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Her Majesteas Salon, Regal charm with a twist of humour

Whilst inarguably genteel and refined, Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg presents gracious hospitality, with a tongue firmly placed in the cheek.  I like that.  HMS has the feel of a smile not a stiff upper lip.  Royally wallpapered walls host Tretchikoff prints and wire chandeliers are adorned with tea cups , champagne corks and other bits and bobs.  Tannie Evita ... Read More »

Jani Confidential by Jani Allan, is a MUST read

Jani Confidential is a fascinating memoir by one of South Africa’s most (in)famous columnists, Jani Allan.  Her story is captivating.  Hers is a tragedy of near Shakespearian proportion, a tale of dazzling potential wasted and lost for decades.  It is a deftly drawn portrait of South Africa in the 1980’s.  It tells of wealth, power and betrayal.  These elements make it a ... Read More »

A tale of 2 memoirs – ‘The Know it All’ and ‘Bossypants’

Recently I unintentionally read 2 memoirs.  Accidental reading happens when you refuse to look at back covers or reviews before reading, I have spoilerphobia.  Most reading choices are based on recommendations from a readers Facebook group, liking an author, or randomly pulling a book from the library shelf.  Over the past 15 years I’ve been slowly making my way through ... Read More »

Wag ‘n Bietjie Padstal near Hoedspruit

The literal translation of Wag ‘n Bietjie is ‘wait a while’, if you’re on the R531 near Hoedspruit, stop at Wag ‘n Bietjie.  That’s the quintessential essence of padstals (farm stalls).  They call us from the flashing blur of scenery in transit, to pause on our journey.   They offer up little nuggets for us to turn over and examine.  Our ... Read More »

Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet Under Tangled trees

Poetry is life, and life is poetry.  At Blyde River Cabin we drank Tangled Tree Chocolate Cabernet, surrounded by a tangle of trees. Blyde River Cabin, is the only place where we’ve stayed with a recycling bin, and the plastic Tangled Tree bottle is designed for recycling.  There is poetry in life, and life is poetry. Read More »

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BY MATTHEW QUICK – REVIEW

Men write family drama and romance books with more head and less heart.  Not that they lack emotion, but they convey feeling in a different way.  I like that way.  Nick Hornby has become my favourite author, well on most days until I pick up a Joanne Harris or John Irving.  Recently I read The Rosie Project, although it’s very ... Read More »

Boksburg Post office – delivering filth, fear and intimidation

Safe at home now, I still feel shaken by events this morning.  I am not easily frightened.  Today I felt vulnerable and afraid.  I also felt disappointed that a situation turned hostile when it had the potential for citizens and a state institution to work to common good. Let me start at the beginning, I am branch secretary for the DA (Democratic ... Read More »

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Animal Rehabilitation Centres stir mixed emotions.  The nature of their existence both tragic and heartwarming.  Being reminded of the wholesale destruction of habitat and wildlife engineered by humans, clouds the sunshine of my day.  Still, we need to be aware, ignoring tragedy only allows evil to gain more territory.  At Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre a small team dedicate their lives ... Read More »