I am not sure where to begin. Today is the one-hundred-and-twenty-somethingth day since South Africa went into a lockdown. Of these, some five weeks were a hard lockdown to retard the community transmission of the novel corona virus that causes COVID-19 disease. More importantly, it was to buy time to prepare the country’s health facilities … Continue reading Beleaguered and Confused
Before I get going... It's week or so ago that shared what was, kinda the soundtrack of my life (on WordPress; on Hive). It was, in part a piece of fluff, but in others, not. In the final paragraph, I note - There are songs missing from this list and which I'd love to have … Continue reading le zoulou blanc – a man for all
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
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?
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
https://www.fionasfavourites.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/20200202_114455-scaled.jpg I went cold. Not because a Cape Cobra had tried to join us for brunch. The moment The Husband and I rose from the table - in unison - he literally turned tail and headed back when he'd come. That was yesterday. This morning, going through the ritual Sunday chores, listening to the local … Continue reading Where were you when…?
In March, South Africa, was on the brink of a national electricity blackout. And we are there again. Why? At the time, I said that the reasons are myriad and what one chooses to believe, also depends on to whom one listens. Now, it seems, we are getting closer to the truth: acknowledgement not just … Continue reading Loadshedding survivors’ guide
It often amazes me how out of things seemingly unsightly, dull and ugly, beauty emerges.
In 40°C+ (100°F+) heat, winter cold is hard to contemplate. I hate winter. The flowers are the best thing about it, especially as they are at their best when the weather's the coldest and just before spring.