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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 »

The Titanic Expo South Africa

Thanks to Heather from the blog One Step at a time, I won tickets to the Titanic Expo.  I confess that prior to visiting the expo I had minimal interest in the Titanic.  I never saw the movie (too much hype and I know the ending).  My only Titanicism has been the penchant to apply the colloquial term “Full steam ... Read More »

Love may Fail by Matthew Quick – book review

That feeling of anticipation, like an orange in your hand before the juice is extracted.  That’s rather how I felt on spying a copy of Love May Fail in my goodie bag at a book bloggers event.  My recent introduction to Matthew Quick, through The Silver Linings Playbook, left me wanting more.  I didn’t read Love May Fail immediately, savouring ... Read More »

Keys of Yama – Book Review

I feel a measure of apprehension when given a review copy of a book which falls outside of my usual range of choice.  Keys of Yama by TLB Kruger fell into this category.  However we all know that good things happen when we step outside our comfort zone. At times while reading Keys of Yama, I was reminded of Sophie’s World, ... Read More »