Succulents and Celebrations

After all of the sad and unhappy things that happened last week, the week ended on a much more positive note. Last Saturday Norm and I decided to go to Dario's, our fave burger place in Hout Bay for lunch. The sun had finally made an appearance but it was still rather chilly. The patio …

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The Fickle Mistress

Cape Town, the Mother City, is such a fickle mistress. Just when you think the weather is cooling off and winter is finally rolling in, we then get a few days of incredibly hot weather, then with no warning at all it turns so cold we have to light the fire. Last weekend was incredibly …

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Ganesh’s Garden

On the public holiday Norm and I made a lot of progress on our succulent garden. We moved the Ganesh statue my kids had given me out there as the centre piece. He looks so lovely in the sun. https://www.instagram.com/p/COLAnogJLKt/ We moved a lot of my existing pots from the patio and from other areas …

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Museums, Monkeys & Margaritas

Everyone needs a break from their reality, especially at this time when most of us are isolating and staying at home in our bubbles. Norm and I loved our European weekends away when we lived in the UK. We would often book a last minute cheap flight and just take off on a whim. We …

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Burning History

Norman often tells me I am being paranoid and that I am imagining machinations where none exist. However most of the time I am proven to be right. (Aren't wives always right even when we aren't?) When the US capitol was attacked I said that day from the very beginning that it was coordinated and …

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The Angst of a Crone

Even while in the midst of a very publicised trial about the murder of George Floyd by cops, the murders of black men by police in America continues. This week we watched a young man be shot 'by mistake' by a policewoman. On April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot …

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Three Butterflies

I've always felt that I receive communications from my grandmother via things with wings. This week I had three unusual interactions with butterflies. On Thursday I was working at my desk and a butterfly flew into the lounge and hovered by my desk then turned and flew back out. When I was telling Norman this …

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Cowboys and Cherokees in the Wild

I often think about what life was like hundreds of years ago before we had luxuries such as many of us now have, running water and inside sanitation facilities, electricity, convenient grocery stores and other shops as well as things such as eyeglasses or medications for our ills. We just finished watching season 4 of …

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Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the first lockdown in SA for Covid. It was supposed to be for 21 days but a year later and many of us are still practicing isolation and COVID protocols where possible. I mentioned in last week's blog that our drum circle was meeting last Sunday and I …

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Second Chances

This is a 3 day weekend in South Africa as Sunday is Human Rights Day and we have Monday off of work. Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with March 21st, 1960 and the events of Sharpeville. The apartheid regime forced black people to carry a 'Pass', a hated identification document, known …

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