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 [...]


When blood spills from your body you see it as a viscous red fluid. There is much ado about blood. We refer to it often. For instance, we say our blood is up when we are angry and ready for a fight;blood is thicker than water when family ties are more important than the connection [...]

Crowns and Things

Most of the world has been told to stay at home and for many, life teeters between locked down and knocked down. I can only hope and trust that you and all your dearest people will survive the many months ahead. Being home is not at all unusual for me. But I have been preoccupied [...]

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 [...]

The Sea

I woke this morning and thought I could smell the cold blue sea From my sleepy cotton bed I smelled damp air enticing me   My doors were open and wide The mountains were gone from view And there was the sand, the beach splashed wet and dark as seagulls flew   Winged by icy [...]

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, [...]

A little pair of red shoes

“Oh, what pretty dancing shoes!” said the old man. “They will stay on securely when you dance.” “Dance on,” said the angel in long white robes, “dance on you must, in your red shoes, till you are pale and cold, weary and wasted.” from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Red Shoes” * The little pair of [...]

Our humble, thankful hearts

I could see it. We were loosely gathered on the outer edge of the copse of trees, standing on soft earth covered in early winter grass. A skinny little wind was lifting our hair, teasing at our collars. Our cheeks were cold. Sombre. We spoke randomly, each sharing a memory as it came. Sometimes voices [...]

Embroidery for a most beautiful Wedding

The best news for someone sentimental like me, in a list of good things, is that two people are getting married. Of all the happy events, a wedding must be somewhere at the very top! My immediate family totals 31, including nieces and nephews. Our offspring form a large group of cousins – 17 – [...]

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 [...]