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Dome Pools hike – Magaliesberg

Hiking is one of the first things that Cliff and I had in common and it is so good to get out, stretch legs and commune with nature.  With children however we have had a few hiking blunders.  This time we took a child not fully recovered from a viral infection on a hike which took us 6 hours.  (The ... Read More »

My week in pictures 5/11 – 12/11 2016

Ahh after the lightning strike my week in pics took a down turn but here’s the latest. Not only will the chickens have a lovely new home soon but it was very special to watch Cliff and Fjord working together on this.  So much gained.  Watch this space for the finished product. The source of marital unimpressedness.  I was so ... Read More »

UnGrinching the Christmas Spirit through the Santa Shoebox Project

Tis the season to feel grumpy.  Drowning in a tinsel tsunami, every shop is decked in obscene materialism, shouting blasphemy, I don’t picture baby Jesus in a manger, I envisage a furious Jesus, upending merchants tables in the temple.  Tons of shitty plastic toys will end up as litter. Just as festive season dread invoked rising bile, along came the ... Read More »

My week in pictures 15 – 21 Oct ’16

If last week was all about baking, this week was all about fabric.  With some baking in between. The school asked me to tie dye some shirts for the school concert at the same time I made myself a T-shirt to dye.  The results were rewarding.  You can look at the easy step by step instructions how to tie dye ... Read More »

The best way to tie dye more 2 or more colours

I have done tie dye projects a few times.  Usually dunking the items in buckets of dye which is only really suitable for doing one colour.  Recently we used a tie dye kit which had 2 colours with spray bottles.  this was successful but a little awkward as the items had to be held and sprayed.  It is hard to ... Read More »

Ginger Preserve in Syrup

I have been baking Christmas cakes, lots and lots of them.  A very special ingredient is ginger preserve which I had always bought from Woolies.  Recently I never found the time to go to the shops to replenish stock and it occurred to me that this must be something which I can make.  I looked up a whole lot of ... Read More »

My week in Pictures 8 – 14 Oct

Whew I’m bad, so little time on Skimming Stones, so much time in the kitchen but next week may be a bit better and there will be at least one recipe and hopefully the final post about our Namaqua trip. We have been getting out too little.  On Sunday afternoon took a drive to Marievale bird sanctuary in Nigel.  Next ... Read More »

My week in Pictures 1 – 7 October 2016

One of our favourite annual activities is visiting Ludwigs Rose Farm outside Pretoria.  The best time to go is for the first flush in early October.  It turned out that we were a week early as some rose varieties were still in bud form.  This weekend 8-9 Oct will be the best time to see all the roses in bloom.  ... Read More »