter Succumb and suffer or choose to transcend, […]

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Move over BFF, we’re talking MBF

14 April 2011 Daily Life
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Mind you, “Best Friends Forever” is in many ways synonymous with “Man’s Best Friend”, at least as it applies to doggie years. It’s just the lifespan discrepancy that causes heartache. Still, the joy supercedes, so we come back for more of the same magic. As our beloved old boy, Tex, gradually prepares for a graceful […]

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Dog Whispering Decision

28 December 2010 Daily Life
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Full credit to Dave for making the final call and getting it done. In fact, his nickname among certain work associates is get-it-done-Dave. Not for nothing. I might well have faltered, muddled by a mix of emotions. I’m talking about returning one of our puppies, Quilla, to their breeder. Regular blogging friends will remember her […]

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Patterns

3 November 2010 Inspiration
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PATTERNS Nature’s babies note their mothers’ markings; Zebra foals imprint mares’ patterns Wild dogs follow the flash of parents’ tails, Lion cubs spot the black behind adult ears . . . But what of humanity – makers of mistakes, thanks to the gift of free will? Our patterns too serve a purpose, teaching lessons long […]

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Thirst

29 August 2010 Inspiration
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Thirst comes first. Silent paws pad down the dirt road, leaving perfect prints. Leopard prints. Warren has picked up the trail of this most elusive cat. It appears to be a male, heading for water. Our eyes scan ahead for the flash of his tail tip. Nothing. Still, my pulse quickens as I flick the […]

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