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Art and messages in Pretoria Botanical Garden

The art in Pretoria Botanical Garden prompts thought.  The giant sculptured metal insects whisper questions,  feelers gently probing perceptions.  Greatness is not housed in size, value is not found in possessions.  The scales of natural balance so precarious.  What is my weight in life’s equations?  All around lives are spinning in their own orbits, I oblivious to the motives and ... Read More »

When a life equals a handbag, we must worry

“I read the news today, oh boy”  What shattered my spirit was not the story about a woman who drove over a smash and grabber, it is very likely that under the same circumstances I would have acted as she did.   but the comments below the article broke my heart.  To quote a few : “Hi hope he dies…SLOWLY and ... Read More »

Simple steps to make a Duvet Cover

This is a real ‘Duvet Covers for Dummies’ set of instructions. When it comes to most instructions, the line from ‘Bugs Life’, “He talked fancy to me, I got confused” applies to me.  I need very clear, simple instructions.  I Have wanted to make a duvet cover for Acacia’s bed for months, I looked at a book, googled, looked at ... Read More »

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 »