An Elephant in my Suitcase

I am a child of Africa, born in Zimbabwe and grew up on a beautiful tobacco and cattle farm. I’ve moved countless times and do not really know where I want to put down my forever roots.
My stories are short spurts of adventures through life all over, how and where I travel, funny happenings and the harsh reality of depression who most of us have met.

You are here to escape the humdrum of life and boring chores in small bites, between hanging the washing and going to the next office meeting.

You’ll discover I am cautious though adventurous. An extroverted introvert. And, just like you, hungry to discover new things, the why of the way we feel, new cultures and countries – and hey, ho – everyday life through fresh eyes.
My packing advice is to take your passport, medical kit, credit card .. and your smile.

Welcome all Flying Sardines

Welcome all Flying Sardines

Fasten your seatbelts …... for some on-board ramblings. Let me introduce to you to lovely Peach Piche, the owner of Fresh Eyes and founder of Drinkerbell (founded after her daughter's drink was spiked). Peach has a humour to wish for and contagious enthusiasm for life...

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Zagreb’s gastronomical delights

Zagreb’s gastronomical delights

She was just a whistle stop who has a never ending story of gastronomical delights, ancient buildings, friendly people and – well, more delicious food. What a wonderful surprise awaited us, who would have guessed us eating our way around the beautiful capital of Croatia

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Introducing Ralph Sibande, my Guest Writer

Introducing a humble guest writer who ‘sings’ stories. He has a large following throughout South Africa, in fact also around the world, amongst fellow bush lovers and visitors to the Kruger National Park.
An Elephant in my Suitcase features at least one story a month for your enjoyment.
Thank you Ralph Sibande
Keep on keeping on

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World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day

Hi, are you here because you love elephant? World Elephant has just passed and each year I summarise the progress or deterioration of the care of or destruction of these wonderful giants. We need to be the voices for our wildlife.

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Etched into the palm of your hands, your life

Etched into the palm of your hands, your life

When quirky things fascinate a person, set them free to learn & discover. Are you aware of the special story engrained in the lines running through your hands, your skin and even the moons in peeping through your nails! Stop thinking hocus pocus and be sensible – they are there just as skin blemishes show sun damage and liver spots from lifestyle and genetic make up. Pop on over for a read

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Coffee – that golden magic

Say what, said the monkey to the kangaroo..... Well, hello again - coffee drinkers - and a few teapots and some teetotalers. You will regret abstaining from alcohol when you visit us for a dinner with more than 5 other people - remember, dog pellets served with warm...

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Cappuccino Coffee on the move

Cappuccino Coffee on the move

Driving instructions & learning to be a Barista level out the playing fields And so it goes………… “Oh, through a veil of mist Sipho asks – “so what do you think you did wrong there?”.  Wrong there – flip I’m trying to put the indicator on, watch the road,...

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HSP, my Doggie and Me

HSP, my Doggie and Me

Can you hear your pet talk? Do you listen to their thoughts and follow their guidance? Stop, hear and love. Let them take your hand in time of need – they are here for you too. Oh we are so blessed to share our lives with dogs and cats and … horses too.

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A blend of Highly Sensitive people, Coffee and Me

A blend of Highly Sensitive people, Coffee and Me

In a world where life becomes a bit hairy because the volume has been turned too high, you smell smells acutely & things taste wierd. Too much is going on at one time …. in a rush and your mind turns to mush. Relax, have a look at yourself & laugh. It’s not that bad. Maybe you are a little different (and that is okay), or a family member is – or perhaps a friend. Time to understand HSP and no coffee.

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Mozambique, Africa

Mozambique, Africa

Plagues of Africa, experienced in Moz on this trip. Mosquitoes, floods and traffic police. Mix in the ingredients of smiles, cashew nuts and perfect seaside. Oh what a mix of colours, tastes, sounds and feelings.

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