Painting and Maintaining

I had such a lovely weekend with my daughters last week. Last Saturday Lily went to a baby shower for a friend who lives in Cape Town and then came to join Caitlin and I to do some painting at Clay Café. Caitlin nor I had eaten so we ordered food when we arrived. Healthy …

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On the Block

I finally feel like I am comfortable being around other humans again, well, as comfortable as my introverted self ever gets. It may be just plague exhaustion (yes that is a real thing) or maybe I am being overly optimistic that the virus is mostly under control, but we are starting to entertain. Last weekend …

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Birthday Kittens & Stone Memories

This week has been full of a lot of anticipation and happy events. On the work front, I have been given a pay rise. Last year none of us received raises due to the impact of COVID on the economy. It was backdated to my review date so I got an extra bit of cash …

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The Birds and the Bees

One thing about living in Africa is that I am confronted with how privileged we are on a regular basis. Especially when something happens in one of the townships and you see people losing what little they have and then just getting on with life. There were 2 fires in our village this week. On …

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Embracing Change

On Thursday Norm decided to go to one of the vaccination centres on the other side of Cape Town which has been vaccinating walk in patients as long as they are registered on the government portal. He did not have to wait long at all, they vaccinated him and he was back home in a …

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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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Unity Is Power

The number of people who have been tested for Covid-19 in SA are 1,529,009. The overall statistics are: https://www.instagram.com/p/CB-LXhmJZDl/ It is sad to see that so many have not survived, but it is good to see that so many have recovered. The missing counts are those who have it but are asymptomatic or who did …

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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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What Matters

Last Monday was a busy morning for us hibernating hobbits. We had the plumber in to sort out our leaky pipe and Norm had to go out to the chemist and for a shop. That is how narrow our lives have become! Navajo went with Norm to the shops and when Nava sees that Norm …

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Offensive Defensiveness

This week we had news of a very significant arrest by SAPS (The South African Police Service) which I hope makes for a bit of peace in Hout Bay. Official announcement from the Office of the Station Commander of Hout Bay SAPS: "On Wednesday, 22 of May 2019 at approx. 01:00 Hout Bay SAPS members …

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