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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 »

Shopping for Children’s Clothing online

My post-licence driving euphoria did not endure far beyond my teens. These days shopping trips are approached with the same level of enthusiasm as tidying out the plastics cupboard. It’s all about time and its scarcity. Driving in heavy traffic is not the only deterrent as umpteen trips to the mall prove to be fruitless. Shopping for children’s clothing is ... Read More »

A long way down, the movie, is ‘Breakfast Club’ with balls

This week on a book lovers group, the question was asked ” Which authors of contemporary fiction do you love so much that you will buy their latest book without reading reviews, without even thinking about it? Where the author pull defies restraint and reason?”  I replied “Nick Hornby and Joanne Harris”, briefly forgetting my disappointment with Juliette Naked.  I ... Read More »

Delicious Sunflower seed snack

  When I was a little girl my parents had a friend who was a chef, he made these back in the 70’s when he visited us.   This savoury sunflower seed snack has been part of my life ever since. I love sharing recipes, I have never really understood people who don’t want to share them.  This one is the ... Read More »

MOSU LODGE AT MOKALA NATIONAL PARK

I’m married to a “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride” kinda guy.  This is most evident when we are on a road trip.  If there is a choice between a tarred national road and a windey, windey dirt road.  The latter will win hands down.  In most cases I appreciate his way. Long ago we found that the direct route ... Read More »

Desolation and life abundant at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Natal is home, the place where all of my inner cogs slot together.  The Karoo is where I find inner peace.  In the Karoo the small, solid centre of my Russian doll self rejoices as outer shells are cast off.  Our one night at Tankwa Karoo National Park, was not enough.  A minimum of 2 nights should be spent there, ... Read More »

Tankwa Padstal and Werkswinkel Bar – special Karoo Magic

The Karoo has the feel of pages where stories are waiting to arise from the dust.  A space where dreams can bridge the divide to reality.  Yet you need a core of rock and a spirit of steel to survive and thrive under the undiluted sun. We first read of Tankwa Padstal in “The Great Karoo Pub Crawl” article in ... Read More »