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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 »

The Victorian Secret – should not be kept secret

first heard of The Victorian Secret in Benoni referred to as Victoria’s Secret. While it is a genteel and respectable establishment, the indulgence feels just a little naughty. When Mum visits from Durbs, I like to take her out for a treat. Previously we have been to The Margaret Roberts Herbal centre and Arum Symphony. This time we chose The ... Read More »

Beyond Words and Music – David Bowie Tribute

I knew you by the shape of the air you left behind It couldn’t hold your essence Couldn’t fit within the mind I knew you in the silence the pause between the notes Free beyond the music It rises and it floats Words may awe and dazzle birth thought to voice and form but that is not the way you ... Read More »

Rice Crispie & Marshmallow hearts, a great kids Valentines treat

  I suffer from handuppalitis and seem to always find myself volunteering for everything, be it standing on a bridge with a “Hoot against e-tolls” banner, or cooking lunches at the pre-school when the cook was off work.  The most crazy was working as a volunteer in office admin at Fjord’s previous pre-school for a full year.  I’m getting better ... Read More »

Reyneke, a biodynamic wine estate and a dynamic wine tasting

Visiting the wine estate Reyneke, we were guilty of a faux pas, unaware that tasting should be by appointment. None the less we were graciously accommodated between two bookings. The tasting was a friendly personal interaction where assistant winemaker Nuschka shared her knowledge and passion for what she does. Reyneke is a biodynamic estate. Not only are organic principles followed, ... Read More »

The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale

The Klein Karoo and R62 can be summed up with a string of Q words, quaint, quirky and quiet being a few. At dusk Barrydale glows with an ethereal light at the foot of the Langeberg mountains. The Barrydale Karoo Art Hotel embraced us with an abundance of tasteful quirky on arrival . Art abounds from innumerable paintings on the walls to ... Read More »

Discovering the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

After mooching around the house in a brain melting heatwave, discovering Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden was a real winner.  Botanical Gardens have timeless appeal to us (we married at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Jo’burg) and our favourite places to eat or drink are those with outdoor seating. Despite visiting the Western Cape annually for about 10 years, this was a special ... Read More »