This week we moved out of our house by the sea with a view to moving nearer to London so we can see more of the grandchildren, but the house we are buying has been delayed. We are therefore now homeless for an indeterminate period and consequently turning up at family and friend’s doorsteps with a smile and a wanton look.
To make things more complex we moved house the day after we returned from a fantastic holiday to South Africa where we explored the Garden Route, Pondoland and then travelled overnight by sleeper train to Joburg for a few days.
Despite the fabulous array of wines and spirits that South Africa produces I was not tempted once and I have some thoughts on the why that is that I will put in my forthcoming newsletter. Instead my wife and I mainly drank either local fruit juices (all freshly squeezed) or good old lime and soda which in such a hot climate is amazingly refreshing. It was also interesting to see that South Africa produces a tinned lime and soda drink which although a great idea, was so full of added sugar it defeated the whole point of the drink. Quite why the manufacturers find it necessary to spoil such a good idea I really don’t know, and if this is how they treat their ‘healthy drinks’, it is hardly a surprise that the obesity problem is also becoming an issue in South Africa.
There is more to come from me regarding this trip when I find the time on a borrowed machine, especially some feedback from the talk I gave in Cape Town on quitting alcohol which was very well attended and raised some interesting issues. I will put it all in the newsletter so do subscribe on www.idontdrink.net