Memories of HCM and Laos

Earlier this week, an ex-employee of Hatfield Consultants Mekong (HCM), Mouksy Vongsouvath (Mouk), passed away unexpectedly. Mouk filled a number of vital administrative roles in our small Vientiane office and I was deeply saddened at the news of her passing. Although quiet, Mouk was always cheerful and willing to help out in any capacity – she will be sorely missed… Read the rest “Memories of HCM and Laos”

2018 September Langebaan

From Meerendal we drove north-west along the coast, with a detour to Darling to visit a local microbrewery (Darling Brew). This region in general is renowned for its springtime wildflower blooms when the ground is covered with a carpet of colour. We were unfortunately a few weeks late to see the peak bloom, but there were still lots… Read the rest “2018 September Langebaan”

2018 September – Drive to Cape Town/Meerendale

From Struisbaai, we drove along the coast towards Cape Town, along a route famous for its scenic beauty that includes wine estates on one side and a stunningly beautiful coastline on the other. There are numerous points along the way to stop and watch migrating whales, and view seal and penguin colonies. We spent two nights at the Meeredal Wine Read the rest “2018 September – Drive to Cape Town/Meerendale”

2018 September Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas

The next leg of our trip took us through some of the most beautiful farming country I’ve ever seen as we drove from Mossel Bay down to Stuisbaai/Cape Agulhas (the southern most tip of the African continent). The rolling, verdant countryside is broken up with large farms growing a variety of grains (wheat, canola etc.) – the Langeberg mountains form… Read the rest “2018 September Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas”