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’.
Some people have a therapy dog. I am sending you a therapy lizard instead, cos there’s loads of them here in KZN. If I had those sticky feet, I’d grab a taxi to your street, I’d climb up walls and find a gap, Then wait upon your bathroom tap. Then when your day came to… Read More Lockdown Lizard
Sometimes I forget that we’re living in a cross-cultural context, but recently we had lots of reminders in the run-up to the launch of our new church – FREEDOM CHURCH. They caused much entertainment. We have been given a building to rent out really cheaply but it needed a lot of work. To be honest… Read More A new day dawning
You’ve doubtless heard of The 5 Stages of Grief – well, I have composed a similar document for your consideration. It is called “The Emotional Range Evoked When Moving House Using a South African Removal Company Found On The Internet Instead Of One That’s Recommended.” I hope it helps somebody somewhere someday….. It’s the eve… Read More An answer to the question ‘how did your move go?’
Life on the open road …. it’s about playlists, podcasts, snacks, hours of crocheting, big thoughts, extended discussions … We have grown used to spending time on the road here but this week has been a bit nuts. Clarens (3 hours) on Sunday, then back again on Monday. Johannesburg airport (4 hours) on Tuesday and… Read More The time we went to Jo’burg and back again, and then went to Jo’burg again and back again.
It’s officially the first day of Spring here today – the 1st September. Our church met on a farm this morning, where apparently there was ice on the chickens’ water first thing, but by midday we were more than warm enough. I have been stubbornly wearing my flip flops for a few weeks now, and… Read More Spring
Our alarm goes at 5.45 because everything starts early here – I still find it shocking! At the traffic lights (robots) on the school run, a man was holding a piece of cardboard up asking for money. My Afrikaans isn’t that good but I understood the gist of it “no job…. hungry…. children…God bless you…”… Read More Bed jackets, tray cloths and golf balls – an almost typical day in my life
We’re on school holidays at the moment so I grabbed the chance to tag along with Colin to Lesotho for the day. Crossing over the border into The Kingdom of Lesotho is like bursting through into a bubble of energy. Just through the border you can see there’s a row of stalls – people selling… Read More A winter’s day in Maseru
One of my biggest challenges since moving to South Africa is loneliness. It’s not something I’ve ever had to deal with before but weirdly, the more I deal with it, the more I realise that I was actually quite a lonely child. I’ve been learning to embrace ‘solitude’ as an alternative to loneliness, and I’ve… Read More It’s a good day