Writing

Since childhood, I have always been passionate about writing – not just creative writing in the form of letters, stories and poems, but also in documenting my experiences. I particularly enjoy writing about places we have visited, both in the Western Cape as well as further afield, in Namibia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Writing on my first blog (Grains of Sand) motivated me to self-publish a book I had written about a visit to the Garden Route, Gold Mines, Elephants and Foefie Slides: An Adventurous Weekend on the Garden Route (May 2009) (more information here).

In recent years, I have written numerous articles for publication on the web and in magazines, including the Reserve Force Volunteer, the Reserve Force Division website, the SKA South Africa Newsletter, the Pinelands Muse, the Equestrian Express, the Cape Town Rifles’ (Dukes) Communique, and the Military Despatches.

In 2012, I attended a Feature Writing course with GetSmarter, in conjunction with the University of Cape Town, in order to become more proficient and better at writing for publication. Our head tutor was the professional and award-winning writer André Wiesner.

 

My book

Gold mines, elephants and foefie slides: An adventurous weekend on the Garden Route. Tuffy-Cat Press, May 2009. It is the story of a long weekend we spent on South Africa’s lovely Garden Route during May 2008. We stayed in an adorable timber cabin in the forests of Rheenendal, flew through the canopy of the Tsitsikamma forest on a foefie slide, walked trunk-in-hand with magnificent elephants at The Crags, and hiked around some of the abandoned gold mines at Millwood. And, as we discovered, there is so much more to explore and experience in this extraordinarily beautiful region of South Africa! (More information here).

 

My Articles

This is a list of the articles I have written; it also includes some articles written by colleagues, who have used my photos.

Please click on the titles to access the individual articles.

No. Title Source Date
01 Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa celebrates the arrival of RFI-shielded containers SKA South Africa Newsletter June 2009
02 A Social Evening at the Castle in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010 Reserve Force Division website July 2010
03 Cape Garrison Artillery celebrates 151 years of Reserve service Reserve Force Division website July 2010
04 FIFA 2010 Visitors at the Castle thrilled by the Defence Reserves Youth Programme Reserve Force Division website July 2010
05 Cape Field Artillery: 153 years old and Training for the Future Reserve Force Division website July 2010
06 Cape Field Artillery celebrates its 153rd Birthday Reserve Force Division website August 2010
07 Western Cape learners of the Defence Reserves Youth Programme are impressed by Artillery Open Day 2010 Reserve Force Division website August 2010
08 Women’s Day Event creates awareness of the Defence Reserves among women in business Reserve Force Division website September 2010
09 South African Army Band Cape Town prepares the drill squad from the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010 Reserve Force Division website September 2010
10 Kelvin Grove Military Dinner 2010 Reserve Force Division website October 2010
11 The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The Edinburgh of Africa Reserve Force Division website October 2010
12 Chrysalis Academy: Preparing the confident young leaders of tomorrow! Reserve Force Division website October 2010
13 The Defence Reserves Provincial Office of the Western Cape establishes an Inter Service Forum Reserve Force Division website November 2010
14 Cape Town’s own Military Tattoo 2010 Reserve Force Division website November 2010
15 The Defence Reserves Western Cape attends the annual Gala Concert of the SA Army Band Cape Town Reserve Force Division website December 2011
16 Vaatjie Moravian Primary School celebrates Christmas with the Defence Reserves Western Cape Reserve Force Division website December 2010
17 FIFA 2010 Visitors at the Castle thrilled Reserve Force Volunteer January 2011
18 Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape proudly supports Vaatjie Moravian Primary School Reserve Force Volunteer January 2011
19 Youth impressed by Artillery Open Day 2010 Reserve Force Volunteer January 2011
20 Cape Field Artillery run out their Guns – Article by: Lt (SAN) Glenn von Zeil (SA Naval Reserve) and Ms Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer January 2011
21 Defence Reserves Western Cape bids farewell to Master Chief Warrant Officer FJS Scheepers Reserve Force Division website March 2011
22 The SA Army Young Lions Youth Development SystemArticle by: Regine Lord & Captain John Ecclestone Reserve Force Volunteer July 2011
23 Fighting in Built-Up Areas (FIBUA) Training for the Reserve ForceArticle by: Ms Regine Lord & Captain D.J. Barnard Reserve Force Volunteer July 2011
24 The road to the final SKA site decision SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
25 Crucial cold receivers successfully installed on the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
26 MeerKAT passes Preliminary Design Review with flying colours SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
27 More industry contracts for SKA South Africa SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
28 SKA South Africa shines at the SKA Forum 2011 in Banff, Canada SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
29 SKA promotes the African SKA bid abroad SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
30 Agreements with INTEL, SEACOM and NOKIA-SIEMENS boost SA’s SKA bid Article by: Regine Lord & Marina Joubert SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
31 SKA SA bursar wins top UCT research award SKA South Africa Newsletter Sept/Oct 2011
32 School Holiday Youth Development Program 2011 at the Castle of Cape Town Reserve Force Division website October 2011
33 Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2011 at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone Reserve Force Division website October 2011
34 Marching towards glory People’s Post October 2011
35 A display of marching skills People’s Post October 2011
36 In solemn celebration of our fallen heroes: Remembrance Day at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Reserve Force Division website November 2011
37 Magnificent military music in the shadow of Table Mountain: The Castle of Good Hope hosts a sunset concert and picnic Reserve Force Division website November 2011
38 The 2011 Annual Gala Concert of the SA Army Band Cape Town Reserve Force Division website December 2011
39 Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2011 at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone Reserve Force Volunteer January 2012
40 In solemn celebration of our fallen heroes: Remembrance Day at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Reserve Force Volunteer January 2012
41 The Ride – KwaZulu Natal to Cape Town Pinelands Muse February 2012
42 Scrumptious Scones and Delightful Roses at Chart Farm in Wynberg Pinelands Muse February 2012
43 Close collaboration between Reserve and Regular Force units ensures successful and high-quality FIBUA training at Fort iKapa and SAS Wingfield Reserve Force Division website June 2012
44 Our Little American Roadtrip Pinelands Muse June 2012
45 Cart Horse Angels to the Rescue: Protecting the cart horses of Cape Town Equestrian Express August 2012
46 Regiment Oranjerivier celebrates its 60th birthday with the opening of the new ROR Laager at Fort iKapa Reserve Force Division website September 2012
47 Defence Force Imbizo and Static Display at Nomzamo in The Strand: Defence Review Committee engages with Western Cape communities Reserve Force Division website October 2012
48 Announcing the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website October 2012
49 Preparations for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 at the Castle of Good Hope Reserve Force Division website October 2012
50 (Almost) blown away by the Cape Doctor in the run-up to the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 at the Castle of Good Hope Reserve Force Division website October 2012
51 A March through the wind-swept city streets to promote the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website October 2012
52 A long, hot and windy day of rehearsals at the Castle of Good Hope for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website October 2012
53 ’twas a long night of beautiful music: Evening rehearsals in the run-up to the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website October 2012
54 A colourful spectacle by the light of the full moon: The dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website October 2012
55 Colourful costumes, rousing music and precision drills at the CT Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website November 2012
56 Thank you for the Music: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Division website November 2012
57 A colourful and thrilling display of marching skills: The Western Cape Schools Marching Drill Festival 2012 at Florida Park in Ravensmead Reserve Force Division website November 2012
58 Rotary Anns Spring Gardens Pinelands Muse November 2012
59 A Tribute to the Military Musicians Pinelands Muse December 2012
60 A first-class change of command parade at Fort iKapa Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
61 Thank you for the Music: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Sawubona – SAA in-flight magazine
January 2013
62 Thank you for the Music: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
63 Defence Force Imbizo and Static Display at Nomzamo in The Strand: Defence Review Committee engages with Western Cape communities Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
64 The Western Cape Schools’ Marching Drill Festival 2012 at Florida Park in Ravensmead Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
65 A first-class change of command parade at Fort Ikapa Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
66 Regiment Oranjerivier celebrates its 60th Birthday with the opening of the new ROR Laager at Fort Ikapa Reserve Force Volunteer January 2013
67 Philadelphia on the West Coast Pinelands Muse May 2013
68 Swakopmund Pinelands Muse May 2013
69 Cape Town Highlanders Freedom of the City Parade The Tourri September 2013
70 The Defence Reserves make a very positive impression at Makro’s Safety and Security Carnival 2014 Reserve Force Division website April 2014
71 Cape Town Highlanders (CTH) Change of Command parade and Freedom of the City parade Reserve Force Volunteer July 2014
72 Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) commemorated Youth Day Reserve Force Volunteer July 2014
73 Defence Reserves join forces with Elsies River High School to celebrate the School’s 60th Birthday Reserve Force Division website September 2014
74 Cape Town Highlanders Change of Command and Freedom of the City Parades The Tourri October 2014
75 The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014: Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa – Article by: Capt John Manning (Cape Town Rifles) and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Division website November 2014
76 Preparations for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014 at the Castle of Good Hope Reserve Force Division website November 2014
77 An exciting dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014 Reserve Force Division website November 2014
78 Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy at the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014 African Armed Forces Journal December 2014
79 The Cape Town Military Tattoo: Celebrating 20 years of democracy in South AfricaArticle by: Capt John Manning (Cape Town Rifles) and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer January 2015
80 Cape Town Rifles Change of Command – Article by: Regine Lord and Captain John Dorrington, and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer January 2015
81 Promoting the Reserves and the SANDF at the Mitchell’s Plain Festival 2014 Reserve Force Division website March 2015
82 Change of Command at Regiment Oranjerivier Reserve Force Division website March 2015
83 Chaplain at the SS Mendi rallies the MenArticle by: Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil, and Photos by: Regine Lord SA Soldier March 2015
84 Take back the Canal Moonlight Walk organised by PNW Pinelands Muse April 2015
85 Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) Home Coming and Medal Parade – Article by: Captain John Dorrington and Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord
Reserve Force Volunteer July 2015
86 Chaplain at SS Mendi Parade rallies the Men – Article by: Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil, and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer July 2015
87 Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) – Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Sitrep July 2015
88 ROR helps make a dream come true – Photo and background information by: Regine Lord Defenceweb September 2015
89 10th Anniversary of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015Compiled by: Regine Lord and Rifleman Mandy Freeman Commemorative Program November 2015
90 Motorcycles, wreaths and poppies: Poppy Day Run at Fort iKapa Dukes Communiqué November 2015
91 Remembrance Day Parades – Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Communiqué November 2015
92 Kilts and sporrans, trumpets and trombones: The 10th Anniversary Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015 Reserve Force Division website December 2015
93 Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) Church Parade – Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Communiqué December 2015
94 Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) Christmas Drinks – Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Communiqué December 2015
95 Dukes’ Homecoming and Medal Parade – Article by: Captain John Dorrington and Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Despatch December 2015
96 Youth DayArticle by: Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Despatch December 2015
97 Mandela Day – Article by: Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Despatch December 2015
98 Delville Wood – Article by: Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Despatch December 2015
99 A Band of Brothers: Remembering World War I. The 10th Anniversary Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015 Reserve Force Volunteer January 2016
100 Youth Day 2015 – Article by: Captain John Dorrington and Captain John Manning, and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer January 2016
101 Hlumelo & Friends are Guarded with Honour at the Annual Red Cross War Memorial  Children’s Hospital Day of Remembrance Service – Article by: Lieutenant Commander Glenn von Zeil, and Photos by: Regine Lord Reserve Force Volunteer January 2016
102 Change of Command at Regiment Oranjerivier Reserve Force Volunteer January 2016
103 Regiment Oranjerivier makes Marius’ dream come true Reserve Force Volunteer January 2016
104 Regimental Guest Evening and Gunners Memorial ParadePhotos Dukes Communiqué April 2016
105 For the Love of Music – Article by: Major Steve Brimacombe, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Communiqué May 2016
106 Guest Evening with Alderman Ian Neilson – Photos Dukes Communiqué June 2016
107 Various Events – Photos Dukes Communiqué November 2016
108 Ceremonial – Photos Dukes Despatch December 2016
109 Outreach – Photos Dukes Despatch December 2016
110 Social – Photos  Dukes Despatch December 2016
111 Wreath laid at SS Mendi Memorial – Article by: Captain Jacques de Vries, Photo by: Regine Lord Smoking Gun 2017
112 CGA Pipes and Drums goes Celtic Smoking Gun 2017
113 SS Mendi Parade Dukes Communiqué February 2017
114 Gunners Memorial Parade – Photos Dukes Communiqué March 2017
115 A Visit to the Delville Wood Memorial, France Dukes Communiqué June 2017
116 Delville Wood Memorial Parade Dukes Communiqué July 2017
117 Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner Reserve Force Volunteer July 2017
118 El Alamein Parade – Photo Dukes Communiqué November 2017
119 Remembrance Day Parade Dukes Communiqué November 2017
120 Birthday Parade and Year End Function – Photos Dukes Communiqué November 2017
121 A Summer Holiday in the Befranelux Pinelands Muse November 2017
122 2017 in Pictures – Photos Jimmy’s Own December 2017
123 Ceremonial Dukes Despatch December 2017
124 Commemorating the Battle of El Alamein (1942) 75 Years On Reserve Force Volunteer January 2018
125 SS Mendi Parade Dukes Communiqué February 2018
126 Gunners Memorial Parade Dukes Communiqué March 2018
127 SATS General Botha Old Boys Association remember their fallen – Article by: Lieutenant Commander Glenn von Zeil, Photo by: Regine Lord Military Despatches April 2018
128 South African Gunners Remembered – Article by: Lieutenant Commander Glenn von Zeil, Photos by: Regine Lord Military Despatches April 2018
129 A Reunion of Comrades, old and new, at Rosedale: 78th Mobilisation Anniversary and Reunion Luncheon 2018 – Article by: Regine Lord & Alan Brashaw, and Photos by: Regine Lord Dukes Communiqué June 2018
130 Two-Minute Silence Jimmy’s Own June 2018
131 Centenary of the Two-Minute Silence Military Despatches June 2018
132 A Change of Command at Regiment Oranjerivier Reserve Force Division website July 2018
133 Commemorating the Centenary of the Two-Minute Silence General Botha Old Boys’ Association August 2018
134 Centenary of the Two-Minute Silence Military Despatches November 2018
135 We will remember them – Article by: Glynnis Schutte, Photos by: Regine Lord Pinelands Muse November 2018
136 Remembrance Day Round-up – Article by Matt Tennyson and John Verster, Photos by: Regine Lord and Andy Ward Military Despatches December 2018
137 A Change of Command at Regiment Oranjerivier Reserve Force Volunteer January 2019
138 General Botha Old Boy’s Association awards Lawhill Bursary – Article by: Lieutenant Commander Glenn von Zeil, and Photos by: Regine Lord & Lt Cdr Glenn von Zeil Military Despatches February 2019
139 Reserves and Regular Force members shine in Cape Town’s Armed Forces Week 2019 Reserve Force Division website March 2019
140 SS Mendi Memorial Parade 2019 – Article by: Gillian Morgenrood, and Photos by: Regine Lord Smoking Gun March 2019
141 Sandblasted and blown away: The Armed Forces invade Table View Military Despatches April 2019