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A-maz-ing!! A few shots to show you just how a-maz-ing! I took these photos on our morning and evening games rides.

   

  

  

    
 

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Holiday time and off on the Garden Route. We chose an excellent company, Audley Travel, to organise our trip and Ilios Travel were our tour guide and transport along the way. Our guide was Fizel and he couldn’t have been more helpful and informative.

  
We’ve had an amazing journey across the South African landscape, seen caves, ostriches and had a few close up encounters with the wildlife. One was with a monkey at Monkey World who, completely out of the blue,  jumped up and stole my glasses off my face. Fortunately after following and coaxing the guide managed to retrieve them. The next was at the Serval enclosure at Tenikwa when one of the servals decided to scent mark me by rubbing his head all over my feet and then attempting to take a chunk out of my shins, quite scary.

We had an amazing experience with the elephants, walking along with their trunks in our hands and then stroking and feeding them. They were lovely rescue elephants and two of them had no feeling tips to their trunks because they had been caught in a trap so they had to be retrained to suck up their food and blow into their mouths otherwise they would have died of starvation.

  
Off on safari next to Shamwari.

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This group have really raised the bar for workshop venues. We were at the Old Mutual near Kirstenbosch and the catering was superb with a two course sit down meal at lunch and delicious snacks, teas and coffees not to mention the amazing gardens. Another very hardworking group that were a joy to teach and thanks again to them for looking after me so well, I am really looking forward to a return visit. 

    
    
 

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 Some shots of the Pretoria Botanic Gardens, sadly in need of some rainfall, they have been experiencing a heat wave plus drought conditions so not looking their best. Plus a shot of the students hard at work, and they really did work hard which made my job that much easier. Thanks to them for being so interested even though many of them are water colour painters primarily, and thanks for looking after me so well. I really enjoyed my time here.

  
  
   
  

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This is where I’ll be resting my head for the next few nights, a delightful b & b in Pretoria called Weavind Place. The garden is beautiful and there’s a bird fest going on all the time. Main feeding time 6.30a.m. so I’m told, I’ll most probably miss out on most of that. They are officially having a heat wave here so v hot. Still mustn’t grumble, it’s a job!!!

   
 

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