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My week in pictures 20 – 27 November 2016

Our chicks are about 2 months old now.  They are so tame and sweet the Black Australorp Angel looks like a hen and Lucky looks like it may become a rooster.  Does anyone know a bit about chickens and chicks who can confirm this?  We’re pretty much just going by the size of the comb.  Actually we were told that ... 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 »

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 »

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Book Review

The title Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, prompted me to read the book.  Being aware that trying to pretend that Marc never happened in my life created a dishonest version of me and my past, which is integral to my present self.  We are indeed the sum of our experiences. At first, although aware that the book is funny, I ... Read More »

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis – book review

The Zone of Interest is a beautifully written, terrible book. On Goodreads I gave it 5 stars (and I’m mean with those stars) but I cannot recommend that anyone near or dear read it. At a book lovers gathering I was given the book on condition that I read it. It took over a year to meet the challenge, after ... Read More »

ZULULAND GOLD BY IAN TENNENT

The day after reading Zululand Gold, we set off to visit Hilltop Camp and Mpila Camp in Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Reserve Zululand. This recent read added another dimension to our trip. This sequel to Zululand Snow proved to be equally enjoyable. The three main protagonists undertake an adventure in search of the fabled Kruger millions. Ian Tennant weaves elements ... Read More »

Zululand Snow by Ian Tennent, a lekker local read

I was given a copy of Zululand Snow to read and review.  The category YA (Young Adult) can be restrictive, these days brilliant books of mass appeal such as Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird and even Catcher in the Rye would fall into this category and below the radar of some adult readers, simply because the central ... Read More »

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth – Book Review

How can I review An Equal Music by Vikram Seth?  I can’t use words like ‘lovely’.  I can’t pin it down, it is “a lark ascending”, dropping a silver chain from an outer realm to earth.   It left me not with a song in my heart but with stillness beyond silence.  I believe that joy is seeking out, absorbing and ... Read More »

The Glass Ocean – Book Review

I have mixed feelings about the book The Glass Ocean, by Lori Baker. The poetic prose is haunting. The writing feels more like art than fiction. I did not like the first person voice which Lori Baker chose to tell the story. The narrator is the daughter, who tells the history of her parents, a large portion of their story ... Read More »