Up, up and away

There is nothing quite so satisfying as contentedly crossing a long-standing item off one’s bucket list: memories made √ photos taken √ dream fulfilled √ … and so it was after our amazing hot air balloon flight last week. Thanks to an extremely generous retirement gift from Chris’ company (thanks Jane and all at Softworx),…

The Mad Woman in the Village.

Last Thursday, we set off on our first roadtrip of 2016 with eager anticipation. Our journey from our home town of Port Elizabeth inland to Johannesburg would cover 1100km and take us via Graaf Reinet and Colesburg, where we would overnight. This would allow us to detour further into the Karoo to visit the small…

Black Friday Frenzy

In the past, the most common response by South Africans to the words Black Friday would have been a quizzical “black what?” Perhaps some of the better-heeled members of the population may have come across it, solely due to the energetic marketing activities of Amazon and other American on-line retailers, but for many the term…

Ice-cream makes me happy!

As with so many others, my weight has been an issue for me since my early teens. As I’m a proponent of the ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’ school of dieting, I’ve been on almost every  so-called ‘eating plan’ ever invented in search of a svelte, toned physique, but all to no (lasting) avail….

The Time Thief

I’m sitting happily in front of my computer checking my email, catching up with friends on Facebook and generally busying myself with the myriad of essential (or not so essential) computer related daily minutiae we all experience. Nothing unusual about that, I hear you say. Well, no there isn’t except I sat down for just…

Siblings Unrivalled

A few years ago, my brother and I travelled back to our home town to help my Mom pack her possessions, sell her house and move into a nursing home. She hadn’t been well for a while and now needed full time care. We quickly settled her into her new accommodation and set about preparing…

Follow your Dreams!

In The Hottest State, author Ethan Hawke’s protagonist says, “Don’t you find it odd … that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try”. This is my firsthand experience of that statement. Incredibly, a much dreaded visit…