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

The End of the Beginning

Dear Bloemfontein, I’ve been here for a whole school term now, so here’s some of my favourite things (just off the top of my head). I love your STOP signs – they’re so… Continue reading

When life gives you figs..

When life gives you figs.. move in. Yes, we have bought a house and it has a fig tree! Funnily enough it has a lemon tree too (for the bad days?) I guess… Continue reading

Battling for land

We Nichols are still battling for our own little patch in the new homeland. We never could have foreseen what a battle it would be, but here we are – involved in our… Continue reading

When life gives you lemons…

‘When life gives you lemons,’ the saying goes, ‘make lemonade’. We interpret that ‘When life gives you a sad week, expanses of tiled flooring and no furniture to chew, buy a PUPPY!!’ Yes,… Continue reading

An overdue Moan-fest.

OK it’s getting on for late February and we packed up our stuff into a container in mid-October. We’ve had Christmas and two birthdays. People say it’s liberating living out of a suitcase.… Continue reading