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UPDATE – A Novel Idea is no longer at this address and may be re-opened in the future at a different place The grand opening of a new gem in Durban’s crown will be held on Saturday 26th April from 10am – 2pm. The store is situated at Shop 5 Westville North Centre, 157 Blair Atholl Rd. A Novel Idea ... Read More »

Sewing Fabric lined quilted Easter baskets / bags

I am a last minute kind of person, yesterday (Good Friday) I suddenly decided that it would be great to have a look at how to make Easter easter baskets. I woke in the wee hours thinking of how to do this. I decided that I would like to sew quilted bags for the children to use. I looked at ... Read More »

What if Zuma didn’t know the Nkandla costs?

Let’s do a creative exercise in imagination. Cast thoughts of corruption into a dark room in your mind and close the door. Now with a pure of heart Jacob Zuma in mind let’s believe that he didn’t have a clue what costs were being incurred in the building of his home, chicken coop et al. Immediately I have a sense ... Read More »

Welcome to Skimming Stones, my blog’s new home

A stone skipping over water enchants the mind, always wanting one more hop, one more movement which defies natural law.  One more centre sending out endless ripples.  The stones in our  lives, thoughts, experiences, people and emotions may sink from view but they remain in the other world of memory, they become part of the structure of who we are.  ... Read More »

Painting candy coated Easter eggs, a fun kids activity.

Last year the children painted Easter eggs with food colouring using a paintbrush, it was fun but made the candy coating very sticky and wet.  Today we did the project again, this time the children drew patterns on the eggs with toothpicks which was much neater and less messy.  I then made a tiny mix of water icing using 2 ... Read More »

Miss Grace Country Food House – a real treat

A friend who has visited and enjoyed the Walkerville Market sent me a link to’s post about it.  On Saturday we set forth to the market.  Unfortunately because most stall holders were at the annual Walkerville Agricultural Show down the road we could not form a real impression of the market but we will return.  We popped into the ... Read More »

Blue Haze, an idyllic meal stop between Durban and Joburg

Imagine how it would feel to line up a row of identical cherries on a slot machine, I got that feeling when we discovered Blue Haze Country Lodge.  Yesterday on our trip home from Durban to Joburg we made a most awesome discovery.  On the trip we always travel through part of the Natal Midlands, we buy honey for R28 ... Read More »