Paleo / Banting / Tim Noakes / Atkins – the list goes on…….


O my word – you cannot open the newspaper without at least a full page devoted to Banting, or go out with friends for a breakfast without everyone asking if you are “banting”, and as true as Bob, even get a “banting” meal at a restaurant in South Africa these days.  Everyone is on the band-wagon!

Some fellow bloggers have written about “banting on a shoe-string budget”, others have bragged about their weight loss, with photos et al, and the local gossip magazine, “Huisgenoot”, as well as Sunday newspaper “Rapport”, have all had pages and pages devoted to the pros and cons of the high fat, no (or low) carb diet Prof Tim Noakes is advocating.  And those who have lost weight, have miraculously also had all their illnesses like diabetes, brought under better control.

So now, my fellow bloggers and readers, I am to confess, even I went and bought this book.  And who knows, maybe a slimmer, more healthy Suletta is going to emerge from the folds of too much sweet, doughy, yummy treats around the waistline.  Those who know me, will also know that a packet of fudge has no chance of even touching sides once I’ve opened it -
I LOVE sugar!!  So to lay off the cakes, sweets and treats, is going to take every bit of willpower I can muster up.  If there are readers who can encourage me, or who want to share their experience on this, or any other diet, please, please send those comments.  And we will watch this space………

 

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Bucket lists


Dear Suletta

I am aware that you have a bucket list of things you still want to see and do in your lifetime, and I thought it is a very good time to remind you about these, as you are getting older by the minute, the second, of each hour, each day, each week, month and year!!

You have achieved much in the last two and a half years, stuff that many people dream of – you have settled down in a marriage that is seemingly made in heaven, with a man that surely has invisible angel wings and halo! And you have, after many years of wondering whether it actually is a fallacy, discovered that love truly exist, and once found, can represent that clay pot you’ve so often visualized, pure – with no cracks, holding the golden elixir of pure, unadulterated love, bliss, happiness of being with THE ONE!! And although I agree that this in itself is the one ultimate bucket list wish you had (I know, I know – not all the time, as I know all too well that you sometimes thought you can fly solo very successfully), there are practical goals that you must revisit – life could be short, or it could be extremely long and some deposits in the memory bank can only come to good use one day should this be the case for you.

So, my dear, darling Suletta, remember your wishes before this life love came along, and strive to now still see and experience these, though you need to alter the picture in your head to encompass the love of your life too. Can you imagine the pure joy of doing all these dreamy things with him? Dancing together in this circle of life and love whilst extracting the joy from each of the bucket list wishes?

So, here my love, is a reminder:

1. Go and trek up to Machu Picchu, but only once you’ve had that knee replacement done.
2. Go wander around in Russia – go photograph the gold on the buildings in St Petersburg, and covet the fact that your love has this same desire to visit Russia too! Perhaps you both hail from there in yonder years??
3. Take him to Mauritius, or Seychelles, or Maldives, and go bathe in the warm water whilst the sun caresses your bodies – older, wiser, more crinkly and saggy bits, but with souls that hold the care-free frolicking of long-forgotten youths, and lips that are still eager to taste the salty water and each other.
4. Go to Paris, and this time try to get to the highest level of the Eifel Tower, cause now you don’t have an excuse – your stronger half is there to support your shaking legs and to guide your eyes to the vista of the city, without looking down and wanting to give in to the pull of acrophobia!
5. Go tour Namibia – allow him to show you where he fought in the unspeakable war when he was a man-child, and had no say about the injustice of a life put on hold for some sad ideas! Go sand boarding at Swakopmund, and allow him to be the tour-guide for the rest of that stark, beautiful country.
6. Take him to Victoria Falls – let him hear the Thunder that Roars and experience the closeness of our Lord in every drop of water falling on him in the rain forest.
7. Go back to Kenya, and the Masaai Mara, so you both can imagine you are Adam and Even again in the original Garden of Eden.
8. Go ride Indian Elephants – you’ve done the African ones, so go seek out the lush forests of India, and peel your eyes for the elusive tiger, and marvel at the colors and scents of India and its wonderful people.
9. Go swim with dolphins in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean in the north of Natal. Pick up the colorful starfish and marvel at their God-made detail, before lowering them in the waters again. BUT, remember, the sea urchins sting!!
10. Go sit on Table Mountain, again and again and again and just look…

I hope I’ve jolted the desire to tick these off again – one by one, Suletta. May God grant you a long and healthy life, in order to do these things, but remember, start with the ones that are less strenuous, as your body, unlike your soul, may not last as long as you would wish for.

In the mean time, remember to love, laugh and appreciate what is placed on your path, and start by smelling the flowers – not just the West Coast abundance in spring, but every small one you see popping up among the rocks of life,  and beware the thorns in that path you walk!

Look after yourself.

Your conscience.

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A winter’s day on the beach


It has been a hectic start to winter in Cape Town, with even more rain this morning, and temperatures quite low.  I had been in Cape Town doing business for more than a week, and returned home to Langebaan last night, to two very excited dogs who were in desperate need of a good romp on the beach.  So, even though this morning broke dark and gloomy, I donned some warm clothes, beanie et al, and made my way to the beach with them.  And as always, my little camera was a trusted companion too – and just as well, cause I shot some amazing photos of very nosy seagulls, and the rough, dark waters of the lagoon.

Such a beautiful place this West Coast with its charming beaches and friendly people.   Even the dogs always meet up with doggie friends on the beach.  And then, when I got home, I noticed that some flowers are already out – the flower season from August is sure to be a winner again this year, as the rain is plentiful and on time.   Enjoy the pictures with me!!

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South Africa – a diverse country of endless beauty, even in ice-cold winter!!


It is winter in South Africa, and being such a large country, we have a huge variety of climates ranging from Mediterranean climate, to sub-tropical and everything in between.  Cape Town, at the very bottom, suffers from the most severe winter rains, but my o my, is the land beautiful, fresh and green after some good rain!  The same rain causes the West Coast to explode in a fairyland of veld flowers come spring too.  As you go more inland towards the Northern Cape and North West Province, the nights become freezing cold, only for you to peel of the layers of clothing as the days warm up after noon.  Here, the summer rains drench the dried-out, parched land, so winter landscapes are harsh and pale.  The Kwazulu-Natal region hosts our highest mountains, the Drakensberg, and these are a winter-wonderland of snow, even on low-lying areas such as the Midlands.  But, driving down to the coast and into Durban, you’ll be caught if you have not packed summer clothes, as the difference in temperature between Pietermaritzburg and Durban could be as much as 10 – 15% warmer in Durban on any given day!!  I was such a sucker for a few years before I learnt my lesson, with us flying from a blistering cold Cape Town winter, to sunny, warm weather in Durban to go and watch the Durban July horse-race every year.  Year after year I had to go and purchase some cooler clothes once we got to Durban, or swelter in my warm clothes that I foolishly packed yet again.

Winter started early this year, and I would love to share some of our strikingly beautiful winter landscapes with you:

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Sunset Villas, Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa


I had the pleasure recently to have a business appointment with the owners of this self-catering resort on the beautiful West Coast region of South Africa.  They also run an adventure resort, where you can get real down and dirty on quad bikes, boat trips, clay pigeon shooting, 4 x 4 trips, game drives and many more activities.  Perfect for families, or corporate team building events.  A shuttle service is available between Cape Town, the airport and Laaiplek, Velddrif.  If you have never been to the West Coast, come and be mesmerized by its unique beauty and ambiance.  Freshly caught fish and chips, within a hop, skip and jump from your apartment, a view to die for, clean and neat, fully serviced apartment, and a stunning restaurant and pub on the premises, will make for an unforgettable stay whilst you explore the charms of the region.

Without further ado, let me show you why you should book yourself into this establishment and restore your weary city soul again:

 

 

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Posticino Express, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town


Posticino Express

I had the pleasure of spotting this little gem recently when having to wait for a client appointment in town.  It blew my socks off!!  And I dedicate it to my beloved, Kobus!  Till we are 105 and beyond.  Through thick and thin, good times and bad.  Love you.


“Think retro-casual lounge and Italian pizzas, Panini’s, and September pasta specials (Two dishes for R80).  Not only does Posticino Express, a sister of renowned Sea Point Restaurant, Postincino, have its Italian fingers firmly in Greenmarket’s ‘cafe culture’ pie, but this popular lunch spot also serves summer time diners with Friday Jazz nights, from November to April.”

 

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The Farmhouse Hotel, Langebaan


One of my favourite spots here.  The serenity and calm, complimented by a good glass of South African Wine, and a cheese platter that includes all the favorites. like Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Blue Rock and preserved fig, and a magnificent sunset to boot, completes a perfect picture.299

Add to that some free Wi-Fi, and one can spend hours on the front stoep, just watching the world go by.  Some lazy yachts on the water, more energetic paddling from canoeist, and runners / walkers in the dirt road in front of the Hotel, proves that Langebaan is the place to let all your holiday dreams come true.

The Farmhouse Hotel has real olde world charm, and attention to detail makes you want to go back and take another look, in case you’ve missed something the last time you’ve been. Speciality food themed evenings, lots of watersport activities etc, makes this a hotel of choice for holidaymakers – local folk, or overseas visitors.  Hope to see you soon!!

 

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