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Fear of delayed (biphasic) nut allergy reaction

Unless you have a child with dangerous allergies, you just can’t understand the almost paralysing fear when they have a reaction to an allergen.  Fjord is allergic to eggs, some antibiotics, bees, pollens, dogs, yeast, peanuts and more but worst of all and most dangerous is his tree nut allergy, and the worst reaction he ever had was to hazelnuts.  ... Read More »

Cliff’s magnificent Millionaires shortbread

I am the baker in the house, and my baked goods are pretty awesome but when my husband puts his mind to creating something special there are not many top restaurants that can top what he pulls out of the hat.  Long ago Woolworths used to sell millionaires shortbread but that version is no longer available and he had a ... Read More »

Vogue Pattern V9199

I’m loving sewing dresses using the Vogue V9199 pattern.  I don’t like having to use zips and buttons and this dress simply pulls over the head.  The drawback is that I’m restricted to stretch fabrics, but so far I’ve been happy with the ones that I’ve used. I made me a dress #sewing A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on ... Read More »

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 »