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Cupcakes and Christmas baking with Salton and an Olympic Chef

I always like to do something different and love to learn anything new.  On the Salton facebook page I came across an invitation to a Christmas themed workshop run by Salton and SA Culinary Club.  One of my main hobbies is baking and there is always something new to learn.  It was a real treat to have a real pro ... Read More »

Withdrawing a charge of domestic violence

Currently in South Africa there has been a proposal that victims of domestic abuse not be able to withdraw charges.  There is considerable debate on the subject. 13 Years ago I left an abusive relationship, my journal entries of that time were published in the anthology ‘Glass Jars among Trees’ under my maiden name Sula Changuion. I can only give ... Read More »

Lost in You

I wore your unwashed T shirt Wrapped in your feral scent Invoked you to claim my dreams Respite from parting’s lament In that dreamscape garden You held me once again Reality’s curtain torn Sweet joy, bittersweet pain At dawn I shed your garment Ready to be me The fetters of darkness loosed I answered the call to be free Read More »

Don’t be gone Spartacus

UPDATE – Marc passed away in April 2016, it’s been hard to process his death Over the past 10 years Marc (Spartacus) and I have maintained superficial contact with the odd e-mail and facebook interactions.  We met when he was about 24, hopefully he turned 50 this month.  He now lives (lived?) in England and I in South Africa.  He ... Read More »

The Rain Flower

There has been no rain for about 8 days but that’s about to change.  This wonderful flower tells me so.  I would love to know the name of this plant which is a small round cactus.  Weather forecasts may be wrong but this flower never is.  When they open I know that it will rain in the next 48 hours, ... Read More »

I was conned or A Fool and her Money Parted

When I have read or heard a story about someone being scammed I always said “If you’re stupid enough to fall for that you deserve to lose your money”.  Today those words are biting my bum.  So why broadcast the fact that I was a sucker?  My reason is twofold.  First I want to warn people in my area about ... Read More »

Deon Meyer makes me a lousy wife & mother

Generally I have a clear conscience.  I gave up work and financial independence to be a stay at home Mum, my time is generally spent being a constructive parent and wife.  Deon Meyer messes up this picture of selfless domesticity.  This week reading ‘The Heart of the Hunter” (my 3rd Deon Meyer), the children were plonked in front of the ... Read More »

Regina Pacis – Northdene

Not so long ago approaching 40 I visited the grounds of my pre-school Regina Pacis, The roofs of the buildings were falling in, the old playground chocked with weeds but the memories still there. It felt so sad and neglected, still I heard the voices and laughter of children long since past. It was only 3 years of my life ... Read More »