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Tswaing meteorite crater, a national gem, a stone’s throw from home

The ±10 km meteorite which smashed into earth at Vredefort about 2.023 billion years ago, may have been very impressive but subsequent erosion means that images of what it looked like back then rely completely on imagination.  Tswaing crater (40 km north of Pretoria) has visual impact.  When a ±50 m meteorite fell at Tswaing ±220 000 years ago , it ... Read More »

Shopping for Children’s Clothing online

My post-licence driving euphoria did not endure far beyond my teens. These days shopping trips are approached with the same level of enthusiasm as tidying out the plastics cupboard. It’s all about time and its scarcity. Driving in heavy traffic is not the only deterrent as umpteen trips to the mall prove to be fruitless. Shopping for children’s clothing is ... Read More »

Kathleen Webb’s School of Dance – Ballet lessons in Boksburg

My little girl Acacia loves music and loves to dance.  Before turning 4 she repeatedly told us that she want’s to be a ballet girl.  Abbey from Top Tots gave me the contact details for Kathleen Webb’s School of Dance, her little girl has attended ballet lessons with Kathleen for some time. When I was a little girl (way back ... Read More »

Hiking with small children in the Kogelberg biosphere nature reserve

Hiking sweeps cobwebs from the mind, casting off thought strands which harvest nothing but dust.  With every step on the Kogelberg Palmiet trail, summer blooms revealed delicate beauty. Previously in the Western Cape we undertook the hike to Elephant’s Eye cave, a breathtaking (literally and physically) activity.  With Acacia then only 3 years old, this was a blot on the page ... Read More »

Mitchell Park in Durban, still a great place to take kids

Since moving to Jo’burg from Durban 14 years ago, some things in Durban have changed for the worse (oh my goodness, what has happened to East Coast Radio?), some for the better (The Bush Tavern in Umdloti) and many have stayed the same.  Remaining as special and dear to me as before.  Mitchell Park seems to have retained all the qualities ... Read More »

Christmas Tree Cookies

  Once a year I use my grandmother’s cookie roller to make Christmas Cookies.  The children help with cutting out the shapes and love eating them.  I make these before Christmas day as there is always so much other food on offer on Christmas day.  Here is the recipe.  Mine look a bit scrappy this year but no one seems ... Read More »

Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party in Kloof – my favourite kids show

20 Years ago my eldest children Domi & Heath were 3 & 5, around then I first took them to  their first Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party.  That and all following visits remain special memories for us.  Now 20 years later, I took their little siblings Fjord (7) and Acacia (4) for their first Uncle Jumbo’s experience.  I would have taken them ... Read More »

Child friendly – Mosquito Repellents

It’s that time of year.  Lovely African heat, long days and festive cheer.  The little dark cloud blotting the sunshine is the sound of mozzies when we turn out the lights.  When the children were babies I bought Mike Mozzie from Baby City to protect them.  This comes (or came) in 2 forms, a spray or a stick.  I found ... Read More »

Popsicle stick mirror – Children’s craft

For her 4th birthday in July Acacia was given some lovely gifts for making crafts.  Amongst these was a pack of popsicle sticks from her Top Tots teacher, Abbey.  I searched the internet for ideas, and found a few pictures of mirrors surrounded by popsicle sticks.  The ones which I found were either plain brown or spray painted gold.  We ... Read More »