Quarter Century

I often forget how old I actually am. I definitely do not feel old. However Norm and I had our 25th wedding anniversary on July 5th so obviously I am really, really old. On the evening of our actual anniversary it was a bit of a disaster. It was load shedding and we both worked …

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The Birds and the Bees

One thing about living in Africa is that I am confronted with how privileged we are on a regular basis. Especially when something happens in one of the townships and you see people losing what little they have and then just getting on with life. There were 2 fires in our village this week. On …

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A Trip Down Under

This week has felt very heavy emotionally. The news is full of flooding in multiple areas of the globe, raging fires, droughts both in South Africa as well as a lot of the rest of the world and of course there are still people dying from the pandemic. It gets hard to deal with and …

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Birthdays and Renovations

Norm has never been big on birthdays, but every year I drag him out for a meal and buy him gifts and he is always grateful to receive them. I want to celebrate my birthday for a whole week and that kind of sums up the differences between us in a nutshell. His birthday was …

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Embracing Change

On Thursday Norm decided to go to one of the vaccination centres on the other side of Cape Town which has been vaccinating walk in patients as long as they are registered on the government portal. He did not have to wait long at all, they vaccinated him and he was back home in a …

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Flights of Fancy

In typical Cape Town fashion the weather turned last Sunday and the sun made an appearance after days of rain and wind. We took advantage of this and Norm set up a workstation for me by the new succulent garden. https://www.instagram.com/p/CO7151XJ_n5/ We planted the large planter the kids gave me for Mother's day. https://www.instagram.com/p/CO71bZUp_uh/ As …

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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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On The Trail of The Whales

After almost 8 months isolating Norm and I felt like it was safe to venture out for a weekend away. We needed some time for just us without the dogs and the cats being the primary centre of our attention. We decided to go to Hermanus for a weekend as it is close enough to …

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The Empath’s Output

I finished watching Soundtrack this week. I give it 4.5 Kitten Stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ One thing that the main character said which resonated with me was that all songs are about love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bRqe7eBqmw&t=79s The search for it, finding it, losing it, recovering from it, living with it or without it, keeping it alive when we are …

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