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Hilltop Camp at Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve

Between the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi gate and Hilltop Camp, the bushveld reminded us of life where man has not throttled nature. As the dusty road ascended to Hilltop I felt a Carpenters song coming on. “I’m on top of the world, looking down on creation…” tra la la. While we were mere visitors, the permanent residents, Nyala, Samango Monkeys and ... Read More »

CRUMPET RECIPE

Sometimes the classic old recipes really are the best, I’ve had this one since my teens. What we in South Africa know as crumpets go by a crazy number of names, griddle scones, flapjacks, pancakes and more. It gets very confusing, what we call crunchies the Americans call flapjacks, and so on. Anyway here is my very simple but yummy ... Read More »

Blue that it took so long to discover Green Lantern Inn

Discovering the Green Lantern Inn, in Van Reenen stirred unadulterated delight. This joy was marred by irritation and disappointment. How could we have missed this gem before?! We travel the Johannesburg / Durban route at least four times a year. I don’t even remember passing the Green Lantern signpost previously, so daft as the establishment has been around for well ... 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 »

Stars and vacuums – poem

It’s not deliberate but each poem since the loss of Bowie has been inspired by him.  My aunt Carmie sent a link to Lorde’s performance at the Brit awards, where she sang Life on Mars.  Not over familiar with her music I continued to listen to more, then wrote this Stars and Vacuums Do you see what I see? Do ... Read More »

Date night at Masala Indian Restaurant in Boksburg

The date night concept is nothing more than a cutesie idea to us.  With potential babysitters far afield we simply stay home or go out with the children.  When a rare opportunity for couple time arose we grabbed it with both hands. In the mood for Indian food our first choice was Classic India, however the most ghastly loud music ... Read More »

Moonlight and stars alleviate insomnia

The ethereal calm of moonlight diffuses the sharp edges of the day.  On Sunday night Fjord (8) was plagued with insomnia, despite his bedtime rooibos and chamomile tea which usually does the trick.  I tried something different and it worked wonders.  I took him outside and we lay on a blanket together.  Clouds luminous with moonlight scudded across the starscape, ... Read More »

Secret centre Cranberry Cupcakes, delicious and healthy

** LUCKY DUNCAN WON THE OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRY HAMPER** Cranberries are jewel pretty and packed with goodness.  These super fruits contain vitamin C and powerful antioxidants.  I always knew that they are excellent in dealing with UTI’s (I’ve tried and tested this successfully) but research is now showing that they can also play a role in cardiovascular health.  When Ocean ... Read More »