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….
I've had a hiatus from blogging. Some of it because I've moved to a new host - a story for another time. Most of it, though, because I've been through a bit of a low patch. I can't say that I'm out of the funk. I'm not. Things still look and feel bleak. I am, … Continue reading Balancing Act or Slippery Slope?
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
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
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
Today we started day fifteen of what is now at least a thirty-five day lock down. I want to be sure of my facts.... Although the prospect of having to stay at home, is less than thrilling, I do think that looking at the evidence, it's the right thing to do. I will write more … Continue reading Comforting Creamy Parsley Fish Pie
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
Not only is the weather turning, but because we're locked in thanks to Covid-19, we're looking for comfort food. I shared these ideas way back in 2014. I was reminded about them the other day, when there was a "debate" on the merits (or otherwise) of macaroni cheese. There's an even split between love and … Continue reading Variations on a theme: mac & cheese three ways
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
Where to begin? That I've been working in the gig economy since before it was a "thing"? Or that I have been self-employed for nearly thirty years, effectively selling my time expertise to clients that are prepared to pay for it? Notice I didn't say value? Because often it wasn't valued. Particularly in the last … Continue reading Gigs, Headlines and Sound Bites – in the time of Covid-19