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‘Why Africa Fails’ – Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha

“There is a need for media and education campaigns to educate citizens about the benefits of patriotism, because the love for one’s country is crucial in national development.” I heard about the book “Why Africa Fails” when Jenny Crwys Williams interviewed the author Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha on her book show.  Normally I do not read non-fiction but I was interested in ... Read More »

Lost thoughts

He had fire in his fingertips An Eagle on his arm A little boy chained in his eyes The above few lines found saved under notes on my phone.  What or who was I thinking of? Were those lines meant to be pondered later to form a poem? Like memories of a dream in the afternoon those thoughts are all ... Read More »

Thaba Thipa – Cliff’s peaceful birthday break

I chose Thaba Thipa as our destination for Cliff’s birthday weekend away for a few reasons.  It is relatively close to home, just outside Bela Bela (Warmbaths) and only 180 km from our home in Boksburg.  It has 2 swimming pools and for the children there is a jungle gym and an enclosure with farm animals and a few tortoises.  ... Read More »

Gooseberry & Apple Pie

This is one of my favourite recipes and I look forward to Gooseberry season to make it.  I am very fortunate that Cliff is a gifted gardener and we have a few gooseberry plants in the veggie garden.  You can use different quantities of gooseberries and apple it doesn’t really matter so long as the total is 850g. The pastry ... Read More »

Word Association – Home … Soil …. Rain

I haven’t done a daily prompt for a while, this one appealed to me. Home …. If I clicked my magic ruby shoes, where would they take me? I doubt to this house in dreary Boksburg Yes, my heart is here, my husband and my children. I have simply never gelled with the place, this town and I have never ... Read More »

Smartie cookies

I recently copied a recipe for Smartie cookies and made them for the children. I can’t remember which recipe book it was from. When I made the cookies my children loved them. After making them I realized that you can take any choc chip cookie recipe and use Smarties instead of choc chips. The recipe calls for 200g sugar-coated chocolate ... Read More »

Magical Gingerbread Men

My Mother did many little things which made my childhood magical, creating so many special memories. I have been remiss in following through and making this a tradition. She would bake Gingerbread Men, no fancy cutter back then which led to the legs, arms and head detaching on a whim, I don’t remember this bothering me. The Eyes and buttons ... Read More »

Salter Frother Review

Our weekend treat is real coffee in the morning. We were given a DeLonghi Coffee Machine as a wedding gift almost 8 years ago and it’s still going strong but sometimes it’s just a bit quicker and easier to make plunge pot coffee. I had been looking longingly at a few frothers in the shops and was delighted when Cliff ... Read More »

Veldskoen Padstal – Best Chicken Burger ever!

On our travels between Johannesburg and Cape Town we have often popped into Veldskoen Padstal in the Hex River valley. On one occasion we picked up a bottle of award winning wine at a very good price. We had never before noticed the lovely outside eating area. On our last visit we happened to be there around lunch time and ... Read More »

Glenelly – Chic Wine Tasting

On radio talk shows we had recently heard a few references to May de Lencquesaing and were fascinate by her story. She sounds like an incredible, dynamic lady. In her 70’s she moved from Bordeaux France to South Africa to start Glenelly Wine Farm. For 30 years she was the owner of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Second Grand ... Read More »