I changed my mind. I got the jab

Foreword Health is a personal matter until it’s a matter of public health. Like when the world is in the grips of a pandemic as it is now. I would not normally (I don’t think) share the sordid details of my illnesses. I qualify that because I suffer, happily, from rude health. The rationale for … Continue reading I changed my mind. I got the jab

It’s no bull…

It's a funny old world we live in.  As I write, we are in day 501 of South Africa's National State of Emergency (aka lockdown), and thanks to the vagaries of the Interweb and erstwhile hosts, this is the second iteration of a post with this recipe.  The original post was three years ago. How … Continue reading It’s no bull…

What’s in a name?

What's in a name? You may well ask. My parents rarely, if ever actually called me "Fiona", even though it was the name they chose for me.  My father only ever used my given name if he was getting serious about something. For years I loathed it. Why? Thank you for asking. But first: They … Continue reading What’s in a name?

Embracing Silver, Gold and Onyx

I have been blogging since February 2014. That's more than seven years, I now realise. It's been an interesting journey that began, just focusing on food and recipes. Because of a chance remark on Facebook. It was not without trepidation that I registered on WordPress; it was at least a week, if not more, before … Continue reading Embracing Silver, Gold and Onyx

Tripping the Light Fantastic

When I wrote this just over a hear ago, South Africa, had been in the throes of loadshedding.  I was reminded of this post because it marks a nasty trip that I took.  I cannot believe that was a year ago, and how much, in so many ways, things have not changed.  Loadshedding has made … Continue reading Tripping the Light Fantastic

Songs of [My] Life

An opening word I originally wrote this in November 2018.  The challenge was to pick that one favourite song.  Needless to say, that was an impossible task but a challenge to which I rose - with some relish.  When my webhost disappeared some time ago, this post went along with it.  I'm "reconstiting" some and … Continue reading Songs of [My] Life

Taking the Lead

This month's theme for the monthly top 3 contest on the Hive crypto-blogging blockchain was one that the team just must have known I couldn't pass up.  I started thinking about my selection the instant the post appeared on 1 July. I "compete" for fun I'm getting a little ahead of myself:  I always say … Continue reading Taking the Lead

The Mercurial Freddie

Foreword I wrote this almost exactly a year ago, and it went the way of all my posts for that period.  That said, this week saw the announcement that the Royal Mail would be launching a series of stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen.  It seemed fitting that this is the post I … Continue reading The Mercurial Freddie

Games: to play or not to play

I gather that thanks to the international and enforced stay-at-home, there's been a whole lot more game-playing going on.  Of one sort or another.  Or is there?  I have, before, nailed my colours to the mast about board games. The same applies to video games.  I don't get them.  Well that's not strictly true.  I … Continue reading Games: to play or not to play

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….