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11 Books / authors for 10 year olds

I believe that the best thing that we have done for our children is reading to them.  A story at bed time calms children, offers time to bond with them and is a foundation for all future learning.  Although Fjord (age 10) sometimes listens in on Acacia’sn (age 7) bed time story he is now an avid reader.  I’m always ... Read More »

When being hot in bed is a bad thing

When Cliff bought our new mattress a few years ago I loved the comfort of it, but a full night’s sleep became a thing of the past.  Every night I would wake many times, so hot that it felt like my skin against the mattress was burning.  I would wake and move off the hot patch many times during the ... Read More »

At last a hairdresser who I’m happy with again

View this post on Instagram Haircut before and after A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Nov 16, 2017 at 2:22am PST Long ago I was really happy when I found a great hairdresser (Charne at Health Hydro in Boksburg) but when I was due for my next hair cut she was no longer there.  The easiest way for me ... Read More »

Old Willow No7 Houseboats, kids ultimate fun times

At the end of last year we spent a weekend on an Old Willow houseboat on the Vaal river.  On seeing the houseboat the children exclaimed their joy with adjectives including “amazing” and “awesome”.  Being a boring grown up I noticed a few practical downfalls, still great family fun was had by all. The children couldn’t wait to try fishing.  ... Read More »

Quaggasfontein was an idyllic setting to welcome the New Year

Our journeys to and from Cape Town are often highlights of those holidays. Planning is not our strong suit. Sometimes we land up at truck stop quality places and sometimes we make wonderful discoveries. Our recent trip took an unusually direct route with no mucking about on roads less traveled (we saved that for the trip home). Our only one ... Read More »

The healing process of a black eye

View this post on Instagram Not the most sure footed human. Tripped on wooden steps last night. Now poor husband will feel people looking at him funny #shiner #blackeye A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Jan 5, 2018 at 10:06pm PST Before I document how long it takes for a black eye to heal, I had better first explain ... Read More »

mixed emotions that my daughter emigrated to Canada

I’ve been putting off writing this post since my eldest daughter left on 10 Dec, because it’s so bloody hard to articulate the range of emotions when your child leaves her home country.  Last Thursday made it a whole lot easier, I’m glad she’s gone.  I’m glad to know that she’s got a future worth looking forward to.  Being held ... Read More »

Aim, FalconFire, Play

Fjord (10) and Acacia (7) never showed much interest in toy guns until their aunt gave them each a Disruptor Nerf gun.  They were an instant hit. View this post on Instagram Fjord very excited to get the most accurate #Nerf gun #falconfire A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Nov 14, 2017 at 3:40am PST When a FalconFire was ... Read More »

Mrs Campbell’s date loaf

This is another recipe which I have been making since childhood.  When my mother visited her friend Yvonne Campbell I would sit writing out her wonderful recipes.  Last weekend my life long friend Dominique came to visit for my daughter Dominique’s (yes named after her) farewell before she and her husband leave for Canada.  Domi snr is also Domi Jnr’s ... Read More »

Spurt Swimming Gear is awesome

A few hours before the children’s swimming lesson on Monday an exciting delivery arrived from Spurt Swimming Gear.  Perfect timing!  Their existing caps and goggles were overdue for replacement.  I can’t remember where the old goggles came from but Fjord’s had badly scratched black lenses which he struggled to see through and Acacia’s had a single strap which didn’t hold ... Read More »