Saturday, December 31, 2011


dailyhelen_salad by dailyhelen
My favourite salad at the moment with fennel, apple, feta, walnuts and red spring onion. Mmmm.
~ A year ago today I was staying in for the evening ~

Friday, December 30, 2011


dailyhelen_khaki by dailyhelen
I bought some new walking shorts today. So depressing: I had to choose a bigger side. My #1 New Year's Resolution is to lose some weight!
~ A year ago today I was watching a fire burn ~

Thursday, December 29, 2011


dailyhelen_succulents by dailyhelen
I spent the afternoon in my garden. It is doing well and it's nice to see that even a couple of the succulents are flowering.
~ A year ago today I was wearing a new blouse ~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


dailyhelen_torbie by dailyhelen
My little one has such gorgeous colouring. This mix of grey and copper is called tortoiseshell-tabby, or torbie.
~ A year ago today I was washing my car ~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


dailyhelen_outside by dailyhelen
I've had a couple of very lazy, quiet days at home, but went out for a walk this afternoon. It was good to get some fresh air.
~ A year ago today I was brushing the cat ~

Monday, December 26, 2011


dailyhelen_border by dailyhelen
Christmas gift from my mom: hand towel embroidered with local wild flowers. I love it.
~ A year ago today I was taking it easy ~

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our Tree

dailyhelen_ourtree by dailyhelen
We were in our usual spot for the Christmas picnic in Kirstenbosch today. It was a lovely, relaxed day.
~ A year ago today I was looking up at a sun dog ~

Saturday, December 24, 2011


dailyhelen_sink by dailyhelen
I was up early doing cooking and food prep for tonight and tomorrow. By 9am I had already done my first round of washing up.
~ A year ago today I was doing the same ~

Friday, December 23, 2011


dailyhelen_pup by dailyhelen
It was a very quiet morning in the office today but we were all kept well entertained by my colleague Liz's little dog. Finished early for the Christmas weekend.
~ A year ago today I was wrapping gifts ~

Thursday, December 22, 2011


dailyhelen_primecut by dailyhelen
Dinner tonight was at a steakhouse. I had ribs. Yum :-)
~ A year ago today one of my succulents was about to flower ~

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mixed Bag

dailyhelen_mixedbag by dailyhelen
Some of my reading for December/January.
~ A year ago today I was wearing a new necklace ~

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dorothy's Max

dailyhelen_max by dailyhelen
Just look at that face! He is such a beautiful boy isn't he?
~ A year ago today I was engrossed in a saga ~

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Wall

dailyhelen_thewall by dailyhelen
Played a few rounds of mahjong this evening. It really is an enjoyable game.
~ A year ago today I was picnicking ~

Saturday, December 17, 2011


dailyhelen_padstal by dailyhelen
We drove north to Rondeberg this afternoon, and stopped at a farm stall on the way back. C & D bought watermelons.
~ A year ago today was a busy day at work ~

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rolling Boil

dailyhelen_rapidboil by dailyhelen
I made some apple and blueberry jam today.
~ A year ago today I was baking quiche ~

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stand & Deliver

dailyhelen_stand by dailyhelen
It was our work's end-of-year function this evening: supper followed by the Nik Rabinowitz show. Most enjoyable evening out.
~ A year ago today I was loving the late afternoon sunshine ~

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


dailyhelen_greg by dailyhelen
My cousin's in town on business this week - we got a chance to catch up over drinks and supper at the Waterfront.
~ A year ago today I was at our staff party ~

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


dailyhelen_reflections by dailyhelen
This afternoon I went to the funeral of a friend's father. Sad occasion of course, but I'm glad I went. Rituals are important and they give me plenty to think about.
~ A year ago today I was moaning about the wind ~

Monday, December 12, 2011


dailyhelen_jungle by dailyhelen
My garden is growing so nicely at the moment!
~ A year ago today I was scrambling eggs ~

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Soundtrack

dailyhelen_soundtrack by dailyhelen
Today I was in the mood for Radiohead. Now why don't they come to play in SA?
~ A year ago today I was watching Lie to Me ~

Saturday, December 10, 2011


dailyhelen_table by dailyhelen
Casual supper with Jen & Iain: cold meats, salads, cheese. Indoor picnic! Simple and delicious :-)
~ A year ago today I went to Dom's shop ~

Friday, December 9, 2011


dailyhelen_begin by dailyhelen
It's been months since I last went to the ol' movie house, and I've missed it. This evening I saw this one with Sarah - it was sweet, sad and charming (and the little dog's delightful).
~ A year ago today I was taking care of car maintenance ~

Thursday, December 8, 2011


dailyhelen_clash by dailyhelen
I've got my nose into A Clash of Kings now and I don't want to go anywhere, see anyone or do anything except continue reading. And I have the next one in the series waiting in the wings!
~ A year ago today I was also reading ~

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


dailyhelen_stairwell by dailyhelen
Some days the only exercise I get is running up and down these stairs. Today it was a lot of times.
~ A year ago today I was applying the sunscreen ~

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sun Spots

dailyhelen_sunspots by dailyhelen
Snapshot from my walk this afternoon: Camps Bay from Kloof Corner. Views like this are worth the climb!
~ A year ago today I was checking out film reviews at Metacritic ~

Monday, December 5, 2011


dailyhelen_utensils by dailyhelen
Wooden spoons, spatulas and tongs are probably amongst most my most-used kitchen gadgets. Couldn't manage without 'em.
~ A year ago today my aunt was visiting ~

Sunday, December 4, 2011


dailyhelen_poolside by dailyhelen
Summer's here! It was a perfect but hot day today. I had my first swim of the season.
~ A year ago today Thomas was in a fight ~

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011


dailyhelen_passage by dailyhelen
A friend and I went down to Clifton 3rd beach for sundowners this afternoon. We had a relaxed hour or so enjoying the sun, but left early when it got windy. And then some random guy tried to mug us on the stairs on the way up! Fortunately when M screamed loudly he ran away. Yikes, gave us a horrible fright.
~ A year ago today I was contemplating take a ride of the ferris wheel~

Thursday, December 1, 2011


dailyhelen_kitchen by dailyhelen
I'm so pleased to have found a great sandwich shop close to my new office (to replace Jason Bakery which was round the corner from my old). The vegetarian Love Sandwich from The Kitchen is perfection!
~ A year ago today I was checking out a new market ~

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blue Pill

dailyhelen_bluepill by dailyhelen
I had a migraine today. Most unusual for me. I left work early, took one of these painkillers, and slept all afternoon. Still feel shaky.
~ A year ago today my garden was growing nicely ~

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Two

dailyhelen_two by dailyhelen
When I get home the cats run out to to greet me. They check for cars, then roll in the gravelly dirt in the driveway. Same routine every day. Funny beasts.
~ A year ago today I was in a parking garage ~

Monday, November 28, 2011

Storage Box

dailyhelen_harddrive by dailyhelen
I'd been planning on getting more storage space before the end of the year but only found out yesterday about the international hard drive catastrophe of 2011. So I was very chuffed when I found a reasonably-priced external hard drive online. I bought it last night and it arrived by courier before lunch today (excellent service from
~ A year ago today I was at the movies ~

Sunday, November 27, 2011


dailyhelen_leafygreen by dailyhelen
I was pleased to find kale in the shop yesterday. I cooked the leaves and then mixed with mashed potatoes - yum, it's one of my favourite vegetable dishes.
~ A year ago today I had tea at Groot Constantia ~

Saturday, November 26, 2011


dailyhelen_southester by dailyhelen
The wind, she is ba-a-a-a-ck! And so is my hay-fever and irritability :(
~ A year ago today I was snacking on liquorice ~

Friday, November 25, 2011


dailyhelen_planner by dailyhelen
I've got myself a planner for the new year and have been thinking ahead to time off, trips away and other projects for 2012.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying my new laptop ~

Thursday, November 24, 2011


dailyhelen_bouquet by dailyhelen
It's been a tough week and I wasn't feeling very well today so I bought myself some flowers to cheer me up. So pretty.
~ A year ago today I was staring at a mountain view ~

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fruit Salad

dailyhelen_fruitsalad by dailyhelen
This is the dessert I took to a dinner party this evening, perfect in one of my new bowls.
~ A year ago today I had a doctor's appointment ~

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taking Steps

dailyhelen_steps by dailyhelen
I've had a very busy few months and my health and exercise regime have suffered. It is time to make a bit of an effort to get fit again. Today I joined some friends for a walk up Kloof Corner. It felt great!
~ A year ago today I was reading Damon Galgut ~

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Next Five

dailyhelen_five by dailyhelen
This is my reading material for the next few weeks. I've set a target of seventy books for the year and have ten to go.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying tea and banana bread ~

Sunday, November 20, 2011


dailyhelen_exfoliant by dailyhelen
I was looking for something in my bathroom cupboard today and found this Enzyme Exfoliant. I bought it about six months ago and completely forgot about it. I think I need to try a little harder to look after my skin.
~ A year ago today I was visiting friend V and her little doggie ~

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Potters' Market

dailyhelen_pottersmarket by dailyhelen
It has been a while since I last went to the Potters' Market, but today I met a friend there and we shopped. Yes, I bought several new treasures!
~ A year ago today I was also shopping ~

Friday, November 18, 2011


dailyhelen_flame by dailyhelen
Hooray, the new season grapes are available. I love this Flame variety.
~ A year ago today I received my new laptop ~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Last Ticket

dailyhelen_lastticket by dailyhelen
My "year of the concert" is now officially over after seeing Tori Amos this evening.
~ A year ago today I found my little white bear ~

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


dailyhelen_trolley by dailyhelen
I did a quick charge around the supermarket after work today. Yikes, food is expensive these days.
~ A year ago today I was drawing the blinds ~

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Big C

dailyhelen_bigc by dailyhelen
Even though I like Laura Linney I'm finding The Big C a very peculiar TV show. I'm not sure I like it very much but I can't stop watching.
~ A year ago today my cat wasn't feeling well ~

Monday, November 14, 2011

Down Derry

dailyhelen_derry by dailyhelen
Derry Street is one of the main thoroughfares in my neighbourhood. A brisk walk up and down gets the heart rate up nicely. I like the row of trees on the spine of Signal Hill in the distance.
~ A year ago today I was whale-watching ~

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rugs in the Sun

dailyhelen_rugs by dailyhelen
I did a bit of spring-cleaning laundry today. It is time to get the winter blankets and rugs packed away.
~ A year ago today I was making muesli ~