2016 was ‘The Year of Goodbyes’. It started with me mourning the death of my Dad who died in November the previous year. In July I had to say goodbye to my son Devan and his beautiful wife when they immigrated to Australia. In September the same year, I bid a sad farewell to my mother who died peacefully at the ripe old age of 82.
Now half-way through December, after hauling out my 2017 photos, I realized this had been a far better year. Below are photos of some of the highlights. It’s pretty photo intensive, so just keep scrolling
2017 Visit to Sydney
Being an outdoor fanatic, lover of nature and passionate about birds, I found time to birdwatch often and visit some magnificent nature reserves around Sydney.
April saw me somewhere in the middle of the ocean aboard the MSC Sinfonia with almost 2000 birders. We spent four days scouring the sky for pelagic birds and were treated with albatrosses, petrels, skuas, and shearwaters to name a few, never mind some amazing mammals such as pilot whales. (Watch a 3 minute video on this trip)
2017 Flock at Sea on MSC Sinfonia
Birdwatching takes me to some beautiful places, these were just a few of them:
West Coast of South Africa
2017 Cape Town & Surrounds (family included!)
2017 – Another Good-Bye
This time, I had to see Tami and Shane move to Johannesburg. At least it is not too far. As a result, I’ve visited Joburg a few times already. Love their markets, and hope to discover more in the new year.
Sibling weekend in Mkuze
The year closed spending a weekend in Mkuze Game Reserve with my four siblings. This was one of my father’s favourite places and so we chose Nsumu Pan in Mkuze to celebrate our parents’ lives and the wonderful memories they had created for us.
What was your year like? Hope you enjoyed healthy family time, a little bit of travel, had an opportunity to chase your passion, and say few or better still, no ‘good-byes’.