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The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell

It is daunting to write a review about ‘The Alexander Quartet’, it’s rather like photographing a sunset, you have to be there. At the beginning of 2000 I was given a copy of the Waterstone’s top 100 Books of the century list.  At that point I had read 20 something of the books on the list and set a goal ... Read More »

Jelly Oranges

I love tradition and keeping family traditions going.  Yesterday was my  son’s 5th birthday, one thing which I did for his party was Jelly oranges.  My Croatian Grandmother Ursula (who I was named after) made these for her 7 children, and my Mum made them for every party which she gave me as a child.  Kids love them, they are ... Read More »

Political correctness is insulting

I have a big problem with political correctness, in my view it highlights differences more than anything.  It also creates stress and tension as people have become afraid to address others in case they get it wrong. In South Africa most white South Africans have a deep sense of shame due to Apartheid even though most of us did not ... Read More »

My Russell Hobbs bread maker

The day that my bread maker was unpacked was a great one in more ways than one.  I had my own bun in the oven and labour started the night before this acquisition.  I had wanted a bread maker for a few years but had heard many friends say that it was a white elephant and that they hardly used ... Read More »

Gum disease / periodontal disease

I wrote this post over a month ago naming my previous dentist and first sent a draft to him as I wanted him to know the trauma that he had caused me.  His response was a letter of demand from his lawyers which prohibited me from posting with his name. When you move to a new town one of the ... Read More »

For Karin

I like the view From the balcony of her mind waves of thought glinting reflections sense of light sense of right Dolphin ideas surface for seconds fleeting glimpses of another world soul searches blue beyond for another trace of almost imagined perfect fluid thought her white sailed truth untethered by sea or sky I leave with a sense of sunlight ... Read More »

Working Mum vs Stay at home Mum

One word which I would use to describe myself is independent.  I was a single mother from 1992 when my eldest son was 1 year old until I re-married in 2005.  Times were often tough but I raised my children without a husband.  I was a responsible employee and I owned my own home.  I took pride in fending for ... Read More »

The pursuit of wisdom

My dull winged moth thoughts circle light in dumb pursuit until singed husk falls broken a meager sacrifice beneath the goal of brilliant understanding I would prefer Leopard cognisance Solid muscle stalking truth to pounce with purpose and consume still pulsing food of knowledge When this ‘poem’ was first bouncing in my head.  I was going to use a butterfly ... Read More »

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 »