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Our first Spring hike at Klipriviersberg Nature reserve

On Sunday morning while drinking coffee we decided that we would go on a hike.  For last minute plans we always end up at Suikerbosrand but this time discovered Klipriversberg Nature Reserve, and it was only half an hour drive from home in Boksburg.  Entrance is free and there are many trails to choose between.  Some trails are under 1km. ... Read More »

An uplifting break at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

We are “all about the journey” travelers.  Instead of pushing from Boksburg to Mabibi in a solid 595 km stretch.  We stopped at Pakamisa for a night in Pongola (410 km from home).  The problem with a stop like this is that we wish that we had more time there.  The children would have loved to do a horseback safari ... Read More »

Time more precious than diamonds in Cullinan

I don’t really buy into the “Me time” thing.  The phrase seems to echo the selfie vibe.  Looking back on my time a young single mother, my greatest regrets center around the times when I put my wants ahead of what was best for my children.  The logic seemed sound, “happy children need a happy mother”.  Well that was a ... Read More »

The pottery soap dish project

For a few days before Domi (my daughter) and Duncan (her husband) emigrated to Canada they stayed in our garden cottage.  Duncan pointed out that he prefers a bar of soap in a soap dish rather than liquid hand soap.  He also knew that I love a new pottery challenge.  I have now made a few soap dishes in 2 ... Read More »

Salsa for Nachos (or anything else)

I spent a whole lot of time looking for a recipe for cooked salsa but apart from finding very few, in the end I decided that a fresh one would be nice (and it was).  In the past when we’ve had Nachos I’ve bought ready made salsa, this one is nicer, makes about 500ml (way more than the bought bottle), ... Read More »

Biobust – a product which changed my life (and my bra size)

As a child I would look at the ‘Sea Monkey’ ads in comic books, those families of magical creatures looked like mermaids or exotic aliens with human faces.  Even as a child I knew that in reality they would be a massive disappointment.  It turns out they were rather nondescript little brine shrimps.  When I first saw Biobust in Dischem ... Read More »

If I could write words – Poem

This time the poetry prompt of a title of another poem to work from, came from Joanne, and I didn’t click that she’d chosen Spike MIlligan.  The man who inspired me to write poetry. IF I COULD WRITE WORDS If I could write words Unspoken those shapeless thoughts which move like mist in the space beyond joy and pain If ... Read More »

Bonjour Monsieur Brel – beautiful, haunting and inspiring

Jaques Brel Alive and Living in Paris was a soundtrack to my childhood.  Even as a small child the passion of the music left an indelible spiritual imprint.  I almost forgot the music, you never hear his songs on the radio.  I didn’t know that Seasons in the Sun was based on his Le Moribond (The dying man).  The original ... Read More »