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Best Ever Christmas mince Pies

Since discovering Angela Day’s winning Mince Pies recipe a few years ago I have not bought a shop one, I just can’t bear the thought of eating any, other than these.  Many times when sharing these I have been told “I don’t usually like Christmas Mince Pies, but these are delicious!”  The secret is her almond topping.   Not only are ... Read More »

DA Branch East 32, More action than talk

Politics can be a real drag, so much talk so little walk.  Politicians hide underground, not making a peep until election time, then they are all over us like a rash.  This puts many off playing an active part, we’ve all heard so many promises and seen so very few results.  Why bother?  I’ll tell you why bother, because if ... Read More »

Popsicle stick mirror – Children’s craft

For her 4th birthday in July Acacia was given some lovely gifts for making crafts.  Amongst these was a pack of popsicle sticks from her Top Tots teacher, Abbey.  I searched the internet for ideas, and found a few pictures of mirrors surrounded by popsicle sticks.  The ones which I found were either plain brown or spray painted gold.  We ... Read More »

EASY TO MAKE DOG CUSHION WITH LOOSE COVER

Our old Scottie Liquorice was recently joined by a new family member, Floppy the puppy.  About a year ago I bought Liquorice a cushion but it got very stained and was hard to wash because the whole cushion had to be washed which was not easy. I decided to make new cushions for both dogs with removable loose covers which ... Read More »

Gingernut biscuits

Often when I have a certain recipe in mind I will try umpteen recipes until I find one which is perfect.  This recipe is an adaptation of an Illovo sugar recipe.  Along with Pecan and Cranberry rusks these are my Mum’s favourites and I bake both when she comes to visit us from Durban.  Everyone who tastes these, loves them. ... Read More »

Pecan and Cranberry rusks

This recipe is an adaptation of the Lynn Bedford Hall recipe for ‘Farmhouse Finger Rusks’.  I’m making them today because my Mum is on her way to visit from Durban and these are her favourites.   You can juggle the optional ingredients to your taste, I use all 4.  This recipe makes dozens, depending on how thick you slice the fingers. ... Read More »

The water babies – charles kingsley

For a very long time I have known that I would enjoy re-reading The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  All that I remembered was Tom the chimney sweep and his transformation to a water baby.  I’m not even sure if as a child, I read the entire book.  My current copy is a little disappointing, as it lacks illustrations.  Like ... Read More »

Poetry a journey into and out of an abusive relationship

Many years ago I was in an abusive relationship.  During that time and in the healing period after leaving the relationship, writing helped me to structure my thoughts and helped me to find my way forward.  I have avoided putting these old works up here for a few reasons.  I was a different person then.  I have moved on and ... Read More »

Poem – Mother and Father (My Hirsch’s competition ‘entry’)

Oi, I’m getting old.  I got all excited when I saw a poetry competition advertised by Hirsch in Boksburg, but me old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, didn’t see the age 5 – 8 bit.  Anyway yesterday while sitting in the car while the children were in swimming lessons I wrote my ‘entry’.  although I cannot ... Read More »