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SANRAL have overlooked those who wanted to pay e-tolls

SANRAL have a long list of problems. I wonder, do they recognise the dilemma of the un-tagged motorists who want to pay but can’t. There are drivers who are not tagged out of sheer defiance, flipping SANRAL the bird with a grin. There are another group who would like to pay, but they don’t want an e-tag. They refuse to ... Read More »

Rose Turkish Delight Cheesecake

Sometimes I want to build a recipe around a certain ingredient.  On a visit to Ludwig’s Roses I bought a bottle of Rose essence.  I have used the essence to make rose buttercream icing and it is an ingredient in the Angela Day recipe for Coffee and Malted Puff cupcakes, which Cliff declared to be the best cupcakes ever.  A ... Read More »

Borakalolo National Park – North West Province

I would love to recommend Phudufudu camp at Borakalolo National Park, but I can’t.  This bushveld getaway is only 2 hours drive from home in Jo’burg.  The park has a beautiful dam, well stocked for fishing.  The picturesque scenery and natural beauty should make for a special game reserve experience.  Sadly the accommodation is simply an embarrassment. Perhaps I was ... Read More »

Friendship’s blue balloon, inspired by Sylvia Plath

The  problem with the poetry of Sylvia Plath is that she can take a perfectly good day and throw a big black blanket over your sun.  Her ability to change mood bears testimony to her genius, but because she is so adept, I go long, long gaps without reading her work.   Tonight I stumbled upon a web page audio of ... Read More »

Discovering Gotye and the fact that I’m an old fool

Last week I suffered insomnia, my mind in ecstasy and turmoil after discovering Gotye through the masterpiece ‘Somebody that I used to know’.  Why would breathtaking genius depress me on one level ?  This song was released in 2011, it is now 2015, it topped charts, it won a friggin’ grammy, and I was oblivious!  Years ago I developed such ... Read More »

Tswaing meteorite crater, a national gem, a stone’s throw from home

The ±10 km meteorite which smashed into earth at Vredefort about 2.023 billion years ago, may have been very impressive but subsequent erosion means that images of what it looked like back then rely completely on imagination.  Tswaing crater (40 km north of Pretoria) has visual impact.  When a ±50 m meteorite fell at Tswaing ±220 000 years ago , it ... Read More »

Angela Day – Chocolate filled chocolate biscuits

I have only previously tried 2 Angela Day recipes but that is changing.  What I have tried so far have been so good.  These chocolate cookies are perfect for Valentines day.  I made these yesterday and my husband is taking them to work to give to the ladies in his department as a little Valentines gift.  I did not sandwich ... Read More »

Mrs Campbell’s Banana Bread

There are a handful of recipes which I have baked since childhood.  My mother’s friend Yvonne Campbell always offered something freshly baked when we visited.  While she and Mum held adult conversation, I would sit copying out Mrs Campbell’s recipes into my little recipe book.  In a way it’s sad that children no longer use the respectful term of using ... Read More »

Valentines – Romantic Verses competition, Win a R500 PrintWild Voucher

ANNOUNCEMENT 1 March 2015, the winner of this competition is Mabasa Zimunya, congratulations!  Our judge had a tough time choosing a winner.  Look out for our next competition.  Thank you to all those who submitted work. Here is Mabasa’s winning poem Cupid, the sniper   (11 Feb 2015) Cupid must be the world’s finest sniper. Blindfolded, radarless With an unguided rudimentary ... Read More »

Leafy Greens Cafe and Shop

My daughter’s fiance Duncan will make a great son-in-law.  He endeared himself even further when he took me to Leafy Greens for what may have been my best lunch ever.  Leafy Greens Cafe is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Muldersdrift.  Although I love vegetarian fare I am neither vegan nor vegetarian.  The buffet lunch was a visual feast which ... Read More »