Bewitched and Bedazzled

Last week my house sitter told me that our garden is looking lovely and that made me so happy! Obviously I think so but it is nice to hear from others that it is noticed. If only I could blink like Samantha from Bewitched and have all of our planned changes done at once. Instead …

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Slippery as a Snail

No matter how determined we are on our journey there is always the possibility of slippage from our path. As per my last blog it can be due to the little devilish voice of our Inner Saboteur or it can be other banana peels which land at our feet. I slipped from my Keto path …

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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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Halloween Blues

Today is Halloween, one of my favourite holidays. We normally have a party but we stopped the tradition last year and this year we would not even consider it. The venue we always used has closed down and we are not keen on having lots of people in our home. We are doing a family …

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Triggered

It appears that some warmth is finally starting to find its way through all of the damp and cold we have been having. Spring in South Africa starts in September and usually the temperatures rise over the season and the rains decrease, but everything seems to be lagging behind this year. I am cautiously optimistic …

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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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The Reading List

As you have probably noticed I am trying to educate myself about the history behind oppression and racism. Someone asked me whether I follow the South African news as closely as I do the US news and I try to keep myself aware of what is happening all over the world. Right now I am …

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Bearded Ladies & The Circus of Life

Last weekend was so lovely and full of family and laughter. Whenever our family are together we have such a laugh. In my last blog I mentioned that we were having a family Zoom call for my son Trevor's birthday. We often have a theme for our family calls and this one was 'Beards' seeing …

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The New Normal

Today is Day 25 of self isolation in the Walker-Brook house and the entire country of South Africa is still on lockdown. The stats published today for South Africa on the website I follow are: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-37WMfJIUd/ I am posting these stats in my blog each week so that I can look back and easily trace …

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Love and Hate

The crazy weather has continued this week. It has been very hot and the wind has been insane. Some of our windows sound like they are going to blow in. I can't begin to imagine what it is like in a shack made of flimsy corrugated iron. After a day of lazing about listening to …

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