False Idols and Pretenses

Like many other countries in the world South Africa is very divided over politics. The party which is in power on a National level is the ANC and they cannot even seem to reach a singular point of view among themselves. They have ruled since 1994 when Mandela was elected as our president. I mentioned …

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Androgyny

The renovations on our upstairs started on Monday. They are doing the main bedroom and our en-suite bathroom first. Norm worked like a demon all weekend moving all of our bedroom furniture over to one of the other bedrooms and has set up a nice little temporary home for us. This is the cleared out …

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Sins of the Fathers

The mistreatment and abuse of Indigenous children has been in the news this week. In British Columbia's Interior, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation has found the remains of 125 children, some as young as 3, on the site of what used to be Canada’s largest residential school.  Built on the territory of the Tk’emlúps te …

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Africa Day Blessings

I have had such a gem of a week! And yes I know, since I am pretty much living as a hermit the bar is pretty low on excitement, but this time it was legit pretty fabulous. I entered 'The Ultimate Africa Giveaway' competition I saw on Instagram which was launched to celebrate Africa Day …

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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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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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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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Guilty Pleasures

These days there are so few opportunities for happiness that you need to grab it wherever you can. I mentioned in a recent blog that I had watched the Fran Lebowitz 'Pretend It's A City' series and one of the things she discusses is the term 'Guilty Pleasures'. I totally agree with my spirit animal …

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Shaky Grounds

The drama with the transition of power in the US drags on. Trump has stated that he will not concede and even that he plans to remain for a second term. Trump and his mercenary henchman Giuliani continue to spin a fantastical conspiracy that only their followers are buying into. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00TxRpa2_Cc It is an embarrassment …

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