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Just Knock on the Tree

The Odyssey of the Coddiwompling Tortoise – Rozinante – and The Storyteller

(Coddiwomple: to travel in a purposeful manner toward a vague destination.)

A Higgledy-Piggledy Success

I thought I had seen it all … until I discovered Hard Body Chicken and rubbed shoulders with royalty.

Jazz club enthusiasts. Image Judy Barnes.

The rustic facade hides many treasures. Image Judy Barnes.

Mpho Cornelius Ko Kasi owner. Image Judy Barnes.

The boma. Image Judy Barnes.

Lawrence Nels makes great pizzas and serves refreshments. Image Judy Barnes.

Visitor accommodation. Image Judy Barnes.

I was surprised to discover a number of tents for visitors’ accommodation. They were fully kitted out, right down to a torch with an ablution block close by.

Point a camera at children and you create a whole new story. Image Judy Barnes.

There was a snake park that was supposed to be opening soon and a tour around a Tswana village to learn about the traditions and food is proving very popular. Trips to the famous Wonderwerk Caves about 43km away is also high on tourists’ and locals’ lists alike, of must-do things.

Tourism and hospitality awards line the walls. Image Judy Barnes.

The giant Morabaraba board for serious contenders. Image Judy Barnes.

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Hi, I’m Judy

My maiden name was Hawkins and perhaps that explains why I love travelling. Sir John Hawkins, who sailed for Queen Elizabeth I, was supposed to be related to me. Possibly, that may only be a fanciful notion on the part of my late father and in any case, I can’t be overly proud of the fact. Hawkins was responsible for discovering the use of tobacco by the Native Americans, returning to England with it and the process of smoking in 1565. Not to mention the dreadful fact that he was also a slave trader.

Perhaps none of us knows a lot about our ancestors. I grew up in the days when a person’s personal business was just that – personal. I like it that way but in this Blog you can peek around the edges of my life. I am a non-smoker and only raise a glass of champagne on special occasions. Otherwise … well, I’d like to think you’ll find me interesting.

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