Escape to Prince Albert, the beating heart of the Karoo!

We’ve all experienced times when things just become too much and the need to jump off the never-ending hamster wheel of life is overwhelming. Well, I believe I’ve found the perfect antidote to modern day urban madness – it’s as simple as packing a bag of comfortable clothes and heading off for a few days to…

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 ……

Thailand here we come!

As much as the prospect of four back-to-back flights and 30 hours of non-stop travelling doesn’t fill me with joy, the prospect of a couple of weeks in terrific Thailand certainly does! Unbeknown to us as we eagerly boarded our nearly empty flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, the very elusive phenomenon of comfort and space aboard an…

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…

Things I like!

When I was recently asked the seemingly simple question, “What do you like?” I found it really difficult to answer. What do I like? Like many of you, I can think of five the things I don’t like without a moment’s hesitation, bullies; bad manners; peanut butter; housework and going to the dentist, but to come up…

Updating and refurbishing a couch

What happens when you decide that your family room couches are looking tired and dated? You buy new ones of course and that’s where the problem starts – you live in an already fully furnished home. Oh what a dilemma! Actually for me, the solution was surprisingly simple. I have long been dissatisfied with my…

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…

Morgan Bay magic!

With our plethora of public holidays falling willy-nilly throughout the week, it is often easy to ‘engineer’ a four day long weekend and so it was that we decided to explore a far flung part of the beautiful Eastern Cape. This time we visited a long forgotten love, the Morgan Bay Hotel in, you guessed…

Creating a space for creativity.

Retirement has many benefits, not least of which is having the time and energy to pursue pastimes previously relegated to the ranks of “one day, maybe!” So, with this in mind, I recently decided to convert a somewhat bleak, unused and  under-furnished bedroom into a bright, uplifting hobby room – a space where I could let…