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Clouds and silver linings Honeymoon

Cliff and I married in March 2005 and planned an African Adventure honeymoon, the highlights would be Victoria Falls and a place called Bovu Island on the Zambezi river. The plan was to drive through Botswana, stay at Chobe Safari Lodge (my brother’s wedding present to us), cross over to Zambia by ferry, visit Vic falls and Bovu Island then ... Read More »

Prestigio MultiPad 5080 Tablet a family hit

After I was given my  Prestigo e reader for my birthday, I loved it so much that the Presigio brand is now a hit in our family.  My daughter Dominique who is in her 1st year teaching bought the Prestigio 8″ Tablet, she was so thrilled with it that family members clubbed in to buy one for my 70 year ... Read More »

Fixing my head cold with herbal teas

When it comes to health matters before running to a doctor I like to try natural healing methods.  This week I had rotten sinusitis and a bad cough.  I had a look at what herbs I had available then looked up the medicinal benefits in my herb books.  I have 2 books by Jekka McVicar and a Margaret Roberts book.  ... Read More »

Our 1st Halloween party

Here in South Africa Halloween is not a tradition but it seemed like a good excuse to have fun with the kids.  Yesterday Fjord was so excited when Cliff carved a Jack O Lantern!  When he got home from school today I gave him a pack of streamers and he spent over an hour decorating the garden with them.  Cliff ... Read More »

Our President fails to entertain

In 2008 The Sunday Times published a cartoon titled “Rape of Justice”  by the brilliant cartoonist Zapiro.  It depicted Jacob Zuma preparing to rape Lady Justice whilst being held down by alliance leaders.  It is probably the most famous cartoon in our history or certainly in my life time although Zapiro generally sums up current events with breathtaking precision.  The ... Read More »

Martin Waddell gets it right every time.

We discovered Martin Waddell at the library when Fjord was 2 the first book being ‘Tom Rabbit’.  I always choose books quite randomly but it was the Martin Waddell books which he asked for over and over.  I bought 2 packs of 10 Walker books at different times and despite the illustrators being different it was the Martin Waddell books ... Read More »

Pretoria Zoo

Over the weekend we visited Pretoria Zoo.  Whilst seeing animals in captivity is sad, I believe that zoos have an important role in education and creating an environment where compassion and knowledge are nurtured. For the 1st time we hired a toddler buggy which was easier than carrying children on the other hand it meant that Fjord was more interested ... Read More »

3D – Prohibited for Children under 5

We hung onto our little retro box TV for longer than most but this week we upgraded.  We went from one extreme to the other, now the proud owners of a 42″ LG 3D TV. The TV also has a cool function which converts 2D viewing to 3D, great novelty in that. I had read a few articles which mentioned ... Read More »

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

After reading the 50 Shades trilogy my IQ was sucking its thumb and singing nursery rhymes.  On The Road is a joyous journey back to thought and life.  It is a book to luxuriate in.  So many quotes which strike a resonating chord in the soul. “most of the time we were alone and mixing up our souls ever more ... Read More »