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Dash and the Rambling Rose

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LET OUR TRAVELS BEGIN …….

Who says a pensioner and her minature Yorkie cannot camp in the back of a Nissan NP 200 bakkie while travelling South Africa? Well Dash and I, known as Dash and his Rambling Rose, decided to take a long slow trek through South Africa. At the moment we are in Kwa Zulu Natal. Some times we will stop and do casual work along the way, sometimes we will hook up with other travelers. And sometimes we will just go with the flow. We also do casual work along our journey. As they say nothing ventured nothing gained.

Dash and the Rambling Rose believe we can travel anywhere, everywhere and anytime. So just keep following us on this blog or Facebook or Instagram.

Dash and I began our travels on the 6th December 2020.

We stayed at Andrew Cochrane’s holiday home in La Mercy for a night. What a beautiful apartment he has in La Mercy with full views of the beach. In fact, you are so close to the beach that you could probably throw a stone into the sea from the verandah. As you can see in the photo on the left Dash and I are passed out on the lounge couch. It was a very sad moment when Erica, Karen and I bid farewell to our Ma Cochrane at the airport as she headed for Cape Town to be with family.

From there Dash and I travelled to Nottingham Road to stay at Glensheiling Caravan Park.

GLENSHEILING CARAVAN PARK

What an awesome place this is. Never have I stayed at a caravan park where I felt at home and happy. The owner made Dash and I feel so welcome. Of course, I cannot ever forget Craig and Linda who were in the campsite next to me. They are travelling as Ford-in-Transit. We also met other beautiful travelers who have packed up and sold their homes, resigned from their jobs or sold their businesses. They are travelling throughout South Africa.

There are amazing people out there! Everyone is so kind, helpful and friendly. Although the travelers are of all ages this is something many pensioners are also doing. People have decided it is time to enjoy what is left of our beautiful country. This they want to do before we lose ownership and sight of it all. Many people travel with their pet dogs… of all sizes and ages. Some travelers even have as many as four dogs who are traveling with them.

Not only do we have our pet dogs with us but we have the interaction of cows mingling amongst the campers in the caravan park.

SETTING UP HOME

Well, we set up home in the back of the Nissan NP200 bakkie. It was quite an ordeal and an experience, but great laughter was enjoyed with this 62 year old pensioner trying to get in and out of the back at night time. This is because the tailgate is too heavy to pull up once I am inside. I have to close it before I get in so the Ford-in-Transit travelers loaned me a ladder to help me get in and out. You can see the ladder in the photo above. The little yellow foot stool I use during the day as I can at least get on to the tail gate that way.

EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT IS “BRAAI NIGHT”

Every Friday night is “braai” night where all campers get together to meet each other and chat about their travels or where they are from or what they are doing in their lives. The atmosphere is awesome and very welcoming.

MY FAULTY POP UP TENT

My first few nights my bakkie leaked on the sides of the canopy so I decided to try using a pop up tent. The camping shop sold it to me as waterproof….. but what a joke! I really was hoping it was going to be my little home with my picket fence together with my bakkie. Unfortunately Dash and I had to go back in to sleeping in the back of the bakkie.

Thank goodness for this young man who helped me fix my bed base and made my bed comfortable to sleep in.

Dash had a huge friend as seen in the photo on the left.. Wow! If he had of eaten him he would have died as well. LOL !!!Dash would have got stuck in his throat and they would have both died!

SETTING UP FOR CAROLS BY CANDLE LIGHT AND FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

EVEN DASH GOT TO ENJOYING BECOMING PART OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATION

A lovely time was had by all at the Christmas Carol singing. People came from as far as Mooi River to join in with us. Later that evening we had a braai and were entertained by Jen from Ehrenbeger’s be Tripping with a magnificent Fire dance out on the river. If you wish to see it please view it on my Facebook group “Dash and his Rambling Rose.”

BREAKFAST WITH THE GUYS FROM DREAM CATCHER!

What a beautiful breakfast a group of us had with the guys from Dream Catcher. We couldn’t have enjoyed a more tasty and filling breakfast than we had that morning. With Kyle being the chef we all just sat back and enjoyed the smell of bacon and eggs being braaied. And then of course, we enjoyed eating every morsel of it.

GOOFY’S DEN (where all the fun happens)

This old man on the left of the photo is Uncle Chris, who is 93 years old and wow, can he play a mean game of pool and chess? To add to it all, at the age of 87, he crafted these images of Goofy and named the entertainment area GOOFY’S DEN. These are just a few photos of them. There are many more he has done which are in Goofy’s Den.

VIEW FROM OUR NEW CAMPSITE AT GLENSHEILING

What a view to wake up to in the morning at 5 a.m. All I needed to do was open up the top door and the tail gate, prop up my pillows and lie there with Dash, in the bakkie, looking at this view! Listening to the birds chirping away, smelling the beautiful fresh air and enjoying the smell of rain and serenity.The campsite was deathly quiet. So peaceful!

Dash and I had such awesome neighbours and we had the pleasure of joining them for a tasty, spicy bunny chow. They were camping to get the feel of what “becoming a traveler” would be like. I think the bug has hit them!

JUST A FEW PHOTOS OF DASH DURING OUR STAY.

I’m sooo hot ma ….. It’s all this hair!!

If you can get into the back of the bakkie off this step so can I!!!! Just watch me mom……

Whew! That was exhausting. Don’t know how my mom does it?

See I did it ma…. but where are you, I can’t see you!!!

SAYING GOODBYE TO GLENSHEILLING FOR A WHILE

Dash and I are going to miss the fun and entertainment we had at Glensheiling Caravan Park. Obviously, not forgetting the birds singing, the quietness in the air, the country feeling, the sitting under the trees. It’s been a very long time since I slept so well. I can’t wait to return in the next week to 10 days.

HIMEVILLE, UNDERBERG – HERE WE COME!

The drive took us about two hours with stopping along the way and dodging the many potholes for 119 kms of the trip. Thank goodness for the beautiful roads otherwise. But the scenery is always so beautiful to lap up and know that this is all God’s creation and beauty. Dash sat in the passenger seat as though he was king.

It was quite strange to walk into the house where I am presently house sitting for a very short while as it was where I helped look after Ma Cochrane before she left. It felt so empty but Dash and I were able to touch base with friends and some of the family.

CASTLEBURN RESORT

On Thursday before Christmas we were invited to friends of mine, Trish and her family, at Castleburn Resort for a beautiful chicken roast. Don’t let me forget about the desert with it’s awesome sauce. The whole meal, besides the company was out of this world.

The photo below shows you the view from the chalet. In fact you can walk straight out the door on to this little dam.

This is one of the equisite lillies in the garden. Aren’t they beautiful?

RESTMOUNT ON THE DRAK GARDENS ROAD

Restmount is based on the beautiful Drak Gardens Road. There are incredible walks. mountains, and beauty 2nd to none, surrounding it.

Dash and I were invited to a church Christmas bring and share lunch there on Christmas day. There were about 20 people or so who all joined together for this occasion. Tremendous fun was had by all and it was just so wonderful to be in the presence of people who love God. It will be an event of part of my journey I will not forget in a hurry. Thanks to all of you and may you all be blessed.

There was so much delicious food that you tended to over pile your plate and force it down.

Time to head home back to Himeville to receive an unexpected heavy hail storm. Thank goodness no damage was done to our little home as I managed to run and park it under some trees.

I am still here in Himeville and am just waiting for the owner to arrive. I have quite a few places to show you in this area and that will follow shortly.

Take care and trust you are all enjoying your Christmas. Stay safe! Especially with the COVID!

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