Nelson Mandela. A South African icon. An inspiration to all. I watched how he walked to freedom and could not take my eyes of the television that Sunday afternoon of 11 February 1990. The Mandela legacy lives on and this year celebrates the year that the Father of Our South African Democracy would have turned… Read More Nelson Mandela’s Vermont’s Visit
Planning a 5 day hike in Namibia’s Fish River Canyon stretched my comfort zone to uncomfortable proportions. It became a real dilemma of “should I stay or should I go”. I was fairly fit, had a back pack and sleeping bag. I should go? I went. I came back a better person albeit a battered… Read More Fish River Canyon Hike – my ultimate adventure
Living in Hermanus I am surrounded by natural beauty and ozone releasing champagne air that works it’s magic and has the ability to re-calibrate me. Nature serves as my inspiration and sanity and I don’t feel the urgency of regular spa sessions. But when I do, I can feel the need for a treatment coming… Read More Some Days are Spa Days – Charchele Beauty Spa, Hermanus
In July I’m walking the Fish River Canyon. Serious business. And I seriously need new hiking shoes. On the Portuguese Camino my Salomon’s faulted – my mistake. I thought they were indestructible but the hike from Ponte de Lima to Sao Roque Rubaies broke them. It nearly broke me. On the Whale Trail my New… Read More Please, A (hiking) Shoe That Fits
April arrived without warning. No doubt that Autumn is setting in. No more long swims. Yet, the sunsets are beautiful and I shift from outside living to inside-outside lounging. Red wine for long nights. Making new playlists. Sorting through photos. All I ask of April is “please don’t fool me!”.
I just hiked 55 kilometers in De Hoop Nature Reserve. Close to the Southern most point of Africa De Hoop has 34000 hectares where you can hike, watch birds, relax and swim in the most beautifully eroded pools. From June to November you will also see whales. We hiked for 5 days and below are… Read More Nature’s Call
Never underestimate the importance of fun time. It might just unblock some creativity to take your performance to the next level.
Just to be clear, there are no definitive rules for happiness. My happiness is not your happiness. My happiness is also not the same from day to day but there are a few things that lights my sparkle. Always! A good morning starts with coffee in a nice cup. Flowers says it best. Smell nice.… Read More My 10 Happiness Rules
When last did you swim in the sea at 6:30 in the morning? I hope to make this my new birthday tradition and of course there was bubbly afterwards. The cold sea water is guaranteed to wake up parts of you you never knew existed and leave you totally refreshed.
There is only so much you can fit into 1 weekend and it is never enough. Sunday night I still think about the things I should have done, could have done or would have done. This past weekend was packed with fun, exercise, good wine and best friends. A few photos shows how I went… Read More Weekend Wind Down