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A Contradictory Life

Missing Mozambique

I wrote this on a day that I had severe wanderlust for the friendly people, delicious food, wide open spaces, beauty and tranquility of Mozambique. The perfect way to explain this place? After a six hour sleep on New Year’s … Continue reading

Hydro health and other travel dreams!

I wrote what is still one of my favourite posts on this blog two years ago… An excerpt from ‘A Cycle Trilogy‘; I have been thinking about life and all its nuances lately. I have explored this inner tension concerning being … Continue reading

Celebrating six years with six courses of fine dining (& more)

On the 19th of July it was our six year anniversary. It feels like just the other day that I wrote this post for our four year! I have been wanting to have a ‘fine dining’ experience for months and … Continue reading

A recap of our visit to Kaapschehoop and the gees of a live rugby game

Our visit to Kaapschehoop was everything I thought it would be – relaxing as well as invigorating. I have written before about my love of weekends away for their rejuvenating mental, physical and emotional benefits and that we are spoilt for … Continue reading

A town shrouded in mist and mystery, built on a valley of hope

Nestled between intriguing rock outcrops and with feral horses – descendants from the British forces – roaming free, lies the town of Kaapschehoop shrouded in mist and mystery. In 1882, at around the same time people were settling into Pilgrim’s … Continue reading

Born to ride free and create this reality for others too

Exactly 20 years ago South Africa celebrated its first non-racial democratic elections. I am not going to give you a history lesson – I think we all know what a torturous and arduous journey it was for our beautiful country … Continue reading

Short spontaneous sojourns

I am a big believer in sprinkling short spontaneous sojourns (ok, I’ll stop with the alliteration – or sibilance more specifically) throughout the year for mental, physical and emotional rejuvenation. Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioural economics and someone … Continue reading

Cycology 371

A quick update! As readers of this little blog here well know, Wes and I have been mountain biking avidly for over a year and are still loving every second of it. A year ago I wrote a post, The road to … Continue reading

We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic: an organised coincidence

In the same vein as the Jozi Run events I took part in last year (‘Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition‘ and ‘An empty achievement‘), Critical Mass is also a social movement to “take back the streets” and pure adrenalin … Continue reading

A socially acceptable drug and the seemingly insignificant

If there is one thing that is synonymous with cycling it is the culture of drinking coffee. Although in December I learnt that this much loved stimulant is not for me. Something that I need to remember lately. Some days … Continue reading

La pizza et les pâtes sans gluten

And this pizza is pretty damn fantastic! La Petite Pizzeria is part of the Country Living brand and is located in the Naturally Yours Weleda Health Centre on Main Rd in Bryanston which happens to be a two minute walk across the road … Continue reading

PDA Proud

Just a quick post to announce to the world how very proud I am of my boyfriend! This mountain biking thing – he is doing SO well! He bought a book called the Mountain Bikers Training Bible on Kalahari written by Joe Friel just … Continue reading

Perseverance to prove a point

Last week Saturday Wes and I cycled at Thaba Trails (absolutely gorgeous but will post photos and a break-down in another post). When we got there we decided to do the 13km trail as Wes was in his “recovery week” and I … Continue reading

I found my wedding venue! & special friends’ birthday celebrations

For friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Before the title of this post slightly freaks out the boyfriend, friends and ma; no I am not engaged and no plans to wed just … Continue reading

A healthy indulgence? Nope, but I can try

A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap. – Mitch Hedberg Today has been a rainy and cold day in Jhb and as such I have been craving anything and everything that is sweet and satisfying. If only … Continue reading

The food of champions

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. – T’ien Yiheng I am so behind on my blog posts, my last one was published on the 31st of October and time has just flown; the past few weeks have … Continue reading

A cycle trilogy

A trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. – Definition We have mostly been training and cycling at Northern Farm and we love it … Continue reading

It’s all technical

Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out. – Karl Augustus Menninger This past Saturday we cycled in the Nissan Trailseeker #4 Van Gaalen. It was tough but we did well in our first Half Marathon … Continue reading

Believe

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. – Thomas Merton On Saturday 22 September Wes and I took part in the Bainbridge Believe Project Race held at Northern Farm where we do most of our … Continue reading

An empty achievement

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank I really enjoyed the first Run Jozi 10km event so when it was announced that entries for the next one were … Continue reading

Date night!

A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life. – Ana Alas I have always loved this quotation and Wes – he loves … Continue reading

It’s party time!

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. – Unknown So my little sister turns 21 on Sunday! Tonight is her party and I cannot wait! She chose to have it at a gorgeous little place nestled away … Continue reading

Going down and dirty

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. – Ruth Stout As we enjoyed our experience at the previous Nissan organised mountain biking event so much, we decided to enter for Nissan Trailseeker … Continue reading

Three things I learnt on a game drive recently

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. – George Washington Carver Included in our stay at Lookout Lodge was a game-drive. We went out … Continue reading

The road to nowhere

Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain A few months ago before Wes and I had even started cycling we bought a voucher on Daddy’s Deals for a weekend away. The first date they had available for us to book was the … Continue reading

Breakfast Brilliance

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast – John Gunther …And what a leisurely breakfast it was! A great friend of mine, Kath, took me to Hazel Food Market a few months ago and I loved it. The food here is incredible … Continue reading

A Diamond in the rough

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one – Chinese proverb As I have written previously, Wes and I recently took up mountain biking and are both hooked! In order to celebrate our four-year anniversary and our … Continue reading

An imaginary line that divides something into equal or roughly equal halves

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. – Mark Twain The day I wrote my exam Wes arranged with the amazing people at Linden Cycles to pick up our mountain bikes which we had reserved. During the … Continue reading

Velskoen Drive-In: 79 years later

Ladies, gentlemen and other life forms. – Agent O, MIB III The first time I went to Velskoen Drive-In was during high-school. I waitressed with a girl, Uke Prinsloo, and she invited me to go along with her family. When I arrived … Continue reading

(Wo)Men in Black and the prejudice of physical appearance

Dressed for success. – Roxette On Sunday night a few of my girlfriends and I watched Roxette LIVE in concert at the Coca-Cola Dome. The last time this Swedish band was in South Africa was seventeen years ago when they played at Ellis Park. We … Continue reading

Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition

 You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. – Lyn Beth Neylon This morning driving to work I became stuck in protests happening in Kya Sands, Johannesburg. My … Continue reading