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Golden Rod Nursery in Pomona Gauteng

Sometimes it takes me an awful long time to discover places.  In my 14 years in Joburg I had often heard of Uncle Tim’s Cabin in Benoni, it was only a few weeks ago that we visited there for the first time.  Yesterday we planned to visit a nursery and I suggested that we try to find one which we ... Read More »

Fabric Painted T shirts, kids craft for Acacia’s birthday party

I’m not mad about party packs for children to take home after a party and like to try to think of alternatives.  Since we always have the children’s birthday parties at home it is good to have something for the children to do other than run around and play on the trampoline.  Having a craft activity at the party provides ... Read More »

The problem with Mothers-In-Law

In my view, the problem with mothers-in-law is that written and unwritten etiquette prevents us from having natural or open responses in times of conflict.  Most of us don’t like conflict, particularly when it involves someone who we generally have very regular contact with.  Well I certainly don’t.  We also do not want negative emotions to sour the relationship which ... Read More »

Kenwood Food Processor

I had an old Kenwood Food Processor which was my Mum’s, it was about 25 years old and still going strong, until I decided to grate mozzarella cheese in it (don’t try this, it’s lethal to food processors).  Just before I tried to grate the mozzarella, my mother in law told me that hers tore apart when she tried grating ... Read More »

Addressing the Carnage on South Africa’s Roads

Introduction It is well-known that South Africa has one of the highest road accident death rates in the world.  Although up-to-date and reliable statistics are hard to come by, it is widely appreciated that in excess of 11 000 people die annually on South Africa’s roads.  In fact some sources indicate that annually road accident deaths in South Africa exceed ... Read More »

The world is wrong about …

Today’s prompt from the writer’s bootcamp is “The world is wrong about…”.  Whew where do we start? greed? pollution? over population? materialism? broken value systems? instant gratification? power ego Or enigmas like the fact that it’s ok for children to be addicted to violent computer games but Enid Blyton is politically incorrect. My husband Cliff is right, almost every problem ... Read More »

Discovering Sherlock Holmes (and Benedict Cumberbatch)

Can you believe it?  Until this year I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book, absolute travesty!  My addiction started watching the BBC series Sherlock and I’m hooked.  I now want to get my hands on pretty much anything Sherlock Holmes related.  The only problem is that Season 4 will only air sometime in 2016.  Now I’ve started what I ... Read More »

Marriage and failed telepathy

My husband is a romantic.  This is not always as cute as it sounds.  He expects that as his soul mate I should read his mind.  Why should he waste time with trifling communication when I should simply know what he is thinking?  This sometimes leads to disappointment on his part.  For example the day that I have not packed ... Read More »

Baked Fig and chocolate marbled cheesecake

Acacia’s 4th birthday party is next Saturday.  I need to be vaguely organised and have discovered that baked cheesecakes freeze very well.  Just as well I decided to make it a week early.  Arrggghhh I made a mistake, my first cheesecake cracked, I searched for reasons on this page which has a selection of tips to prevent cracking and realised ... Read More »