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Suicide note

I’ve taken Twitter off my phone after looking too much at #coronavirus.  I follow someone called Harry Chen PhD, of course this is the internet and he/she could be a spotty teen with a computer anywhere in a world full of fake news but much of the content seems legit and is way scary. A video recently posted stuck in ... Read More »

Special not spooky Ghost Mountain Inn

The word ‘Inn’ always hooks my imagination.  Preceding it with ‘Ghost Mountain’ is utterly Enchanting.  On our trip to Gugulesizwe we broke the drive with an overnight stop.  Despite an array of choices in the proximity of Mkuze I could not be swayed from my fixation on Ghost Mountain Inn. Children under 12 stayed free which is very welcome on ... Read More »

Gugulesizwe in Maputaland

Every day at Gugulesizwe in Maputaland held wonder, as we flitted between two worlds.  The sandy bush veld, home to extraordinary insects, marvelous golden orb spiders and even a rarely sighted Mozambique Shovel snout snake.  While snorkeling the ocean revealed eels, blue spotted ribbontail rays, and a wonderful reddish octopus who danced through the water to look pulsating out at ... Read More »

SIMPLE GRANOLA RECIPE

Cliff has decided that he likes plain and simple granola and I have been struggling to find the perfect one.  I decided to make my own and after looking at a few recipes, I made up this one which has basic ingredients.  You can add whatever else you like, dried fruit, nuts or seeds in what ever quantities you like.  ... Read More »

Tell me Now – Poem

Last year I didn’t bother to enter the Avbob poetry comp as in 2017 I submitted 2 poems, both rejected.  This year I remembered it at the 11 th hour, started writing this at 10.30pm and submitted it an hour later.  My entry must have been one of the last in.  Anyway it too was rejected so I can put ... Read More »

Mandarin Orange Cheesecake

Some recipes on here come from friends.  Like Dorene’s amazing custard slices or Erika’s butter cookies.  Some are recipes which I have tweaked and made my own.  This one I made up entirely and, if I say so myself it’s pretty darn awesome.  You can make the ginger biscuits for the base from first principles or you can buy a ... Read More »

Beauty and Bonding in Ottawa

It’s bitter sweet going through my Canada holiday pics.  I miss Domi even more and want to go back.  One of many special times was a day in Ottawa, (they live in Arnprior just outside Ottawa).  We explored the old town section of the city and enjoyed bagels for breakfast. Domi was bleak that we didn’t get to visit the ... Read More »

Old me in New York

The golden rule of momentous holidays is ‘You can’t go back’.  You can’t relive the past.  In New York there were moments when I felt sad, revisiting places associated with giddy highs.  I almost had to convince myself that this was a completely different place to the NY visited more than 2 decades ago.  In most ways it was.  Stifling ... Read More »

A 7 hour layover in Germany, a fleeting visit to Mainz

My world has shrunk over recent years.   Vast ideas have given way to petty thinking.  The thrill of dashboard lights aglow at night, replaced by fear of night driving.  Seeking out stimulating events, with views on broad horizons; replaced by staying home.  Why?  Age plays a part.  Having no child minding family near at hand, plays a part.  Fear, plays ... Read More »

Duct Ectasia and unnecessary lumpectomy surgery

The 10th of April started no different to other days.  At pottery I was dimly aware of pain in my breast but I was too busy playing with clay for it to register.  I’m 50, I get odd aches and pains.  That night the pain had escalated to unbearable and I barely slept.  The next morning I told my GP ... Read More »