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On 12 years of marriage and mending (maintaining)

Every year on our wedding anniversary, I wear the skirt and top which I wore the day we first met in the Nampak parking lot (we corresponded via matchmaker.com briefly before that).   We met on 5 March 2004 and married exactly a year later.  Over 13 years that skirt lining has perished, yesterday before wearing it, I mended it.  We ... 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 »

Fire in Somerset West January 2017

This evening Somerset West is eerie, the air is so thick with smoke you can taste it.  Unrelenting wind blows ash and grit into your eyes.  Tonight is our last night before heading home, right now I would prefer to be anywhere other than here.  I spent the day with my eldest son Heath, we played Putt Putt in Strand ... Read More »

Karoo’s Cradock Tuishuise unlocking a wormhole in time

Like a child stepping from reality to imagination, a part of me is always looking for escape, seeking a path to secret spaces.  Cradock in the Eastern Cape unlocked a wormhole in time, leading to a place of anti-pace.  Buildings made to last, stand firm while the world around them fragments and re-groups in ever changing structures. Away from the ... Read More »

My week in pictures 15 – 21 Oct ’16

If last week was all about baking, this week was all about fabric.  With some baking in between. The school asked me to tie dye some shirts for the school concert at the same time I made myself a T-shirt to dye.  The results were rewarding.  You can look at the easy step by step instructions how to tie dye ... Read More »

My week in pictures 25 – 29 Sept 2016

For many years a feral cat has lived in our garden.  It was not welcome, I love birds.  Cat’s and birds are a recipe for tragedy.  This year when we realized that cat is not going to leave, we started to feed it.  This cat is a very wild animal, we have never in all the years been able to ... Read More »

Living without DSTV makes all kinds of sense

There are many simple financial cuts which make it possible for me to be a SAHM.  Our cars (Hyundai and Kia) are 11 & 9 years old.  We don’t need expensive cell phones, my basic Samsung Galaxy Fame does what is needed (R750 at Pep cellular and is on pre-paid not contract).  I’m actually grateful not to have a more ... Read More »