Intro – to identify with the Bali sequel….
(RUMI – A Persian poet, Sufi master, born 807 years ago, wrote volumes of the most exquisite poems about life, love and loss. The Forty Rules of Love… He wrote: You Have A Purpose That Only You Can Share With The World – I call for you to take a brave step into your quest for an extraordinary life. The first step from within is always the hardest. But taking this step is one that could be enough to create a chain reaction for every life decision you make going forward. Become your own catalyst — do it now.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.Read More
Early Saturday morning. My car, the parking lot at the Mall. Couldn’t remember how I got there. One of those days… when
you don’t see… don’t hear… don’t feel. I wandered, looking listlessly at… thoughts elsewhere, far from the beautiful decorations. Stared unseeingly at displays in windows… magical beaches, palm trees, laughing people. Wondered fleetingly when last I laughed unpretentiously, spontaneously. No escape from… a sadness that enfolded… engulfed… overshadowing all joy… all happiness.
Hours later – found myself in the smoking section of the Spur.. on my 5th cigarette… staring in utter horror at the air-tickets in
front of me. A return ticket to Bali. Booked, paid. Flying in less than two months!!! What have I done!!! Have I lost my mind. Read More
(Note from author: The Shoreline of the San is a hike of not more than 17 km per day at a relaxed pace. By no means the marathon time in which I attempted to complete it. It is well organised and Silent Steps went out of their way to make it a most enjoyable experience.)
1981, 1h00 in the morning… from Kuil’s River to Stellenbosch. Me, in long evening dress, high heels, very cheerful. Hiking!!! Needless to say…. it had nothing to do with any road from Hell to Health!!! With no cell phone, Uber, 911…HAWKS to rescue! My last hike.
Now, a millennium later, my 2nd attempt…. 70 kilometers… Eland’s Bay to Strandfontein… The Shoreline of the San. It was mentioned by a friend… kept haunting me. This is what you need….meditating, clearing your mind, your thoughts… re-organizing life, finding your senses…. Mainly… a battle with yourself!!!Read More
This shit house is falling apart!!! Nothing is working!!! Switch on a light… fuses!!! Plugs… dead. Geyser…cold. Stove…trips. Pool pump…ontplof. Roof… leaking!!! Basin … blocked. I cannot take this anymore. The least HE could have done is fix the sinking ship before leaving… But NO.. couldn’t get away quickly enough!!! Now I’m sitting in this dump with a handyman that’s fast becoming a family friend… costing me a fortune. NO, NO, NO!!! It’s time for Hanlie D.I.Y to rise from the dead…Read More
Murphy is my second name.
My last camping experience… 20 years ago at Sodwana. It ended in disaster. Stitches…I collided with a tree at full speed!!!
This time different – I was in control of the planning… what can go wrong???