Thursday, June 21, 2012


So we've just passed our one week mark in Hogsback. The guys have been working really hard putting up Louis' first tunnel on the MyLife foundation's Eco Village next door, and there are many more plans in line for new projects in the next couple of months. Go to our projects page to see photographs of the construction so far :) other than that we've done some really beautiful walks and exploring missions, and made some great new friends.. so check that out too on the snippets page. Exciting things to come with Grahamstown Festival just around the corner. Yuss! Sending you all love from the chilly mountain top. x

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

to the mountains

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options.

You can climb it and cross to the other side.

You can go around it.

You can dig under it.

You can fly over it.

You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there.

You can turn around and go back the way you came.

Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” 

- Vera Nazarian

After our two days in J-bay which turned out to be a week- we headed on our way up the coast and inland to Hogsback. We spent our first night at Away with the Fairies- thanks Zanne for hooking us up with such a great room. Snow on the Gaika's kop means camping would have been a liiiitle chilly. Then yesterday we moved on over to where we are now- cosily settled in a cottage with good friends (four and two-legged) and  lush greenery everywhere. Its cold up here, but there's an awesome indoor fireplace and a great big pit just outside and plenty of wattle to burn. Looking forward to some good forest missions and some OB's snow shindiggidys! 

First night - away with the fairies

our cosy cottage fireplace- roaring this morning

 view from the front door

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

hello again old friend

There was a huge storm on Tuesday night- thunder, lightning, rain, the lot- so things got a little soggy down at the horse paddocks where we were camping. The fireplace inside the log cabin was roaring while it thundered down outside- and full bellies of delicious vegetable bake we helped prepare sorted us out. We (reluctantly) left Wild Spirit yesterday after a slow, cold, drizzly day reading books with cats and having good chats, and headed further up the coast to Jeffrey's Bay. Having lived here for several months while working at Ubuntu, we're happy to be back and to see all the familiar faces again. Jeff's already out grabbing waves down at Supertubes, big grey clouds overhead and pumping! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

cruising through

So we've taken off and left Sedgefield- what an amazing foundation point. We're certainly going to miss the colourful people and places we connected with. But leaving one place opens up the doors for arriving at a new place...

We drove yesterday (car packed to the brim once again) to Natures Valley where we stayed the night at Wild Spirit Backpackers, camping in a horse paddock underneath the 'sunset tree'. What an awesome place! We went for a walk through the Magical Forest and found some interesting trees and frogs! Then we came back and chilled with some new friends.. and got stuck in working for our dinner: we brought out the pasta machine, once again, and churned out lasagne sheets for a huge load of veggie lasagne. Delish! Early to bed and early to rise and now here we are watching the sun rise over the mountains. Can't wait for more exploring today!