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…

16 Non-resolutions for 2016

I recently read a blog post entitled “40 things to do before I’m 40” and the more I thought about it, the more the concept appealed to me. There are, however, two fatal flaws. Firstly, my 40th birthday is an ever increasingly dim memory and secondly, even if I rejigged the idea to be “60…

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…

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…