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Katlehong vs my comfort zone

Last week I attended a writers workshop in Katlehong. Before departing suburbia I felt a little fearful. A week later I remain unable to pinpoint the root of my sense of apprehension. On hearing of my planned outing a few people advised along the lines of “Don’t go into the township alone”. Not going was not an option as I ... Read More »

How did I get out of the habit of going to the library?

I don’t know how it happened but we have not visited the library for a long long time, certainly not this year.  I guess homework is largely to blame, Fjord has a ridiculous amount of homework in Gr 1 and the afternoons fly by.  He has been nagging me to return to the library, yesterday we rushed to get homework ... Read More »

My new Sony Xperia Go phone – review

The time came for me to upgrade from my Nokia C3.  I really really wanted a phone with buttons, I’m old-fashioned that way.  I ended up getting a touch screen only phone, the Sony Xperia Go.  Oddly enough writing text messages on the phone is the feature that I like the most.  I absolutely love the function where you just ... Read More »

Fresh Strawberries give icing natural flavour and colour

I am still on my quest to find the perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe.  Today I tried the BBC recipe and it is better than the one in ‘500 Cupcakes’, however I will have to try it again as I forgot to add the milk which may improve them more.  I was however very pleased with my icing.  I bought strawberry ... Read More »

‘500 Cupcakes’ – review

I will aways choose quality over quantity and the recipe book ‘500 Cupcakes’ is a perfect example.  I would rather have 5 excellent cupcake recipes than 500 which are below par.  Most of the recipes are very variations of the same.  This would be acceptable if the recipes were great, but judging from the 2 which I have tried I ... Read More »

Kids Crafts – Painting wooden letters and shapes

I love finding something different for the children to do in terms of craft.  We bake a lot together but I run out of ideas for things to make.  When Fjord was a baby I bought painted wooden letters to spell his name on his bedroom door.  I have been looking around for some for Acacia without much luck.  Last ... Read More »

Sexual activitity in age 15 and under, is it ok?

This week I attended a very stimulating workshop.  An exercise which explored values formed a part of our discussions.  I found the demographics of the group interesting.  22 Women took part, of these 50% were under the age of 30, 40% were between 30 and 50, 10% were 50+ years old.  1 was white and the rest were black.  50% ... Read More »

Durban – I heart Market

The texture, the colours and aromas of food and craft markets are a sensual delight.  I have now found my favourite.  The I heart (written as the heart symbol) Market at the Moses Mabhida stadium grounds in Durban.  During our winter visit to Durban a special classmate from Maris Stella class of ’86 arranged that we meet at the I ... Read More »

Order Cakes for those with egg allergy in Johannesburg

I am the mother of a 5 year old boy who has a host of food allergies.  The worst of these are egg and nut allergies.  I have found that many don’t know where to turn when you want a cake for a special occasion.  Fortunately for Fjord I have always loved baking and after years of trying different recipes ... Read More »