We had a couple of uneventful days hacking across the north west of South Africa on our way back to Donkey Valley farm, where we volunteered as WWOOFers at the beginning of the year.
It was fabulous to go back to somewhere that is so special to us. While some things have changed since Jeanne & Hannes separated, many things have not. On arrival we were greeted by the larger than life Hannes, who promptly had to dash back into his dental laboratory to finish making some teeth. We had a joyous first evening back on the farm with steaks on the braai and rum in our hands reminiscing about old times.
It was certainly a pleasure to have a couple of weeks off the road with a proper bed to sleep on. We got stuck into a few small projects on the farm and did some maintenance on the Landy and our equipment. Thanks to Hannes' leather craft skills we have made extensive repairs to our Chinese made camping chairs that now boast leather corners and should last a lifetime!
We were able to watch quite a few of the rugby games, sadly seeing our respective national teams of South Africa, England and Wales all getting knocked out!
We visited Jeanne in Newcastle a couple of times and enjoyed meeting the new arrival in her family, her horse Sarkey's foal.
After a couple of weeks R&R and with our batteries recharged we hit the road again, bound for Swaziland. En-route we dropped in somewhat unannounced on our Irish friend Mark in neighbouring Wakkerstroom and he very kindly offered us a hearty meal and bed for the night.
We leave South Africa a bit spoiled and will have to adjust again to life on the open road and living out the back of the Landy!