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Trains beautiful trains at the Rand Society of Model Engineers

If it weren’t for blogging I would not have discovered one of the coolest kids outings in Jo’burg.  Thank you Dianne for commenting on my post about the Stellenbosch Toy Museum and enriching my children’s childhood.  If you are a parent living in Jo’burg a visit to RSME (Rand Society of Model Engineers) is beyond a must, particularly if you ... Read More »

Chocolate Marbled Black Cherry Fridge Cheesecake

The ingredients for this Chocolate Marbled Black Cherry  cheesecake are expensive but it’s worth the cost for the reward of a very special treat.  An added bonus is that the recipe is egg free which means that my egg allergic son can eat it (provided that egg free biscuits are used in the crumb base). Before you start, please note ... Read More »

Letter to headmaster about back breaking heavy school bags

One thing which has really troubled me since Fjord started Gr 4 last year, is the spine wrecking weight of his school bag.  Since they started moving from class to class children end up carrying every single school book around all day and the time table seldom allows even 1 book to stay home.  The school does allow a box ... Read More »

Domi’s favourite Malva Pudding

If I want to lure my daughter Domi around for a visit, Malva pudding is excellent bait to draw her here.  Last night she visited with her husband Duncan and they both love this recipe. MALVA PUDDING (serves 8) INGREDIENTS 1 Cup (250 ml) sugar 1 egg 1 Tbs (15 ml) apricot jam 1 Cup flour 1 tsp bicarbonate soda ... Read More »

The Naked boy – sorry I can’t think of a proper title

There are many ways to write this story. It could be sermonized or psychoanalyzed. It could be told with the aggressive, indignant tone of Eusebias McKaiser (but for maximum effect the perpetrators would have had to be white). It could be dressed in clever language. I cannot use a broken little boy as a metaphor and will simply state what ... Read More »

Curried Chickpea Salad

I love trying new recipes.  This time the Curried Chickpea salad in Pick ‘n Pay’s Fresh Living Jan/Feb 17 magazine appealed.  However being me I made a few changes.  3 Tbs curry powder seemed a huge amount, 1 tsp of mild and spicy curry powder was absolutely adequate.  I didn’t like the idea of raw baby marrows so cooked them ... Read More »

Reviving the inner child at Stellenbosch Toy Museum

My children have done their fair share toward turning me grey.  Nagging them to eat.  Breaking up fights over nothing.  Despairing that they can turn a room to a nuclear fall out zone in 0.3 seconds.  Those parenting moments can age one considerably.  On the flip side among innumerable joys, they present opportunities to play.  They tear dust covers from forgotten ... Read More »

Storms River Village, a nugget in the stream of life

Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape is about more than trees and sneaky elephants.  Storms River Mouth exudes a spirit of adventure, from rocks and caves befitting a famous 5 adventure to Tolkeinesque forest where trees breathe magic.  This is an unspoiled parallel universe hidden in nature’s skirt folds.  Thrill seekers hike with paddles to kayak on the river.  I wasn’t even brave ... Read More »