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EASY TO MAKE DOG CUSHION WITH LOOSE COVER

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 »

The water babies – charles kingsley

For a very long time I have known that I would enjoy re-reading The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  All that I remembered was Tom the chimney sweep and his transformation to a water baby.  I’m not even sure if as a child, I read the entire book.  My current copy is a little disappointing, as it lacks illustrations.  Like ... Read More »

Poetry a journey into and out of an abusive relationship

Many years ago I was in an abusive relationship.  During that time and in the healing period after leaving the relationship, writing helped me to structure my thoughts and helped me to find my way forward.  I have avoided putting these old works up here for a few reasons.  I was a different person then.  I have moved on and ... Read More »

Poem – Mother and Father (My Hirsch’s competition ‘entry’)

Oi, I’m getting old.  I got all excited when I saw a poetry competition advertised by Hirsch in Boksburg, but me old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, didn’t see the age 5 – 8 bit.  Anyway yesterday while sitting in the car while the children were in swimming lessons I wrote my ‘entry’.  although I cannot ... Read More »

Poetry in Music, Flex Of He & I, The marriage two great arts

Last Thursday night I was invited by Phomolo Sekamotho (Flex) to a live recording for V1 live featuring him and his band Flex of He & I, at the Academy of Sound Engineering at SABC.  I previously wrote this article  after listening to his In Between the Lines EP (free for download). I have never encountered poetry in this unique format ... Read More »

Halloween Treats

I had no intention of doing much if anything for Halloween today, I have a to-do list as long as my arm and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  The problem with my kitchen is that it calls and snares me.  Oh well, the children are happy. First we made Some Jack o’ Lantern cupcakes.  Vanilla cupcakes coloured with a bit ... Read More »

Nkani, a pragmatic man following his dream

Recently my husband Cliff told me about a young man who works with him.  By day Nkani works at Afrox as a quality inspector, in his spare time he makes and sells shoes and clothing.  He does this toward the goal of doing an 18 month part-time course in fashion design.  The R65 000 cost for this course would have ... Read More »