Sunday lunch in Philadelphia

It’s the middle of winter and the rains are late so the weather has been fabulous. Cold and crisp but sunny, and the light is beautiful at this time of year. Last Sunday my friend Caroline and I dressed warmly and, with her little girl, we set off for lunch and a walk through the very pretty…

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Hemel en Aarde – heaven and earth!

A client gave me a simple brief for a day tour: wine tasting, lunch must be a food and wine pairing but not in Franschhoek as we did last time and not in Stellenbosch because that’s where she and her friends would all be staying. So it made perfect sense to go to the beautiful…

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Brocken Spectre on Table Mountain!

Yesterday, my group and I headed up Table Mountain in the cable-car just before 09:00. The temperature was about 5 degrees centigrade and even my intrepid clients, used to the cold and snow of New Zealand, found it a bit chilly. But we were warmly-dressed, the sun was shining, and there was no wind. I fully expected…

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Wild animals in the streets?

There’s an old joke in South Africa that foreigners think we have wild animals roaming the city streets. Of course there aren’t any; our cities and towns are very built-up and wild animals have all been relegated to reserves and national parks, far from cities. Or have they? Last year a jogger caught sight of a…

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