Sunday, October 31, 2010

Open Gardens

Michele strolling along the rose bower at Fairholme in Elgin. I've done two open garden circuits this weekend and seen beautiful flowers in eight absolutely delightful gardens. It has been great fun, but I'm exhausted! And I now have hundreds of photographs to sort out. In a few days I'll put up more pics up on the other blog.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I was lucky enough to win some tickets for Kamersvol Geskenke this week (thanks Vicki!) Brenda and I went through to the exhibition this morning and spent hours browsing. So much to see... it was quite overwhelming! Did some shopping too, of course ;-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cat Platforms

When we did the garden a few months back Iain made three wooden platforms and attached them to the tree that was decapitated when the new wall was put up. I thought the tree was a goner after its ordeal but, as you see, it has actually sprouted again. Anyway, the platforms are for the cats. I thought Trixie would enjoy the top one, from which she can gaze over the wall, but she seems to prefer the middle spot. She's the queen... surveying her domain. Note to self: tie that viburnum on the right to its stake!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I banked a lot of money today. This is really unusual... these days I hardly ever handle much cash, let alone piles of grubby notes. For a minute I felt rich!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This kiddies' water pistol is my weapon of choice for stopping cat fights. I had to use it again in the middle of the night last night (1am!) as Tom was up to his bad-boy ways again. There was a lot of yowling but luckily no injuries. He is a naughty cat!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crowded House

Saw my favourite band at the Grand Arena tonight. It was great!

Monday, October 25, 2010


Washing up, washing down. Washing up, washing down. Washing up, washing down.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Icing on the Cake

Braai at Michele and family's today. For afters we had my red velvet cupcakes and Michele's carrot-cake, both with delicious cream-cheese icing. It was all good.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I joined the crowds and queued at Computicket for U2 concert tickets today. Success!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Spot of Weeding

I spend a bit of time in my garden when I got home today, weeding, trimming and tidying the flowers beds. The cats love it when I potter around outside.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Feed Me Now

This is the cat's outside water bowl, which has a new place now amongst the pots.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bret & Jemaine

For the last few days I've been watching The Flight of the Conchords. It's silly but very funny, and the perfect antidote to a stressful week.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fruit in Fish

Naartjies in the newest addition to my ceramic collection: this fish bowl. Love it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Traffic

Fortunately my commute is a short one. Even so, it's my least favourite part of the day.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shardlake 5

Ooh! I was so happy to see C J Sansom's new one, Heartstone, in the bookstore yesterday I just had to buy it. I'm already quarter way through.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mmm, Mussels

I've been craving mussels, so today headed to Olympia for my fix. Delicious!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Yikes, major aches and cramps for me today. Thank goodness for painkillers!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nest of Cables

This mess (not as bad as it looks, really!) hides in the credenza, but the door was open today as we checked connections and reset switches in an attempt to get our our system going. No luck... a line problem. Down all day. Very frustrating.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Morning News

I flick the TV on every morning to catch the headlines and weather. Today, like the rest of the world, I was enthralled by the news of the rescue of the trapped miners in Chile. Incredible story!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blue Buds

Every morning I look around my garden. It's exciting... I'm seeing so much new growth. Turns out one of the new agapanthus is blue (previously I only had white) and it is about to burst into flower. Pretty!

Monday, October 11, 2010


I've been listening to the new Crowded House CD. It's nice but hasn't become an instant favourite like their other albums. Perhaps it needs some more listens?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Nap

The weather turned all cold and rainy today, so after a big Sunday lunch with friends I went back to bed for the afternoon. With my book. And a kitty. It's lovely to be lazy ;-)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Under the Oaks

Today I visited Aafke, pictured here with Claudia. Spent the afternoon under the beautiful big oak trees in her garden where her friends and family came together to celebrate her 40th. Happy birthday, my friend!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Sniffy nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat... seasonal hayfever is here again. So this week I started on the dreaded nasal spray again. Hmm, don't know what's worse.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Choc Tart

Dark chocolate tart from Cookshop. There were leftovers after book club last night, so I had a slice with tea this afternoon. Ridiculously rich!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


My silver necklace, one of half a dozen pieces of jewellery that I wear regularly.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Favourite Authors

Isn't it great when writers you love brings out new books?

Monday, October 4, 2010


I find birds very hard to photograph and I usually don't even try. When I was going through my photos from the weekend however I found this random lucky shot, taken in Kirstenbosch. I'm really rather pleased with it! I may have to take more birdie photos from now on.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Du Toit's Kloof

Michele and I went whizzing along the N1 today for a day trip to the Karoo Desert Botanical Garden in Worcester. It was a fun and relaxing day out, but tiring... I did the driving. [Guest photographer: Michele]

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

It was slow to start but spring is in full swing now. It's the very best time of year!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Different Class

Even though it is now 15 years old (!!!) this is still my favourite CD to put on after a long hard work week. Crank up the volume and dance!