A day before you turn ten

Tomorrow you turn 10.Double digits.A decade. It feels like last year that I was writing finals and packing my bags for Germany. The biggest worry back then was where we were going to play pool on Friday. People say you get used to it but there are times I wonder who you are and why…

About last night – Catherine Alliott

The good reads synopsis really does the summary of this book perfectly; it’s a funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life – but will she have the courage to take it Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire, chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for…

Stubborn or Determined?

I haven’t really been writing here much lately as you can tell despite having several things to review and books to talk about. It’s been easier for me to Instagram my thoughts and I feel a bit more validated there like people are actually seeing it. Dumb I know. Another reason I haven’t been writing…

My (not so) perfect life – Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of those predictable authors that you keep in your back pocket, you know that she isn’t going to disappoint and that her writing is going to be one of those perfect Sunday afternoon reads where you pour yourself a G&T and grab a comfy spot and tell the family you’ll see…

silwerstroom strand

I am not really a beach person. I am more a river in a forest sort of person mainly because the forest is pretty and green and has shade which means I can hide from the sun that my body is allergic to. I do love the beach but the sand gets everywhere and the…

end of the month butternut pie

It’s mid month January and I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one raiding the sofa for a few coins. I raided the kitchen to see what I had to work with and found a lone butternut, an onion and pie crust so…  MONTH END PIE! Pre-heat oven to 200 celcius Cut and steamed…

damn annoying brain

Often my brain frustrates me so much. Have you even had that moment when something feels really familiar and then it triggers an old memory that you can’t fully grasp but it nags and nags and nags and you just have to figure it out? The narration of the new Netflix lemony snickets series did…

black cats and voodoo dolls

It’s Friday the 13th and I know a lot of people think it’s bad luck or whatever. To me it’s another day, although I’ll admit that this morning did actually start off crappy though, my housemate had to put his 18 year old cat down today as he had a stroke and can’t walk anymore….

my dads beer bread recipe

I forgot to get bread yesterday and Fysh has this thing about his toast ever since we got a toaster for xmas so he was a little miff when he realised we’re out. But I am not putting on pants just to go to the shop and buy a loaf of bread so I poked…

craft swap anyone?

I thoroughly enjoy the bookswaps I hosted last year but think I’m going to keep them to twice a year simply because they are so much admin and I don’t make anything for my time and effort. BUT I’ve been itching to do a local craft swap for a while. I’ve done 4 international ones…

backlash

My post on why I homeschool seems to have weeded a few people out of my timeline. I’ve been called childish and selfish for choosing to homeschool, that I had clearly not done any research because I don’t argue well and that Fysh will end up hating me for ruining his life. I was not homeschooled….

A trip to the dentist

So according to the oral hygienist this morning kids are supposed to start making trips to the dentist from the moment they have all their milk teeth. I had NO idea. I really didn’t. Did you? Well when I went to the clinic last year to make an appointment to remove the broken wisdom tooth…

#ayearinmysketchbook

I mentioned vaguely that I’m going to be attempting a 365 project in 2017. It’s two days to go and I’m starting to wonder if I’m setting myself up for failure. Either way, I’m obviously going to try my absolute best NOT to fail. I’ll be doing a mix of art styles for the project…

my year in books

Every year I set a reading goal. A number of books to try and read before the year is out. For 2013 I read 185 books according to GoodReads (actually I read more but a lot of them were re-reads and GoodReads doesn’t count those) but then for 2014 I only read 20 books (with…

Snow fun at Canal Walk!

So recently Fysh and I went for an evening of absolute FUN at Canal Walk. If you’re a local I’m sure you already know that every December for the past 10+ years they host a ice adventure over December. Bringing some snow fun to our summer holiday season. If you’re new… well now you know…

YAY! free tags

Just a quick pop in… I made some free printable gift tags for my moms newsletter and thought I’d share them with you because as much as I completely adore this season we are sadly snow free because it’s summer here and thus snowmen and pretty frosted snowflakes are really inappropriate on our tags so…

Our weekend in photos – Three Fountains Estate

A friendling of mine and her family headed away for the weekend and needed a house sitter and of course I jumped at the opportunity because not only did it mean a weekend away it also meant a weekend away on a farm estate and who wouldn’t want that after the shitty week we’d had….

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Lisa Clark

A while back Penguin dropped off The Cookie Jar book by Lisa Clark and with it came some sample cookies from the book, the salted chocolate chunk ones and guys… I have been craving this cookie ever since. I can’t explain to you how good it is. Seriously, it’s one of those cookies where once…

Little black spot 

10 years ago I became eligible to vote. That’s a pretty big deal right? I guess it should be but A) I’ve never felt fully like I belong in SA  B) I fucking hate politics and C) fuck I had a and now I can’t think of it.  I’m not an ostrich, these days you…