Location: Joburg, South Africa
Just a quick note to say we left Cape Town after 5 fabulous weeks and are now up in Jo'burg spending 3 days with my cousin Chris and his wife Heather in their beautiful home I was quite sad to leave Cape Town but I do feel sure I will return there again fairly soon - lots of good connections and links forged and I think Andrew feels similarly....
Can't believe we will be in Perth and a new continent by Saturday morning. My cousin's sister and mother live there so there are still some family connections awaiting us there!
Tomorrow we may be borrowing one of Chris' children's Mercedes and driving to Sun City....who knows!?
More soon - will try to add some SA photos in the next few days - now I have virtually unlimited access to a PC!!
Location: South Africa
Hi there everyone and anyone!
(Especially to Sally and Dave who actually sent us a message!)
Haven't been able to get to internet cafes very often so this diary hasn't really got going yet!! Have done a written one, and so has Andrew, but that's not a great deal of help with this one!!
All is going really well so far. In a place called Robertson at the moment on the wineland route.....what a surprise! Weather glorious, scenery superb and wine wonderful of course.
Have sent a long 'round robin' email a moment ago via my hotmail, giving a detailed update of recent movements; and have tried to include on it the addresses of any people who might be interested in out journey.
Will endeavour to do more on this diary when I can next go online. But it's bedtime now and I've been on this pc an hour longer than I asked for!
Next instalment ASAP I promise...
Goodnight from the Southern hemisphere.
Love Gale & Andrew x x
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Well here we are in Cape Town. It feels like I am home at last.It's all just as stunning as i remember it- though there have been many changes...somethings are just sthe same as ever.
We had a good trip over on the plane though a littel cramped!! Met a really friendly ex-school teacher on the plane who comes over here every winter for 3 months to escaope the UK winter - what a good idea....
Our accommodation is absolutely perfect - almost as if it had been chosen specially (for me at least) - full of fairy and butterfly artefacts and beautiful ceramic things decorated by the owner, Rob's, daughter..... Rob is a marine biologist so he also loves fish and there are pictures of them around too. Above our bed is a picture of a fairy/nymph emerging out of an egg into a waterfall filled with elemental spirits. Painted by Rob's daughter I believe
Will write more soon as time at the internet cafe is about to expire now......Much to tell and we haven't been here long yet..
Location: Somerton, England
It is getting very near now to our time of departure on our BIG TRIP to the Southern hemisphere on 30 November. By 1st December we shall be in Cape Town - my birthplace - and I shall probably be all emotional seeing it's beauty once again after 12 long years! All very exciting, but also a little daunting too - I do so hope Andrew will fall in love with it too.
These past few weeks have been a bit of a blur to me as there has been SO MUCH to do that prior to our departure that I am a bit mentally overloaded!
To be honest - I can't wait till we leave all the responsibilities behind us.......it's all begun to get to me over the last two or three weeks. We all seem to have far too many demands made upon our lives in this modern age - with our possessions, homes, duties and legal requirements etc. Hardly leaves much time for the three Fs - Friends, Family and Fun.
Our current itinerary is:
South Africa (Cape Town and environs mainly)- 5 weeks
Australia (Perth/Sydney/Brisbane)- 8 weeks (poss less)
New Zealand (Auckland/Christchurch) - 6 weeks (poss more)
Bali - 2 weeks
Thailand - 4 weeks (may include Cambodia)
Hongkong - (poss) 1 week
We are due back to England on 3rd June - so we will have been away for 6 months by then!
This is just my trial run at writing in my diary - will do more again soon.........