No Turkey, No Cupcakes

Wednesday marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), an international campaign that runs annually, from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (World Human Rights’ Day). Every year I try to feel positive and hopeful that something will change and every year …

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Country Girl Roots

I find that the older I get the simpler my needs are. Just a day out with Norman or a chat with my family or friends can give me such a boost. That was certainly true both last weekend and this weekend. We did not do anything to celebrate on Halloween evening which got me …

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Turn Up the Heat

There are so many advantages to working from home, however there are also some disadvantages. On Monday night we were relaxing and watching Netflix when the screen started that 'we are offline' spin. We just assumed it was some temporary glitch but when we woke on Tuesday there was still no internet. Our router was …

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Hats and High Teas

It has been so cold in Cape Town for most of this week. We had horrid weather on Monday, stormy, dark and wet with howling wind. Lola decided she was cold and needed to snuggle up under my neck despite me trying to work. https://www.instagram.com/p/CD_MeDlpG8T/ Last Sunday we held a family Zoom meeting with my …

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A Decent Man

We had beautiful weather last weekend and it continued throughout the week. South African winters are the best, we usually have sunny bright days and cool evenings. The mornings are often misty or cloudy but it usually burns off leaving us with bright blue skies. Regardless of the weather, it is always beautiful. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDNy3FVp89j/ Lola …

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Sounds of Silence

No matter what is going on in our lives we can usually still find something to be grateful for and opening up our consciousness to that gratitude often makes us aware of other blessings we should be grateful for. A crisis will cause us to re-evaluate our lives and our perspectives. I am so grateful …

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The Low Bar

When you compare yourself to others you may feel as if you are succeeding in life, but I guess that depends on who you are comparing yourself to. Sometimes the bar is pretty low so it is easy to feel superior. I had thought that South Africa was doing really well in regards to managing …

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One Voice

I mentioned in my last blog that it was our 23rd wedding anniversary last Sunday. Norm and I would normally go away for the weekend or at least go out for a posh dinner together but the lockdown meant that was not on the cards. I am not comfortable going into a restaurant yet. This …

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The Ups and Downs of In

Last Sunday my bipolar-ness and anxiety were on full boil. I was so weepy and sad on Mother's Day because I missed my children so much but after a day of Norman spoiling me and the zoom call with my Mom and my kids that evening I was on such a joyous high. It's a …

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Living on the Knife’s Edge

It was lovely having a three day weekend both last weekend and this weekend, especially as that resulted in a three day work week and everyone loves that! Assuming that you are getting paid of course. I am very grateful for paid holidays, especially in such a stressful time as the Covid Era with so …

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