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…

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….

“why do you homeschool?”

I often get asked why I homeschool, and I’m often told my child isn’t getting the right opportunities and that I’m making him anti social as he’s not able to socialise enough. Why I argue this : firstly, that sort of thinking means that being in a school clearly did nothing for YOUR social skills else…

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…

sugar cookies for gifts

We needed to come up with a unisex gift under R100 for a christmas gift swap thing. I was going to crochet slippers out of odds and ends but then I was told it’s numbered and we won’t know who’s getting our gift so shit that’s not going to work cause you can’t really make…

Talking confidence 

So mid last month I got bold and offered myself up to Abigailk.co.za for her #CTconfidence initiative. She did it last year and you can watch the video here. I really loved it and you’ll see a bunch of familiar faces in it. So when she said she was looking for 10 girls to do it again this year I…

I own Table Mountain!

Not sponsored but we were sent the game.  Mzansi means South in isiXhosa but we use it as a slang term to mean South Africa.  And being a South African pretty much means you’re genetically programed to be fiercely proud of it. Although sometimes it takes living elsewhere for a while to make you realise just…

[WIN] double tickets to the pre-screening of INFERNO

I have read every single one of Dan Brown’s books and absolutely loved them though as of yet I haven’t read Inferno for some odd reason but I am definitely going to read it ASAP. In case you didn’t know, Inferno has been made into a movie! Robert Langdon is BACK! and to celebrate the release…

Movies to get you in the holiday spirit

We all got some really shitty news today. A fucking oompa loompa has been voted into the oval office because apparently orange is the new black and Americans are more offended by emails than by racism, sexism, bigotry and xenophobia. Hitler 2.0 cause it was so successful the first time round… And with that we’re…

Badger sunscreens for summer 

Summer in SA is HOT! And with the spring flowers coming and going earlier than usual this year it’s a good indication that we’re going to have a lot of tweets and posts about how we’re dying of the heat. And I don’t know about you but I don’t do very well with the summer…