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On Thursday the 28th June 2012 I set foot on South African soil for the first time - it was meant to be for a short period of cover as Operations Director but actually lasted a lot longer than the four weeks originally planned. Having closed the Frimley plant a day earlier it was in some ways nice to be out of the UK. Little did I realize how long I would be out of the UK in the following year.
In the intervening year I have spent 21 weeks in South Africa, 12 weeks ...
... is housed atop the highest view point in Pretoria. Completed in 1913 these building were the largest building in South Africa at the time. An extensive garden lays at its feet in front of a view over the beginnings of its ruled land. Seeing them at night was worth braving the cold, as nobody was around and everything was lit up making it look so majestic.
Tracey arranged with her bosses for us to be able to go into work with her to use the internet. Unfortunately this did ...
... day. The jakaranda flower that fell on my lap through the open car window should have been a sign that it was going to be a good day we returned to the Italian Embassy. What relief and joy to find our Visa has been approved!
We could go ahead with our planning to spend 22 days exploring Italy, Austria and Switzerland's winter wonderland!
We will be meeting soon! :)
... getting the group together, sorting food out, buying grog and other essentials for the trip, checking the vehicles over and getting them ready for our safari.
In amongst all that we grabbed some time to see a few of the sites. This year we finally got to the Elephant Sanctuary, which is out near the Hartbeespoort Dam, about an hour and a bit drive from the Farm Inn. Here they take elephants that could be ...
... while I'm at it. The days are mild, but the temperature really plummets as soon as the sun goes down to just about freezing. The winter months here are also characterised by no rain, and so the tundra is tinder-dry. Bush fires are commonplace, to the point of being ignored. So as Rhian and I were cooing over the fact that whole fields were on fire by the roadside, no one here really seems to give two hoots. The only acknowlesdgement of them so far from ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet