Thursday, December 2, 2010

My trusty Drizabone

Yesterday I posted a continuation of our trip down to the Berg. I mentioned the inclement weather we encountered on the top of the pass going down into Kwa-Zulu Natal and how my dearest hubby stopped so that I could don my Drizabone. Peggy, from Organic Growing Pains asked why there isn't a photo of me in my Drizabone. Well, there are very few photos of me; here at home or when we travel by bike around the country. Why? Because most times, I'm on the other side of the camera taking the photos. However, going into my archives, I found a photo of me wearing my Drizabone one wet day in November last year (yes, November is high summer in South Africa but there was a cold snap that day) while riding through Botswana. The Drizabone piece I possess is a jacket which reaches to below my thighs. It has long sleeves elasticised at the wrists and a hood which ties snugly under my chin. When I wear my Drizabone, I am warm, comfortable and... dry as a bone!  

To photograph  Grant and me at the Tropic of Capricorn, Botswana, I placed the camera on my helmet, activated the self-timer and dashed to take my place next to my darling husband.
Grant and me (see my trusty Drizabone) at the Tropic of Capricorn in Botswana on a cold wet day during November 2009. The sun started peeping through the clouds after this stop and soon we were riding along under gloriously sunny African skies
Welcoming committee when we returned from a 6000km bike trip through the Northern Cape (South Africa) Namibia, Botswana and the Northwest Province (South Africa) in November 2009 (Photo Credit: Debbie Hedges)

BTW,  do pop over and visit Peggy's wholesome blog which is about her organic gardening and interesting life in Ireland.


  1. Yes, nice to see you in a photo here and there, Jo. :)
    There have been times when I've wished I had something like your Drizabone, but fortunately not very often. It looks nice on you, though.
    Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes!
    Luv, K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Nice photos. Thank you for sharing a little about your trip. I hope you had a lovely time.

  3. The Drizabone sounds great! It's always good to have good raingear when out in the elements. My Aussie Duster works well for riding. For hiking, I usually have a Gortex jacket in my pack.

  4. Sounds like a piece of clothing that all bikers MUST have ---when it is rainy or cold.... Bet it is warm --and bet it does keep you very dry also... Thanks for sharing, Jo.

  5. That looks like fun! Sadly we are not planning a trip to the berg - but maybe some time in 2011 - we have friends in Howick who are keen to do a sleepover in a cave somewhere. It was lovely seeing the photos of Nkosana. A very special place. xx

  6. There's nothing like a dryzabone, wind and weatherproof, we've had ours for years with slits at the back for riding with a strap even to go under the horses tail.

  7. Hi Jo...Trying to play catchup om my blog reading. Been busy here at work...
    Love the jacket and photos Girl!

  8. We should wear such a thing as uniform in Belgium with all the rain we get !

  9. That Drizabone looks like it really works. Sure glad you showed us a photo of it, again.

  10. Hi Jo, thanks for showing the Drizabone! It looks an all weather garment which we could do with over here at the moment.
    I have never thought of the tropic of cancer/capricorn as being actually 'there'! Great photo to have, despite having to 'arrange' it yourself.


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