Category Archives: Travel & Exploring

Dust roads and star-gazing: Northern Cape Karoo

If you were to ask me what my absolute best thing in the world is, I’d say “Cake”. Then I’d think again and say: “No, wait. The Karoo, with its vast lovely skies, lungsful of fresh, Karoo-bossie-tinted air, dust roads, miles … Continue reading

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Prince Albert: Quaint, quirky and full of (mostly friendly) ghosts

We all know how fond (understatement deluxe) of the Karoo I am, so when my friend Leigh, visiting from the UK, suggested we meet her and her mother in Prince Albert, the answer was a ready yes. As the date … Continue reading

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McGregor Meanderings

Finally … the second installment of our McGregor adventures, following Monday in McGregor. Dust roads appeal to me. There’s something a little more adventurous about them, with their ruts and roughness and tiny stones lying in wait. In a wheelchair, dust … Continue reading

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Monday in McGregor

There’s something deliciously decadent about heading out of the city on a Monday morning, when everybody else is heading to work/school/stuff. One of the joys of funemployment is that I can. While it sometimes means working over weekends, it’s totally … Continue reading

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A Night in Quirky Barrydale

Barrydale is one of those towns just far enough from Cape Town to have avoided being a ‘commuter town’ overrun with city people rushing in and out, but just close enough for it to be a pleasant drive for a … Continue reading

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Rocking Out at the Karoo Saloon

The sign outside the Karoo Saloon reads: BUSINESS HOURS KAROO SALOON WE ARE OPEN! Most days about 9 or 10 occasionally as early as 7 but someday as late as 12 or 1 WE ARE CLOSED About 5.30 or 6 occasionally about … Continue reading

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Small Town Joy, Tulbagh III: Picnics and Velvet Noses

As children, Sundays mostly meant picnics somewhere interesting. More-often-than-not this entailed some traipsing after our parents, over-or-through barbed wire fences stretched just wide enough for us to get through, across farmland, around old family cemeteries where we’d stop to read … Continue reading

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