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My first DA meeting – Jumping in the deep end

  I ditched playing politics after my parting of ways with the sadly disappointing COPE.  That was years ago.  In January after great deliberation, I filled in my online application to join the DA (Democratic Alliance).  I didn’t give my membership much thought, part of me still felt ‘all politiced out’.  Then I started doing the bridge banner protests against ... Read More »

The Worth of a woman – poem

Back in 2011, an online jewellery story The Daisy Chain, ran a poetry competition with the given topic being “A woman of worth”.  I was delighted to win 1st prize and a R500 voucher.  Sadly the Daisy Chain has ceased to exist. The worth of a woman The shape of her laughter The truth of her gaze Her springtime unfurling ... Read More »

Sky Chores – Empowering students to earn their own money

A while back I came across the website for Sky Chores, a platform where students sell their services.   It is also a place where buyers can easily find something at a good price.   Looking through the website, I was very impressed with the services that the students offer, such as tutoring, typing, computer work and so much in between.  ... Read More »

Stepping stones – The path through relationships – Poem

My past is littered with failed relationships.  As a teen my grandmother told me that I was fickle, she was probably right.   I’m not going to try to analyse why I had such a very long string of boyfriends, fiancées, one night stands and one ex-husband.  I wrote this post on one aspect but was painfully aware that it only ... Read More »

Writers Catalysts – Daily prompts

In the past I have loved the challenge of writing prompted by creative prompts.  Previous prompts provided by others have resulted in some works which I have been most happy with and the stimulation of rising to a difficult challenge is so rewarding.  I have missed this inspiration very much since the Writers Bootcamp ended and woke this morning with ... Read More »

Toasted Tuna Mayonnaise with bells on

This is one of those ‘recipes’ which I do so often that I forget to put it up here.  I don’t really like ordinary Toast with Tuna fish and Mayonnaise, I find it a bit heavy and boring.  My Mum always did hers like this and I love it.  This makes a very healthy lunch.  You can also use plain ... Read More »

Reach Out – High school matric farewell assembly poem

My Mum has asked me for a few of my old poems.  Since I have to type them out, I may as well put them here.  This poem was written when I was in matric for our farewell assembly at Maris Stella Convent School in Durban (1986). REACH OUT Reach out, toward the future Do not regret the past You ... Read More »

Searching the gene pool

This week I used some embroidery threads which belonged to my grandmother, they are still in a bag from Lynwood Fashions, her clothing factory in Harare.  I was named Ursula after her and recent thoughts have been around how much of her, lives on in me.  Strangely my grandfather’s name was Clifford and my husband’s name is Clifford.  Ursula and ... Read More »

Piping thin lines with icing, simplest is best

In the past week I have made Stork Custard Cookies, 3 times.  The children absolutely love them (and so do the parents).   I also had a bee in my bonnet to find the simplest and most efficient way to pipe the outlines.  Piping the lines to fill on the cookies was a bit of a challenge. The first time I ... Read More »