East London and wonderful Ann and Peter

Ann and Peter with Joerg
After visiting my lovely sister, I was lucky enough to visit my lovely Aunty Ann and Uncle Peter in East London. East London South Africa, I’m talking about here, not East London, East London. I could tell you all types of interesting facts about East London (founded by John Bailie in 1836, only river port in South Africa, etc, etc), but it’s my beautiful family that makes it so beautiful!

Aliwal North, Cathcart and on to East London

St Albans Church, Cathcart
After leaving my sister and family, we headed to Aliwal North where we spent the night in a lovely self-catering double story unit. The owner has Fan-tailed Doves and ducks and it was a treat to watch them fanning their tails right in front of us.

Oviston at Gariep Dam and Nature Reserve

Gariep Dam area Oviston
We continued our travels through the Northern Cape Province to Gariep Dam and Nature Reserve which borders the Free State and the Eastern Cape. It’s the beginning of November and hot as Hades. Gariep Dam Village is very beautiful, with manicured gardens and beautiful trees. Being next to a dam does sort of guarantee you water!

Warden, Orange Free State, my lovely sister and family

Hayley’s Bearded Dragons
The great thing about South Africa is that I still have deevine family there and I had the opportunity to visit them this year – haven’t seen my big Sis, Patricia, in 7 years! My super nephew and his lovely wife made me feel old by making me a Great Aunt twice over…okay, so that makes me great, like you didn’t already know that!

The Karoo and Carnarvon

Sitting at the cottage listening to the animals
We LOVE the Karoo. There are just miles and miles of “nothing”. I use inverted commas, because it is semi-desert and fairly deserted, but it is just so beautiful and full of things to see. The lovely Erika and Gerhard told us that people in the northern part of the country have farms with 400 000 hectares! We had a whopping 3 ½ ha…

Die Poort, Cederberg Mountains

Die Poort
Also known as Bushmanspoort, this place is a little piece of heaven and we would quite happily have stayed there for the rest of our natural lives. It is owned and run by Manus and Erida – Erida was away, but Manus was a ray of sunshine everyday. We had planned to stay one night, but stayed 2 because it is just so wonderful.

Wuppertal, South Africa, not Germany!

The views on the way to Wuppertal
Our last hosts, the lovely Erica and Gerhard, told us about a little gem of a place called Wuppertal. We found the name alone super as there is an enormous city with the same name in Germany which has a population of about 350 000 and the SA version probably has a population of 350 tops (I’m guessing here).

Up the West Coast to Piketberg

Up the West Coast to Piketberg
Port Owen Marina
The West Coast of South Africa is our favourite place, probably on the planet earth, although I might have to rethink that as we haven’t been everywhere on the planet earth. Yet. I just need a bit more time…

Oh Cape Town, how beautiful you are!

Cape Town
Yes, I know it’s been a while, but what can I say, life got in the way yet again. Let’s hope I’m back to stay! We have just been fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks in South Africa – I have to say sorry to all the friends we didn’t get round to seeing, but even 6 weeks is just tooooooo short!

Where have I been the last 2 months?

Me at the beach in Littlehampton
Well, I‘ve been lucky enough to spend time in Spain, France, England and Germany in the last 2 months. One of the great pleasures with this is not only do I get to spend time with people that I like, but I also get to eat all types of great food.