Sunday, June 30, 2019

Leafy Lane self catering accommodation. A very special weekend in Howick, KZN

Our first view of our 'home' for a recent weekend in Howick.
We had found Leafy Lane via the Internet,
and it turned out that the owners knew both my sister AND my Mom!
The B&B sits at the end of a cul-de-sac,
in what is indeed a very leafy lane...

Our accommodation had an outdoor braai area and patio.
However, we had very little time to sit and enjoy the view.
Or to put a chop or two on the grid.

Behind door number 7,
Which is where my wife and I would be staying.

The largest of the accommodation options on offer,
it was bigger than we were expecting.
A wonderful view of the trees in their winter colours through the bay window
next to a very comfortable bed.
The Wagtail has both a bath and a shower stall.

A view from the seating/kitchen area.
Although this bedsitter can be utilized as a self-catering unit,
it is possible to order breakfast from owners Lynn and Richard Blyth.

With my well travelled Samsonite suitcase taking up space on the couch
this is the other 'half' of the room.
More than enough kitchen utensils as well
 as a small convection oven (with two hot plates)
 and a full-size fridge.

At the top end of the driveway,

Have you ever had a hankering to spend time in a wooden cabin in the wilds?
If you have, then Fig Tree Cottage is certainly the place for you.
The only difference is that you are just a few minutes from civilization,
and not out in the middle of nowhere like the reality survival TV programs.
All the mod cons are here, including a kitchenette 
with all the kitchen equipment that you require for
a comfortable self-catered stay.

Don't feel like sitting inside?
Time on the veranda will enforce the feeling
that you are in that log cabin.  
Keep an eye for Vervet monkeys,
rather than bear or moose.

Stunning Aloes in the garden...
At this time of year, they are in a riot of different colours.

Howick Falls is on the Umgeni River,
and is situated right in the centre of the town.
The drop is 95m and from here the river
 flows towards the Indian Ocean.
In Zulu, the Falls are known as kwaNogqaza...
"The Place of the Tall One".
Because of  where it is situated,
Howick can be used as a base as you explore
 all that the Natal Midlands has to offer. 

As the sun peeks through the foliage in the garden, 
it is time to say "Rise and shine".
A perfect beginning to what promised to be a special occasion.

And this was why we were in Howick.
An opportunity that comes only once in a lifetime.
My wife and I were here to celebrate my Mom's 90th birthday!
I am truly grateful to have been able to share this 
momentous milestone birthday with her.
Happy birthday Ma...

A Fork-tailed Drongo comes to see what is on offer for breakfast.
Just one of several species that regularly pop in for a meal.

Breakfast, should you wish to avail yourself of the service,
is served upstairs where the owners live.
Being gregarious hosts, they welcome guests
with a full English breakfast...
or just cereal and toast should you want that.
And proper plunger coffee to get the day started.
 I was informed that a mark of a superior establishment,
is if there is HP Sauce on the table.
And there was! 
Enough said...

I chatted to the owner, Richard Blyth about
being in the hospitality industry,
this is what he shared with me:

When we visited, the B&B was up for sale. (June 2019)
If you are looking to get into the hospitality industry,
this might just be the opportunity for you.
To find out more, visit their website:

A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.

This has been my constant travel companion 
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
Check out their Facebook page:

This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!

When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

Breaking in my new pair of Yellow Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.

When back home, I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high-speed fibre connectivity to
 enable me to get my postings published in record time.

This Powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,

I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely a stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,

This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows moving from supported
to handheld in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:

To see who else were winners in 2018, visit:

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