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05 May 2019 @ 20:39:12 pm
George
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April threw a mixed bag of fortunes at us, my mom passed away the first week in April after a full life time , we as a family were fortunate to have her for as long as we did. the second week in April i went for my usual annual check up and service, and after a stress ECG i was sent to a cardiologist who sent me to hospital here at Richards bay then transferred me to a hospital in Durban were they put a stent in me. anyway this whole hospital thing took 7 days out of April but i had a good service and should be good for the next ten thousand kms

picture this, im in a cardiac  ward with a lot of older men in beds around me, and each one has a story to tell how he got his first stent at my age and now he is on stent no 4 and so it went on and every story just went downhill from there. gosh, talk about the profits of doom, boy was i glad to get out of there, however i did take something away from there and that is to live a healthier life style,
 
on the way home after that hospital excursion we stopped of at umlhanga rocks for three days, stayed with people we know there . we always wanted to go beach combing  there with the metal detector as we figured the pickings there should be in line with the people who visit there, and we were correct. we spent the best part of 3 days combing approx a km from each side of the light house and turned up a gold trinket [amongst other items ] with a serial no on the underside and diamonds on top , a brief search online and we found it, its part of a charm or one of the charms that goes with a bracelet which is made by the Pandora line, this particular piece retails for little over a thousand bucks. but my wife wants to keep it,
 
on the way home from unhlanga we stopped of at tugela mouth and liked the place so much that we booked in there at the caravan park for the month of July before heading for margate, meaning we will cut our stay here at Richards bay from six months  to five months.[ part of the restructure, see below ]

the fishing comp they have here over Easter weekend was cut short from three days to one day due to adverse weather conditions .with a lot of rain towards the third week, probaly the aftermath of the weather that struck between margate and ballito, we missed balito by three days.we left the area on Monday  and the storm came through on that Thursday.

we are going to do an re evaluation of our long term plan , we have no intention  of changing the end result required , but will do a re think as to our road there. we know now that long stays [ up to six months ] are going to be challenging , there is only so much one can do in an area before you end up doing the same thing twice or maybe three times. and moving every month is not cost effective . so we will spend some time this month [ may ] researching new locations for the future , juggling  ideas around and im sure we will come up with a plan that runs down the middle. 

well i guess that part of the adventure , being able to tailor make your plan to suit your habitat where ever  you may be,  thats it for April 
no worries mate.
 
 
 
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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05 May 2019 @ 21:28:05 pm
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Dear sir 

First & for most, sorry about your mom. 

I have been  following your posts regarding full timing, It is very interesting & informative. One day I would be on your footsteps and I am still a laaitie”

Is  fulltiming what you anticipated?

what has surprised you any thing you overlooked , Anything you could change etc 

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06 May 2019 @ 10:40:08 am
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George; orry to hear about your mother and I hope that your health is now okay. Look after yourself so that yiu can enjou the retirement and touring/camping to its fullest. I like the way you go about it as nothing is cast in stone. Move to another place as and ehen you feel like it.

Enjoy every minute of it and keep us posted.

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06 May 2019 @ 13:01:52 pm
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hi mawonga, is full timing what i anticipated ?   mmmmm yes and no, the excitment of a new like style soon becomes the norm, we have not been surprised by anything yet and due to detailed preperations we have not appeared to have overlooked anything. anything we would change, yes, bringing six month stays to around three month stays depending on location, 

and now i have a question for you, we will be at yellow sands early next year and wilst we know its a realy great place i cannot seeing us spending more then two months there [ one would really have to get inventive to spend more time there ] as i see you are in east london could you tell me about caravan parks in your area that accomodate longer term stays.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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06 May 2019 @ 16:17:03 pm
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Geaorge; We retired as 58 at the end of 2017. My work allowed me to take extended leave in 2017 and we camped for 4 months in that year. Then came 2018 and off we went to Hartenbos for two months and it felt like 2 weeks. Then back home for a month and then up to the Eiland for 4 months. Again it felt like weeks. Why was that...................?

We kept ourselves busy with hiking,  biking, doing stuff with camping friends and sight seeing. This was the deal breaker for us as we kept ourselves busy.

We went back home for a month and then we decided to go down to KZN for 6 months starting off at Dolphin for two months and then ending there. in November we decided to sell the home in Kempton Park and buy at 180 degree seaview house in Ballito. we moved in in January and it still feels unreal and as if we are on holiday. Why...............We are again hiking and biking. Thus keeping busy.

You can spend more than two moths at a place on condition that you keep yourself busy and that you get involved with your camping colleagues. such as street braai's, bowls, jukskei, etc.

Enjoy...............

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06 May 2019 @ 18:02:43 pm
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thanks Hendrick, those are words for thought, i guess im still finding my way in this environment iv entered. although we have had a  good three months so far im always looking for more, 
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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08 May 2019 @ 05:57:31 am
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hi mawonga, is full timing what i anticipated ?   mmmmm yes and no, the excitment of a new like style soon becomes the norm, we have not been surprised by anything yet and due to detailed preperations we have not appeared to have overlooked anything. anything we would change, yes, bringing six month stays to around three month stays depending on location, 

and now i have a question for you, we will be at yellow sands early next year and wilst we know its a realy great place i cannot seeing us spending more then two months there [ one would really have to get inventive to spend more time there ] as i see you are in east london could you tell me about caravan parks in your area that accomodate longer term stays.

Sorry for late response 

The second option after 

Yellow sands is Areena which is next door to yellow sands. Their prices are bit steep, R3500 from Jan to May , then it’s R1900 from May to September, but there are lots of full timers. 

3rd Option is Nature Rest, personally I don’t think it’s suitable for long stay.

Please check out the following blogs

www.puppy1952.wordpress.com

www. adventure in retirement ( one word).wordpress.com

www. travelcampafrica.com 

those are fulltimers blogs. You might find them useful.

Maybe start your own blog.

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09 May 2019 @ 09:34:12 am
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George sorry to hear about your Mom.

Very glad that you are up and running after the OP.  Just take it slow. You are on permanent holiday remember.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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11 May 2019 @ 16:34:05 pm
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George

Sorry to hear about your mom and your slight setback. Changing a setback to motivate you is great.

Back to long stay. We annually do a long stay at ATKV Eiland during autumn and winter.

In 2017 we stayed for 4 months. We kept busy with things we normally do. The time was too short. In 2018 we stretched it to 5 months which ended way too soon. We actually booked for 6 months in 2019 but due to circumstances, we will only be able to stay 4 of the 6 months. Once again it will prove to be too short.

As Heindrich has indicated, one keeps oneself busy with things one normally does plus meeting people and making new friends, as we were blessed to meet in 2018.

What did you do with your free time when still at home? With longer stays, you just repeat that daily with some added activities the area provides.

If one relies on the area only, you will probably get bored efter the first month. 

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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