Typical South African sights you will never see in Ireland.

In two weeks we will have been living in Ireland for thirteen years and in this time we have returned to South Africa every two years or less to visit family so that we can maintain the relationships between our children and their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Apart from that we love the country and…

One Year Later

I have been anticipating this moment for the past few months with some mild yet bemused excitement. We are on holiday in South Africa but this is just a vast beautiful backdrop to the event that has been foremost on my mind. My blog has finally turned one year old! It seems strange that this…

Camping – The Aftermath

Three days after we got home from our camping holiday, it looked as though our roof box had exploded. This was the first opportunity to dry out the tent since we had returned off the ferry from France because, yippee! the sun is shining here at last. Don’t get me wrong, we had had plenty…

From Egoli to Glynn

Twelve years ago we left Johannesburg or Egoli-the City of Gold; population : 3,226,055 (2001 figures, there are over 4 million people living there now, or over 10 million if you include the greater metropolitan area). According to the latest Irish census results 4 million is nearly equivalent to the entire population of Ireland.  A year later we settled…

Picnics and ‘Pickynickers’

  So far this summer in Ireland we’ve managed to get out and about and have a few picnics although it has been a little tricky dodging the rain showers. The weather lads I think must have a slightly sadistic streak in that more than once they have set the Irish population up for mass disappointment…

Travel with my Kids – must be Mad.

Summer’s here, are you all ready to go away on holiday? With your kids?! Are you cool calm and collected or panicked, stressed and thinking the idea of staying at home might just be a whole lot easier? First I heard it from an adult a few years ago and then the other day I overheard a little…

Mount Congreve

Comfy shoes, a picnic, a little bit of sunshine and some pocket money for ice-creams are all that was needed today for a perfect day out at Mount Congreve in Waterford. If you are relying on signposts, it’s not easy to find which is typical of many Irish landmarks, but patience combined with a last minute Googlemaps consult eventually…

This Was No Safari For Us

To be on land, this land, to hear the sounds, smell the smells, feel the heat and draw up close and personal to the beasts of Africa is what we are here for.