“A time to plant and a time to uproot”

In South African houses the winters are all about the sunlight. Let in the light – then you’ll be snug as a bug in a rug. Fail to let in light, or face… Continue reading

“A time to tear down and a time to build”

We are deep into Autumn here in the Southern hemisphere and it’s beautiful. It took me a while to realise what the difference is…. instead of foggy dampness we have bright skies which… Continue reading

The welcoming Free State

This post is a ‘thank you’ for a little girl I know in Bloemfontein called Isabelle. It was her mum’s birthday breakfast today and I was lucky enough to go along. Last night… Continue reading

Renovator Ron

We are three weeks into our major house renovation. Everything is covered in a fine layer of brick dust. You empty out the washing basket (not that the washing machine is necessarily working)… Continue reading

Origami, heatwaves and brickdust

The calm before the storm….     These were my last bits of decoration before we emptied our living area and kitchen – they’re made by the fair hands of my lovely friend… Continue reading

Are You Syrious?

…Talking of women with a passion…. My mate Fiver was in Jo’burg recently and she was riding on the crest of a creative wave which culminated in her first solo art exhibition. It… Continue reading

Unsung heroes

I learnt an Afrikaans phrase the other day, “Hy suit aan die agterspeen” which means “He sucks on the hind teat”. In other words he’s the ‘runt of the litter’, getting insufficient nutrition… Continue reading

Mental maths

You know those inane maths problems? “9 people got on a bus. They had 3 cakes each. 2 people got off at the first stop, but 1 person left his cake behind on… Continue reading

Fresh air

A lot has happened since I last blogged. I bet most of you have been busy-busy too, cramming in tasks and ticking off lists. It sometimes feels like we all live life by… Continue reading

A jumble of jollity

We have one more sleep in our rented house then we go on holiday. Here is a selection of crazy snapshots from our time here. Evie made these window decorations for her room… Continue reading