Ruda Land­man has it her way

When you’re a TV vet­eran, one thing is for sure: you’re al­most guar­an­teed to be city­bound. But Ruda Land­man likes to have her bread but­tered on both sides…

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We learnt the ex­pres­sion “You can have the penny and the bun” from a friend of my hus­band’s. I’m an ur­ban per­son who en­joys the va­ri­ety of friends, hang­outs, book shops and pos­si­bil­i­ties in gen­eral that city life af­fords me. But I hate noise. I want to re­turn to peace and quiet, prefer­ably with­out (strange) peo­ple. That’s a tall or­der! Her­manus, where we’ve been spend­ing De­cem­bers for nearly 20 years, of­fers me my city penny and my si­lence bun. It has the nicest book shops I’ve ever come across, and dozens of lovely spots for so­cial­is­ing within walk­ing and driv­ing dis­tance.

So many of our friends have re­tired there that our so­cial cal­en­dar could be a lot busier than at home in Jo­han­nes­burg (but we man­age it strictly – it’s the hol­i­days after all).

Yet it’s also about the soul food in the si­lence and the beauty that you can find there. Yes, the town has burst its seams in the past few years and over Christmas it’s packed, but you can de­camp to your stoep, be­tween the moun­tains and the ocean, or go for a walk in Fern­kloof and be as­tounded by a sin­gle vy­gie, or find a bench high above the waves and watch day turn into night.

The penny and the bun.

Ruda Land­man is a jour­nal­ist renowned for her award-win­ning work on the in­ves­tiga­tive TV pro­gramme Carte Blanche.

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