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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 [...]

My cat cannot make coffee

Kitzwallace is a tortoiseshell cat.  Not the sort of tortoiseshell that looks like ‘brindle’, but the orange, black and white, patchy sort.  My one son thinks she is the prettiest cat in the world.  That is because she has a dainty, sweet little face and tidily places her tail over her front paws when she [...]

Under Eider Down

Winter has finally arrived, two weeks ago, and with it the joy of taking out of storage all the lovely things that keep us warm.  Number One on my list is down.  When the boys were little, I made an investment and bought Four Seasons down duvets for all the beds in our house.  Pure [...]

Would You Do It….?

We have a shed, a nice big shed we built in 2008 from the steel frame which once housed a tennis academy in Rondebosch. I remember landing on a cloudy, drizzly day at Cape Town International airport on the 10th of September 2001. It was the day before my birthday, also the day before that [...]

Fifteen Minutes with Me

How many hours does it take for the earth to go around the sun – 24?  But since the world is apparently going pear-shaped, I’m not sure that this is still the case.  What if you were on the plump bottom end of the pear…then perhaps a rotation takes 32 hours and on the leaner, [...]

You’ve Got Mail

We were always P.O. Box 39, from the year dot which must be when that old post office building came into being.  The letterboxes looked like a solid wall of tiny metal doors, each with a cluster of small round ventilation holes.  The key that unlocked the mini metal door with a particular amount of [...]

Hungry for a beautiful Life

“People are hungry for genuine human stories now more than ever.  We’ve gotten so caught up in this culture of self-branding where everybody cherry-picks what they show on social media and glosses over their failures and setbacks… But it’s the failures and the setbacks that people want to hear about, not these carefully curated success [...]