Soon I’ll be moving down to Somerset West in the Cape after living in Durban for over 20 years.
Although I’m excited to move, there’s a lot I’m going to miss.
My Durban family and friends
This, of course, tops the list. I will miss my sister Ann and her family They have always had an open door, and whenever I got sick of my own company I could always gate crash.
Meet Lexi on Instagram @lexi_rescuepup
Left: Ralph, Ann and Lexi (a rescue dog that was supposed to be a Jack Russell, but is more of a greyhound!!)
Right: About to go frogging with Nick Evans – all prepared with our gumboots. The wine was an added bonus.
Meet Nick on Facebook @KZNHerpConservation
Over the years I’ve also made some very good friends, some going back over 20 years.
It’s going to be tough leaving them and no doubt I will often hanker after them.
The wonderful wildlife right next door to me in Durban
Across the road from my home in Durban is beautiful luxuriant bush and is the home of many birds, two troops of Vervet monkeys as well as a large family of Banded Mongoose.
Every morning, especially in summer I’m woken to the sound of birds welcoming the new day. When the annual visitors, such as Diederick Cuckoo arrive for the summer it’s even more exciting.
My favourite annual visitor is a pair of Yellow-billed kites who nest each year nearby.
The Red-capped Robin-Chat is my favourite winter visitor when he comes to escape the cold weather further inland.
Vervet monkeys can be real nuisances when they break in and ransack your kitchen leaving a mess. However, they’re so cute, entertaining and I cannot help but love these little critters. I will miss bumping into them on my way home.
I was always so excited to see this family of mongoose whenever they appeared on the side of the road home. Occasionally I was treated to seeing their minute babies being carried acro the road to safety. Never did I tire of these interesting creatures.
Early morning walks on Durban’s promenade
Often we were treated to beautiful sunrises during our walks. The coffee at Bike and Bean was an added bonus.
Sunrise + Bike & Bean Coffee = Blissful start to the day
While paging through my new diary for 2019 (I’m still one of ‘those’ who uses a paper diary), I found a quote from Billy Cox :
“You don’t have to close the book to start a new chapter”.
With my looming move to the Western Cape, I’ll be starting a new chapter – not closing the book.