This is a window into my Family’s Adventures as we re-embark on a Journey that began over twenty years ago and had to interrupt due to what I choose to believe was an overdose of bad luck. Although I continually tell myself that I am not superstitious, I hope that to make more entries into the positive side of Lady Luck’s Books, this time around, Second Time Lucky.
Since I hope you would like to visit with us, please permit me to introduce ourselves using the photograph above as a reference. Left to right, my son Bill (26), me Don Darkes , daughters Luna, Morgan and my Wife, Lover, Best Friend and Anchor, Dianne . Princess Mao-Ling our Burman cat was too indisposed to pose for a picture at the time.
If you would like to find out more about our first travail please follow this link to Pisces and the Sailfish where you will find excerpts from my debut book which is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple.
My family is, by choice, -homeless. As the result of a traumatic event we discussed the road ahead at a family meeting. Following a unanimous family vote, my wife, son two daughters, our cat and I, abandoned our luxurious and secure (albeit prison-like) house in an upmarket suburb in order to follow our dreams.
When my family decided to turn our backs on our banal suburban existence and forgo the comfort and security of a luxurious house we had no idea that we would happily spend more than a year sleeping high up in the branches of a Casuarina tree in Zululand.
Nor did we suspect that we would think nothing of entertaining friends in our patchwork shelter improvised from discarded multi-coloured sheets of ragged plastic, threadbare canvas, tattered cardboard and torn tarpaulins with a dusty, but more often, muddy floor, criss-crossed by odd shaped planks of wood bridging the mud and coal dust like a world war one foxhole. We certainly never imagined that we would regard as routine the daily trips to a communal tap to fetch water, the trials of a public bathroom or that we would sleep peacefully at night perched high above the ground in a tree.
Most of all, please feel free to contact me or comment and let me know what you find interesting or distasteful or what you would have done differently.
If you would like to find out more about our first Trip please follow this link to Pisces and the Sailfish.