A dark departure

So, the phone alarm was set for 4:45am.  An unearthly hour for some, but we were headed to the north of Pretoria to visit a very special venue and a particular favourite of mine.  As anticipated, the phone did its thing and I got myself ready, warmly dressed as it was really chilly, and out …

A leisurely lunch

Last weekend I was fortunate to go for a casual lunch at The Herb Farm in Blue Hills, Johannesburg.  This is a spectacular setting, both from the view over Johannesburg's skyline, and the magnificent gardens.  It has changed hugely since my first visit in October 2018, at which point they had just re-opened.  At that …

One of my all-time favourite places to visit

Loch Leven, on the borders of Fife and Perthshire, in Scotland, is a delight.  It's pretty, it's interesting and it's close to my mother's house.  Its biggest claim to fame, besides being our go-to-place for strawberry picking as children, is that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in its castle by her jealous cousin Queen …

Some days are just plain interesting

First, was a long looked forward to lunch with my previously long-lost cousin, at a pretty little pub in Hampshire called, The Watership Down.*    Yes, that’s it, just like that cute movie about rabbits.  As a sidebar, it was also notable because we were served by an extremely tall lady wearing a fringe as …