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Tag Archives: South Africa

The Great Moscow Circus, the antidote to the Great ANC circus

What an amazing break from the circus of #cabinetreshuffle . #thegreatmoscowcircus passed every expectation A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Apr 5, 2017 at 9:55am PDT Ah why not, I’ll do 2 happy posts today.¬† There you go Jo more #Winningatparenting ūüôā¬† Tomorrow we pray and march and the most you’ll get from me is a few protest Instagrams.¬† ... Read More »

A little light in the darkness – pottery toadstool nightlight

After my epic parenting fail post about Fjord’s tick bite fever. ¬†His Godmother Jo called to ask instruct me that my next post be a #winningatparenting one. ¬†I broke my word because between our conversation and now our lives in SA were turned upside down and instead I changed the lyrics to the 80’s anti apartheid protest song “Give me ... Read More »

Give me hope Kathrada (to the tune of give me hope Johanna)

I’ve changed the lyrics of the Eddy Grant anti apartheid protest song Give me Hope Johanna to fit with the mood of today #KathradaMemorial GIVE ME HOPE KATHRADA Well Zuma he runs a country Runs in Nkandla and the treasury He makes a few of his people happy, oh He don’t care about the rest at all. He’s got a ... Read More »

Parenting fail, fobbing off tick bite fever symptoms

Fjord is 9 years old and prone to wild imagination which can translate to hypochondria. ¬†This time there really was a wolf, when he cried wolf and it bit (well a tick bit but that doesn’t work with the word play). ¬† Several days before showing symptoms of tick bite fever Fjord said that his belly button was infected. ¬†I ... Read More »

One Day in Kimberley and the world’s your diamond

Returning from Cape Town in Jan, I made sure that we spent a night in Kimberley for the children to visit the big hole. ¬†This man made wonder is at the heart of a place where past and present seem to co-exist. ¬†The spirit of adventure rises from the dust. ¬†My children (6 & 9) were less interested in the ... Read More »

Adama cottages in Dinokeng breathe creativity

Arriving at Adama’s Kingfisher Cottage was a case of loveatfirstsightness. ¬†The straw bale, thatched cottage blended with the bushveld in a complimentary marriage of natural elements. ¬†We have never stayed in Dinokeng Game reserve before and the area is perfectly situated for short breaks, a stone’s throw from Jo’burg and Pretoria. ¬† Cliff chose Adama knowing that as a novice ... Read More »

I was labeled the ‘Bad Girl’ in Primary school – labeling scars

At New Germany Primary School, I was infamous. ¬†I held the school record for most visits to the headmaster’s office, 3 times in one day and 7 times in a week. ¬†It was absolutely futile to try to modify my behaviour. ¬†The teachers and my peers had decided that I was ‘bad’, they would never have seen beyond their preconceptions, ... Read More »

4 Wine estates, 4 varied experiences

Gastritis may have messed with my joyous relationship with wine but it could not ruin the fun of visiting wine estates, which like our beautiful South Africa are diverse, unique, multi faceted and character rich. ¬† They are also all set in chocolate box, pretty scenery, nectar for the soul. Unless you’ve been to Vergenoegd I bet you’ve never been ... Read More »

On 12 years of marriage and mending (maintaining)

Every year on our wedding anniversary, I wear the skirt and top which I wore the day we first met in the Nampak parking lot (we corresponded via matchmaker.com¬†briefly before that). ¬† We met on 5 March 2004 and married exactly a year later. ¬†Over 13 years that skirt lining has perished, yesterday before wearing it, I mended it. ¬†We ... Read More »

D’Aria Pizza and Wine pretty darn fine

A nasty altercation with gastritis reduced wine tasting opportunities on our last Cape trip, to mere lip wetting. ¬†Visits to wine estates were therefore more focused on the full experience. We have never explored the Durbanville area much in the past and this time chose to remedy the omission. ¬†Unfortunately we chose old years eve to sample the offerings of ... Read More »