Green Route Durban – Ballito feature

Green Route Durban approached me recently for the top 5 things on my ‘green route’ where I love. Here is what I had to share …

Colleen lives in Ballito, north of Durban, where she writes about ‘vegetable gardening, brewing and making various concoctions for the cleaning cupboard and to eat, plotting holidays, and trying to keep our life organised, balanced, happy and as close to zero waste as I can manage! Living a simple life helps me to focus on what matters to me.

Colleen - Chakas Rock Beach - Samoosas‘One of my favourite things to do is to pop in at either Cindy’s in Umhlali or the Salt Rock Sasol Garage (trust me on the latter)with my own containers, and get some samoosas or the ultimate zero-waste meal; a bunny chow, then drive down to one of our many beaches, and scoff it whilst dolphin spotting. A cheap and delicious meal, supporting a local business whilst breathing the fresh sea air, you can’t beat that!

Next up on my green route would have to be harvesting a free and zerowaste meal from the rocks at SaltRock: mussels. I think what I love the most about mussels is the whole process takes quite a while, so you really savour it and enjoy the time together. Being outdoors and chatting whilst picking and preparing before gathering around the table together. Quality time is my first love language, and I think if food was a love language it would have to be my second!

Thompsons Bay Tidal Pool, built in the 1960s, is another stop on my green route. An Olympic sized tidal pool where you can take a dip and a float without fear of being pummelled into the sand by the waves! Look out for early morning yoga classes and if you get lucky you might be there when a local musician is playing his saxophone. A few weeks ago I was treated to Hey Jude whilst I floated and sky gazed.

Chakas Rock has a lovely secluded little beach with a beautiful tidal pool set below a steep cliff. Go for a snorkel and admire the corals, urchins (watch where you put your feet!), and plenty of fish. This beach generally doesn’t get packed, so take a book to read or just day dream whilst you dry off.

Saving the best till last, my favourite thing to do is make a pot of tea and a batch of scones, and sit round the table on my veranda with my husband Erik, and our two good friends Robyn and Brendan from down the road, playing Bananagrams. The simple things are often the best things!


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