Straining towards the light.

This afternoon’s homeward drive south from Friesland, after a blissfully peaceful couple of days in my dear friend’s warm and welcoming home, I once again took to marvelling at my new home country. Of course, the picturesque pastoral scenes of the rural areas always give my heart a happy flutter. Passing the homes and shedsContinue reading “Straining towards the light.”

Gel nails, staircases, doorways and washing machines.

How would the four nouns in the title possibly make for a blog post, you may well ask? The common denominator is The Kingdom of The Netherlands, our new home! After an incredible nine months of adventuring the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and America, we returned to the blessing of a new apartment, theContinue reading “Gel nails, staircases, doorways and washing machines.”

Whispers of wonder and Wander.

What a privilege to be able to experience one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, first hand, in the flesh, with my own eyes, The Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States of America. Made all the more special by the fact that it happened on the day of our youngest daughter’s 24th birthday! Our early morningContinue reading “Whispers of wonder and Wander.”

Life Saver.

Sweets, treasures, recreation, occupation, eternity – all five words hold some sort of common denominator word association answer: life saver. Growing up, a roll of LifeSaver sweets, in all their rainbow coloured deliciousness, was a treat that could be made to last right down to the glass shard sliver of sweetness, if you did notContinue reading “Life Saver.”

Separation anxiety.

Leaving the privileged lifestyle of many South Africans where the house and nanny help is plentiful, the weather sensational, not to mention the places to eat out, the space, the wildlife, and and and… Who would want to leave this life of apparent luxury behind?! It is for this reason that many expat Saffers spendContinue reading “Separation anxiety.”

Beginnings and endings.

How challenging it is, at times, to set aside our preconceived notions of control, order and planning. Well, it certainly is for me, with my type-A, “control freak”, slightly OCD, mostly bossy personality! I see much of myself in our precious eldest daughter who, typical of an eldest child, has incredible organizational abilities for planningContinue reading “Beginnings and endings.”

Panic and peace.

Our world appears to have been turned upside down with the pandemic that has swept across the globe. The speed of the spread fuelled by the highest order of fear mongering by the powers at play and exacerbated by the instantaneous social media platforms, spewing out alarming statistics, scaring everyone into panic mode. This newContinue reading “Panic and peace.”

Migration miracles.

Swallows are such small winged creatures that cover enormous distances every year – the utter miracle that is the cycle of nature! They return home to the same place, at virtually the same time every single year. I know this very well as my dear sister keeps a record of these beautiful birds who makeContinue reading “Migration miracles.”

The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.

Today, exactly three years ago, we arrived in The Kingdom of The Netherlands to a completely empty apartment on the Valkenburgerplein in the beautiful town of Heemstede. Our team of four, each bearing the airline’s maximum luggage allowance of two suitcases, began our Dutch adventure together: sleeping on the floor, eating off plastic plates theContinue reading “The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.”