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Fjord’s Allergies and what I wish we had known

When our son Fjord was 7 months old we first discovered that he had some allergies.  On the first occasion I gave him a teeny taste of strawberry yogurt, immediately his face was covered in hives.  The initial question was ‘Is it the strawberry or the milk in the yogurt’? Soon after that we had a mystery reaction, he had ... Read More »

Breastfeeding what’s the hooha?

Recently the cover of Time magazine got a whole lot of peoples knickers in a twist.  Why does the image of a mother feeding her child fuel such revulsion, such judgement and fury? I hate to burst any ones bubble but titties are mammary glands. If you read the scientific bumph we fall under the class of mammals, feeding their young ... Read More »

My Cleft Lip (Harelip)

There are no early baby photos of me, I guess my Mum did not want to remember what I looked like when I was born and knowing her she would not want me to see them.  I would like to have seen one, it would make for more extreme before and after pics than when I won a makeover at ... Read More »

Technology Free Tuesdays

Recently I got around to watching ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  What struck me more than the famous Darcy gaze was the romance of the lifestyle.  It left me longing for the days before cell phones & computers.  Make not mistake, I love using them but they have created a social void.  Facebook can never compete with visiting a friend for a ... Read More »

Life isn’t Star Wars

One big problem with life is that the bad guys don’t carry sabres or dress in black gowns.  There may be heavy breathing but it’s not a dead giveaway that evil lurks behind a mask.  In reality the bad guy’s mask may well be a mop of blonde hair, blue eyes and a cute smile.  Of course the lines between good and ... Read More »

Thoughts after reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – After the War

Yesterday I felt heavy hearted after reading ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.  The words “What if?” and “Why?” echoing in my mind.  So many years, so much life wasted.  Today my mind has circled around the characters and situations and I now realise that the root of my mental discomfort were the words “After the War”.  These words opened most conversations between ... Read More »

6th Anniversary coming up

I’m posting this mainly to do a test blog. Keen to try it out, it seems that I registered 3 years ago and forgot that I had. I wrote this poem a few months after I met my husband. On 5th March we will have been married for 6 years. I am grateful That I didn’t have to wait another ... Read More »

COPE POETRY

Filled with a sense of expectation I wrote the following poem the day before the November convention.  The winds of change rustle the bushveld. Pregnant clouds herald a storm. Parched earth thirsts for fresh life. African sun prepares for new dawn Acacia woos the weary To rest in her spring clothed shade The dove sings in soft tones that peace ... Read More »