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Photo’s, Pain and Past – Poetry

Obviously looking at old photographs, is not good for my psyche.  I wrote this last night after looking for photos for Fjord’s school project. Still the message is, you only have one life, each moment is invaluable.  I must always, at all times, live in the now and appreciate all.  Let the sun never set on a wasted day.  Cliche ... Read More »

Kosi Bay lodge, sunset cruise – precious time in another world

  Growing up, family holidays centred around water.  From Dad’s boat Maciya, we explored and fished.  Fluid memories ripple out from a place where reflections echoed to infinity. On present day family holidays, we do not own a boat but now and then, find ways to take to the water.  During our stay at Kosi Bay, we answered the call ... Read More »

Tragedy and what can only be described as a miracle

Before telling this sad, strange and special story, I must start with a disclaimer. As a rule, I keep my faith out of my writings here, for a few reasons. There are many beautiful Christian souls but en masse, Christians can be very irritating. I am a highly deficient representative for the faith, many aspects of my life do not ... Read More »

Walking on the wild side at Kosi Bay – KZN parks cabin

A stones throw from the Mocambique border, the Kosi Bay area has an air of remote adventure.  A sliver of South Africa with the air of an unspoilt island.  Four lakes joined by channels culminate at Kosi mouth, where the first lake meets with the ocean.  The KZN parks lodges and camp sites are at the third lake. I imagine ... Read More »

Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng museum, a disgraceful rip off

Now and then my happy, peace-loving persona gives way to ire.  We all have things which get our goat (where does that come from?), being ripped off and being screwed over by government are particularly irksome to me.  A visit to Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng museum today checked both boxes.  After a 150 km round trip we went home without ... Read More »

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS – MAKE LEMON CUPCAKES

  To make these I used the aptly named Perfect vanilla cupcake recipe on Glorious Treats as a base and made a tweak or two.   I am besotted with this recipe and can’t stop playing with it, the cupcakes are moist, light and simply divine. LEMON CUPCAKES (makes 15- 16) INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cups cake flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking ... Read More »

PJ breakfast at Sunrise cafe in Piet Retief

Stepping way out of family character we left for our trip to Ndumo and Kosi Bay at 5 am.  Half asleep children were bundled into the car in their pj’s and off we set.  After a few hours on the road we started looking for a place to have breakfast.  Travelling food stops are a hit and miss affair, but ... Read More »

MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT – Poem

Today I must have heard a bit of a pop song on the radio, I have no idea what the words were but I walked around singing something to a similar rhythm and made up my own words.  So here is a love poem to my husband written to the tune of something that I’m darned sure he would never ... Read More »

Rose Water Cupcakes – a little taste of spring

  Johannesburg is bleak, brown and black during winter, but little buds are beginning to form and spring is so close I can taste it. Well I wanted to taste it and made these rose water cupcakes to bring a splash of sunshine into a dreary day. I used the Perfect vanilla cupcake recipe on Glorious Treats as a base.  ... Read More »

Mocha pinwheel cookies

When I set my heart on trying a new recipe, I always try a few and choose the best.  Often the best then evolves into something else. I discovered a chocolate pinwheel cookie recipe in the book Cooking with Chocolate.  The cookies were so pretty but that was where their charm ended, they tasted like bread, all looks and nothing ... Read More »