My Fabulous Friends – Ann Jangle

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Queen of Hearts

23 January 2019

My Fabulous friends is about just ordinary people doing the extraordinary and so I love sharing their heartfelt stories…

I have been wanting to write about this wildly extravagant friend of mine for quite some time… but as with everything in my life…when we are in the flow the right timing will be just the right timing…

…And now is the absolute right timing…for a good cause…and who does not want to be part of a good cause…

A few months ago Ann decided to sell everything she owned and embarked on a journey:  “AFRICAN DREAM PARADE”

“This mission is based on a quest to find absolute freedom. Freedom from time, freedom from reoccurring relationships. Freedom from the questions I have about myself and questions I have about society. Freedom from my ego. To top it all off, freedom from paying someone else’s mortgage at a ridiculous amount because I chose to stay in an area where 4 million other mother humans beings also chose to.
So far, it has been the biggest and most humbling experience of my life.”

My name is Ann Jangle and this is my story: 

They say people come into your life for a reason. After meeting a guy, who is now cycling to Morocco to raise awareness for endangered Donkeys, due to the Chinese “mannetjies” and their need to kill everything that moves, in order for them to receive super powers and prevent the inevitable thing called aging, I started meeting more and more crazy adventurous souls, who stick out from the norm, yet keep a very low profile because they know, that to live a life outside of what society tells us, they bravely need to go off grid over long periods of time, to cleanse, to figure things out, to reboot and drown in the pure ecstasy & healing energy that nature provides. (Go check him out on Facebook / Instagram – “A Donkey’s Life” / Keegan Horn & support his cause) 

I also met Steve Black. Steve is the real deal, the last hardened cowboy in South Africa. He founded and runs the horse trail and adventure business, Khotso, in Underberg on the border of Lesotho, running rides on his farm and into Lesotho, catering to educational school trips and general horse and animal lovers. Steve is nuts, in a great way. He is like a human race horse with a heart that beams love & light (Go check out his latest project “Coastal Challenge”on facebook/Instagram as well as his establishment “Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails”)

So decided to make an epic journey myself, but with the main focus of giving back.

I am now 32 years old. I am Single. I have no kids, aside from my 2 rescue dogs Kevin & Kezzy. A am Consumed by an incredible feeling of liberation with all the time in the world, fueled by a desire to give back.

It’s easy for me to “give back” or shall I say work or live in a rural environment, as I have lived like this many times throughout my life. Living in a “normal” square shaped house in suburbia is almost foreign to me. I don’t dig it at all.

It all began when I was in grade 11 or Standard 9 as I recall; I met some amazing community workers on their way up to Mozambique to start some projects there.  I, of course, hadn’t finished school yet but decided to join them anyway. After much fighting and begging, my parents finally allowed me to go. I always disagreed with the “Nazi-based” school system so I convinced them that I would do my final year through the post. I passed with flying colors in Subjects I had never done before thanks to a Lantern, (we later got a generator) and a Mosquito net under some giant trees in the middle of Mozambique, with a pet epileptic Vervet monkey, who they rescued after he fell off his mother’s back, after she was killed in a trap, whilst teaching Self Sustaining Living, AIDS awareness programs, English- & Children Church and Volunteering at an Orphanage, where I picked up enough Portuguese to get by.

Now here is the “shocker”: My first experience of community love & involvement was all sparked off by an evil bugger called “Heroin Addiction” that throughout the ages of 15 till about 19 I was desperately trying to kick.

I used to skate board with a bunch of guys, who I was very intrigued by, around the same time my parents split, so I had the honor of dabbing in hard core drugs while other chicks my age then, went to school, sober. I have always been very drawn to people with a rebellious nature. I guess because I was forced to conform as a child in a very, very conservative upbringing.

As much as I am being highly sarcastic about this whole situation, it was an absolute nightmare to conquer and once I found my ticket out of that depressing hell hole of house-hold drama and drug addiction, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. To be honest, I never intended to be hooked on a substance, no one ever does, I just needed something to numb the noise inside my head, inside my heart & around me.
It ended up being my only coping method.

I’ve never touched the stuff again since. It’s been, I dunno, over a decade and to be honest, I really cannot relate to the sad little girl I was then….. This did, however, create a travel bug inside my soul and a thirst for rural living & adventure like you will not believe. It also showed me that I had the will power of an ox. This personality trait turned out to be my greatest quality because I refuse, till this day, to take “No” for an answer and by now I had learnt a whole new set of survival skills to conquer the mountains I would later be faced with.

I lived in Mozambique without any hot water & what most people take for granted. Like a roof that does not leak, a backyard that does not contain the possibility of being eaten by a hippo and trees that don’t contain ‘boom slang’, for about 2 and a half years….and I LOVED IT!

I fell in love with Africa, her people and all the difficulties that came with it. You see, your greatest strength, lies in knowing & conquering your weaknesses. The worst time of my life broke the barriers between me & the youth I would later go on helping.  

From there it was many years of many different projects. I moved to Musina with a friend where we started Feeding-Projects in Zimbabwe, collecting leftovers from local restaurants and cooking it into the local brew made of chicken bones, marrow, mielie pap and spices. Quite gross but it smelled really good when you rapped your head around it.

I then traveled up and down the coast line of South-Africa selling T-Shirts & jewellery like a real Hippy (I met a guy who gave away all his jewellery after closing shop in Mpumalanga for next to nothing. I got a whole load of cheap brass pieces I incorporated into Macramé, a South American style of knotting, weaving, plaiting. Some of my friends still own some of those pieces) This is also when I fell in love with the Wild Coast and its people. Moving to and from Transkei. 

I started singing on a trip back when I started working at a small music establishment, running the bar, kitchen, and front of house. It had a little stage with live music and totally “rocked my world.” My plan was to work at this little farm Theater to save enough money to go to the Kibbutz in Israel but by some “Divine intervention” or whatever you want to call it, my plans changed. 

I met these 2 guys. They were twins and played music for a living. I learned that I could fund my travels via performing music. Music became my best friend, my ultimate healer. A platform for me to tell my story. They still play music till this day and most probably will till the day they die because that is the power music has over you. “One good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain – Bob Marley” 

I don’t think they will ever know the big impact they had on my life and how much my meeting them, changed the whole course of my existence. 

I started a band and very quickly, my love for this healing art form called music turned into a business. After many years of performing in and around South Africa, I moved to Europe and spent 3 years performing there. My last tour there consisted of 30 gigs in 31 days in over 11 countries. From train stations to bus stops to performing at large festivals with the biggest one was to 30 000 people where I opened for one of my biggest idols, Nneka, a Nigerian, reggae soul singer& human rights activist at the Afrika Tage Festival in Austria. We played at the famous Reeper Bahn Festival in Hamburg where I got the drunkest tattoo of my life to small theatres and bar-like establishments in from Slovenia to Czech-Republic where after 10pm, no one could speak a word of English. We slept on over a hundred couches from Poland to Croatia, on many floors, with my favorite one being the Tour managers’ floor of one of my all-time favorite Punk bands, called “Sublime”. From 5 star Hotels to German Penthouses. It was the craziest time of my life.

I can go into a lot more detail about being backstage with Motorhead in Spain before Lemmy died, meeting Ben Harper and all these kinds of experiences, but ultimately, this is where I grew tremendously as a “Business Woman” and where I wanted to be as a musician.
I didn’t really enjoy big crowds or main stream music and fell in love with smaller shows where people were quiet and I could talk about the message or story behind my songs.

I found myself at the age of 30 with all this experience, yet a longing for Africa that surpassed all my understanding. So I came back to South Africa in the hopes to settle down like “normal” person my age. But what the hell is normal and why the hell would I want to actually settle down? The moment I started fully embracing who I was, the real magic began to happen. 

So I desperately wanted to change. Deep in my heart I knew that my behaviour was not coinciding with the image I had in my head of myself and the life I wanted to lead.
 
The next steps I took where some of the most difficult things I ever thought I would have to do, but came with a surprising ease.

These where the best and most important conscious decisions I made, that would ultimately, brake me free from anything tied to my identity, as Ann Jangle, the partying musician.

I changed my circle of friends (You become who you surround yourself with) and also the way I lived. 
These actions I took, came from a force deep inside me that grew stronger with each day I spent feeling unfulfilled. There are still a few burnt bridges that left some deep scars but enough is enough, bru. 

At the end of the day we need to live a life that we can be proud of, that inspires people to be conscious of the earth and feel good about themselves. 
To love themselves & those around them, because if I’m just going to sit in the corner with my finger in my arse and do nothing about our current situation, what the hell is the point even? 

In August 2017, the year I got back from Europe, and the year of my biggest attempt to “settle down”, I woke up one morning, got in my car and drove straight to “Animal Anti Cruelty League” Epping & adopted Kevin. I mean what better way to settle down than get dog, right?         ……………………RIGHT!

I didn’t choose him, he literally chose me. I actually bent down to pick up his brother who was slightly more golden with way bigger ears, but Kev ran from the back, leaped up on that gate with his tiny ears and what I can only describe as warthog-like, scruffy hair. It was honestly the most, out of proportion “brak” I had ever seen, but this pavement special chose me, rescued me, and shook every part of my fibre.

Kevin made me want to be ‘fresh like a daisy’ for early morning walks, mountain hikes, swims in rivers I didn’t even knew existed which slowly but surely eliminated a ‘party pattern’ I fell back into after coming back to South Africa. 

So…in association with different Animal Welfare groups, Ann is raising awareness for abused animals and uplifting communities through music and volunteering and promoting a new solo album.

Her trip from Cape to Kenya, started August 2018. It could last a year or it  could carry on forever.

The first stretch of the tour covered  Gauteng, Freestate and KZN.  August – November and she finished with this on the 27th November.

This was the South African leg of the tour!

4 months, +-20000kms travelled, 3tons of dog food gathered & donated to 3 animal welfare organisations, +-38 shows spreading across each province later & I am ready to cross over some borders.

ESHOWE, ZULULAND VOLUNTEERING AT THE GOVERNMENT STERILIZATION DAY:

Showing great flexibility to plans already made…she had to make a U-turn due to a very special friend who passed away. Her request was for Ann to perform at her “Xmas celebration” wake party, which happened in Knysna on 16 Dec.

The plan is still to cross over into Botswana eventually.  But her plans has changed dramatically, because of her latest album launch in May as well as fresh opportunities popping up.  New plans involves an album launch tour from the 3rd to the 26th.  This will be from Knysna to Mozambique.  From there, together with her rescue dog, Kevin, and recently added, Kezzy  (also a rescue) to travel deep into Africa until eventually reaching Kenya.

Ann welcomes musicians who want to join and they can contact her via email annjangle@gmail.com

There will be a lot of musical collaborations.

This magical musician is dedicating her life to raising awareness for abused animals & uplifting communities through music.  The new single to accompany this new adventure: “FREE.MAN.SUN” …… https://soundcloud.com/annjangle

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…How we met…

We met Ann Jangle in 2012.  We were visiting our friends, Gerhard and Arina who lives in Gordon’s Bay.  Adriaan, another good friend were also visiting. Another one of our friends, Christo, send us a message to tell us about this amazing show happening in town and that we should go see this band…

Well, we arrived just as Ann Jangle were singing her last song.  Adriaan has met her before and went over to talk with her.  He introduced her to us and when we told her that we have been sent to see her show, she and her band members decided to come play for us at home.

We were superblessed indeed…

 

Her ominous style of dark folk, eclectic rock, gypsy infused, theatrical, soulful writing and performing leaves a long lasting impression. She belts out her voice on stage like she was born there. This South-African born singer/ songwriter/ producer has performed her way onto a vast variety of stages all across Europe & Southern Africa and shares the stage with many different artists to bring a heartfelt performance that resonates.

Since the start of Ann Jangle, she has received a substantial amount of airplay & very good write ups all over South-Africa and Europe.

Since starting her career as a full time musician in 2011, Ann has solely been based in Cape Town, South-Africa, in 2015 after the launch of the full band album Ann relocated to Berlin where she spent 2 years performing in 17 counties across Europe. She was constantly touring, busking in streets and subways, performing in festivals and theaters, house shows and clubs.

2012 gave way to the Debut album ‘acoustic archive’. With a very acoustic sound, deeply rooted in the blues. Ann’s love for Dark, underground sounds & odd music genres called her to a greater challenge, a deep desire to break free from a box and create her own style.

The much anticipated 2nd album “KICKING SAWDUST” launched in Cape Town, South-Africa in MARCH 2015, with a more powerful sound than ever before. On this album Ann were joined by a 8 piece band on different instruments including Trumpet, Cello, Banjo, Saxophone, Accordion and many more. It featured some of South Africa’s finest talent and has featured on many Music Review Platforms such as ‘Kalulah Inflight Magazine’, ‘Kfm Radio’s Artist of the Week’, ‘Texx and the City Album Review’, ‘Wat Kyk Jy’, ‘European Music Bloggers Forum” and many more.

“Kicking Sawdust, Produced by Albert Meintjies and Ann Jangle herself, were a massive piece of work with big, bold sounds and a rich variety of styles and genres, something they have pulled off to an almost-flawless degree.”
– Texx and the City 2015

A dream came true when she embarked on a magical journey to Europe in 2015.  30 gigs in 31 days…
1 year, 17 countries and 2 brutal tours later,  Ann Jangle joined the bill at Afrika Tage Festival, Vienna, Austria where she opened for Nneka, the powerful female Reggae Dub artist from Nigeria.
Longing for home, warmer climate, and a deep desire to make a difference in the world, Ann returned to South-Africa and back to studio to record her 1st SOLO album “AFRICAN DREAM PARADE” with a dreamier, African influenced sound, mixed with beautiful chant-like harmonies, driving bass lines and percussion, to take with her on the road as she embarks on the biggest tour yet.
Being in the flow  and firmly believing that “everything happens for a reason”…. she was invited & flown up to perform at the Yoga Flow Festival SA in Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge.
“This was exactly what I needed & would not have been possible if I was’nt still in SA, just again reassuring me that we need NOT resist when our plans change but rather embrace it & allow “bumps in our roads” to unfold.

I finally got a chance to play my meditative, shamanic-opera-chanting style of music & after a series of a few heart breaking events, this was exactly what my heart & soul needed to prepare me for my journey ahead. Thank you Mischa Els & Team for this healing experience. It was so empowering being surrounded by such amazing people. 💜”

“The quiet does not come when you see the path clearly. The quiet comes when you are no longer afraid to get lost along the way” – L.E.Bowman

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…SUPERBLESSED TO KNOW THIS SUPER HUMAN…

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After the Fires! – Stoffberg, Douglas, Olifantshoek and a few more… (Part 1)

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6 November 2018

We are driving as usual heavily packed to the brim with our bags for a month or more, workmen with their bags and trailer full of equipment and tools.

We are ever so grateful for our Ford, not so new anymore – we actually need to upgrade as we are putting on the miles fast and furious. This vehicle has been good to us and makes driving distances much easier.

I also feel so much gratitude for being alive right now as we battled the recent fires on our farm together with so many others. It is estimated that the recent fires were four times bigger than the Knysna fires of last year and around 90 000 hectares were recorded burned. Tragically eight people died.

As we drove through the Outeniqua pass towards De Rust, as far as the eye can see is black, everything visible along the road burned. It makes for a sad view, but then we just think how fast nature restored itself after the raging fires last year and I am sure that within a season all will be green again.

We had a week and a bit of hair raising experiences on our farm and we are feeling quite traumatized. I believe that going far away for work at this point in time is a definite blessing in disguise…more ways than one…

We were right in the middle where the two fires met from Jeffreys Bay on our right and Mosselbay on our left.

At first we were just about the only spot that were not under fire, until the fire jumped into our Bluegum forest. When this happened, my husband, B and some awesome friends who volunteered were fighting fires with a vengeance.

It was just a crazy, bizarre time. We had to evacuate twice in the morning hours and did not get much sleep.

Because of the efforts of B and our amazing volunteers, our Bluegum trees are still standing. Now we are just being forced to start with our buildings even sooner. It is said that Bluegum trees should be used within six month after burning. Well, this is a blessing in itself as our building plans for our storeroom has just been approved.

The story of how we became aware that the fire were on our farm…also quite scary…

We arrived back in Wilderness from an epic festival, Echo . We were very chilled although we had to drive around the closed Outeniqua pass.

We really did not think that our farm were in danger, so we decided to have a burger at The Blind Pig  in wilderness, before heading home.

I must admit, it felt quite ominous as we ate with ashes flying everywhere and dark, smoky skies, but still we were unaware of danger on the farm.

B were checking the media all the time and we thought we were in the know.

As we arrived on the farm, we heard a weird sound, some noise we could not pin and we decided to leave our bags in the car and drive up our only road to our forest. We had to walk the last bend, the noise grew so much louder and we found the hair on our body rise. Half way up we found one of our farm workman, Clifford and together we tried to make sense of this ominous sound. As we could not see anything because of the dark smoky sky, we stood around for a bit and stared at the hidden hilltops.

All of a sudden a light breeze pushed away the smoke and we were horrified to see three raging fires running down the opposite hill towards us. Immediately, we turned and ran down as fast as we could. While running we saw a snake, three scorpions and a chameleon fleeing towards the river. This scared me even more!

We decided to ready ourselves for the fire coming close to our little farmhouse which we are living in. Clifford cleaned the gutters and soaked the earth with water all around the house.

The farm had just purchased a bulldozer and we decided to drive this and our other vehicles to safety.

As there were quite a few vehicles, some from our partners, B and I continued doing this for the afternoon and finished around five.

We lost our brand new branch cutter to the fire…as well as our inherited BMW’s engin.

During our evacuation, everyone around us were in distress and contacting us…it felt super unreal and chaotic.

 

 

 

 

 

As there were nothing else we could do, we decided to spend the night with our son, Juan and his fiance, Katja, in Sedgefield.

It is in times like this when we see how caring humans can be and I would like to thank all our friends who volunteered…Jody and Bronwyn, Lupi and Jackie, Reinhardt and Dries, Ben, Wilmarie and Driaan, as well as Craig and John.  Andre from T Junction, the lovely tea garden down the road, also stopped in and kept me calm.

We were very scared, when two of our volunteers, Wilmarie and Driaan, who have never been on the farm before, went missing during the fires raging in the Bluegum forest.

At that point the fire brigade (without water) were on the farm and because of the two volunteers disappearance, it became a police matter…total chaos.

Thankfully, Dries, who knew the farm as Reinhardt and him went looking for fires the previous day, (before the raging Bluegum forest happened), were sent to look for the missing volunteers. Hours after disappearing, Dries brought them to our house by way of the river.

At this point we were still waiting for a helicopter to drop water as we were told they would after numerous phone calls to the authorities. We found out later that the helicopter bringing the water to us, were diverted to a home that were on fire…which is understandable.  At that point it would not have made a difference as the Bluegum forest were already burning out of control.

A very scary experience as I only heard afterwards how B ran through raging fires to get to our bulldozer to free some of our other volunteers who were trapped in their vehicle in the forest as trees fell across the road. He made a path with the bulldozer which led their vehicle out to safety. At that point they knew it were futile and it was when we just had to let go…

Reinhardt and Dries were watching throughout the night to see if the fires would reach our little home, but thankfully we were spared such a tragedy.

At our cottage on the farm, we could barely hear the fires as we sat the next morning having breakfast. It felt surreal sitting with birdsong and a tranquil river view knowing that the fires were still raging…

And…that is enough of the fires…moving on…
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When we drove through Meiringspoort, we were welcomed with fresh new eye candy moving away from disastrous black to vivacious greens…everywhere.

We felt superblessed as if we were slowly waking up from a very bad dream…

With music blaring in our car and a beautiful scenery, it felt like we were simply driving away from our traumatic experience.

We heard the song “Drie Susters” and it was funny as it happened to be on the cd just as we were passing the town, Drie Susters…

We were listening to cd’s inherited from B’s Mom who sadly passed away in July…

That evening we were far away from fires and slept peacefully at La Rose Guesthouse  in Douglas .

The next day, after washing our hair and feeling that we were getting rid of the last bit of smoke, we were ready to move on. (We want to thank Amanda and Abraham from La Rose Guesthouse as the shower head in our room, were just right for washing our smoky hair).

It really does not need to be the most expensive, just the most efficient.

See my 10 tips to guesthouses.

After sorting one of our workman who had also helped fighting the fires – we are all still suffering from smoke inhalation – we were off towards Kimberley .

Everywhere the eye could see were flatlands of healthy, golden, corn plantations which extended on either side of the road.

Amazing eye candy…
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It has been a whirlwind of work sites…a few per day and as it were just maintenance, we only stop for one night at an accommodation and leave the next day for the next work sites.

As we are going along, the workload has been increasing daily as new sites gets added. B is on a mission to get the work done and dusted to get back to the farm.

I felt superblessed indeed when B had to work on some sites close to Potgietersrus and I could have a whole day to visit my ex-mother in law (for lack of better wording).  This amazing being is the closest Mother figure that I have ever had.  I had an Estate Agency in Potgietersrus for seven years and Ma Margaret worked with me from the start of the business.

Our day was definitely one of my highlights of this trip.

B’s job requires a lot and I do mean a lot of driving. We have been superblessed with amazing views of not only stunning sunrises and sunsets, but also with lots of wild life.

 

On one site, an Emu even came up close to inspect the inside of our vehicle.

When driving through the drier regions, wild fig plantations were everywhere, being of the cacti family, they survive well in the hot, dry regions.

 

 

 

We slept at Maselspoort Resort next to the Modderriver and as we arrived around five, we were very tired.

After checking in, we wanted to check out the restaurant and wow! We were blown away by it…a river frontage and just at the right time to view a lovely sunset. Amazing to just sit and absorb (for me, as B were still on his phone busy with work).

The next morning we woke up around six after a good nights sleep. We found that we were quite sleep deprived from the fire trauma as we were on high alert on our farm for quick evacuation.

It has been awesome to just succumb to sleeping soundly for the last couple of nights.

On the road we were so surprised to view some amazing lions, Benquel tigers and even white lions. What a an amazing wildlife spotting. Very exciting for me as these cats are my absolute favorite animals.  Sorry, no photos as we were rushing to get to a site off course…

We know B is doing well with the workload if we arrive at eight am at Olifantshoek work site close to Kroonstad. He has been handling more than four sites per day with a lot of driving in between.

To give an idea, one day B maxed R3000 worth of diesel.

How in the flow are we, as we could even meet up with his cousin, Jaco who had some of B’s tools still from previous work sites. One of the sites were situated on the farm which Jaco now manages. We would have loved to visit him properly, but alas, no time.

We arrived in Pretoria on Friday night after seven. After sorting the men with accommodation and food, we stayed at Zambezi Lodge . We were very tired, but Saturday morning we left at three in the am to arrive at a school near Gyani in time for the hired crane truck (which we soon found out had a flat tyre).

We arrived at a locked school gate as the tower to work on were situated inside the school grounds and so B had the run around for the key. Luckily the principal were found and the gate could be unlocked.

We are very adaptable as plans keep changing, especially in the rural areas B has to work. What makes up for the fact that we got up at three am, is the absolute magnificent pink hues we saw as the sun were rising just after four.

Nature close to Giyani were really beautiful so early in the morning and we saw two extremes…majestic mountains on the left covered in the thickest dark clouds as the sun were rising in the most magnificent pink on the other side. When the sun had risen completely, it was claimed by the misty clouds and could only be seen as a ball in the sky once or twice trying to show itself. The pink by then had disappeared completely.

B remains the best driver I know, but being on the road so much, we do have an encounter every so often and at one point, an SUV came into our lane and headed straight towards us. He really misjudged himself as he were trying to overtake on a straight line. B were shaken up, but handled the situation very well as we had to veer off the road onto the gravel to miss the oncoming vehicle…again, we lived to tell the tale.

It was absolutely awesome to have had time to read a book as I waited on site. I started reading a book at last that were sent to me by my friend, Zel and the timing were just perfect. I love it when those moments arrive and I know that I am in the flow.  This book is called: “The subtle art of not giving a f#ck”, written by Mark Manson. The title reminding me of the book that B and I started a few years ago and have not worked on for the longest time.

I read to my hearts delight in that school yard and so many of my life questions of the moment were answered by that little e-book.

I always thought that I should be busy with something other than reading…felt like I was wasting time, until my friend, Debra  taught me that it is like studying and it really is.  Nowadays, I even work on reading a light book for relaxation as well…

As I am an Angel Card Reader, by trade, I could also identify others who would benefit by reading this book and subsequently shared it with them.

After all, we are all so very connected.

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A bit of caution with accommodation near Nelspruit…steer clear of Mbombela Lodge before even entering the town. I do believe we visited at the wrong time…maybe they were busy with revamping or something else.

Everything looked really beautiful at first glance. The man at the reception were really nice…but there were no hot water or even water pressure. We had one cup, the lamp were broken and quite a few other things.  Worst of all were the water situation, so looks can definitely be deceiving. There were a spa and restaurant at some point, but was not in use when we were there. We think that there might be some mismanagement going on…anyhow…moving on…at six in the morning, we left to Mahlalane.

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As we were driving back to Pretoria again after some more sites close to Mahlalane, we tried to book our room in the Zambesi Lodge, but as there were a wedding, it was fully booked.

I phoned another establishment and we were superblessed by Andre, our host at The Coral Tree in Montana. We have definitely found our home away from home. Such old world elegance wonderfully integrated into the modern. We love it and have been back a few times on this whirlwind trip.

One Friday we checked out from The Coral Tree and were geared to leave early to Pretoria to spend some time with friends…only B got busy with admin for some new sites and we decided to grab some take-away food from Ocean Basket (one of our favorites) and just have an evening of relaxation back at The Coral Tree.  We had a feast with a bottle of chilled white wine, sushi, calamari, fish and chips and to round this of, even some delicious deserts.  Ocean Basket is truly amazing.

The next day we were well rested and ready to drive to some of our friends in Pretoria. We spend a lovely afternoon with Camel and Anetta. We had Eland steaks and delicious salad for lunch. Obviously desert as well as Camel is a bit of a desert connoisseur. I don’t know how many of these delightful visits we are still going to have in future as they have put their lovely home in Rooihuiskraal up for sale.

Afterwards, we drove to our other friends and had a lovely dinner with Skillie, Alda and her brother, Juan. We had Moussaka, made with love and an amazing salad (inpakslaai)…very delicious. We brought a bottle of our favorite…Saronsberg. It really was a serene and warm evening and we spend most of it outside in their lush garden.

We were invited to stay over.  We were very glad we did not arrive the previous night as were intended after we heard that they partied until the sun came up.

With all this traveling and busyness, we were so happy to have a nice chilled Friday night.

The next day we all went to “Smoking Sessions”  where we met up with some more awesome friends.  Deon, our pro-cyclist friend whom I have written about in “My Fabulous Friends” category.

Willem were doing a live stream of the music as he is involved with Global citizen.  We listened to some good music.  Music of all genres are allowed here and we heard some good Dj’s as well as bands – Ruiter Piet en die Partykie, Die See and Shotgun Tori & the Hound.

Smoking Sessions is held at the home of one of our friends, Marchand. He is also busy planting vegetables on quite a large scale and wants to supply the neighborhood.

The music were stunning and the day went pass so quickly. We ended it in good style by having pizzas at Col’Cacchio, an italian restaurant close to Skillie and Alda. Our tastebuds were superblessed and we can totally recommend – it was some of the best pizza we have ever had.

Monday morning we left at five to be close to Stoffberg for the welders who said that they would be on site at nine.

Luckily Skillie also needs to leave at that time as he works as an argheologist in Potgietersrus during the week.

Hurry up and wait applies often in this business and again, we are used to it…the welders only arrived around 10h30. This site again is on a game farm and we are once again blessed to see Eland and other buck as well as White hartebeest which are very rare. Birds abound… some beautiful flappe. (afriaans)

We are staying at The Pers Kombers which are not found on the internet.

Rykie (0823383507) does not advertise and have guests only by word of mouth. It is situated on a farm with cows sleeping in front of our room. A very relaxed feel with birdsong all day long. Just as I like it.

Yes these are goats on the wall outside…


Hard to believe it is the 23rd of November already. It was awesome to have these few days of settling into a home environment…especially on this farm, The Pers Kombers. We receive delicious meals at night and have lunch boxes with sandwiches and something special made with care for the next day. I am feeling quite spoiled with not having to make our own meals.

I have also been getting back on my yoga mat this week and I feel well nurtured. It is so important for us to take the best care of ourselves. When I got sick , I started looking into this again and were reminded by attending a sweat lodge.

This morning I repacked my leather bag – which I made myself – as light as possible for a visit to Cape Town.  Sunday, I shall leave by airplane from Johannesburg to look after my four year old Alexia while Mommy (my daughter, Maryna) go to hospital to fetch a brand new baby brother. Superblessed indeed…

…but first we made a turn in Dullstroom on Saturday…

We have forever been curious about the town Dullstroom as we are always just shooting pass off to another site with workmen and trailer.

How blessed we felt to at last be able to visit this town while the men were working on site close by.

It is a lovely little town, with a feel much like Clarence.  We ate pancakes and then we visited some friends on a farm in Tonteldoos.  Johan and Karen clearly has carved themselves a magnificent way of life and we enjoyed bathing in the luxury of a peaceful few hours before we had to fetch the workmen from site…

Superblessed with so much travelling and seeiing our beautiful country!

 

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10 TIPS FOR A GREAT STAY AT GUEST ESTABLISHMENTS!

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10 TIPS FOR A GREAT STAY!
WHAT GUEST ESTABLISHMENTS SHOULD KNOW!

(Here goes…hoping that no establishment hosts will feel harmed in the making of this post as these are only suggestions.)

10…      Starting with just some feeling welcome wishes rather than necessities for a lovely stay…make it look and feel inviting with some soaps or creams or bubble bath (every one I know gets presents like these they do not want)…someone else will simply love it and even if they don’t, it would give an inviting appearance of caring. I am a the best example of this as I make and use only my own products named Alexia  (my granddaughter’s name)

 

Still I am always blown away when I see establishments putting out those little extras such as lotions, soaps and bubble baths for their visitors. A bath mat or even a little towel for feet to stand on when getting out of the bath/shower.
A two point plug for charging a phone / razor etc. Fridge/cooler comes in handy if you are staying for more than one night, but usually if asked, the establishment would make space in their own fridge for a guest.

9… Tissues…as most of us will use toilet paper if need be, a box of soft tissues is such an inexpensive luxury…
I recently had this experience at The Coral Tree guest house in Montana when I needed to blow my nose and the luxury of a tissue was right at hand. We all know that a piece of toilet paper or a serviette would have sufficed, but low and behold my feeling of being nurtured when I had the luxury of a soft tissue to wipe my nose. Elegance deluxe…

8… Curtains / blinds or whatever is good to keep out the light and sounds. Most of the time we have to get up very early, but just sometimes we get that odd day to sleep in. This is when we love a dark room.  Here I might add that the barking dog really does not add to a feeling of tranquility.  Birdsong on the other hand is what I always hope for.  A well nurtured garden is not only soft on the eyes, but also attracts birds and bees for an ambient feeling of wellness.

7… Duvets sometimes tend to be just too warm especially in our South African summer time…and specifically the really good down feather ones. So, have that extra top sheet and invest in a nice light, inexpensive (colour of your room) fleecy blanket which could be ever so helpful for those warm summer nights. Who knows, you could even save laundry time and money on the unused duvet. I don’t know if this is for everyone, but that ever so tiny scatter cushion does wonders for me for a better night’s sleep…strangely, I cannot sleep without this between my knees anymore. Obviously if the establishment don’t have this, I shall use my rolled up scarf which is always in my bag. So for me just a nice added pleasure. Also the bed will look prettier and just so much more inviting especially if you did not invest in a good bed.

6... A mirror…we have been to many establishments without even the smallest mirror against the wall, a decorous full length is not only a bonus, but can be very attractive and even makes your room look bigger.

5… A coffee station is always a nice touch. As you well know that being The Naked Barista, I always take our own, but sometimes we arrive late at our accommodation and have to leave very early. Those are the times when we do not cart in all our belongings and have to rely on the spoils of our host. I see Enrista coffee in rooms more of late, but my specialty which is rooibos tea I only find few and far between. For an even better feature, add just two rusks in a glass jar…and see many more return visits, which is what you wish for your establishment, is it not?

4… Towels, all the more so if they are very clean, soft towels…even if we always do have our own towels at hand…
Recently we have noticed that a few establishments put out only one towel for the two of us, obviously because of our water shortage…but, again if you want to have your guests feel special, a fluffy clean towel for just you really goes a long way.

3… Toilet paper...yes, and not just the one, always have one extra waiting to be used.
I know it costs a bit to have all these ten tips in place, but for me it really shows if an establishment just wants to make money from us or if they also want us to feel at home in the space provided…believe me there is no better way of showing this as with that extra toilet roll which would set you back less than ten rand. Most of the time it will not even be used, but in this case it really is the thought that counts.

2… Invest in the best bed possible as hopefully it is going to be used long and often…also do not skimp on bedding either…you have to have very good quality which is going to last. White bedding to me always has a luxurious look and feel and can be paired with absolutely any other colour. White linen is fast becoming the most used as the best kept secret is unveiling…white can be bleached and colour make for an unnecessary laundry challenge.

…AND  NOW FOR NO 1…

SHOWER / BATH or even both together. This shower hose in
the pic teams up perfectly for an inexpensive bath / shower combo.

(Maybe this would be the best place to insert also a toilet with enough pressure to flush properly) or if you really want to impress me…all three together makes for the absolute jackpot…but here is the key to a good stay…it is not only the fact that there would be a facility of being able to cleanse, but more so the actual water that reaches a body…
Most establishments goes for the awesome decorative ‘look’… the shower head looking like a huge sunflower or square or something exotic. It absolutely always fails to impress when you turn on the shower and find that the water pressure only allows a dribble. If I may have an input…stick with the one that works which is not the most expensive one at all.

Who knows…you could even buy a few rolls of toilet paper with the saving…

I am feeling superblessed indeed to have taken this opportunity to be sooo outspoken…

...and would be even more
superblessed with gratitude  to receive your comments on what your list would look like …

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My Fabulous Friends – Hanno & Felicia

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Queen of Hearts                                                       13 July 2018

Hanno & Felicia

This is a truly amazing story…connection made from the heart…

We met this amazing human named Hanno in 2013 when he was dancing to his heart’s delight – in a field at an annual Origin festival – in the pouring rain.  This vision made such an impact on us and we immediately knew that we were kindred spirits for life.

Dancing together frees the soul and has brought many friends on our way.

We are so happy that our friend, Christo introduced us to Trance music in the year 2010.  Since then we have had so many beautiful memories made with amazing souls…

Who is Hanno?  If I have to sum him up and only use one word, it would be…’music’…yes absolutely the perfect word and if I could add a word…it would be ‘soul’…Hanno makes music for the soul… His favorite artist and inspiration…off course…Bob Marley!

So…obviously someone with such a talent, would have an awesome band.  This came about three years ago and is aptly named Rooted Souls.  They are absolutely amazing and love doing gigs.  They can be booked for live shows at 0728695523 or rootedsoulsmusic@gmail.com.

Being an avid musician, Hanno found himself the most perfect playing partner named Koos 0765468664 and together they make music straight from the heart…

Yes, and their music is available on cd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanno is very creative.

This logo on the cd is his own design. He even used to make jewellery as well.

Hanno likes building projects too and have made many a planter box as well as pieces of furniture.


Hanno and his beloved dog, Bubbles (she is nearly twelve years old and has her birthday the same day as my husband, B) has been part of The Wildfarm family for many years where he works as the manager.

Wildfarm is well worth a visit and will superbless with the most amazing views…sunrises and sunsets…a bucket-list must see.

Hanno found his perfect love match and they started dating November 2016.  Hanno were very sure of Felicia and subsequently their engagement followed in July 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Together they have conceived this handsome baby boy, Nesta Kai, to add to their lovely family.

 

 

 

 

 

This family is very well loved, which shows in the lavish support they receive.

We were invited to their very different baby shower event  referred to as Nesta Kai’s Life Celebration

It was the first one for us where the guests were both men and women.  This was much more fun and I hope that this new trend of both Moms and Dads being together at their babies shower will catch on fast.

 …and here (pic) is that famous logo again… Hanno made this special babygrow as soon as he found out that they were having a baby boy…

They were absolutely spoiled with presents…it was such a lovely day.

Hanno and Felicia each has a loving Mom who loves being part of their lives, which affords Nesta two very happy grandma’s for loving support.

Felicia were a city girl, from Johannesburg.  She has her own recruitment company named Protea Placements, with which she is very lucky to work from a home based environment.  She recruits mainly for business developers and sales executives.  Her area of focus mostly includes the cities like Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.  At a later stage she would like to do something similar, but with focus more towards tour guides…so watch this space…

She absolutely enjoys drawing, graphic design and illustrations.  I am blown away by her skills as an artist.  She is available for orders…maybe for your parties… or any design/art work needed and would like to expand this much loved creative side of her into a business.

 

As I am a firm believer that we are the architect of our own life…these creative ventures is what helps us find happiness.

How absolutely phenomenal are her drawings? Wow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both, Hanno and Felicia shares a passion for plants and at this stage, Felicia is working towards evolving into more of a plant medicine woman.  Her vision is to be able to help the community.  I can definitely see this happening.

 

This beautiful family is superblessed to have a comfortable living space at Wildfarm with stunning views overlooking Wilderness and right down to the Beach.

…we are superblessed with fabulous friends indeed…

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My Fabulous Friends – Deon Brink

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Queen of Hearts                                                         31 July 2018

DEON BRINK

Where to start with this most positive being, such an impressive soul..

We have danced with Deon at Trance festivals and I knew from the start that this was one awesome guy…but WOW…I am amazed with this super human and I definitely would like to share his story…

As my readers know, I am of firm belief that if we can WORK our passion…meaning to design a business of that which we are most passionate about…we would create our own happiness.

This man is the perfect example of being the architect of his own life for sure…

Deon matriculated in 1999 and started working immediately at Hot Spot Cycles. The very next year he already helped with the management of the store.

Beginning of 2001 Deon decided he should probably do some studying, which irritated him for only three weeks as he says he is definitely no bookworm.  So after three weeks of frustration, he went straight back into his job at Hot Spot Cycles.  He remained in their employ for the rest of 2001 until he received a better offer from Cycling J&J.  They are wholesalers for a good few Italian products including Campagnola / Bianchi Assos, Vredenstein etc.

Deon worked for them until 2008 when he had an interview with Dragons Sports (Giant / LIV / Mavic / Suntour etc).  He worked as a rep for them in Gauteng from 2008 up until 2012.

He then saw an opportunity to grow their area and Tandem Agencies were born with a partner…Jurgens.

Presently, Tandem Agencies tends to Dragons Sports/ Stage 9 / Spoke Works / Versus socks / GU nutrition / Extreme Lights and most other cycle shops in the North of South Africa from Bloemfontein to Messina.  Well done indeed Deon and partner, Jurgens!

Being an avid sportsman, a cyclist of note for more than twenty years, he has turned his passion into a dream job…

Deon has perfectly combined his job and hobby…

He works from home and on his own time which leaves him with the opportunity to see his daughter, Zanda -Lee, who he refers to as his Princess.

We visited Deon for the first time at home and I was blown away once again by this man. His home is spotless…he is definitely a ‘cleanie’.  Everything neatly in its place, even his garage, which is also his storeroom, has a whole wall of build in cupboards for neat storage space.

Inside his well organized office is stunning, complete with décor of our trance festivals.  When he works late at night, he can listen to trance, which works well with his phenomenal, quick functioning brain.  He says: “Music is a piece of art, that goes in the ears STRAIGHT TO THE HEART”  I do agree.

And because he feels about music as he does about cycling, an idea turned into a great hobby,  Fixie explorers, were born… which are bikes being build with one fixed gear and…without brakes…yes, no jokes…no brakes…

He gathers old parts and up cycle (pun intended) these into a dream pimped cycle, named aptly a ‘fixie’. He builds around three per year in the winter time when business might be slower and it is fast becoming a trend.

 

 

 

 

 

Deon is also the agent for GIANT in Gauteng which keeps him real busy.  He has always been a part of riding Critical Mass, until recently when he started his own similar event, Fixie explorers.  This exciting event for professional riders as well as newbies already has a number of growing followers.

Deon’s motto that he shares with the world is to “NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF WONDER”…

We joined in with so much gratitude on Sunday…Deon’s monthly cycling event and found around 25 – 30 participants excited and ready for fun.

We cruised for 12 km through the streets of Soweto, Gauteng!

We did not have any gear with us as my husband, B (in the pic above), is  working in Vaalwater at the moment and we definitely did not foresee us gallivanting through the streets of Soweto on a bicycle.

Luckily Deon has more than enough bicycles and sorted us out and will do the same for you.

We were so impressed with his expertise.  His easy and relaxed manner in which he sorted each and every one, no challenge too much.  I believe this would be the reason why the turnout for this event was astounding.

 

 

 

This was an extremely well guided, casual event to even include amateurs as myself.

 

Events like this one occurs every month…each time at a different location, very well planned by Deon himself.

Anyone and everyone is welcome, this beautiful family with their son and baby boy were an absolute example of what having fun with your children…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the paparazzi with us…styling it with not only one, but three professional photographers. 

They were Brandon Hilton of Simple Sam Bicycles, Milan de Beer photography, Daniel Coetzee photography.

These three arrived with very expensive sponsored bicycles which they definitely deserved, snapping the most amazing photos in their stride.

 

We were told to meet at Soweto Brew Co.  Secured parking were arranged.  Deon left nothing to chance organizing every detail expertly of this lovely event.

 

 

On our cycling road trip, we stopped at the very impressive Hector Pieterson Museum for a guided talk from an experienced tour guide.  Hector Pieterson was a South African school boy who was shot and killed during the Soweto uprising when police opened fire on students protesting the enforcement of teaching in Afrikaans. A news photograph by Sam Nzima of the mortally wounded Pieterson being carried by another Soweto resident while Sam’s sister ran next to them was published around the world.  The anniversary of his death is designated Youth Day (16 June) when South Africans honor young people and bring attention to their needs.

What excitement as we went to see the inside of Orlando power station.  This decommissioned coal -fired power station served Johannesburg for over 50 years.  Even cooler (another pun intended) now as both these majestic towers are magnificently painted, one functioning as an advertising billboard and the on the other appears the largest mural painting in South Africa.

These awe-inspiring towers are now also used for bungee and base jumping.

 

 

How freeing and insightful it was to dash through the streets of Soweto…friendly folk waving and cheering us along.  Seeing and feeling the essence of this often misunderstood culture of our people.

We absolutely loved it…

Thankfully our very strong friend Alex, were riding with us as he usually has my back…(another pun most definitely intended) this time even more so, as at some point I really needed it…

I had a most stunning bicycle borrowed from Deon, but only figured out how the gears worked at the end, when we were nearly back at our meeting point…

 

 

Photo credits to Johan Brink, who is the father of our stunning friend, Deon.

Johan apparently does not miss a chance to ride out with his son at these events and why not, as he rides on the latest electric Giant Full-e bicycle.  He also has a 2016 model (left pic), which were a life changer for him.

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived…quite thirsty I might add…back to our secured parking from our cycling tour, we went for a well deserved lunch at the Ubuntu Kraal beer garden, complete with the best beer tasting for only R15 we have ever had.  We could not fault any of the beers, they were all delicious and must be the reason that we stayed so much longer than anticipated.

Not only were the beer delectable, but when the food arrived, we were bowled over…

There were such a buzz of camaraderie from all the participants and new friendships were made with people from all walks of life.

We highly recommend this monthly ride out with Deon.  He is just the best!

…but wait…there is more…

As cycling is his absolute passion, he enticed us to watch the Tour de France 105th edition at his house including Alex and Johan.

Deon and Alex has been friends for more than ten years.  We were warned that we were going to have a bachelor’s braai, which meant no side dishes.  It was delicious and we felt totally spoiled.  Deon and Alex both loves cold Tequila and we braved a few!

Obviously, being the cycle enthusiast that he is, he had us in stitches, entertaining us with his excitement as we were watching the Tour de France.  He went to fetch his helmet for the grand finale…

Not only were we entertained, but I learned so much about the cyclists and this sport as Deon is highly knowledgeable of this which is his life passion!

Oh yes…and the winners…1st Geraint Thomas, 2nd Tom Domoulin (Sunweb/Giant), 3rd Chris Froome

Oh yeah ladies, best of all, Deon is single…but better be quick…being the amazing man he is, definitely not for long…

…you would be superblessed as we are indeed!…

 

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My Fabulous Friends – Katie and Lloyd

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Queen of Hearts                                                            1 June 2018

Lloyd & Katie

Two of my absolute favorite people…

Katie were born in America, but she loves where she lives now in Mosselbay –  for the last ten years…and according to her… living the dream.

Katie is a ray of sunshine, but has a serious job as the CEO of African Campus. This is a training education center.

The goal is to bring mainly foreign students from overseas to South Africa.

She works with various companies, Marine Research, a terrestrial research and a media company.

The students, mainly undergrads, come to do field training.

Obviously with marine biology, there is quite a few different directions you choose from, whether it is physiology or biology or behavioural studies etc.

It is really difficult to decide what you want to do, for example a two year’s masters program without actually knowing what that means. So when the students come over for month long periods, she usually already have between six and ten different research projects running at the same time. Each day the students do a morning activity as well as an afternoon activity and so cycle through all the different projects. By the end of the month they have had exposure and training in the data collection and the data analyses with all the projects. This helps them figure out what they love or not and so can help them with their career choice. This is how the research program works.

With the media program, one has to have a portfolio filled with photography, filming and journalism. You have to have proof that you can do it…with the month long program, students get exposure with sports and wildlife photography. Their first week and a half, would be learning video and sound skills, building their story. Then they go to a game reserve for two weeks and there they film. When they come back, they edit this until they have a three to five minute film which they can submit to possible employers, film festivals etc.

All of the various projects are conservation based.

It started with just the research, but research only takes you so far and the research aspect can be really boring…so it is good to have a wide variety of skills and different people want to learn and be taught different skills…so the idea is that no matter what your passion, if you want to be a conservationist or if you want to get involved, the various training is available. The website is www.african-campus.com and they have been stationed in Mosselbay for nine years.

Recently Katie decided to improve every aspect of her life by concentrating on her health and fitness…inspiration to all of us. She keeps challenging herself to be a better version of herself…words for all to live by…

Lloyd is always smiling and have the most positive attitude. He is all about love and laughter. His laughter is infectious…he is all heart.

Lloyd is an excellent chef and up until recently owned a restaurant in Mosselbay, which is now sold.

After this he was asked to chef on a beautiful boat.

 

 

 

For this, he had to get his STCW and is now available for some more of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About four years ago, we were superblessed to have Lloyd chef for us in our very own kitchen which afforded him celebrity status when he were featured in celebrity newspapers.

Seems like they love their celebrity status as it happens  quite often. 

 

 

 

They have been married for more than a year and I felt honored indeed when they asked me to do their ceremony for them.  A stunning forest wedding.

They are a unique couple, well loved and forever sharing the love with everyone…

They have a loving support from their family. We have had the pleasure of meeting both of their parents and relatives and all of them awesome. Lloyd’s beautiful daughter is with us on this photo below.

…we are superblessed

with gratitude to have them as our friends!…

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My Fabulous Friends – Reinhardt and Nadine

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Queen of Hearts

30 May 2018

REINHARDT & NADINE

What a privilege to know these two amazing friends for so many years and to now also have our long time dream come true…to own this piece of the Garden Route together with them.

We met Reinhardt when he was just about to be teenager. He grew up in front of us as his parents, Johan and Este used to work with me in Potgietersrus at our Estate Agency.

Even then, while still at school, Reinhardt and his brother Marnitz, did some maintenance and other odd jobs for pocket money. They were keen entrepreneurs of note…selling sweets at their boarding school in Oudtshoorn and always planning inventive ways to earn an income.

After school, Reinhardt was unsure of a good income in South Africa and so he went traveling and ended up in London where he met his lovely wife, Nadine. They stayed on in London, working hard and smart together and even more important, living frugal, saving every pound they could for nine years.

All those years, they kept inviting us to come visit them in London. They came to visit us often in South Africa and just before they left London for good, we eventually went to visit them in 2009.

We had the most awesome experience as they took time off and became our tour guides.

In my high school years, my friend Ronel and I had a saying – ‘that one day we would shop in Harrods of London’ – well, I had the opportunity to do just that…and what a magnificent building.

Then we had the opportunity to sleep in one of Reinhardt’s clients’ apartment in Chelsey.

After this we traveled the countryside…

I remember a few places…Bakoven comes to mind…we saw magnificent castles…

We went to Nottingham castle as well and had a beer inside the oldest pub.

We so enjoyed spending time with them in London, but even better was when they came and lived in South Africa. They used their savings to buy an awesome home in Milnerton, Cape Town. Working smart once again, they renovated a flat onto their home and the rental income paid for the most of their outstanding bond. They kept renovating and now even have enough space to work their business, ‘Custom Fit’ from home. With the renovation, came celebrity status.

Reinhardt and Nadine has two handsome sons of their own now and he is working with what has always been his passion…wood.  Reinhardt loves treehouses and so build one for his sons….

As mentioned, Custom fit.  Check out the fancy furniture on their website as well as his facebook page. He can also help with whatever request you have.
Reinhardt also loves designing something new…this is one of the two he hammocks he designed for  Africa Burn.

His other passion includes his self-build pipecar. This is his pride and joy and he is talking about making a business of this…

I believe he is onto something once again…

 

Nadine recently stopped working as she has a lot on her plate with their toddler, as well as their special needs baby who was born with Spina bifida.  I tip my hat as to me, she is definitely superwoman.

I have seen Nadine in action work wise, raking in bonus after bonus.  She was an excellent employee working from her office in Cape Town, as well as from home. This is the reason I would like to mention what she did as someone reading this, might know of a job where she might be able to work from home. All she needs is a computer, which she has…

Nadine dealt with all the direct bookings for Asilia Africa…setting up properties on booking.com, expedia, agoda…all sorts of different online travel agents on those platforms.  She also took bookings via those platforms, dealing with the international guests.  She put together tailor made itineraries for South Africans as well as International tourists visiting Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya.

The firm she used to work for has a preferred number of agents they work with. Once she had the booking, she would pass it on and they would then advise on all the necessary travel flights, transfers, extra accommodation etc. Usually it would not just be straight forward. In the Serengeti for example to go from point A to point B, would require park fees or maybe guests would be flying in etc. The agents is better equipped to put together itineraries in that regard, but if it is for Southern African residents or East African residents, she would take those bookings directly and could make all the necessary arrangements. Zanzibar were also one of her destinations, but could be booked through their website….www.asiliaafrica.com.

Together this family makes an awesome team and I am superblessed to know them.

Superblessed with love!

Gratitude for such a beautiful friendship indeed!

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My Fabulous Friends – Martin

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The Queen of Hearts 

30  May 2018                             

 MARTIN

Martin has been our friend and masseuse for a very long time. He is the most positive person I know and I have learned so much from him and still this continues…

He lives on Southern Comfort Ranch,  a farm in Harkerville close to Plettenberg Bay. His family have been living together on this farm for many years. Southern Comfort has always been a horse ranch, where horse riding services were offered with around 35 horses. Only later on the four wheeler’s were introduced. Recently, the horses have been relocated and this part of the services terminated.

I met Magriet, Martin’s Mom, in the year 2000, when I had my advertising business…’The Holiday Maker’.  I use to sell advertising space to them for seven years.

They have been trying slowly, over the years, to migrate away from tourist related income, especially with the horses. There was a time where they were one of ten horse riding services available, but in their area this number has now ventured down to just two.

Volunteers are welcomed on Southern Comfort.

Martin is one of the best masseuse as this is his passion and when someone works his passion, he becomes the best.  Martin also offers massage courses and approaches the body with all its elements – mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic and ancestral. He believes that if we can grasp the importance of what we are about and consistently work with these bodily elements, we can access our super powers. I salute!

Martin prefers to have only two students per course as he wants to forward this importance to his students and therefore needs to provide them with individual attention. In having only two to teach,  he knows that the recurring procedure will be easiest to remember. This way of teaching, will provide the student to not only feel (lying on the table) where muscles are in his own body, but when his turn arrives to massage, he will also know how it feels when you are the receiver. This procedure can easily be remembered as it will be done three times per day, because of fewer students. So Martin will have one student on the table and show the other student what to do, teaching them about the bodies’ anatomy. The student on the table gives feedback the whole time on what he is feeling. They swop after the session and he goes through the whole teaching again. Afterwards Martin receives a massage from each of his students and gives them feedback throughout. This is done either in three to five days. Martin says that this simple way of teaching has proven the most effective. In the beginning of the course, there is too much chatter daily, but within three days they work in silence, because of this simple method of teaching. Martin wants to be absolutely sure that his students have confidence and the knowledge that they are equipped and one hundred percent ready.

He has not been disappointed as his feedback on his courses has been amazing.

Contact Martin for course prices as he is best able to work out a cost to suit your budget.

Recently Martin and his girlfriend Chi-Chi, (about her skills coming soon) took some time out and traveled to Thailand. Usually this would mean expenses and no income. The greatest attribute of being an amazing masseuse, is the fact that you can work anywhere and Martin came back from his holiday with more money than he went with.

Martin became more mobile by buying a bus to have a treatment space easily accessible on the road.

Last year we were superblessed to have Martin and Chi-Chi travel with us to Mozambique. We were on holiday for more than a month, visiting new places and every now and again, Martin made some moola just by doing what he loves to do…how superblessed is he!

Martin also provides a healthier alternative to tobacco which he aptly named ‘Holy Roly’.

Holy Roly is a combination of 15 different organic material and medicinal plant varieties. Martin claims that this tobacco can be healing for lungs and other organs. It can be made into a tea as well which will be beneficial as intestinal bacteria support. Some more uses includes smudging/ incense and even using it in food.

Martin can also be contacted for sacred ceremonies of all sorts.

We were superblessed to have enjoyed a good few Afrika Burn’s with Martin being one of the fire chiefs.  He has become one of the favorites on and off photographs!

…Superblessed to have this fabulous friend!…

Gratitude for your friendship…♡

 

 

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