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The Secret History

The Secret History has been on my reading list for a few years since my husband recommended it.  I have also seen it on a few top 100 book lists and it is most deserving to be there.  I was a little apprehensive when I saw that the book is dedicated to Bret Easton Ellis as ‘American Psycho’ is my ... Read More »

Late Motherhood

I guess it’s easier to keep up with thoughts typing but there’s something special about pen and paper.  The 2 poems below are for the poetry competition which I reblogged earlier this month, they had to contain the words dusk and / or dawn.  I’m not sure which is better so submitted both.  I struggled with this challenge for days ... Read More »

I love my e reader – Prestigio PER3274B

Ever since e readers came out I have wanted one.  Since all electronics come down in price after a while I decided to wait before getting one.  This year before my birthday I made some very unsubtle hints to my husband regarding what I wanted. He bought me a Prestigio PER3274B e reader from CNA (pity they don’t have them ... Read More »

Snow Hunt 2012

Two natural events make me want to hop in a car and head off on a spontaneous trip.  One is when Augrabies falls is in flood.  The Orange River in South Africa runs through desert and arid areas , every few years it floods and results in the transformation of Augrabies falls into an awe inspiring spectacle of nature. The ... Read More »

Danielle Steel – Bungalow 2

I always said that I would never read a Danielle Steel book and made it to 44 without reading one.  Back in the early 90’s I had a married friend who wanted  a relationship like those depicted in Danielle Steel books and left her husband on that quest.  I was very wary of this.  I know a guy in his ... Read More »

The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell

It is daunting to write a review about ‘The Alexander Quartet’, it’s rather like photographing a sunset, you have to be there. At the beginning of 2000 I was given a copy of the Waterstone’s top 100 Books of the century list.  At that point I had read 20 something of the books on the list and set a goal ... Read More »

Jelly Oranges

I love tradition and keeping family traditions going.  Yesterday was my  son’s 5th birthday, one thing which I did for his party was Jelly oranges.  My Croatian Grandmother Ursula (who I was named after) made these for her 7 children, and my Mum made them for every party which she gave me as a child.  Kids love them, they are ... Read More »

Political correctness is insulting

I have a big problem with political correctness, in my view it highlights differences more than anything.  It also creates stress and tension as people have become afraid to address others in case they get it wrong. In South Africa most white South Africans have a deep sense of shame due to Apartheid even though most of us did not ... Read More »

My Russell Hobbs bread maker

The day that my bread maker was unpacked was a great one in more ways than one.  I had my own bun in the oven and labour started the night before this acquisition.  I had wanted a bread maker for a few years but had heard many friends say that it was a white elephant and that they hardly used ... Read More »

Gum disease / periodontal disease

I wrote this post over a month ago naming my previous dentist and first sent a draft to him as I wanted him to know the trauma that he had caused me.  His response was a letter of demand from his lawyers which prohibited me from posting with his name. When you move to a new town one of the ... Read More »