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The Art of Crochet books – So an old dog can learn new tricks!

I was taught to crochet by my great Grandmother when I was little.  She only taught me to do chain stitch (casting on) and treble stitch.  With this rudimentary knowledge I have made many blankets and scarves but been frustrated that I could not advance my skill.  Recently I discovered a wonderful wool shop in Boksburg and I was enthralled ... Read More »

Winter – The landscape of truth

Chocolate box scenes of verdant colour are embraced by all.  We enjoy a visual cacophony, the optical equivalent to a big band cranked to the max.  What about the soul searing notes of a lone bagpipe?  The simplicity of winter reveals the bare bones of life.  Dried stems clutch dormant seeds.  The seed may be greater than the bloom, potential ... Read More »

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes

Over the past year I have read many books by South African authors.  It helps belonging to a book club.  All of these books have make me feel very proudly South African.  Deon Meyer is brilliant.  Redi Tlhabi’s book ‘Endings and Beginnings‘ was one of the most moving books I’ve read.  Yesterday I finished reading ‘The Shining Girls’ by Lauren ... Read More »

All Out Adventures – Extreme Drakensberg fun

With our Daddy’s Deal stay at Mont Aux Sources Hotel we received 2 vouchers for All out Adventures.  Looking through the brochure I thought that it seemed over priced.  After our visit to All out Adventures I felt that although pricey, what they offer is very good value.  So many times, particularly at some restaurants we leave feeling ripped off, ... Read More »

Mont Aux Sources Hotel

Our original booking to stay at Mont Aux Sources Hotel in the Drakensberg had been made for the week before this visit.  Unfortunately nearly half way there we were forced to turn around and return home because our house was broken into.  Luckily Esme at reservations was very understanding and accommodating in postponing our booking by one week.  This time ... Read More »

A head full of dreams

I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, mostly how creative we are when all the guards which patrol in our thoughts are sleeping.  My friend Karin was amazing at dream analysis, she would talk through a dream with me and arrive at interpretations which were real revelations.  She was very much against the school of thought which has fixed meanings, such ... Read More »

Wool Centre – Boksburg

I’m writing this post so that others looking for this lovely wool shop in Boksburg will find it more easily than I did.  I had heard that there was a good wool shop in Boksburg but had never seen it (despite passing it a good few times in the past).  I eventually got directions from a very helpful lady at ... Read More »

Racism brewed in an enamel mug

As I looked at the enamel cup bought for measuring out the bird food, I reflected on the previous most common use for enamel coated tin mugs.  They were for the use of domestic servants, who generally did not share the family crockery although they very often lived in an out-building on the property.   The simple mug suddenly encapsulated the ... Read More »

How I chose my children’s names

This month, I read the incredibly moving book “Endings & Beginnings” by Redi Tlhabi.  One aspect of the book which struck me was how a child given a name meaning sorrow was so negatively impacted by his name.   I have 4 children, their names and the meanings were carefully chosen. As a child, I had a best friend Dominique, she ... Read More »