"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Home again part 4 – rainbows and storm clouds

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Sioux under General

  The apartment Paul and I share is on the higher part of a hill, and the view we have is into a valley and across some as yet undeveloped ground. Large clouds filled the sky at sunset, after a storm one afternoon. On another day, a double rainbow presented itself across the road as […]

Home again part 3 – Self drive and me time

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Back from Parys and with time to spare, I took myself off to the nearest I could get to being in the bush – Rietvlei Nature Reserve. It’s become something of a ‘me time’ haven, where I can just switch-off from the world. I sat in a number of the bird hides, just taking […]

Home again part 2 – Room with a river view

Posted on January 13, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Paul had arranged a weekend away in the Vredefort Dome for my first weekend home. An area of great geological importance, at more than 300km wide it is the largest meteor impact crater in the world, and at an estimated ± 4 million years old, it is the second-oldest known crater on Earth.   […]

Home again part 1 – keep the home fires burning!

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Sioux under General

  And so the time arrived for me to head home again after 6 months. I was looking forward to being home again, and was also going to surprise the family by being with them for Christmas.   My first meal in SA was naturally – a braai! And it tasted sooooo good!   A […]

Back to work, new job, new area – and a meeting with Monsieur Reynard!

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Sioux under General

  An assignment with a new client took me to Cobham, an ancient settlement whose origins can be traced back through Roman times to the Iron Age. Cobham is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Covenham and its Domesday assets listed as 12½ hides; 3 mills, 10 ploughs, 1 unit of meadow and woodland worth 40 hogs. Coveham or Covenham is thought to mean a settlement in the curve of a river.    […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #4 – seaside walkabout!

Posted on December 29, 2017 by Sioux under General

  With the good weather looking to be around for a while yet, I took a train to the coastal town of Southport for a quick look around, as I knew the annual airshow had been hosted there on the same day. It was over by the time I got there but that didn’t stop […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #3 – squirrel hunting!

Posted on December 26, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I arranged to meet up with a fellow carer/photographer at the Formby Squirrel and Nature reserve as we both wanted to get some images of the elusive red squirrel. She came armed with peanuts and we went squirrel hunting, careful not to waste peanuts on the every-hungry crows and blackbirds! Along the way I […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #2 – fun at the zoo!

Posted on December 23, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Up and out early, I took the train to Chester and a bus to the zoo. In the early 1900’s a young boy visiting the Manchester Zoo with his father, said “One day when I have a zoo, there won’t be any bars on the cages”. Despite heavy opposition, in 1930, that dream started […]

Same area, new territory, exploration time #1 – the origins of an old faithful!

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I had a few days before my next assignment in Liverpool, so had loads of time to do some exploring, as well as a new arrival to meet! I was staying in an area called Port Sunlight, in Liverpool, which is one of the finest surviving garden villages in the UK.  Founded by William Lever […]

Rekindling old friendships #9 – Time to say farewell

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I had an early morning flight so I said my farewells and we headed to the airport. Watching the sun rise from above the clouds is always special.  It wasn’t a very long flight and no sooner had we reached cruising height than it was time to descend again!   We landed at a […]