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Social media is a misnomer

Before computers and cell phones, the land-line was a link to my friends.  Any subject could be talked through inexpensively at length.  These days I don’t even know my friend’s land-line numbers.  Expensive cell phone calls are short and to the point.  As we get more busy face to face time is minimal.  I live in a bubble with my ... Read More »

Books are the perfect place to hide from the world

Reading provides mental nourishment, it fuels imagination and introduces ideas.  Reading takes us back and forth in time and through the pages of books we discover places and people.   Now and then books are a refuge, a place to escape to.  2 Weeks ago, we discovered that my father has leukemia.   I don’t need to explain how distraught I felt ... Read More »

Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party in Kloof – my favourite kids show

20 Years ago my eldest children Domi & Heath were 3 & 5, around then I first took them to  their first Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party.  That and all following visits remain special memories for us.  Now 20 years later, I took their little siblings Fjord (7) and Acacia (4) for their first Uncle Jumbo’s experience.  I would have taken them ... Read More »

Child friendly – Mosquito Repellents

It’s that time of year.  Lovely African heat, long days and festive cheer.  The little dark cloud blotting the sunshine is the sound of mozzies when we turn out the lights.  When the children were babies I bought Mike Mozzie from Baby City to protect them.  This comes (or came) in 2 forms, a spray or a stick.  I found ... Read More »

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 »


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 »