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

Same horizon, new experience #3 – downtown, uptown and in the market.

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Our first stop today was The Pearl, an artificial island covering nearly four million square meters. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. Once fully completed, The Pearl will create over 32 kilometres of new coastline, for use as a residential estate, and when viewed from the air, the islands […]

Same horizon, new experience #2 – desert dunes and fast cars.

Posted on April 14, 2018 by Sioux under General

  After a late lie in and some fun with a balloon popping game, we headed into the desert where a group of the kids SA ex-pat friends had set up camp for the day.  I went on a bit of a walkabout, and was fascinated as to how many different animal tracks I found, […]

Same horizon, new experience #1 – visiting the land of sand

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Sioux under General

  With the arrival of Boxing Day, Paul and I headed off to Qatar. For him a first time visit, so a bit of excitement and for me and the kids, the fun of showing him around the places we had seen before. We had a night flight and arrived in the very early morning. […]

Home again #10 – family festivities!

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sioux under General

  My first Christmas home in two years was spent with my eldest daughter and her family. A fabulous meal with much fun and laughter made for a wonderful day, which was finished off with my son & his partner spending the afternoon with us. Christmas night was packing time, as Paul & I were […]

Home again #9 – part 3 – time to say goodbye.

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Our last morning in the reserve, we headed out very early to make the most of the day. Driving past the watering hole where we had seen the hyena the previous evening, we spotted a lion pride. The watering hole wasn’t very far off from the kill site and their stomachs were all rotund, […]

Home again #9 – part 2 – just another day in Africa.

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Sioux under General

  As it happened we were up well before most of the other campers, including those doing the sunrise drive! By 5.30am the sun was already up and we watched as the hot air balloons drifting gracefully up into the clear skies. The temperature was climbing too! It was 26 degrees at 7am – we […]

Home again #9 – part 1 – back to the bush.

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Mid way through December, we had a long weekend at the Pilansberg, but by way of a change at a fully-catered tented camp. I had stayed at the camp many years previously, so things had changed a lot, yet were much the same, if that makes sense? Arriving at the camp late in the […]

Home again #8 – part 8 – to the far south!

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Back on land, we headed to Cape Point Nature Reserve, a declared Natural World Heritage Site covering 7,750 hectares of unspoiled land, rich in a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora. Home to buck, baboon, Cape mountain zebra and over 250 species of birds, it’s a nature enthusiast’s paradise. There are […]

Home again #8 – part 7 – seals, seals and more seals.

Posted on March 2, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Then it was on to Simonstown and the boat ride to Seal Island, so named due of the amount of Cape fur seals that call it home. The island is a small 5-acre landmass some 5.7km off the northern beaches of False Bay, and houses around 64,000 seals and a number of seabirds.  Enroute to Simonstown, […]

Home again #8 – part 6 – gardens, painted homes and high mountains.

Posted on February 25, 2018 by Sioux under General

  Whilst in the Cape, we visited most of my favourite places – Kirstenbosch Gardens being one of them. It’s still a #1 visiting stop-off and I recall having picnics there as a child when on holiday with my father. My sister, her hubby, Paul & I had gotten there quite early, so we pretty […]