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Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Yellowwood Park

  When grey or windy weather thwart beach plans in Durban, visiting a nature reserve is our favorite outdoor activity.  There must be about 10 nature reserves dotted within under an hour’s drive from central Durban. One grey day on our last Durban trip we chose to revisit the Kenneth Stainbank Nature reserve in Yellowwood Park, sort of between the Bluff ... Read More »

Thoughts on Leonard Cohen and Longing

The biography of Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man by Sylvie Simmons, is a journey in the shoes of a man of greatness, a man with the ability to capture the elusive in word and song.  One word stops me in my circular tracks.  That word is ‘longing’.  It comes up repeatedly from the title of his poetry book “Book of Longing”,  to ... Read More »

CAMERA REVIEW – CANON SX610 HS – I’M IN LOVE

Three years ago for my birthday Cliff gave me a Canon Power Shot A810, this had a fault while still under warranty and was replaced with a Canon Power Shot A1400 which was pretty much identical.  Unfortunately the clip on the battery compartment broke.  This month for my birthday Cliff gave me the Canon Power Shot SX610 HS, which is ... Read More »

The joy of returning to Pottery classes at Mary Brooks studio

I last went to pottery classes in Pinetown about 30 years ago.  I loved the craft and have missed playing with mud ever since.  When I moved to Jo’burg in 2000 I tried a few times to find a studio but was unsuccessful.  A few months ago I read the Katie Fford book Living Dangerously and once again searched for ... Read More »

Marie Fudge Recipe

I have a little home industry baking business, Sula’s Kitchen.  A customer asked me to make Marie Fudge.  I had never tasted let alone made this traditional Afrikaans treat but set about looking for recipes.  I found a few but was not totally happy with the result, after a few tweaks this is the recipe which I now use.  My ... Read More »

Heidi on audiobook, making a gentle homeward journey

A delightful visit with family in Umdloti inevitably drew to conclusion.  While in transit we listened to the audio book Heidi (free download here).  Thus influenced by this charming tale, I shall in this instance imitate the style in which the sweet tale was narrated. We dragged forlorn heels away from the gentle hills of Natal, seeking any excuse to ... Read More »

MS Conception and parenting misconceptions – book review

At the Kids Emporium Bloggers breakfast, Pamela Power was one of the speakers.  I loved her humour and frank manner.  After jumping a few technological mental block hurdles I bought her e-book MS Conception (also available in paper) on Takealot. Modern motherhood is cloaked in misconceptions.  Social media generally projects motherhood in rose tinted hues.  Most mothers present the painted face of ... Read More »

Friendship, tides and poetry

When I visit Umdloti my friend Karin always comes to meet me at Java Café one morning.  We catch up on news and simply enjoy the joy of friendship.  After time with Karin I always feel that my mind has been given a good workout.  The day before we met, she set the challenge to write a poem about our ... Read More »

Chicken Palak recipe

Indian Butter Chicken and Chicken Palak are my favourite curries. This recipe is a winner Chicken Palak (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 500 grams chicken thigh fillets salt and pepper 250 grams washed spinach leaves 2 Tbs melted butter 3 cloves 6 – 8 black peppercorns 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 onion peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled ... Read More »