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Amanda Ritchie

Marketing Manager

Amanda joined the Londolozi team early in 2015 & immediately took the Londolozi Studio to an exciting new level. Her unflappable work ethic & perfectionism are exemplary, & under her guidance the Studio has become one of the busiest areas on Londolozi. The ...

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Sammy
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Beautiful piece
I love it
Well Done

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks so much for the comment, Sammy. I am so glad that you enjoyed reading my post!

Anne Andrews
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WONDERFUL and very true.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post, Anne. Thanks for the comment!

Linda Polley
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Amanda,

That was beautifully written and touched my soul. One of my favorite Londolozi connections.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Ah, thank you so much for the wonderful comment, Linda. I am so glad that my writing connected with you!

Lee
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Just what I needed to hear this morning!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks for the comment, Lee! So happy that I could provide a slice of Londolozi for you : )

Ed Hubbard
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I read the Londolozi blog religiously, every day for the past six years. There have stories and photo that overwhelm me. Nothing I have read compares to this brilliantly written piece. I have felt what you have described each time I return to Londolozi and I am already booked to return and revitalize in May 2018, to celebrate my 80th birthday….I can’t wait. Thank you for expressing so well what I feel when am there.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Hi Ed. Wow – thank you for this wonderful comment. It makes us so happy and content to know that Londolozi means so much to you. I am so glad that I could send a piece of this beautiful place to you to experience, and hope to welcome you back to Londolozi next year for your birthday!

Michael & Terri Klauber
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Thanks Amanda for the special reminder and for sharing your secret! We will see you soon!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks for the comment, Michael & Terri 🙂 Looking forward to welcoming you home very soon!

Frances Fearnhead
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Brought tears to my eyes ! Thank you.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I am so glad that this piece moved you, Frances. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

Byron
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Wonderfully written blog, I think you captured the essence beautifully.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you so much, Byron. : )

Susan Strauss
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Beautiful, Amanda

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks so much for the comment, Susan!

Peter Ritchie
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Mouse, a lovely piece..!!
Here’s something for you…’Pied Beauty’ ( a leopard)
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow:
For rose- moles all in stipple upon trout that swim:
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls: finches wings:
Landscape plotted and pierced – fold, fallow and plough:
And all trades, their gear tackle and trim.
Gerald Manley Hopkins.
With love , Dad.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you for the lovely comment and the beautiful words in return. : ) Hope to see you back here soon!!

Martina Welch
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A gorgeous and moving piece. Stillness is so very hard to capture anywhere but Londolozi. That’s why I need to return in 2018.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Hi Martina. You’re right… stillness is hard to find, but not impossible : ) Imagine Londolozi and all her beauty and you will be transformed back to stillness, and back to Nature! We hope to welcome you back to Londolozi next year!

Earline Rochester
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Beautiful and the stillness can be felt in your photos. Thank you.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you for the kind words, Earline. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos as well : )

Mary Moy
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A very emotion stirring post, it is amazing how, as you say, the gentlest zephyr can transport you to a favourite place or a flash of a memory creeps up on you.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I am so glad that this piece transported you to a different place, Mary. That’s all that a writer could ask for! Thank you for reading.

Chuck Illig
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Just Beautiful LookforwRdto it ea night and will return!!!!!!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you so much for the comment, Chuck. We look forward to welcoming you back to Londolozi in the near future!

Bronwyn
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Such magic, wonderful noticing…thank you

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you for the comment and kind words, Bronwyn. I am so glad that you liked the post. Thank you for reading!

Alison Smith
Member
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What a BEAUTIFUL read! a reminder to keep our watering cans full in order to nurture! thank you for the reminder Amanda!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I am so glad that this could be a small reminder to you, Alison. We tend to rush through our days and put everyone else first without noticing that we might be getting lost and forgotten ourselves. It’s a reminder to do something small, each day, to fill up your own cup. Thank you for reading and commenting!

Lea
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A very profound post Amanda. Love the poem by your Dad also. As the saying goes “you have to stop and smell the roses”. Too few of us take the time to just take a walk and pause in nature to drink it all in. I appreciate the things that Mother Nature brings. Thanks for this beautiful blog.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you so much for your kind words, Lea. I totally agree that we neglect to take the time to just ‘be’ most days. It’s a simple (and sometimes quite difficult thing) to do, and yet can have such a huge effect on our lives and wellbeing. Thank you for reading and commenting!

sandra harmon
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I REALLY like this-it is a reminder to pause in this hectic life! “MOTHER NATURE” can heal our troubled body and mind! A beautifully written piece.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I couldn’t agree more, Sandra! I completely believe in the healing powers of nature, and I’m so glad that this came through for you in my post. Thank you for reading and commenting!

Evette Hartig
Member
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Our lives are so filled with chatter what I love most about Londolozi is sitting with nature and absorbing it in silence, there is little we can say to improve it.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Ah, Evette, that is a beautiful sentiment in itself… sitting in nature and absorbing the silence. I agree that it is difficult to find something more important, or a space more improved than that of the wilderness of Londolozi. Thank you for reading and commenting!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Wonderfully written and very poingnant to mediate upon.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you so much for the comment, Rich. : ) I am glad that I could provide some meditative space for you with this post.

Dawn Phillips
Member
Guest

Here in my kitchen, thousands of miles away and I felt the power of your words. Made my world stop for a short while to soak in your meanings. Wow, beautiful.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thank you so much for the kind words, Dawn! Being able to transport a reader to somewhere completely different with their words is all that a writer really asks for. Moreover, being transported to a different place for a few moments is the essence of stillness, and the practice of being present and aware… so well done! Thank you for reading and for the lovely comment!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Thanks so much for the comment, Sammy. I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

I am so glad that this piece transported you to a different place, Mary. That’s all that a writer could ask for! Thank you for reading.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Pure poetry, just beautiful! I need nature to fill my cup up to the brim when the holiday’s come!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Also, who’s the leopard in the cover photo?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Callum. It’s the Tamboti female leopard 🙂

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Thank you!

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