Monday, May 31, 2010

Pot Plant

This rather sad specimen is the pot plant which sits on the windowsill of my office. I don't know why it is looking all droopy and dull at the moment. I really don't have green fingers!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chamomile Tea

I didn't sleep terribly well last night and have been feeling rather anxious and upset after yesterday. I'm still processing what happened. Support from family and friends has helped, as well as sipping this tea throughout the day. Doing okay.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Feel-better Milk Tart

After yesterday's unpleasant mugged-on-the-mountain experience Michele's mom sent over a home-baked milk tart. Comfort eating has never been so yummy! Thank you Cathy, your kindness is much appreciated. And thanks Michele too, for all the help and support and driving me around to get stuff sorted.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Veld & Flora

I'm definitely getting older. I don't look at fashion or music magazines any more, but Veld & Flora, the Botanical Society publication, drops into my postbox ~ and I read it!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blurry Vision

I've been having issues with my eyes recently: first an unexplained visual disturbance, then a distortion in one of the lenses of my specs, the result of defective materials. When I still wasn't seeing properly after that got fixed I went for a full eye test. Although my eyes are healthy (hooray) they have weakened considerably... so I've had to go ahead and order a new pair of lenses for my glasses. They should be ready next week.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memory Hiccup

I had a big fright last night when my memory card (or maybe the reader?) misbehaved and it appeared as if I'd lost the whole day's photographs. Fortunately my colleague Gerhard was able to rescue the images and get them onto a flashdrive for me today. Phew!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Double Celebration

My friends Dorothy and Jenny share a birthday. I took the day off, joined Dorothy for a walk and then met up with Jenny and a group of our friends for a lovely lunch. Many happy returns to the both of you, hope it's a good year!

Monday, May 24, 2010


View from my office window this morning... I watched rainstorms move in and, after they cleared, this little rainbow appeared.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dirty Water

Yikes, it appears my kitchen floor really did need that scrub!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mountain Lions

Fooling around for the camera... Michele looked on in amusement as Claudia and I did our fiercest roarrrs up top Vlakkenberg Peak today. [Guest photographer: Richard]

Friday, May 21, 2010

Boulder Shadows

I left work early today and Michele and I went for a walk at Llandudno. We were both so taken with the amazing rocky headland on the north of the beach that the excursion ended up being more about taking photos than exercise. What a stunning spot!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Today I wore another one of my new purchases from last week's mini shopping spree. I love the tiny buttons on this jersey - they are made of shell.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sandwich Shop

It is so handy - and dangerous - to have one of Cape Town's best bakeries close to work. Oh, the croissants... they are evil!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Perfect Pantry

I'm a regular reader of the blog The Perfect Pantry and love the "Other People's Pantries" feature. It's fascinating to see what people have in their kitchen cupboards. I took some snaps of my own a while ago and my turn came round this week.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Delphi & the Prom

I'm trying to get back to walking on the Sea Point promenade once a week. It's much easier to motivate myself if I meet up with my friend Delphi, like I did today, and chat all the way.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sun Worshipper

This time of year the sunshine streams into my living room in the morning. Thomas loves it!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


I saw these, my favourite sea birds, on 16 Mile Beach at Yzerfontein today.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Memory Lane

While taking a stroll after work today, I found myself near my old flat. I lived for six-odd years on the top floor of this block. Seeing this place again made me think about those years and feel a bit sad about losing touch with some of the people I knew then. Funny how we change and life moves on.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Light On

It has got so gloomy and wintery this week that I am having to leave my outside light on as it nearly dark when I get home these days. And still five weeks til the winter solstice!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wonderful Wild

Went to see Arno Carstens play at the Fugard Theatre this evening. The show was good loud fun and this new little theatre in an old church is a great venue.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Striped Top

I went shopping for new clothes yesterday. I got a pair of jeans, a couple of long-sleeved T-shirts, a cardigan and this stripey top, which I wore it today. I like the colours.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Big Boy

I love getting new pics of my parent's puppy, Brenin, in my inbox. I can't believe how much the little guy has changed since I saw him in March. He is nearly five months old now and such a handsome young dog. [Guest photographer: my dad]

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Please hold, it will take approximately - twenty - minutes to attend to your call. I've been having problems with my internet connection this weekend and have had to ring the Telkom call centre a couple of times. Aargh, not my favourite thing in the world.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Empire Books

I've always loved bookshops and recently discovered a good second-hand one in Muizenberg: Empire Books in York Road. Dorothy and I popped into there again today and we both found a couple of paperbacks we just had to buy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Eat Well

I've been so busy this week I've had no time or energy for preparing meals. By today I'd resorted to a microwave meal from Woolies for lunch.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Tom has always enjoyed attacking the newspaper but this evening Trixie got into it too. They are both hooligans.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I had to bully myself to go down to the gym today (first time in weeks!). The cold misty weather didn't make it any easier.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Work Work Work

I spent most of today working non-stop on a complicated and rather technical project. It required such intense concentration that it made my poor head hurt!

Monday, May 3, 2010


The downside of a fabulous weekend out and about is that none of the housework gets done and I've got to tackle the chores after work on Monday.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Calamari Salad

I haven't done much eating out lately so it was a nice treat to go out for lunch with Dorothy after a fabulous walk in Tokai today. It was my first visit to Steenberg Village and first time we'd tried Manuka. Very pleasant atmosphere and tasty grub.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cape Holly

Autumn is in full swing and I'm loving every moment of it! We've had a few cold fronts roll past but between them the days are crisp, clear and calm. Today was another perfect day and Michele and I took a walk in the forest. This gorgeous Cape Holly caught my eye... it is rich with autumnal warmth.