It Comes in Threes

As the Queen once famously said about her entire year, this has been a weekus horribilis (aka a horrid week). In fact things have been extremely stressful since June when Navajo died. On Tuesday afternoon I heard that Kate, a friend from my Drumming group, had passed away. Kate is the gorgeous redhead in the …

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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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Event Full.

This week has been eventful, some of them good and some of them bad. At midnight on Wednesday the corrupt former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, turned himself into the police after weeks of nonsense. Last week, the Constitutional Court found Zuma guilty of contempt of court, in relation to an order to appear …

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Eyes on the Prize

Caitlin is my only child that lives in Cape Town but as she has been ill we did not have visitors for Father's Day. Instead Norm and I had a day relaxing and watching films as the weather had turned very hot again and it was too warm to do any gardening. I did paint …

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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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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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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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