My Hidden Garden

I have dithered and delayed and thought of other things, but still I keep coming back to an idea that compels me to write this blog. There isn't really much to say, but my pictures might tell the story. About my garden - the secret one. Being Miss Jack of All Trades, as my father [...]

Symptoms of an empty nest

“You will just have to stay indoors this morning and keep yourselves amused,” I told my eight hens, “even if it means you can’t go out at all today. There is a storm out there and the wind is much too strong, it will blow you away.” I shut their door and battled back across [...]

Escape to the country

Leave the Wellington traffic behind and take the scenic country route known as the Bo-Hermon road; feel your shoulders relax and tension ease away. The quiet road will afford you the opportunity to notice the scenery on either side: vineyards, Charolais cows (sometimes with sparkling white newborn calves) Aberdeen Angus cattle, cultivated fields, farm dams, [...]

Prairie Days

It is June, the Winter Solstice was just a few days ago. The world around here is green, green, green. How different it looks from the bleak, sun-baked landscape of summer! In these days of a Boland winter, when the northwester howls and the rain drives hard against the windows, I can't help feeling a [...]

A Thousand Days my Dog

I know he would say, “I have no regrets. I didn’t waste my time – I did everything I wanted to do. I lived my life, every day. I did as I pleased and I hurt no-one. My life was a dog’s life, I didn’t expect it to be anything else.”

The Story of a Little House

In April 2017 I asked you, "Would you do it?" and was quite surprised by your warm response.  Heartened, I got stuck in with scrubbing brush, many, MANY buckets of water, scraper, paint brush and, gosh, at least 50 litres of paint! It has been a 15 month journey, single handed for most of the [...]

A Story about Hens

The first hen I ever owned was brought here soon after we moved in, in the summer of 2010, along with her 17 chicks as a gift from my brother who has a farm.  She was just a common brown yard hen, very peaceable and an extremely good mother. It became natural to refer to [...]


Welcome to my prairie 27 April 2016 - My very first blog post! Today we celebrate Freedom in South Africa.  Freedom is something we humans need in so many different ways, and for each of us it has one, or many, different meanings.  What does freedom mean to you ?  For me it means being [...]