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The Olive Branch Cooking School

Involving my fussy children with cooking, has been the best way to get them eating.  It also helps if the food looks fun and appealing.  At home the children started with making their own pizzas, a great success.  It also helps when they see exactly what is going into their meals, children get suspicious when you sneak certain ingredients in.  ... Read More »

Brilliant upcycled seedling watering can

If you’re planting Pansies in Jo’burg this is pretty much the last week to do it without them developing too late.  Ideally seeds should have been planted in the last week of Feb.  The children love being involved with gardening activities.  Once the seeds  are planted they need daily watering.   Perfect timing, this week when looking at another craft idea ... Read More »

Nostalgia and Good food meet at The Fireplace Roadhouse in Boksburg

If nostalgia were a musical instrument it would be an oboe.  Conveying weighty, beautiful music tinged with sadness.  Certain places and memories bring a smile pared with an ache somewhere near my solar plexus.  I have oboe memories of The Gremlin Drive in roadhouse, when visiting my grandparents in Salisbury as a child.  My mother remembers going there with school ... Read More »

My Son Heath, travelling light to a new destination

    Right now my 24 year old son Heath is on a plane, as he moves from Jo’burg to Cape Town.  His worldly possessions fit in a backpack, he’s travelling light toward new horizons.  Change needs a catalyst.  The chemistry to create something new, is not found in the ingredients of a comfort zone.  Change happens when we step off ... Read More »

Make your own kids or adults elastic headband

This is one of those craft projects which is almost too easy. I don’t like horseshoe-shaped Alice bands, they always seem to pinch the sides of the head. An elastic headband is so much more comfortable to wear. I resent paying more than R30, which most cost in the shops. These work out a fraction of the price and can ... Read More »

Real Kids Sunglasses from OV Optics – Not too cool for school

I’ll be honest, I have never given much thought to protecting my children’s eyes from UV light.  We have bought sunglasses for them, because glare can be a bit uncomfortable on the beach or hiking, and they look cute.  Last Saturday at the SA Mom Blogs meet-up, a highlight was the presentation by Tanya (an optometrist) and Zule (a photographer) ... Read More »

MEETING MUM BLOGGERS, LIVING AND LEARNING

Saturday was a special day. It was my first meet-up with other South African Mom Blogs members. Initially I felt some apprehension. I wanted to attend because it is vital to be open to new people and experiences. A comfort zone is a small cramped space. However I worried if this would be a kind of pissing contest. Would I ... Read More »

FOREST FIRE

The fires raging in the Western Cape, reminded me of a day in August 1999 witnessing a forest fire.  In my days as a single mother, living in Natal, I often drove inland to the Valley of 1000 hills.  On one of these trips I stopped the car to take in the awe full destruction of a forest fire.  The ... Read More »

2 WEEKS AS A NON-SMOKER

For two weeks my blue lighter has rattled around partnerless in my handbag.  For a long time, low energy levels and a general feeling of fogginess, had me thinking of quitting smoking.  I also begrudged the time and mental space which smoking occupied in my life.  The time was nearing to say goodbye to my old friend. On return from ... Read More »