My first road trip of discovery in South Africa…

…Took me directly north of Cape Town, passed the Cederberg Ranges, on to Clanwilliam and then totally off the beaten track along a dusty broken road to a small Nature Reserve nestled in between a valley of mountains.

“This is where I had time to dream, to think, to enjoy peace and quietness and the wonders of life – the sky, the mountains, the fresh air.”

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To be continued…

Welcome 2014….

Good-bye 2013… you have required courage, strength, faith, wisdom and enthusiasm.  You have shown me so many new wonders as well as numerous agonies which have kept me on a balanced path of reality and true life.

I shall treasure you and remember you but go forward now armed with more knowledge than I had when you first opened up to me.  Now you are closing I will take all you have shown me and embrace 2014 with open arms and wide eyes.

The future is in our hands and it is how we look at it, breathe it in, make our moves and hold our heads that transforms it to one full of happiness, peace, goodness and purpose.

Moving from Australia to South Africa this year has opened up an amazing new chapter for me and now I have built the foundations of my new life on the Western Cape I am really looking forward to the transformative and regenerative journey which lies ahead.  I don’t know where the end destination is yet but I can see the path and I am taking it with confidence, hope and faith…

Happy New Year Everyone!  

May your journey through 2014 be full of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Elephant's Eye, Cape Town.  SA.

In his own words…

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“Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come – that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.  The memory of a history of division and hate, injustice and suffering, inhumanity of person against person should inspire us to celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better.”

Nelson Mandela’s address during a joint sitting of parliament to mark 10 years of democracy, 2004.

Now nearly another 10 years on and this great man has departed our company but leaves a legacy never to be forgotten and a future that is in our hands.  He demonstrated that it always seems impossible until it is done.  May the future of Africa be one of peace, justice and opportunity and may the power of ideas and action take us there.

Yellow Flower.

RIP Madiba.

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” 

It is a sad day now that you are gone Mr Mandela but your legacy and light will shine on as a guide to future generations.  Let your dream of an Africa in peace with itself be true.

Nelson Mandela.

“Let freedom reign.  The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” 

RIP Madiba.