Why We Go On the Same Roadtrip Every Year

ritual – noun a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone. Have I mentioned my deep fondness for rituals? Yes, probably. But for ritual sake, let me say it again… I have a great love for turning small everyday moments into special ceremonies and celebrations. What I’m starting to see, though, is that children do too. What with their love ...

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The Zambezi Young Hearts Club

“Youth hasn’t got anything to do with chronological age. It’s times of hope and happiness.” – Wallace Stegner There are many ways to go about this life. Einstein saw it as only two ways – “One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” It’s clear which path the great physicist took, but I’d like to add another way to living life and that is ...

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Motherhood Unplugged

People talk a lot about children needing to unplug more, to feel the touch of grass between their little toes and to free their hands so they can connect with the things of the natural world. So they can climb in trees and cartwheel on the beach and tickle pets. So that their fingers can delight in the cold of the sea (this is Cape ...

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Delicious Destination Dinners

When the words, “The Key To Happiness Is To See Beauty in Everything (Even Ugly Things),” popped up on my Twitter account from one of my favourite writers, Ryan Holiday, I liked it, I shared it and then I liked my retweet and replied, before sending it to friends and liking my share. Because they are words we all know, and yet, in the constant ...

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7 Rules For a Happy Life from the Lilac-Breasted Roller

  It is one of our favourite birds of the African wilderness, as I’m sure it is yours. It was one of the first birds my little twitchers laid their little binocular eyes on and the love affair has blossomed with each visit to the bush. The lilac-breasted roller is not only one of the most beautiful creatures you will glimpse on safari – with ...

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The Coolest Kids in School

Do you remember when you were at school and there were those kids who were too cool for, well, school? Maybe you were one of them. Maybe I was one of them too, from time to time. Conveniently, I can’t really remember. But I remember the belief that putting up your hand in class to ask questions or give answers was totally, totally uncool. Being ...

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Sometimes Things Are More Than Things

I know it’s not good to get attached to objects, but this is not an object, you see. It is our boat. It is our holiday home at sea. A home, where all kinds of extraordinary moments and every day moments have played out, and been celebrated. It is every love language. It is a place of energy. Definitely, definitely, not an object. She even ...

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Back to School. Surf School.

The sea is a new animal to us. We have been river people and bush people but putting down roots in Cape Town, the land of sea and mountain, we have had to change our stripes. Or at least, broaden them. We have had to adapt, grow, step outside comfort zones and explore. All three of us. We called on friends and family living in ...

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What I Think of When I Think About Family

It’s what I think of when I think about family. It’s what I love about being part of a family. Even when it’s just the three of us, mum and sons, sitting down to dinner together is our constant, our sanity and our joy. It isn’t always possible. Sometimes I’m on the other side of the world, sitting at a table over a shared meal, ...

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How To Be Kinder This Christmas

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama Do you know how little I need to be happy, my boys? How I need but two things? You. And your happiness. Rather than spoil me with gifts this Christmas, give me your hugs, your smiles, your time, as I’ll give to you. Then let’s turn our hearts outwards, outside our little tribe and ...

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