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Piers and Lin du Pré are the owners of the Fleming 55 Play d'eau, based in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350.

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It’s Christmas!

Play d'eau follows the bright star

May we immediately assure everyone that our radio silence for the last two years has not been because we’ve finally navigated to the great marina in the sky.

No. With considerable quantities of fuel left in life’s tanks, we’ve loved many months in the magnificent country of South Africa,… …

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Safari to South Africa

Aslan rules over his Kingdom

What a two and a half months of sheer adventure. We drove across magnificent mountain ranges, extensive plateaus, visited a crane sanctuary, saw four of the Big 5 in a private game reserve, sampled some of South Africa’s finest food and wines, met our new family members again and made so many friends. Oh, and I had an infected wisdom tooth pulled out. …

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Play d’eau and South Africa

the sun rises over cowes in the solent

Having prepared our Fleming 55, Play d’eau, for the journey, Kim and I left sunny Beaucette soon after midday delivering a long and triumphant blast of the Kahlenbergs to echo around the marina’s quarry walls, and set sail (set motor?) for the journey.

Not bound for South Africa but Southampton via Alderney where we’d have a few hours break for supper. …

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My favourite pics of Lin

Taken on Table Mountain, Cape Town

I love these two pics of Lin.

I sneaked them whilst in South Africa…. …

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Homeward bound

"The wheel on the front goes round and round'

Well, we’re homeward bound. After a magnificent and glorious three weeks in South Africa, we have travelled from Cape Town to Durban to Amsterdam and will shortly leave for Guernsey.

Having taken afternoon tea at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel (as a chap and chapess do), we stayed at the Granny Mouse Country Lodge some 90 minutes west of Durban for one night before catching an Emirates flight to Amsterdam …

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Plant life

Although it was Autumn, there were still some magnificent flowers in full display whilst leaves and vegetation were showing their vibrant autumnal colours.

Wherever possible, we made use of sunrise and sunset light.

One big problem – we know the names of some, well two or three, but the majority leave us guessing… …

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Animal life

As our visit to South Africa draws to a close, here are pics of the various animals we saw whilst on our journeys.

In the next posts we’ll showcase the vivid colours of the flowering plants we’ve found and finally, a summary of our whole magnificent tour …

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Rosendal to Oudtshoorn

Alternating red and white, a wall of colour was created

After our two nights at the Rosendal Winery, the drive to Altes Landhaus (Schoemanschoek, Oudtshoorn) was greater in distance and greater in beauty if the latter was at all possible.

The enormity of the endless, dry, arid mountain ranges, the range of colours, the ostriches, baboons and other animals we couldn’t identify, was captivating. …

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Apartheid and Reconciliation

Langer township's African Gospel Church

We had no idea how much today’s tour of a township, District 6 and Robben Island, was going to affect us.

Our guide warned us that we may find this tour somewhat gruelling. He was right, so very right. …

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Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town

We arrived at the start of our South African extravaganza at this magnificent old colonial-style hotel, the Mount Nelson Hotel, late last Sunday evening after an unexpectedly prolonged journey.

We’ve packed so much into the last three days. The weather has been unexpectedly perfect with temperatures in the high twenties, cloudless skies and a gentle cooling breeze …

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