The “S” of South Africa

I am going to write my thoughts, the bits and bobs that I remember of how it was for me, during my almost fifty years spent in South Africa.

These are my ‘S’ memories, opinions and views on a time during a much loved childhood and beyond!

So,  a special entry, but this week it will have to be a slimline entry, not because it begins with “S”, but there is just not time!

And off to a sizzling start!

Sangoma, Socialise, Splashy Fen, Sugar Plantations, Snakes, Spinnach, Scottburgh, Shelly Beach, Sabie, Sardine Run, Sosaties, Sasolburg. Sunsets

We socialise a lot in South Africa.  No excuse is needed to light a fire in the back garden and stand around it.  That is where news is shared, business partnerships sealed and the problems of the world solved by the end of the evening. 

And for S, there is no better treat than, the sosatie, a (Cape Malay kebab) and traditionally made using lamb, “Afrikaans style”, however you can use meats to your own preference.  One recipe captured for you!

And one picture, Mmmmmm!

From yummy outdoor eating to outdoor living, easily done when the weather is so good for most of the year.  But not always so when the Splashy Fenn music festival is on, its that time of year.   I was there once in 1995, as part of the side stalls, not on the stage!

My pictures are unique and from another life. Found in the bottom of the box, but not forgotten, never that!


It was really cold at night!

The sangria man began his rounds early!Unusual people with there own style!

Music all around.

Our house for three nights!

My very personal story of when the sardine run came to Scottburgh, may have to be condensed because of time.  It involved driving up and down the coast finding any beach road to watch the frenzy that people get into when sardines ‘beach’ during July.  The weather and sea conditions have to be right for them to swim so close to the shore as they migrate northwards.

More information on sardines.

My story involved a certain traffic officer, who tired of his duty.  Traffic was bumper to bumper most of the day, up and down coastal roads.  We too had given up the fight to ever get our car full of children away from the beach, so we stayed and opened the wine.  He came upon this happy group and stayed too.  Removed his cap and badge and joined us!

That’s it for today.  I leave you with a sunset, and hopefully a sundowner!



About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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7 Responses to The “S” of South Africa

  1. Oh what wonderful memories!! so enjoyed this post! I love all your photos! (Being a tie dye artist, I enjoyed those crazy pants the drummer is wearing!)

    • liz2you says:

      Thanks Margret,
      Fashion was crazy then, and I am glad they bring it back time and again; where do you sell your clothes?

  2. Heather says:

    Your photos are amazing! That outdoor food is making my mouth water!

  3. Oh wow.

    Those sardines are really astonishing. I’ve never seen anything like that!

    Are those bay leaves on that shish kebab?

    What an interesting idea!

    Thanks for another superb link to a fascinating country!

    This was really super!


  4. cameron & shani says:

    Me again catching up. Showed cameron grannys cool car, I think he was impressed. Loads of memories. Times have changed so much. If we had to crack open the wine with a car full of kids,we’d be done for drink driving and child abouse, those were definatley the good old days!

    Cheers shani

    • liz2you says:

      Yes it was a different era and I guess society has leant lessons from it. Good, but it was great at the time. You were there but kept safe!

  5. I like the fun very much. Last month during my visit to South Africa, I enjoyed various things like different weathers, beautiful sights, worth seeing buildings, yummy food and many more things.
    south africa news online

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