August 28, 2017

Today has been the most extraordinary day - a day of superlatives! There's truly magic in the air here. 

Cécile and Boyd Interior Design was first stop this morning - Boyd Ferguson and Cécile Tilley joined forces in 1988. Cecile has long since retired and Boyd has desig...

August 27, 2017

Have you ever spent a Sunday near Cape Town on a clear blue balmy day? What beautiful, beautiful country!

We were picked up at 9am this morning by the wonderful Jimmy in his company car. And the adventure began again!

First stop, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden which w...

August 26, 2017

There’s an old Zulu saying: It’s very good to know where you’ve come from, because otherwise you won't know where you are going.  

So let's go back to where I left off. 

the towels on the beds at Isibindi are folded as elephants 

I haven’t told you about our Zulu immersio...

August 24, 2017

It's 11.30pm on Thursday night in Cape Town. We've checked in to the Cape Grace Hotel, I've had a shower, and I'm so looking forward to telling you what's happened. Actually check-in tonight was exciting enough on its own - we were given an upgrade from normal rooms to...

August 20, 2017

When I woke this morning in the dark, just before the alarm at 5am, I'd had very little sleep. Unlike Mrs Thatcher whom I think could manage on that every night of her life, I was tempted to roll over and miss the game drive just to catch up. But I have the rest of my...

August 19, 2017

I'd like you to meet Annah who works in the kitchen, utterly beautiful with a great hug. 

Last night I went to her as she stood behind the servery at dinner. Annah, my skin is very dry, could I have just a small amount of cooking oil please? I mimed rubbing oil ove...

August 18, 2017

Rarely am I lost for words. Now I sit at the screen, wondering how to begin. My heart is so full, my head spinning. I could write for days, trying to describe it adequately. I'm in love with Africa. But where to begin?

Perhaps with the family of cheetahs we came upon ye...

August 16, 2017

It's so exciting to be starting my first note to you from South Africa. I feel like squealing with delight. Here we are in Johannesburg at our beautiful hotel, and how serendipitous that we will have a day here. We had a great flight without too much sleep, but that's...

August 6, 2017

If you came with me to Japan, you know that I've decided to pack 'light' for every trip. I cannot tell you how liberating it is. I keep wondering what I used to pack that weighed so much! 

BOOKED LUGGAGE: I bought this small soft-sided grey Samsonite carryon suitcase, w...

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"I never travel without my diary.  

One should always have something

sensational to read on the train."  

                                - OSCAR WILDE

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