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 Biopsies

This week marks 14 years since I moved back to South Africa from the UK. Norm only joined me in December that same year but I arrived on the 7th and started my new job on the 9th of August. It is easy to remember because that date is Women's Day. As well as 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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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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Roses, Reeses & Independence

It started storming last Sunday night and the foul weather reflected our gloomy moods. Norm had a terrible cold and was dosing on and off on the couch and every time the wind blew against the doors it sounded like Navajo hitting the door with his paw to be let in. So many things brought …

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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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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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