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

Wholesome home made pasta

I am having difficulty working out how long I've been making my own pasta.  It definitely dates back to before we moved to McGregor - and that's going on eight years now.  The motivation for buying a pasta machine was simple:  the fresh pasta I had eaten just simply tasted better than the dried stuff. … Continue reading Wholesome home made pasta

A re-imagining: life after this Corona

Imagine - can you - a new world? It's incomprehensible that less than a hundred days ago, no-one had heard of the Novel Corona virus now known as Covid-19. Corona is no longer just Selma's favourite beer. It represents the biggest threat to the world's population since the Black Death (plague) and, potentially, the Spanish … Continue reading A re-imagining: life after this Corona

Those hair(y) days…into the 90s…

Mid 2019, blogpal @traciyork shared a selection of family photos from her childhood.  It set us chatting about how photos like those reflect the essence of the period through the fashions:  furniture, clothing and, of course hair. It made me contemplate the very few photographs I have of myself as a young adult in the … Continue reading Those hair(y) days…into the 90s…

Bullies: Virtual hiding in plain sight

The other day, I mentioned my love-hate relationship with the social media.  Just yesterday, I not so tongue-in-cheek suggested that the Internet is one of my lock down essentials. The social media have come to permeate every part of our lives and, in the main, especially now, it's good.  And not good. I did add, … Continue reading Bullies: Virtual hiding in plain sight

Lockdown survivors’ guide

In the last two weeks I have written two long and very serious pieces about how people and the world are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. I will write another - to keep a promise. The first was ahead of the lock down. Half way there? South Africa is halfway through the period initially set … Continue reading Lockdown survivors’ guide

Living alone, gigs and working from home: lessons for lock down

In the early 1990's, after living in Johannesburg for eight years, I moved to Queenstown, a small farming town the Eastern Cape.  It's probably best known for its schools (my ex-husband-to-be was a teacher), and sheep.  Mostly for wool.  I had no job and although I'd trained to teach, hadn't.  I didn't want to.  The … Continue reading Living alone, gigs and working from home: lessons for lock down