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Growing African Violets – a lesson in nurturing

When I was 8 years old I went on a trip to Cape Town for surgery on my cleft lip, we stayed at my great aunts home.  In one room she had many African Violet plants, with no flowers.  During my stay I talked to those plants every day.  When I left my aunt phoned my mother to tell her ... Read More »

Roast vegetable Lasagne

A while ago I made roast vegetable lasagne and loved it but forgot how to make it.  This time I looked at an Angela Day recipe but made so many changes that it didn’t resemble the original recipe much but is pretty darn yummy.  You can be flexible with the roasting veg, if you want to substitute or add ingredients ... Read More »

Piano and Violin lessons with music teacher John Skinner in Boksburg

I’m a very reluctant resident of Boksburg, I don’t like the town and a disturbing percentage of the general populous have a penchant for vulgarities like fins on their cars, plastic flowers and Cruella de Ville hairstyles.  Still in the same breath I must say that I have encountered some beautiful souls in this dirty old town and among those ... Read More »

Don’t wake me now – poem relating to grief

My 2nd submission to the Avbob poetry competition has also been rejected.  Speech Bubbles was my first submission.  Still after many hours of work I felt that it succeeded in expressing the aspect of grief after a death which I was working toward.  A very important aspect of creativity is always  to remain true to yourself and not write what ... Read More »

Educational fun at Sci Bono in Jo’burg

For years I wanted to take the children to Sci Bono but didn’t get around to it.  This school holiday I found out that they were running a Space adventures holiday program.  It looked like something that Fjord and Acacia would enjoy (and they did). The first session was a craft activity where the children made Kaleidoscopes using mirrors and ... Read More »

Big spoils at My Little Pony The movie, premiere

Being invited to the premiere of My Little Pony The movie will live on in Acacia’s (age 7) memory for a very long time.  She started the day drawing ponies and couldn’t wait to head off to the cinema at Monte Casino. Much excitement as we've been invited to My Little Pony movie premier A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) ... Read More »

Glazed fruit sticky cake

My Mum gave me a Mary Berry cookbook At Home which I have used often and love the recipes which I have tried.  The only recipe which did not work was the one for Cornish Sticky Cake, it rose very fast and very high and then collapsed.  My guess is that there is something wrong with the ingredients probably too ... Read More »

Speech Bubbles – poem

Avbob (the funeral business) are currently running a poetry competition with the theme I Wish I’d said.  I’ve entered 2 poems so far and am busy working on a third.  I can publish the one below here on my blog now because it was unsuccessful, I’m still puzzling over what they mean by “Unfortunately, your poem did not meet the ... Read More »

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 »