Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I popped into my neighbourhood veterinary clinic today to buy more of the special diet food for the cats. It is a very convenient stop on my way home.

Monday, August 30, 2010


My cousin and his family visited yesterday but I completely forgot to take photographs! His little girls are charming and adorable. They busied themselves with playing with my cats and practice-writing and drawing on scraps of paper while the grown-ups chatted.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Road Trip

Today Dorothy, Vanessa, Michele and I took a drive up to the West Coast National Park to look at the spring flowers, and have lunch in Langebaan. We were so lucky with the weather... it was a perfect day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Succulent Selection

I went a bit crazy at the plant nursery today. The next phase of the garden revamp is replanting the pots. I decided on succulents (and a couple of herbs) as the spot where the pots go is very hot and sunny, and windy. Succulents are so cute... I ended up buying lots.

Friday, August 27, 2010


I bought this dress a few days ago. Not sure yet if I'm going to keep it. It is a very long (a maxi-dress I guess) and it is very bright and very floral.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Immune Support

I'm giving this Viral Guard stuff a try on the advice of my pharmacist. For about the third or fourth time in the last month I feel as if I'm fighting off illness. I haven't got sick, but I hate feeling like I'm about to all the time. I was so grumpy today I reckoned it was time to get some help. I'm hoping rest, plenty of water and this tonic will get me back to full health.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Concert Tickets

When I found out that Crowded House are going to be playing in Cape Town later this year I bought tickets immediately. Can't wait! I've loved their music from the 80s til the present. Best. Band. Ever.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


My packed lunch today was a bakkie of home-made butternut soup. Yum!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Garden Progress

Iain has started the next phase of my garden revamp... all the pavers have been lifted and are going to be relaid on a proper foundation of bidum and sand. When the cats saw this they were all whee-hee, giant sandpit!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Goodbye Cooling Towers

The "before" view. Like many people in Cape Town I watched the demolition of the Athlone cooling towers today (and, yes, I almost missed it when they came down early!) It was strange looking out onto the city afterwards and not seeing these familiar landmarks.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ear Scritch

It was a cool and rainy day today and Trixie spent the entire morning on my lap, getting cuddles and head scratches. She was totally blissed out with all the love and attention.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Another Load

I'm feeling despondent about the endless housework and laundry. Hate it.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I wore this old shirt today. It's soft and comfortable and I like the colours.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Movie Poster

Went to watch Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces this evening. Not his best film, but still enjoyable and Penelope Cruz is very watchable. Great poster too.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August Reading

I read Barbara Kingsolver's new novel The Lacuna while I was on holiday... it is wonderful. I also loved AA Gill's collection of essays... several made me laugh out loud. Now I'm reading Rosie Thomas's new saga, Constance... nothing special. I will probably try the new one from Audrey Niffenegger next.

Monday, August 16, 2010


This little catnip-filled toy is Tom and Trixie's most favourite toy in the world. It's a wonder how it is still in one piece as it gets mauled, shaken, licked, clawed, bitten and flung about every day. It's not looking as cute as it once did though ;-)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fish for Lunch

I like Woolworths' new crumbed mackerel fillets. With salad on the side and a squeeze of lemon they make a really quick, easy and delicious meal.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

An Amble with Friends

A slow stroll through Kirstenbosch followed by tea is one of my very favourite things to do.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Spring is in the air. It's exciting to see new flowers in my garden. This dietes is so lovely.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blue Blossom

I came back from my holiday with this new bowl. It's a John Newdigate and I love it!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The scenery on the drive back to Cape Town today was simply spectacular.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Potters

John and Ian share a laugh!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kumquat Tree

From Priscilla's guest room, where I stayed while visiting Swellendam, my view was out to this potted kumquat tree and the lovely green garden beyond.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cat Cousin

Miro belongs to Ian and John. She's my favourite cat after Tom and Trix... I'd cat-nap her in a heartbeat if I could. She's as sweet as she looks.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Little Nunu, posing with the succulent collection. She's such a teeny-tiny pooch!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Studio Wall

When I visit my brother (long weekend in Swellendam) I always like to have a good poke around his pottery studio. Mmm, lots of beautiful new vessels.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prescription Diet

This is the special cat food Tom's been eating for the last couple of months. Nom nom nom.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


As I arrived home this evening there was a commotion down the road. A house was on fire! Smoke was billowing out the windows. My neighbour had helped out with a fire extinguisher, and the emergency services were on the scene a few minutes later. Fortunately no-one seemed to be hurt and there wasn't too much damage.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Hmm, is it terribly wrong to eat crunchy peanut butter straight out the jar?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Spider Solitaire

I've got into the ridiculous and annoying habit of playing spider solitaire when I'm on hold on the phone, or waiting for the computer to do something. It's a bit like a nervous tic... before I know what I'm doing I open it up and start clicking, without any conscious decision to do so.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sun Squint

It was a gorgeous day today and it was so good to be out in the bright warm sunshine! Photo taken at Cape Point. [Guest photographer: Dorothy]