Time is unstoppable

  When my younger son was only a few months old, I took this photo of him with his Pooh bear. Today this same son sent me a picture of his precious daughter, now 7 months old, in the same pose with her very own Pooh bear. “Oh, cute”, I hear you say and yes, it is…

Arch enemy or Super-hero?

  Arch enemy She screamed in terror as he loomed over her, his bared fists mere inches from her tear-stained face. “If you tell anyone I broke it, you’ll be sorry!” he hissed, but despite the malevolence of his words, she could detect the fear and uncertainty that lurked somewhere behind them. “Ah, ha!” she…

An alternative romance.

Although this post is aimed mainly at the fairer sex, I recommend that you men stick with it as you may just learn a little more about the inner machinations of the female mind – and how can that be a bad thing? So read on all … you have nothing to lose! As we ladies…

Perhaps a step too far!

Surprise, surprise, it’s me again fresh from a long sabbatical in which I sold a property, bought a new one, undertook a major renovation, moved home and was blessed with the world’s most beautiful granddaughter. All of this left very little time and absolutely no energy for writing. Now that I’m happily settled in my…

On turning 60

I awoke on Monday morning with the realisation that I could no longer be considered young or even middle-aged. As I gingerly stretched my body, I felt the odd protest from my lower back and a slight ache in my shoulders, but my mind still resolutely refused to acknowledge what the calendar insisted was true ……

New year, new life, new look blog!

Finally it’s here … the day we have long been waiting for! Why the 1st January 2016? Well, because this is the day our new life begins. My best friend and partner in love, life and marriage officially retired yesterday and midnight saw us bubbling over with an enthusiasm matched only by the champagne bottle…

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…

The Power of No!

Like so many women ‘of a certain age’, I was enculturated with the need to please and as a result, I’ve spent decades saying yes to things I really don’t want to do. So as I fast approach my 60th birthday, I’ve decided that it’s time to learn to use that deceptively simple word “No!”…

Colouring inside the lines

Recently, I have become more and more aware of my need to escape the trappings of the information age. I suppose the problem really started with the advent of email. How exciting it was to press ‘send’ and have my words and pictures delivered anywhere in the world in seconds – okay, with Telkom as…

Setting sail for adventure

Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” said Mark Twain. “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Like so many, I feel that I’ve lived much of…

Confessions of a Frugalista

The expressions cheap, stingy, scrooge or even the all-American tight-wad each carry with them a huge burden of negativity, so when I recently read about someone who described himself as a ‘frugalista’ with all the pride with which the Kardashians adopted the term ‘fashionista’, I decided to spread the word (literally). So, how can we…

Live each moment!

In his memoir A Million Steps, Kurt Koontz recounts how his 490 mile hike along the historic Camino de Santiago route not only tests his physical and mental endurance but also forces him to re-evaluate his life and reflect on the choices he has made thus far. While effortlessly striding along,  (he never seems to fall…