A blog about emigrating from SA and for families fragmented by migration.It's about sharing,empathy, compassion & humour; about reflecting on our universal quest for life, security, challenge & growth. Email email@example.com if you'd like your personal journey/story showcased on my BLOG or in my next book! Namaste.
My book 'Scatterlings - A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales' is making great strides... it was initially about AfriKiwi Tales... then it became AfriKiwiOz Tales... but as More Saffer expats from other corners of the globe, such as from the UK, USA and Dubai, have shared an interest in wanting to contribute a snippet of their life experiences/journeys about emigrating from Southern Africa, the name continues to morph...
FROM THIS TO THIS > People out there who want to share their poems, lyrics, short tales, or their favourite handed down Southern African-recipes, for example in my book, (which encompasses my own story, the emigration process from a psychological paradigm and a time-line chapter on political/historical reviews, articles and media reports in Southern Africa from Alan Paton to the present....amongst other chapters, should be ready for publication before the end of 2012 ...) ...are still most welcome to.
I am also keen to hear the stories 'Out the mouths of babes' for the chapter of that title... irrespective if from a 3 year old or a teen... their voices need to be heard regarding their passions, joys and pains, stress, trauma and emotions in their previous land, and likewise regarding their adaptation to a new land; about their perceptions and reflections, what they like/dislike or miss... the process through their eyes...
I can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more info etc or wish to submit a few lines of your own for sharing.
The integrity and authenticity of contributions will be respected. I will have the right to edit work and only include work which retains some level of sensitivity, and is in no way inflammatory. Any contributors would have their inserts previewed by themselves.
Contributions may be anonymous, just initials, new city & country or full names as by personal request.
Primary contributors would be mentioned in the Acknowledgements and would receive a discount on the purchase price of the book.
They say that there are more boats than cars in New Zealand and possibly more sheep than people! The Bay of Islands is the summer boating mecca of NZ. It's a touch of paradise where bays and scattered islands sprawl in interesting patterns into the ocean... as though they have been poured from a bucket from the sky. The desire to be on the water is strong and in many cases it's easier to get from point A to point B by boat or ferry, than to drive around hilly escarpments to the end of a rugged peninsula that juts out into the ocean. Paihia is the idyllic epicentre and hive of activity. I managed to capture these pics of some of the quaint buildings on the quay on a quiet evening.
It was our first trip up North and we revelled in it !
It turned out to be a tourists' delight - (and a romance captured on camera in the middle of the road, for which traffic and pedestrians courteously stopped !) - with backpackers aplenty and a mingle mousse of foreign languages spoken.
It's also a place where one can indulge in an array of activities from helicopter rides, to kayaking, catamaraning, parasailing, swimming with dolphins, ferry and boat trips between islands and to the peninsula, dining on the boat restaurants, staying on a luxury cruiser, amongst others. A must-do is to go on a 4 hour boat trip; to view a large pod of friendly dolphins aside the boat, to wend one's way between the islands, to stop over on an island for a picnic and to go through the mystical Hole in the Rock. Those were the highlights for us !
Russell is an historical town - steeped in early history and reportedly was long ago described as a den of iniquity by Darwin... Long ago there was a whaling station there, and hence the many sailors frequented the rather raucous and lewd nightlife of Russell. Now it's a gentle and respectable village which thrives on tourism; the old and restored buildings home to a buzz of restaurants and holiday lodges. It's accessible by ferry, else one must drive around the peninsula.