A day on the farm

A day on the farm

05 September 2014 My dear friends, what a day we had today!! Last night over supper, Rosemary turned to me and asked, “Have you ever gone apple-picking, Flat Kathy?” “No,” I said, shaking my head regretfully. “Reggie had wanted to take me strawberry picking… and cherry picking… but I wasn’t in South Africa at the … Continue reading

A Labor Day Party

A Labor Day Party

1 September 2014 My dear friends, I cannot wait to tell you how much fun I had today with Rosemary and Basil! A few days ago, I learned that Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first weekend of September; this public holiday honors all the workers who have contributed to the economic development and prosperity … Continue reading

We go shopping

We go shopping

30 August 2014 My hosts in Virginia, Rosemary and Basil, have really made me feel like I am part of their family. Today, we went shopping together. They even allowed me to help push the shopping trolley for them, while they bought some things for the house. It seems that they only moved to Virginia … Continue reading

Whack! Smash! Sprint….!

Whack! Smash! Sprint….!

26 August 2014 Like Reggie’s mom Karin, back in faraway Cape Town, my hosts in Virginia also seem to be big fans of tennis. My arrival coincided with the start of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Rosemary, Basil and I sat down to watch the first rounds of this huge tournament, to determine the best … Continue reading

Hello, Virginia!

Hello, Virginia!

25 August 2014 I have arrived in Virginia! As you know, my New Jersey family – Paprika and Oregano – had dropped me off at their local post office a few days ago. I was already missing them – and particularly playful little Otis and cuddly Linus. Although I was traveling in a comfortable, padded … Continue reading

I’m off to Virginia

I’m off to Virginia

23 August 2014 After our Alaskan adventure, we were all happy to return to sunny summer weather in New Jersey. Paprika and I spent a few days relaxing in the courtyard and garden, but we both knew that I would be leaving again soon. “Flat Kathy, it’s time for you to continue with your travels. … Continue reading

Making the most of our last day in Alaska

Making the most of our last day in Alaska

15 August 2014 Our Alaskan adventure was coming to an end, but our long flight back to the east coast didn’t leave until late afternoon. Paprika and Oregano decided to squeeze in a visit to one more museum before heading to the airport. During our trip through Alaska, we have all been fascinated by how … Continue reading

A Day in Denali National Park

A Day in Denali National Park

14 August 2014 Today we went to visit Denali National Park and Preserve. This park is 7,370 square miles and covers over 6 million acres. The stewards of the park have kept it intact and it appears today, much has it did hundreds of years ago. The park is home to what rangers refer to … Continue reading

At sea – At last!

At sea – At last!

13 August 2014 The unrelenting rain and fog continued to be unrelenting, but we were FINALLY able to go out on a glacier cruise. Despite the rain and fog, Captain Steve took Paprika, Oregano and two other soggy souls out to see tidewater glaciers. We had to take an abbreviated tour because the weather and … Continue reading

On the Kenai Peninsula

On the Kenai Peninsula

10 August 2014 Our Alaskan adventure continues and so too does the rain. Thankfully, Paprika, Oregano and I have all the appropriate rainy weather attire, so we’ve been out and about enjoying ourselves. We may be soggy and starting to develop mildew, but we’re still having fun. Yesterday we left Girdwood to drive south to … Continue reading

A rainy day in Alaska

A rainy day in Alaska

09 August 2014 As predicted, our boat tour of the glaciers and marine animals of Prince William Sound was canceled due to bad weather. We were all disappointed, but high winds, pouring rain and rough seas would have turned my sunny yellow complexion green with seasickness. Paprika and Oregano chalked it up as part of … Continue reading

Dog sledding vicariously

Dog sledding vicariously

8 August 2014 My dear friends and readers, As you may know from my previous posts, I am currently having an Alaskan Adventure with my friends, Paprika and Oregano. I learned yesterday that we are approximately 16,860 km away from Cape Town, which is where I was just a few weeks ago! It feels almost … Continue reading

Greetings from Girdwood

Greetings from Girdwood

7 August 2014 We arrived safely in Anchorage, then drove to the small town of Girdwood. It’s a beautiful little town surrounded by mountains topped with glaciers. There is an amazing view, no matter which direction I turn my head! Today we took a tram to the top of Mount Alyeska for even more spectacular … Continue reading

A new twist to jetlag

A new twist to jetlag

6 August 2014 As you know, I’m no stranger to jet lag. Alaska is four hours behind the east coast of the U.S. where Paprika and Oregano live. I was expecting to have to do some adjusting to the time change. Paprika told me that during the summer, Alaska can have as much as 23 … Continue reading

Almost halfway to Anchorage

Almost halfway to Anchorage

5 August 2014 After a 6-hour flight from New Jersey, we have reached Seattle, Washington! I had a quick chance to email a photo to my friend Reggie in South Africa, and asked her to post it on my blog for me. Paprika tells me that we are now more than halfway to Anchorage, Alaska. … Continue reading

Packed and ready!

Packed and ready!

5 August 2014 As you probably know, I am currently staying with my friend Paprika (who runs her very own blog over here) and her husband Oregano, and their two playful kitties, Linus and Otis. They live in New Jersey, which is in the Eastern United States. A few days ago, just after I had … Continue reading

Just chilling with my friends

Just chilling with my friends

30 July 2014 What a busy weekend we had! The balloons at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning launched Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Paprika said I must be a good luck charm because they haven’t had a balloon festival with such cooperative weather in many years. Saturday night we watched the balloons with Paprika and … Continue reading

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

27 July 2014 What an exciting day I’ve had! After my long voyage across the Atlantic, I arrived in Paprika and Oregano’s mailbox safe and sound. I was so excited when Paprika opened the envelope and I got to stretch my legs. And my friends looked so happy to see me again, that any anxiousness … Continue reading