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Mellerware Wafflemax Maffle Maker

Our 7-year-old son Fjord LOVES waffles, the problem is that he is also allergic to egg, not a good combination.  A while ago my daughter Domi loaned us her waffle maker and I used it a few times.  I use Orgran ‘No Egg‘ (available at Dischem) instead of eggs and the whole family loves them.  We had great fun and ... Read More »

Kathleen Webb’s School of Dance – Ballet lessons in Boksburg

My little girl Acacia loves music and loves to dance.  Before turning 4 she repeatedly told us that she want’s to be a ballet girl.  Abbey from Top Tots gave me the contact details for Kathleen Webb’s School of Dance, her little girl has attended ballet lessons with Kathleen for some time. When I was a little girl (way back ... Read More »

Hiking with small children in the Kogelberg biosphere nature reserve

Hiking sweeps cobwebs from the mind, casting off thought strands which harvest nothing but dust.  With every step on the Kogelberg Palmiet trail, summer blooms revealed delicate beauty. Previously in the Western Cape we undertook the hike to Elephant’s Eye cave, a breathtaking (literally and physically) activity.  With Acacia then only 3 years old, this was a blot on the page ... Read More »

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Book Review

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is more than a story, it is a work of art.  Writing and sketches flow in a living stream.  The reader / observer is carried through 500 odd pages in a few short hours.  Transported into a world of magical imagining. Between the pages, true history and fiction align, clicking together like lock and key, ... Read More »

Winters Drift, travelling through time and tasting wine in Elgin

The setting of Winters Drift tasting station, puts the wine’s best foot forward before a sip is taken.  Train stations are imbued with an air of romance and a sense of adventure.  I had never heard of Winters Drift wines before but we noticed that they have notched up some impressive awards.  We particularly loved the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ... Read More »

Anybody out there – Marian Keyes

The book Anybody Out There, almost put me right off Marian Keyes.  A third of the way through the book I was very bleak about the direction which the story took.  I won’t tell you more as I have an aversion to spoilers.  I stomped and moaned about what a fail it was as a light Christmas read.  My sister-in-law ... Read More »

A not so fruitful drive through Ceres

Expectations are funny old things.  I expected less than nothing from Williston in the Karoo and was enchanted.  I had great expectations for Ceres and was sorely disappointed.  My perception was that Ceres is the fruit capital of South Africa.  I envisaged a valley of plenty, brimming with natural abundance.  Little short of Disneyesque perfection.  I pictured farm stalls selling ... Read More »

River View Lodge in Prieska

  In 2006 we could not resist the lure of Augrabies Falls in full flood.  On our trip home we spent a night at River View Lodge in Prieska.  We loved the view which embraced the Orange River and left with a good feeling.  Our room then was a tad over-doilied (tissue boxes dressed in ball gowns, that sort of ... Read More »

Mitchell Park in Durban, still a great place to take kids

Since moving to Jo’burg from Durban 14 years ago, some things in Durban have changed for the worse (oh my goodness, what has happened to East Coast Radio?), some for the better (The Bush Tavern in Umdloti) and many have stayed the same.  Remaining as special and dear to me as before.  Mitchell Park seems to have retained all the qualities ... Read More »

Christmas Tree Cookies

  Once a year I use my grandmother’s cookie roller to make Christmas Cookies.  The children help with cutting out the shapes and love eating them.  I make these before Christmas day as there is always so much other food on offer on Christmas day.  Here is the recipe.  Mine look a bit scrappy this year but no one seems ... Read More »