Monday, January 31, 2011


One of my guilty pleasures: checking out celebrity gossip online. There was some Hollywood awards show over the weekend, so today I was looking at all the actresses' pretty dresses.
~ A year ago today I was listening to Crowded House ~

Sunday, January 30, 2011


This morning I took a walk up the mountain, in the drizzly mist. Great walk, but disappointing photographs. This web was one of the few shots that came out okay.
~ A year ago today I was getting some tests done ~

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Darkly Dreaming

This weekend I started watching the latest season of Dexter. Totally compelling!
~ A year ago I was tidying my desk ~

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sleeping Bag

I've started to gather some of the gear I'll be needing for the Whale Trail. Today I bought a new sleeping bag. Much as I'd have loved to get one of those super-light, super-compact ones, I made a pragmatic choice: a standard inexpensive one. Not exciting, but I think it will do the job just fine.
~ A year ago today I put more fruit into a bowl ~

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cream Tea

The Kirstenbosch Tea Room is becoming a favourite place to grab a bite to eat. I met Dorothy there for afternoon tea today. Tea with scones. And cream. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was using lavender oil ~

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We made friends with the local ginger tom, and he kept us company all day long. Gorgeous cat! Made leaving Vermaaklikheid today even harder.
~ A year ago today I was reading Cold Mountain ~

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011


Breakfast at the cottage: outside, in the garden, under the vines.
~ A year ago today I was loving my mountain ~

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Time out... listening to the wind in the reeds and watching clouds scud across the sky.
~ A year ago today I was watching House ~

Saturday, January 22, 2011

River Sports

On holiday in Vermaaklikheid! Claudia and Richard... messing about in boats.
~ A year ago today my murraya was flowering ~

Friday, January 21, 2011


I met Ian & John's new kitten this morning. They've called her Kandinsky. She's still tiny, only seven weeks' old, but incredibly confident and active... and crazy-cute.
~ A year ago today I was choosing fabric ~

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I'm off on a short holiday tomorrow and all I've packed so far is a selection of books... something for every mood!
~ A year ago I was watching Shakespeare ~

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cat Tent

A parcel arrived in the post today and it was this cat tent, a prize in a promotion that I participated in last year. I think it's rather nifty and Trixie went inside straight away. I think she likes it!
~ A year ago today I was cleaning out my wardrobe ~

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


A friend has had to cut out all salt from his diet due to a heart condition. He is finding it very difficult. I hope I never have to do the same as I love salt. I use the flakes - this small bowl lives next to my stove.
~ A year ago today I was picking up geckos ~

Monday, January 17, 2011

Playing in Picasa

Almost every Monday I have some photos from the weekend to process. I use Picasa. Some days, like today, I stay late at work so that I can do them on the big screen.
~ A year ago today I was lazing at Kirstenbosch ~

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I bought a new pair of walking sandals. They are super-comfy!
~ A year ago today I was eating fruit salad ~

Saturday, January 15, 2011


At last... my first swim of the summer, in Corinne's lovely pool. Warm water on a cool evening.
~ A year ago today my car was cleaned ~

Friday, January 14, 2011


Michele brought over a mac 'n cheese ('n bacon 'n tomato) and we killed it. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was loving the kitties ~

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


My trusty old sun-hat is starting to look rather faded and worn. I wonder if it is time to get a new one, perhaps with a wider brim? I recently had my hair cut short again, so now the back of my neck could easily burn.
~ A year ago today I was going to meetings ~

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Junk Mail

Every day my mail box gets stuffed with this stuff. I hate it - such a waste of paper! I wish it were possible to opt out entirely like one can do overseas.
~ A year ago today I was nibbling on chocolate ~

Monday, January 10, 2011


After a long busy Monday workday I rewarded myself with a mango yoghurt smoothie. Mmmm, creamy juicy deliciousness.
~ A year ago today I did some shopping ~

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Statues in the City

This afternoon Dorothy and I went to look at the Wildlife Photos of the Year at the SA Museum, and then took a quick stroll through the Company Gardens. It was delightful to play tourist in my own town.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying the view in St James ~

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I love it when shrubs in my garden flower. This month the abelias are looking particularly pretty with their glossy dark leaves and little white flowers. I spent some time sitting in my garden reading today. Thank goodness the weather is cooling off. And fortunately there's been no wind at all!
~ A year ago today I was being greeted by my little kittie ~

Friday, January 7, 2011


Had some friends round this evening, got a fire going in the corner of the garden (easy with this new-fangled instant charcoal stuff) and feasted on wors, chops and salad. Feels good to follow good old South African tradition ;-)
~ A year ago today I was drinking my glass of water every morning ~

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ice Ice Baby

Day four of Cape Town's first big heatwave of this summer... phew, it is SIZZLING. When I got home today I had a small bowl of fiery habenero chips and a big glass of cold water with ice. Hot and cold, does the trick every time.
~ A year ago today I was eating salad ~

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


One of the taps in my kitchen sink has broken - for the last few days I have been using a pair of pliers to open and shut the flow. But now I have bought a new mixer device, and just need to get it installed. Nearly there!
~ A year ago today I was having sundowners with my friends ~

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Flying Fish

Installation at the new Biodiversity Showcase garden at Green Point Urban Park. Love it!
~ A year ago today I was listening to Bluetech ~

Monday, January 3, 2011

RIP Miro

I'm so sad today, mourning the loss of Ian and John's beloved Miro. You will be missed, darling kittie. [Pic from Aug 10]
~ A year ago today I was looking at fishies ~

Sunday, January 2, 2011


This new year has started with cool and rainy weather. I've enjoyed it so much. And it has been wonderful for my garden.
~ A year ago today I went to watch ballet ~

Saturday, January 1, 2011

As Cool As

New Year's Day snack: cream cheese on a cracker, with thin slices of cucumber, salt flakes and lots of black pepper. Perfect.
~ A year ago today I was trying out my home-made jam ~