I know I’ve said it somewhere before on this blog, but I love the fact that South Africa has a ‘Spring Day’, the 1st September. A day to celebrate that we’ve made it through, better days are coming, leaves are budding, birds are cooing etc etc etc. Well today, our 5th Spring Day, I missed… Read More Our 5th Spring Day
In 2013, having rented our house out for a few years, we moved back in and smartened it up. When my birthday rolled around we had a house re-warming/ birthday fancy-dress party. The theme was that you came dressed up as whatever you wanted to be when you were little. I have held the belief… Read More Still nothing happening so here’s a memory
A while ago I bought some blue cheese by accident, thinking it was a nice normal cheese – HORRORS! I have always had a problem with blue cheese, and as a child I can remember being incredulous that adults would voluntarily put it into their mouths. It is the food of the devil himself. BUT.… Read More There’s nothing happening so here’s a story about a quiche.
“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urnThrows up a steamy column and the cupsThat cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,So let us welcome peaceful ev’ning in.” A poem from ‘The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper’. It sounds… Read More Welcoming peaceful ev’nings
I’m re-visiting the sheep again in this post because if you look carefully you’ll see tons of little spikes that are stuck in their fleeces. They’re called blackjacks and they transfer to you from plants as you brush past. We often sit and pull them off our dogs one by one, or loosen them from… Read More A week in the sheep-dip
There are loads of monkeys in our new area, which is so exciting for us Brits. They’re impossibly cute, especially when they carry their babies around. Sometimes their faces appear upside down at our bedroom window – that’s actually pretty creepy if you think about it. Most of the time though, they sit around staring… Read More Man vs. Monkey
Apparently it’s Day 101 in our lockdown. As an extremely vague kind of nod to this landmark, here’s roughly 101 lambs’ hooves alongside extra full-size mum-hooves – except I checked with Mr. Google and was reminded that sheep have cloven hooves so actually it’s probably more like 202. So that hasn’t really worked. But anyway,… Read More Lockdown 101
This was my response when my friend showed me the proliferation of fabric animals she’s been making during lockdown. She considers herself ‘not creative’ but I think they’re joyous. I pleaded with her to assemble them outside for some kind of photo shoot and we agreed they look like they’re at some Glastonbury-type soft toy… Read More “Whatever gets you through, bab..”
I’ve had one of those days where I fell out with a few people in the family, and then I fell out with myself. Falling out with yourself is problematic because how can you make up with yourself without sounding hollow? Was there ever a more lockdown-esque dilemma?? Ha ha! I like what Ralph says… Read More Going to bed
I know, I know, I’m late to the party: the internet has been saturated with lockdown-induced activity and meanwhile I’ve been staring into space. Every so often I’d vaguely think about writing and suddenly it’s nearly July. The sun is setting on a weird chapter in life, but it’s not really over – more like… Read More I promise I won’t say the word ‘unprecedented’.