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Do I detect as mile? An approving nod? You’re shaking your head in disbelief when you look at the cover? We certainly had some fun with it and, really, who can resist those two adorable creatures peeping out at us, over the onderdeur? (I think one of them is standing on tippy toes.)
Talking of sheep, Ann Gadd, author of that humorous little book Things ewe never kn’ewe about South African place names, takes us on a jolly up and down the coast to uncover some of the more unusual and quirky names of beaches and seaside villages. Like Haga-Haga, which boasts a pub and a museum in the library. Other than that there’s not much to do but relax, switch off your cellphone and ponder on the meaning of life, and why the village has such a strange name (Fun and Names page 50).
On the other hand, Sue Adams’ idea of the slow life is sitting on the stoep, cracking and snacking on nuts, quaffing away and gazing into the Lowveld distance. Unfortunately her Zen moment is shattered, quite literally, when she discovers that, as delicious as they are, macadamias are pretty damn hard to crack (Cracking Macs Will Drive You Nuts page 94).
Karooster Chris Marais, who incidentally also snapped our cover image, can spin quite the yarn and always makes me smile. More often laugh out loud. So what better company for a roadtrip or four through the Eastern Cape Karoo than Chris and his delightful wife Julienne du Toit. They point out the best padstalls, pubs and stopovers, and introduce us to the wonderful folk in every dorp from Steynsburg to Steytlerville, (Kings of the Road page 22).
But hold on to your hats when you meet deejay Chris Prior, the one and only Rock Professor of the 80s, who began his career at Capital Radio. Recently Chris and his wife debunked to the countryside where he is spreading the rock n roll gospel via podcasts. It’s a given that he’ll get your feet tapping and lift your mood (Professor Boogie Goes to Greyton page 54).
Can you imagine the Candid Camera moment when Andrea Abbott and her two girlfriends discover a scantily clad gentleman reclining on the top bunk of their small dorm? The brief encounter became the prelude to a much bigger but equally entertaining adventure on the Sani Pass Wild Flower Walk (High on Flowers page 28).
And there’s a bellyful of laughter – and good food – waiting at Salt Rock on the North Coast where the fun-loving Lund girls of Delish Sisters prepare a Harvest Table and pour G&T house specials. Try the rooibos, peach and honey. And then eat and be merry. Nita Hazell Editor
Psst... Did you hear the one about the accountant who is having difficulty sleeping at night? “Have you tried counting sheep?” asks the doctor. “That’s the problem,” says the accountant. “I make a mistake and spend the next six hours trying to find it.”