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How to make a quilted, laptop, tablet or e-reader cover

My daughter Domi had no case or bag for her laptop (It disappeared when she loaned it to a ‘friend’).  This amazing and generous daughter of mine bought me a laptop recently.  This month we attended a bloggers book evening at Scoobs at Monte Casino, there she won a Kobo Glo e-reader, sponsored by Books Live.  I decided to make ... Read More »

Saving Grace by Jane Green – book review

Reading Saving Grace by Jane Green was rather a rollercoaster.  I enjoyed it, then I was annoyed, I was interested in the characters, then I didn’t give a darn,  I liked one aspect of the ending and not another, and so on.   Frequently I had the same feeling as when watching a movie where the good guy enters a house ... Read More »

Amazing prices at Hardy Plants Nursery

When shopping there are 3 pricing categories, rip-off, good value and bargain.  The pricing at Hardy Plants Nursery is bargain at its best.  On our way home to Boksburg from breakfast at Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg, we stopped in at Hardy Plants Nursery on the R23.  We were amazed by the low prices, if you’re looking for very reasonably ... Read More »

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 »