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Her Majesteas Salon, Regal charm with a twist of humour

Whilst inarguably genteel and refined, Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg presents gracious hospitality, with a tongue firmly placed in the cheek.  I like that.  HMS has the feel of a smile not a stiff upper lip.  Royally wallpapered walls host Tretchikoff prints and wire chandeliers are adorned with tea cups , champagne corks and other bits and bobs.  Tannie Evita ... Read More »

Jani Confidential by Jani Allan, is a MUST read

Jani Confidential is a fascinating memoir by one of South Africa’s most (in)famous columnists, Jani Allan.  Her story is captivating.  Hers is a tragedy of near Shakespearian proportion, a tale of dazzling potential wasted and lost for decades.  It is a deftly drawn portrait of South Africa in the 1980’s.  It tells of wealth, power and betrayal.  These elements make it a ... Read More »

2 Months without cigs

Two months have passed since a ciggy touched my lips. I must have been ready to quit smoking this time. Cutting down to 1 or 2 a day the month before certainly helped to break the ‘I must light up at every trigger’ pattern. I feel liberated, cigs were like a demanding lover who sulked when not given attention. A ... Read More »

Young, Wise & Kick-S by Phillip Ramphisa – Review

Looking closely at the book Young, Wise & Kick-S, given to me by the charming author Phillip, I gave a little inner groan.  “Oh no! not  motivational self-help book!  They give me hives.”  The only thing worse (and I say this as a Christian) are the Christian self-help books.  They make my teeth itch.  I get visions of Jesus over ... Read More »

A tale of 2 memoirs – ‘The Know it All’ and ‘Bossypants’

Recently I unintentionally read 2 memoirs.  Accidental reading happens when you refuse to look at back covers or reviews before reading, I have spoilerphobia.  Most reading choices are based on recommendations from a readers Facebook group, liking an author, or randomly pulling a book from the library shelf.  Over the past 15 years I’ve been slowly making my way through ... Read More »

Wag ‘n Bietjie Padstal near Hoedspruit

The literal translation of Wag ‘n Bietjie is ‘wait a while’, if you’re on the R531 near Hoedspruit, stop at Wag ‘n Bietjie.  That’s the quintessential essence of padstals (farm stalls).  They call us from the flashing blur of scenery in transit, to pause on our journey.   They offer up little nuggets for us to turn over and examine.  Our ... Read More »

Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet Under Tangled trees

Poetry is life, and life is poetry.  At Blyde River Cabin we drank Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet, surrounded by a tangle of trees. Blyde River Cabin, is the only place where we’ve stayed with a recycling bin, and the plastic Tangled Tree bottle is designed for recycling.  There is poetry in life, and life is poetry. Read More »