Melanie is not well right now so Pensitivity is asking the SYW questions today. Thank you, Di.
When you’re on holiday, do you prefer self-catering or a hotel/B&B?
My favourite type of holiday is visiting game reserves in South Africa. The best and most inexpensive way is to camp or caravan. We enjoy many trips with our off-road Gecko caravan and of course we self-cater. Our caravan is equipped with everything we need and it is very comfortable. There is nothing better than sitting outdoors in a game park, glass of wine in hand and watching the sun go down. Bliss!
When travelling abroad (not since COVID) I am not too fussy and will seek something cheap and cheerful. It could be a hotel or a B&B. The next best thing to caravanning, though, is cruising. Once you’ve boarded and unpacked there is nothing more to worry about. Entertainment is free and all meals are catered! It’s just the best way to explore foreign shores without worrying about multiple flights, train trips or car hire.
Do you have a favourite meal you cook for yourself or order when out?
I love to order what I am unlikely to cook or make myself e.g. Sushi. However, I do like to cook Bobotie and I order it at restaurants that I know do it well. Also anything Greek – moussaka, spanakapita, dolmades. None of these is easily available in the restaurants in my neck of the woods. But when we travel, that is what I go for.
In the current fuel crisis, have you made a conscious effort not to use the car unless absolutely necessary?
We put off a long road trip to Namibia because of the fuel crisis. Living where we do and being retired means we don’t need to use the car every day. We walk to the beach and harbour and to our favourite coffee shop.
If you were to compare yourself to a plant, what would you be?
I asked my husband what plant I am most like and he said – a daisy because they’re seasonal. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean! But African Daisies are in flower in Spring, Summer and Autumn. And I am not at my happiest in winter so maybe he’s right!
I am lucky to have a lot of happy memories from my childhood. Please share one from yours.
I have many happy memories of childhood. I was lucky enough to have had three siblings, lots of cousins and a big extended family. As kids, we were free to roam and play without adult supervision. We swam in the sea, climbed mountains and rode bikes all on our own and nobody came to any harm. It was a different time. My grandparents were awesome and now as a grandparent myself I have tried to be that kind of grandmother to my grandchildren.