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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 »

Lupela Lodge outside Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape

Heading for our self catering accommodation at Lupela Lodge, we passed the nearby town Lady Grey. The clouds had dressed her, to fit her name. Like the original Lady Grey, the clouds were fickle and untrue, yielding nothing to the drought stricken earth. Despite the dun shades of drought, the lodge is a haven of peace and tranquillity. After the ... Read More »

My daughter’s wedding at Providence in the Natal Midlands

My daughter Domi and her now husband Duncan married at Providence in the Natal Midlands at the end of September.  While memories of the ‘big day’ have drifted to ground like confetti, a mental collage remains.  Images of precious moments which will endure . Many of the most special memories were formed in the preparation for the wedding at Providence.  Mum ... Read More »

Apple Crumble – simple and yummy

Sometimes the good old-fashioned recipes are the best.  Apple crumble is my son Fjord’s favourite PASTRY 120 g butter 125 ml sugar 1 egg 2 ml vanilla essence 2 cups (500 ml) flour 10 ml baking powder pinch salt FILLING 1 large tin pie apples 60 ml raisins or sultanas (optional) 50 ml brown sugar cinnamon for dusting INSTRUCTIONS Heat ... Read More »

The Sky Is Everywhere – Book Review

Encountering echos of a theme or thought, feels like reinforcement.  Layers being put in place, creating a pattern and a sense of order.  It seems significant when a visible thread links chance encounters.  Once I came across 3 different references to Socrates and his bowl of hemlock in about as many days, if I were superstitious I would probably have ... Read More »

Mocha Muffins

These Chocolate Muffins with a Mocha sauce make a delicious pudding or tea time treat.  The recipe is adapted from one in Quick & Tasty Chocolate – South Africa INGREDIENTS 55 g butter 55 g dark chocolate 2 eggs 75g icing sugar 75 g self-raising flour 25 g cocoa powder FOR MOCHA SAUCE 145 g dark chocolate – broken into ... Read More »