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These rocks look like wrinkles in time, and sit quite majestically along the pristine stretches of white sand. What a privilege to be in the Southern Hemisphere, where Sumemer is now, and the cold winter of England is far away this week. Beautiful scenery,  as far as the eye can see..

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Four years ago today, and we are back in Cape Town, South Africa


2011- We sailed round the world with a 3 day stopover in Cape Town
Los Angeles/San Pedro, California, USA to SOTON, South Hampton, United Kingdom
Irresistible, is a good way to describe it. @3,500 ft above sea level, it is the oldest mountain on Earth, 6x older than The Himalayas. The rocks at the summit reminded me of Honningsvåg Norway and the Arctic Circle glacier stones-truely amazing. Happy to duplicate ,Christ the Redeemer Art Deco statue pose  of Jesus Christ in Rio.

Hope lies on Table Mountain-the exact vista that Nelson Mandela looked out from his prison on Robben Island that kept him going.It is an important piece of SA culture I will take back with me and share the legacy.
Our "ocean" view
@The Table Bay Hotel

Here in Northe Cape, in the Arctic Circle, looks to me a lot like Table Mountain 

The first time we were  in Cape Town, was a three day port of call on our 2011 World Cruise:

Headed To Oz


  Are We Clear-Crystal!

Fly a Russian MiG-29 at Mach 2  or Take A World Cruise in Zero Gravity- I'll take things that I know for $60,000 Alex.

Ports of Call:
  • Mooréa, Society Islands
  • Bora Bora, Society Islands
  • Nuku'Alofa, Tonga
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Napier, New Zealand
  • Christchurch/Lyttleton, New Zealand
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Bali/Pedang Bay, Indonesia
  • Kuala Lumpur/Port Kelang, Malaysia
  • Yangon/Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Cochin, India
  • Marmagao, India
  • Mauritius/Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bom Bom Island, Principe
  • Takoradi, Ghana
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Lautoka, Fiji
  • Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Picton, New Zealand
  • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns, Australia
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mumbai (Bombay), India
  • Malé, Republic of Maldives
  • St-Denis, Réunion, France
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • Lomé, Togo
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • London/Dover, England

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Tried my hand at Flower Picking today. The crew I worked with were a rag tag bunch of guys with good stories and a variety of quirks and unique experiences that they willingly shared with me. 
One guy, Dan, a Boat Captain in the Summer season, said Ámerican? Don't they do this on the chain gangs in Lousiana prisons...picking flowers I mean'... Apparently I got high marks as I lasted the full day...The back braking work sometimes has people quit as quickly as 40 minutes!

The Isles of Scilly are patchworked with tiny fields surrounded by high protective hedges that, during the winter, are filled with flowers. Over a dozen different varieties of narcissi are grown on the Islands which bloom much earlier than in other parts of the UK, thanks to the temperate climate. The first flowers are cut in October, depending on the weather of course, and the last in March, giving a good winter crop and making flowers the main agricultural product on the Islands.

The flowers are picked whilst still in bud, so that by the time they reach the shops on the mainland, they are still at their best and will last the longest. The winter work serves a good purpose in that those who work for the summer tourist industry can often find employment out of season.

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2021, a year of Archipelagos for Sarah, Skyelark and me -Bahamas, Shetland, and next week IOS, Isles of Scilly. Actually Scilly is a ‘they’. An archipelago of 140 or so islands, islets and rocks.

Where is it? When you reach Land’s End...keep going(by air or sea) 28 miles due South. We will be in St. Mary’s, the largest of the islands at 2½ miles by 1¾ miles. It is home to most of the people of the Isles of Scilly.


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 Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. Dubbed: antifragile, these are things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. Shetland has definitely provided an anti fragile worls. now as we reentet  into the  CZs Comfort Zones of English Country life, time to reflect, appreciate and enjoy what was missing for these past 4 months- comforts

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