Slice of Paradise while Wandering Down Memory Lane

Trip Start Mar 08, 2012
Trip End Apr 05, 2012

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Flag of South Africa  , KwaZulu-Natal,
Monday, March 19, 2012

My Mother and I went to spend the weekend with our friends Don and Gilly (and Gilly's Mother, Mrs Reed) who are friends from Melmoth, the small town in Zululand where I grew up and went to school. They now live in the Kwa Wula Nature Reserve with magnificent grasslands, Antelope, Zebra and Warthogs wandering around, a view of forever to and beyond the Albert Falls and Midmar Dams, and just the most wonderful place to live.

We spent the weekend taking in the views, admiring the animals, walking the dogs through the nature reserve, being fed like kings, and going on the Midland Meander.

The Midlands Meander covers a whole area of this part of Kwazulu-Natal where there are a variety of art and craft centres, museums and galleries, restaurants and accommodations, and I am sure much more. After a quick visit to a Belgium-style chocolatier (yum! :-), we stopped in at Ardmore Pottery where my Mother dropped off a vase of hers that needed some repair and TLC. It's a really interesting place where artists produce pottery unlike any I have seen elsewhere, some magnificent pieces, some I will happily continue to live without :-) The great part about this place is that the artists are all local people earning a living while many of them have HIV and AIDS and are being helped to receive the necessary treatments and live a healthy life. There is also a dressage horse part to this place that sits on a beautiful riverside, quite the place!

After a bit of driving around the area and a visit to an antiques place, we stopped in at a lovely organic-style eatery. One last stop to see if we could see the apparent thousands of birds coming home to roost but we were too early in the day for that.

The next day, after a visit into Howick to see the Howick Falls and eat a scrummy toasted sandwich, we set off back to Durban. What a wonderful weekend!
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