31 July 2017 On Saturday evening, it had been too windy for the balloons to be launched (see yesterday’s blogpost) – but during the last launch of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, we were treated to quite a show. Normally the launch on Sunday is smaller than on the other nights because many of … More Balloons everywhere!
30 July 2017 This weekend is going to be an exciting one, Flat Kathy,” announced Paprika at breakfast one morning. “It’s the 35th annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.” Ooh, now doesn’t that sound quite marvelous? My friends explained to me what it … More My hopes of seeing a hot air balloon pop
23 July 2017 I have finally recovered from jet lag after my lengthy trip to the United States. Last night I went with Paprika and Oregano to meet their traveling companions: Cheerio and Chamomile. (Don’t you just love their names? I sure do…) They were so welcoming to me and are excited to have me … More I meet my fellow travellers
18 July 2017 My dear friends, I am sure you will be happy to hear that I have survived my long-haul flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town to the United States. Reggie had tucked me into my bubble-wrap envelope only ten days earlier, and here I am, on the other side of the … More A kitty-cat welcome at Paprika and Oregano
07 July 2017 My South African family and I had barely returned to Cape Town last weekend, when I received a most marvelous invitation via a comment on my blog. We had spent most of Sunday unpacking and tidying things away after our three-week journey around Europe, and I had helped Reggie to download all … More Goodbye Cape Town – USA, here I come!
Saturday, 10 June 2017 After resting a little at Hotel Emma, our home in Rotterdam for the week (blog), we were ready for a little adventure. We decided to take the train to Delft, a very pretty town about 16 km north of Rotterdam. We were joined by two of Richard’s colleagues from work, Donald … More An outing to pretty Delft: Quaint canals, church towers and crunchy chips
Saturday, 10 June 2017 After all the excitement of flying from Cape Town to Amsterdam, and then taking the train to Rotterdam Central Station, my friends and I were feeling rather tired. We walked south along the Westersingel with our heavy suitcases and rucksacks, until we reached the hotel, where we would be staying for … More Hotel Emma, Rotterdam: Our home from home
Saturday, 10 June 2017 Our fast intercity train did not take long to reach Rotterdam Central Station. This is a very odd-looking building – someone remarked that it resembles the open mouth of a shark about to leap out of the water. What do you think? I was very hungry and thirsty by then, so … More Arriving in Rotterdam
Saturday, 10 June 2017 Did you figure out where we were going from the photo I posted a few days ago? Well done! Yes, we are in The Netherlands! On Friday night (yesterday), I flew into Schiphol Airport Amsterdam with my dear friends Richard and Reggie. We shared a cup of tea at Cape Town … More We fly to Amsterdam!
09 June 2017 It has been a very busy morning for us. Reggie and I dashed about doing some last-minute shopping for our big trip to Europe. I had asked Reggie whether we could take some gifts with us, that we could give to friends overseas. We got some delicious chocolates, which were handmade right … More Botanical tea and curious dachshunds among the flowers