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Hand painted recreation of the famous butterfly dress

Leonard Cohen had his famous blue raincoat, Acacia had her famous purple butterfly dress which was also torn at the shoulder and generally tatty after being worn day in and day out for over a year.  She even slept with it next to her like some kids have a favourite soft toy.  Unlike the tale of angst of the famous ... Read More »

Carousel – Poem

CAROUSEL Painted ponies circle To tinny, manic refrain The scenery, on repeat Again and again and again Slack hands hold futile reins Cling to lonely little joys Private little pains No awkward eye contact no face to face Comfortably kept apart by carefully measured space Lone rangers each of us Playing at pretend Riding wooden horse with imaginary friend traversing ... Read More »

Crispy Fried Potatoes

Crispy Fried Potatoes are one of my favourite side dishes, far nicer than chips in my opinion.  This is how I make mine : Ingredients (to serve 4 generously) 5 potatoes peeled and cubed 30 ml flour seasoning (I use PnP potato seasoning) herbs such as origanum or rosemary optional Roughly 60 ml cooking oil, must be enough that the ... Read More »

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

In days of yore, Cliff and I loved attending the annual wine shows held in Johannesburg, but since our small people arrived my attendance has been limited.  An extended visit by Cliff’s parents allowed us the opportunity to go to the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show together last night.  The merit / drawback of this show is that only award-winning ... Read More »

Valentino’s Pizza Oven, Restaurant and Take Away in Bokburg

I have a thing about franchises, I’ll go to them now and then but they don’t give me the warm fuzzies.  My feeling is that if you want to own a restaurant, coffee shop or pizza place, your spot should be unique and have something personal and special to offer.  This must stem from my dream of owning a coffee ... Read More »

Eggless Cinnamon cake or cupcakes

3-year-old Acacia can have very specific ideas about what she wants, it’s not often that I manage to pull off what she has in mind.  Yesterday she nagged and nagged to make a cake but the list of requirements needed some thought.  She did not want cup cakes, it had to be 1 round cake, it had to have cinnamon, ... Read More »

A very happy unFather’s day to Cliff

Typical in a mad hatters home, we got father’s day wrong.  During the week I asked Cliff when Fathers Day is and he informed me that it was this Sunday 8th June.  Like a good Mummy of his children I set the father’s day wheels in motion.  Prezzies were bought and wrapped.  When I was pregnant with Fjord I started ... Read More »

Zesty Orange Kisses

Last night I made Zesty Orange Kisses, the recipe comes from the Stork Margarine website.  Since a good cookie press is lacking in my kitchen I rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters.  I liked the cookies but felt that they needed a little extra something.  Orange and chocolate are a yummy combination, I decided before falling asleep to ... Read More »

Flowers in the desert of humankind

Today I feel so conflicted about the post which I had intended writing, for now I will tell a different yet not entirely unrelated story.  Yesterday my dear friend Karin took me to visit Leoni,  a gracious lady in her 80’s.   Leoni is a mutual friend of ours, I met Leoni through her family and Karin met her at the ... Read More »