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Thank you Woolworths for the most touching tribute

Last night I was discussing the Mandela memorial with my husband and eldest daughter.  I was expressing my feeling that the memorial felt very hollow to me.  So many words, so much ego and politics and the music was nothing special.  I said that I would have loved to see Soweto Gospel Choir there or Johnny Clegg.  Domi then told ... Read More »

A world without Mandela

Madiba has been on my mind almost constantly since hearing of his death.  There was no shock, if anything a sense of relief, arms dropped after months of waving goodbye. I cannot say that I felt grief, he was 95, he had lived the most full and fruitful life, even during the prison years.  What brough tears to my eyes ... Read More »

Poopsie the Olive (Karoo) Thrush – Week 2

The images above show Poopsie at roughly 1 week old on the top left date 13/11/13, a week later 20/11/13 (top right) and bottom at roughly 3 weeks old on 27/11/13 Poopsie has now been part of our lives for 2 weeks.  To read about his development from when we found him and his 1st week you can click on ... Read More »

Raising Poopsie the Olive (or Karoo) Thrush

The images above show Poopsie at roughly 1 week old on the left date 13/11/13 and today, a week later 20/11/13 on the right It is a week since our chick Poopsie fell out of his nest and into our lives.  At the end of my last post we had tried placing Poopsie in a nest tied to a tree, ... Read More »

Poopsie the baby Olive Thrush Bird

This week has seen 2 storms including a hail storm which left a ghastly aftermath of birds killed by hail stones, some as big as golf balls.  Yesterday walking through the garden I noticed a flicker of life on the grass.  Two baby birds lay on the ground beneath the Ash Tree, one was dead and the other barely alive. ... Read More »

Sexy Songs, what music turns you on?

There is music which speaks to the mind, music to stir the soul and romantic music which echos the rhythms of the heart, and then there is music which targets the loins. Strangely the current offerings from ‘porn star’ pop divas are not what I perceive as the least bit sexy. Dear Miley sticks her tongue out like she’s desperate ... Read More »

Solution to excess moisture problem with Defy 600 SE oven

I asked my husband Clifford to write this blog post to help others who also have a problem with excess steam in an oven.  The solution was so simple in the end.  Cliff refers specifically to cooking roasts but actually absolutely everything which we cooked created a very moist environment and when I opened the oven I would be blasted ... Read More »

It is not illegal not to have an e-tag

With Jacob Zuma signing the e-toll bill last week, many are now under the impression that it is now law to get an e-tag for the Gauteng roads affected by the tolls. Added to this comment from both SANRAL and government has recently been along the lines that citizens will buy into the toll road project because South Africans are ... Read More »