seagreen solid fill background

Gill’s Journal

photograph of seagreen background
circular head and shoulders picture of woman

Welcome to my blog 

 Hi! My name is Gillian McAinsh, 

and I’m a writer and editor living 

on the  south-east coast of Africa. 

This is my blog.


Walking with giraffes in the wild is an incredible experience – and you can do this almost on our doorstep here in the Greater Addo area close to Nelson Mandela Bay. Just an hour’s drive from the city, Bellevue Forest Reserve offers visitors the chance to walk with these giants of Africa in their natural habitat.

“Be still and know that I am God” is one of my favourite Bible verses. It’s a quiet reminder to take time to pause, reflect and remember what is important in life. For me, that is family, friends, health … anything extra is a bonus. Yet, how often do we drown out what is important with hustle and bustle?

Today, 8 June, is World Ocean Day, and a perfect date for the first post on this new blog. That’s because I love the sea, especially here on the south east tip of Africa where the Indian Ocean waves roll onto our beaches. My name is Gillian McAinsh, and Gill’s Journal is my blog, I’d like to welcome you to my world.