You know what makes an authors life interesting? Being able to go out and research the territory for their book. I had that pleasure yesterday. My wife, Angela, and my one year old daughter, Catherine, got into the car – well, maybe Catherine was helped! – and headed out of town. It was raining so we didn’t expect to see too much but felt we needed to take the trip. Luckily the rain held up once we were out of town.
The amazing thing about Johannesburg is you just have to go 40 minutes west – on the right road – and you are into virgin country. This is the area of the Cradle of Mankind. Beautiful hills, nature reserves with a few sightings of wild animals from the road and some really aesthetic resorts.
We got to the area my upcoming book is being located in, took some shots and carried on driving. Unfortunately it just started drizzling so we did not get much but this opens up the possibility to get more time out of town to continue! But boy, does it help to have that reality on the location so you can close your eyes and think about the roll of the story.
Anyway, we were out of town and reluctant to return too early, so we meandered around, went through the gorge called Hekpoort which is beautiful and found ourselves at a village called Magaliesburg. We stopped at a terrific Country Hotel called Mount Grace for coffee and outstanding and mouthwatering Black Forrest Cake. Now, if you are ever in the area, this is the place to stop for a meal, a coffee or a weekend! Beautiful. On top of a hill overlooking stunning valleys but oh! so green and lush out there right now.
My daughter Catherine loved the place and crawled around at a speed with Angela and I following like two brawny bodyguards.
Then time to head home but we definitely want to take a weekend break at Mount Grace.