Comfort food in a time of Covid-19 – I

I started revising this 2014 post as we entered month two of lockdown in South Africa.  Although we moved from level 5 to level 4 on the first of May, for many, there was no material change to our lives.  Speaking for myself:  the novelty has worn off.  Reserves - of all types - are … Continue reading Comfort food in a time of Covid-19 – I

I’m tired….

I'm tired. I'm tired of being in lockdown. I'm tired of people supporting the lockdown. I'm tired of people not supporting the lockdown. I'm tired of people railing about "the situation" before they've read all the facts. I'm tired of the mixed messages from our leaders - local and international. I'm tired of listening to … Continue reading I’m tired….

If I were to choose…

I participate, from time to time, in the odd blog challenge.  Just because.  There's a particular one to which I'm quite partial.  Not because I've ever won, but because it gets me thinking.  About things.  All sorts of things.  It's run by an international bunch of guys and gals hailing from the UK, US and … Continue reading If I were to choose…

A Taste of France – II

This simple chicken dish sounds exotic, but it isn't really.  What adds an extra dimension to it is the Herbes de Provence.  I've written about them before, and use them quite often.  Those blogs, alas, are lost somewhere in cyberspace.  It turns out to be a mixed blessing.  I'm refining quite a few of my … Continue reading A Taste of France – II

Ducks, Drakes and Croc Socks

Today is the fourth Saturday of our enforced lockdown.  We should have been "free" yesterday.  Instead, last Thursday, they added another fourteen days to our enforced stay at home.  If one reads between the lines, as I have said, there's no guarantee that 1 May 2020 will see emancipation. I admit that yesterday was a … Continue reading Ducks, Drakes and Croc Socks

Black and white*

That old cliché, that nothing in life is black and white, is also a truism. Mid 2016, I was increasingly less able to manage the jaundice that was developing in my working environment and then my work encroached on my blog space.  Posts were sporadic over the previous 18 or so months:  not for lack … Continue reading Black and white*

Countering Covid-19: South Africa 21 days in

The world seems to have stopped and united over a single concern: Covid-19. In the six years I've been blogging this is the first time I've ever written serveral posts on a single topic in such quick succession. I've gone from mentioning Covid-19 as a tangential aside, to actually writing an update. Only one burble … Continue reading Countering Covid-19: South Africa 21 days in

Leeky vegetables with virus rant on the side

February left in a flurry. So much so, that when I potted my bits for the market on Friday, I set the sell by date for March, not April. I only realised as I was getting myself together on Saturday morning - after having posted this photo to Instagram! February passed me by because I … Continue reading Leeky vegetables with virus rant on the side

Good bye summer, hello autumn

As we sit on day eighteen of our thirty-five day enforced lockdown, we are missing out on the best season (and weather) of the cycle of seasons.  In my opinion, anyway.  The scorching heat of the summer is gone, but the days are generally sunny and warm.  Best of all, the wind doesn't blow.  The … Continue reading Good bye summer, hello autumn