Thursday, March 31, 2011


The sunset was beautiful this evening. The mountain looks so lovely and benign, but it has claimed two lives in as many weeks (a local and a tourist). It is easy to forget that it is a wild and dangerous place.
~ A year ago today I was also watching the sunset ~

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Word Nerd

Oh, I do love the internet! I was looking up the meaning of a work on Wikipedia, and ended up finding lists, lists and even more lists of fascinating words... eponyms, retronyms, backronyms...
~ A year ago today I was wearing my slippers. May do the same today ~

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In & Out Cat

Trixie is a funny little cat... she must hop in and out the front window at least a hundred times a day.
~ A year ago today Tom was looking shiny ~

Monday, March 28, 2011


I went down to Sea Point for a walk this afternoon, and a thick damp fog came in and it was really chilly. Autumn seems to be here at last, and it is wonderful.
~ A year ago today I hosted a tea party ~

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shark Alert

I spent the morning in Muizenberg. After my walk I met some friends who had been surfing. I think they were pretty brave (crazy?) to go into the water at all considering the red flag was flying!
~ A year ago today I was baking ~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Greedy Little Humans

Earth Hour 2011 happens today. I saw this sticker behind a signboard in Milnerton this afternoon. I have no idea why it's there or who Conduit Productions are but I can't argue with the sentiment. Hope the earth doesn't implode in 2011 either.
~ A year ago today I was nursing a bruised knee ~

Friday, March 25, 2011


When I got home today I celebrated the end of the working week with a cup of tea and a couple of biccies.
~ A year ago today I said goodbye to the puppy ~

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I received this choker as a gift several years ago but it took a while to become a favourite. Now I wear it often. I love the shell's lustre.
~ A year ago I was on the beach ~

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


My friend Claudia celebrated her birthday this evening with a very delicious meal at Fork.
~ A year ago today I was amused by the flycatchers ~

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I haven't been doing much reading lately and I'm missing it! I have the new books from two favourite authors... am doing to read the one from Kate Atkinson next.
~ A year ago today my mom was playing with the dogs ~

Monday, March 21, 2011


I reckon Thomas thinks I put my washing outside for the sole purpose of providing him with some shade.
~ A year ago today my dad was working on the computer ~

Sunday, March 20, 2011


This morning I met my colleague's little daughter. Just over two weeks old and such a cutie.
~ A year ago today I met puppy Brenin ~

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hotel Room

This is where I'll be sleeping tonight. It has been ages since I stayed at a hotel! This weekend is my work's annual conference at Spier... very nice and comfortable.
~ A year ago today I was on a plane to East London ~

Friday, March 18, 2011


Lindt's orange and pistachio milk chocolate... yeah, baby.
~ A year ago to my scabiosa (RIP) was in flower ~

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Mostly my garden isn't doing too well at the moment, but this little corner seems to be thriving. White abelia, purple tulbaghia and yellow and orange bulbinella in flower.
~ A year ago today my new shelving unit was installed ~

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


My third load of laundry this week, drying quickly in the warm weather.
~ A year ago today I went to watch Alice ~

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Big Picture

I only found out about the terrible earthquake in Japan on Sunday evening, and since then have been following the story in the media, particularly here. What a devastating tragedy it is for all those affected.
~ A year ago today I was cleaning windows ~

Monday, March 14, 2011


As soon as I put it down yesterday Thomas made himself at home on my backpack. He was probably liking the fact that it was all grubby and stinky, but I like to think it it was because he was happy to have me home ;-)
~ A year ago today I was at sales conference ~

Sunday, March 13, 2011


We saw quite a few of these sea birds on Day Five of the Whale Trail. I'm sad the hike is over, but feeling inspired to do more long walks. Perhaps the next one should be the Oystercatcher Trail?
~ A year ago today I was in a plane ~

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Hikers

Day Four of the Whale Trail. Today the weather was perfect and everyone was having great fun on the hike. I really enjoyed walking along the beach, swimming in the sea and exploring the rock pools.
~ A year ago today I visited my friend Stacey ~

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cliff-top Path

Today, Day Three of the Whale Trail, was a trudge along the rocky coastline. The scenery was spectacular, which kept me going even though the body was tired. Such a beautiful part of the world.
~ A year ago today I was relaxing in the tub ~

Thursday, March 10, 2011


After a long day's walking on Day Two of the Whale Trail we were very happy to reach Noetsie camp on the coast. In the evening we sat around the fire in the boma, watching the waves. Here the guys turn to check out a baboon watching us from the top of the cliff.
~ A year ago today it was raining ~

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


We had a fantastic day's hiking on Day One of the Whale Trail! I dawdled at the back of the pack, taking lots of photos of the beautiful scenery and fynbos. The highlight was seeing this magnificent flower which I think is Gladiolus cardinalis.
~ A year ago today I was eating an avo ~

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dirt Roads

Michele and I took a slow drive to De Hoop Nature Reserve today, on our way to the start of the Whale Trail. The last part of the journey was along quiet country roads through typical Overberg farmland. Aaaah, wide open space.
~ A year ago today some seed fluffs blew in ~

Monday, March 7, 2011


Today was all about packing and planning, and long lists! This will be the first time I've done a multi-day hike and it's so hard to know what to take. Almost ready.
~ A year ago today I was suffering from the heat ~

Sunday, March 6, 2011


With just a couple of days to go til I walk the Whale Trail, it was time to shop and start organizing the food. Here: portions of muesli for breakfast, and dried fruit and droe wors in ziplock bags, for snacking. Sorted!
~ A year ago today I had lunch with my aunt ~

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Dorothy and I went for lunch at the Porter Estate market in Tokai. We had delicious lamb burgers.
~ A year ago today my parents got a new puppy ~

Friday, March 4, 2011


Hooray, for the first time in years I have prescription sunglasses again. I had new lenses put in my old frames, just in time for my hike (four more sleeps).
~ A year ago today I was getting World Cup fever ~

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Yesterday I heard a snippet on the radio saying that there are a lot of ants out and about in Cape Town at the moment, and their furious activity is a sign that we are in for a very wet winter. At the time I thought that's odd, I haven't seen any sign of ants for months. However when I arrived home this evening my patio was overrun. A column of ants were moving stuff (food? eggs?) from my neighbour, across my garden, out the gate and along the side of the building. So many ants, so very busy!
~ A year ago today I singing the praises of my flat iron ~

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Caught in the Act

Tom was rampaging around this morning. He scampered along the top of the bookcase, nudging and knocking off all my ornaments. Chaos-causing critter.
~ A year ago today Trixie was lying in a bowl ~

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mary Sutter

I won a book! It arrived today by courier and I must say I like the olde worlde cover. Looks like a fun read.
~ A year ago today Table Mountain had a table cloth ~