The Way of the Travelling Mum

I know what you’re thinking. But I’m here to tell you differently. I’m here to tell you about the many silver linings of this life as a travelling mum. To tell you why, no, I do not feel guilt or shame. Why in fact we, my family, are better because of this way of life. I’m here to tell you this for the sake of ...

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The Magic of Mountain Moments

There is a quote by John Muir that reads, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” Having moved from the wildness of our home on the Zambezi, to a new home just on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, I have found this need for nature even ...

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Back in the Paddle Again

“I was still water, held by my surroundings. I am now a river, carving my own path.” – Scott Stabile Returning to the river after being away in the city for six months was like coming home. We’ve made Cape Town our second home, but it was obvious that this, the Zambezi, was still our first. The boys whooped and cheered (and dubbed… endless dubbing; it’s ...

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Manners Maketh the Man – How to Raise a Gentleman

“Be neither saint nor sophist led, but be a man.” – Matthew Arnold Raising two feral tearaways, as a single mother, is my greatest adventure and my saving grace. Our home life is a mix of Lord of the Flies and Great Expectations. We are forever in a state of nature which begets a state of war and I am the one never holding the ...

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Going Nowhere Slowly // A Roadtrip in 10 Pictures

The magic that is Mymering and the beauty that is the open road.   “Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We ...

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When the Fat Lady Has Sung 

I am really NOT good at goodbyes. “The splendid thing about falling apart silently… is that you can start over as many times as you like.” – Sanober Khan: A Thousand Flamingos I am well-versed at starting over though. Repeatedly. A well-practiced art of rebuilding the broken, putting the pieces back together over and over again. The starting over has been my distraction from all ...

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There Are No Caged Birds Here, Maya

Some of the greatest things I’ve learnt in life have come from books. Probably more than some, and probably more than I know. Often these lessons sort of seep into us, into our very beings, holding onto our hearts until we need them. In the way that words that we’ve never used before come to us while we’re driving along a country road, called into ...

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Carpe Diem in the Okavango Delta

spontaneous / spɒnˈteɪnɪəs – adjective: performed or occurring as a result of a sudden impulse or inclination and without premeditation or external stimulus. synonyms: unplanned, unrehearsed, impulsive, spur-of-the-moment having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner. synonyms: relaxed, unselfconscious, free and easy Many things seem to come more easily to our little ones. As much as we try to teach them lesson after lesson, from the classroom to ...

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How To Bring Up Brave Hearts

I forget where I heard it, or when, but the words have never left me. Fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. As a mum, it’s easy to give in to it, to the false evidence, to project our minds into moments that may or may not happen, moments in the future that appear not only real but large and haunting like an evil shadow ...

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Of All the Things I Loved About Botswana, Time With You Was My Favourite

April 2017. Seba Camp, Wilderness Safaris. Okavango Delta, Botswana. All images by Elizabeth Erasmus / Lubella Photography. Of all the wondrous things we saw, the big cats, the elephants, the hyena cub, the birds, oh the birds, the waterways of the delta from a helicopter and closer, by mokoro… the time we got to spend together, as a family, was the best of all. I turned on ...

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