The flight to freedom released her power.

This is the true story of the richly woven tapestry of the authors life

The lesson learned from a little bird of unmatched beauty, who unleashed her power as she conquered the perilous skies, has, throughout my life been an inspiration

“Queenies” historic flight has enabled me to forge my own unique approach to life, a life lived on two continents and on a forty-foot yacht, cruising the seas along the east coast of Australia.

It is a story of hope, love, adventure, loss and grief. The reconciliation, the peace within, the loneliness and the solitude, all reflected on as I now tell my story.


The fiction and non-fiction short stories in this collection are a series of adventures experienced in the life of the Author and family.They tell of the years having lived on board a forty-foot yacht, The Silent Knight, as she cruised the deep and sometimes challenging dangerous seas.The idyllic lifestyle of living on Macleay Island, the warm evenings, the starlight glistening across the bay, listening to the ground dwelling mainly nocturnal curlews as they went about their rituals.The tale of an encounter with Ntombi a cheetah, Jessica the world-famous rhino and other stories will hold the reader spellbound in these extraordinary true accounts as experienced.It is a book to keep by the bedside, to dip into whilst relaxing or travelling. There is no other way to experience these unique journeys.


Trooper 289

Bethune’s Mounted Infantry

Harry Enstrom, an adventurous boy of fourteen years old, left home early one morning, and on June 12, 1889, enrolled as a deck boy at the Shipping Office in Landskrona, Sweden.  He would bravely roam the deep and dangerous seas of the Antarctic, the Pacific and Indian Oceans on the Brig Galatheo during the whale catching era.

Arriving in South Africa he packed his bags and left the boat.  He ultimately, in October 1899, enlisted in the Anglo Boer War as Trooper 289.

Harry was involved in the skirmish which took place at Scheeper’s Nek near Vryheid, on May 20, 1900.  He experienced the mayhem and confusion.  The orange flashes of Mauser fire and the whizzing and whining of bullets ricocheting all around him, as he lay injured in the dust, listening to the screams and yells of fellow troopers.   He was wounded in action and taken Prisoner of War.

The Pioneer of the Enstrom family in South Africa lived his life dangerously and to the fullest.  The war had left him a legacy of pain, suffering and sacrifice.  To his family he left a legacy of bravery, fearlessness, and valor.

Seventy years later his Grandson, Aubrey, left the shores of South Africa.  As the ship sailed, the Bluff, where Harry had settled loomed in the background as Aubrey and his family sailed for the land “down under”.

The Pioneer of the family in Australia would experience the adventurous life which his Grandfather had longed for.  He would live on board a forty-foot yacht for five years cruising the east coast of Australia.

As his Grandfather before him, Aubrey would ultimately succumb to heart failure.   He too would leave a legacy of moral integrity, courage, and heroism.

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