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How to free a drone from the high branches of a tree

If you are reading this after doing a search along the lines of “drone stuck in tree”  “how to get a drone down from a tree”  this is what worked for us.  I felt just a teeny bit smug, because when my engineer husband was stumped to find a solution I solved the problem. Last week was Fjord’s 10th birthday ... Read More »

Our family reunion holiday at Brambleberry Lodge in Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands

BrambleBerry Lodge in the Natal midlands was a picture perfect choice for a family reunion break.  Nottingham Road was closer for the Durban folks but not unreasonably far for the Jo’burg contingent.  We instantly fell in love with the wooden house overlooking a dam.  Last year we chose Birdsong Cottages in the central Drakensberg for our get together.  The drawback ... Read More »

Four Awesome South African finds, land of milk, honey and olives

Good value, good service and quality products give me the warm fuzzies.  I’ll share my 4 favourite businesses dealt with this week. On our return from Durban we always have to stop at the Wine Cellar just outside Rosetta in the Midlands, oddly enough not always for wine but always for flavoured coffee beans (they grind them if you wish) ... Read More »

My birthday weekend, food, family and Disney on Ice

A Saturday birthday provides good cause to extend celebrations.  At 49 the inclination is to feel bleak about a falling down face and the shuffle toward the wrong end of mortality.  However my birthday was a celebration of life and love. On Friday night Cliff took us for supper at Afrique Boutique hotel, after this dining experience all other Boksburg ... Read More »

On Harry Potter, dyslexia, death, magic and more

Bonding A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on May 6, 2017 at 1:49am PDT How strange that I closed the last page of The Deathly Hallows, the final Harry Potter book to see posts on Facebook and Twitter celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter.  Just over 20 years ago my older children wanted to enter the world of Harry Potter.  ... Read More »

Magical Meerkat memories made at Marrick Safari in Kimberley

We have explored our wonderful South Africa extensively over the years, but now and then memories are made that will endure a lifetime.  On our return to Gauteng from Cape Town we drove via Kimberly to take the children to the big hole.  Mein Heim guest farm and Mokala National park where we have stayed before were fully booked.  We ... Read More »

BOKSBURG WARD 32 WARD COMMITTEE ELECTION DISRUPTED BY ANC

The above video taken by Nigel Wiltshire ends with him being struck by the ANC member in red. I have needed a few days to allow red hot emotions to subside before writing about the aborted ward committee elections which were meant to take place last Saturday.  Instead of elections proceeding in the expected democratic manner, ANC members reduced the ... Read More »

Roast Red Pepper Pasta Sauce Recipe

Last week I got a huge bag of Red and Yellow peppers at Woolworths for an excellent price.  Wanting to make a pasta sauce I looked up many recipes then went off and made up my own.  It went down really well and I will be making it again. ROAST RED (AND/OR YELLOW) PEPPER PASTA SAUCE (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 4 ... Read More »