Wednesday, February 20, 2008


What an incredible part of the world! Hogsback is located 130km from where I live going inland toward the West. It is a small (and I MEAN small) village on the side of the Amatole Mountains. I had no idea what to expect, but as we started winding our way up the mountain, driving into mist and thick vegetation, I got the feeling we were going somewhere really special. It has to be pretty impressive to have been JR Tolkiens’inspiration for his “Lord Of The Rings” Books! This is his home town and everyone that has visited this little place, tells me you will feel like you’re in one of his books… We finally reached the village on a gravel road, but could not see much through the thickening mist. It was cold – even though we’re in the middle of summer, and decided to stop off at a hotel for coffee. The gardens were magnificent and the chocolate cake decadent! As we finished off our third coffee, the mist began to lift like a soft blanket, revealing the beautiful mountains and old trees watching over us. It was indescribable! I felt like I was in some magical land of make-believe, a paradise untouched, but quickly snapped out of that delusion when I felt my two year old toddler yanking on my arm screaming for me to pick him up!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My dear sister - you inspire me!

After seeing my sisters' beautiful blog, I was inspired to create one of my own. What a fantastic idea to put your thoughts to - well umm - a Blog! I have always loved the art of writing interesting little bits of nothing and seeing the reaction of my reader - in this case, reading the reaction. Well, here is a short "about me" story - don't worry, I'll keep it short and to the point. I am a 36 and some year old mother of three children. I have been married (Please note the ommitance of the word "happily") for close on 17 years and am a thoroughbred South African residing on the East Cape side of this beautiful country. I am a bit of a workaholic but am working on that. I love sunny days on our exquisite beaches and lazy evenings by the pool. I am not a local to this town - I am from the East Coast of Durban, Kwazulu Natal. I have yet to make friends in my new hometown and have been busy pouring my time and energy into making my little home comfortable and homely. Well, I shall try posting some pics next week but must say finding the USB cable for my camera amongst the chaos of unpacked boxes is proving to be very tiresome! Tomorrow's Friday - Yaay- weekend and time to chill out. We are thinking of taking a drive up to a quaint town in the mountains called Hogsback. Will keep you posted! Over and out.