Sunday, July 31, 2011


dailyhelen_orchid by dailyhelen
My friend Dom grows the most magnificent orchids. Aren't they gorgeous?!
~ A year ago today I was coveting a smart phone ~

Saturday, July 30, 2011


dailyhelen_brekkers by dailyhelen
I joined Dorothy for a late breakfast at the Muizenberg beachfront this morning. She had eggs, and I had Earl Grey tea and an almond croissant that had just come out of the oven. It was delicious!
~ A year ago today Tom had been at the vet ~

Friday, July 29, 2011


dailyhelen_insert by dailyhelen
I'm a little obsessed with reading the inserts for medicines. All those potential side-effects, even for eye drops! I'm using this on my pharmacist's advice. I have a burst blood vessel in my eye and it is so damn uncomfortable.
~ A year ago today I was watching a movie preview ~

Thursday, July 28, 2011


dailyhelen_polish by dailyhelen
I got my car professionally polished today. They did a great job!
~ A year ago today I was at the Waterfront ~

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bad Things

dailyhelen_badthings by dailyhelen
I'm really enjoying the third season of True Blood. Perfect escapism during stressful times.
~ A year ago today Trixie was being adorable ~

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


dailyhelen_streets by dailyhelen
I was walking around town today, doing a few errands. Great to be outside on a warm sunny day. I'm going to miss this part of the city when we leave it later this year.
~ A year ago today I was getting annoyed with caterpillars ~

Monday, July 25, 2011


dailyhelen_jacket by dailyhelen
The weather has turned nippy again, so this morning I wrapped up warmly in my leather coat.
~ A year ago today I got a new garden bench ~

Sunday, July 24, 2011


dailyhelen_pie by dailyhelen
The gang got together to celebrate Iain's birthday this afternoon. Tea and lots of yummy things to eat, including home-made lemon meringue pie. Yum.
~ A year ago today I was at a dinner party ~

Saturday, July 23, 2011


dailyhelen_goosey by dailyhelen
At Kirstenbosch today Dom and I watched a pair of Egyptian Geese and their brood of nine goslings. Adorable!
~ A year ago today I was roasting vegetables ~

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011


dailyhelen_theatre by dailyhelen
Michele and I went to movies today (Hanna, a bit disappointing). My local is the tattiest theatre in town.
~ A year ago today I was contemplating wrinkles ~

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


dailyhelen_star by dailyhelen
I re-discovered this little bowl of mine the other day. I love the colourful glazes.
~ A year ago today I saw featherhead on the mountain ~

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


dailyhelen_lobby by dailyhelen
My work is going to be moving later in the year. Must say I won't be sad to say goodbye to this soulless corridor.
~ A year ago today I had a flower in my garden ~

Monday, July 18, 2011

Half a Dozen

dailyhelen_doz by dailyhelen
Busy busy work day today. Grocery shop on the way home.
~ A year ago today I was also doing shopping ~

Sunday, July 17, 2011


dailyhelen_trees by dailyhelen
We've had two weeks of unseasonal weather... so warm and sunny that if it weren't for the trees you'd never think it is the middle of winter. From a walk in the Constantia Greenbelt this afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was exploring the Casa Labia ~

Saturday, July 16, 2011


dailyhelen_serruria by dailyhelen
I am fascinated by Serruria, a genus of Protea family, commonly known as spiderheads. I've seen them on the mountain before, but this one I spotted in Kirstenbosch. It is so weird.
~ A year ago today I finished a knitting project ~

Friday, July 15, 2011


dailyhelen_sneezle by dailyhelen
Today I had the sneezes. Been feeling as if I've been fighting off a cold for the last ten days or so - just can't shake it!
~ A year ago today I was jumping onto the scale ~

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garden Gaps

dailyhelen_gaps by dailyhelen
There's not much going on in my little garden at the moment, other than some spaces that need to be filled. The rest of it is looking healthy. I'm looking forward to some flowers in springtime.
~ A year ago today it was raining ~

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So Many Books...

dailyhelen_littletime by dailyhelen
... so little time! I'm reading up a storm at the moment. Just finished Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw which was excellent. The rest should keep me busy well into August.
~ A year ago today I was polishing my shoes ~

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


dailyhelen_alicia by dailyhelen
It is nice to have something good to watch on TV for a change. I'm really enjoying the drama The Good Wife on Tuesday nights.
~ A year ago today I was eating take-out ~

Monday, July 11, 2011


dailyhelen_mohair by dailyhelen
I got a couple of new pairs of my favourite black socks. They're a mohair/wool blend... perfect!
~ A year ago today I was back at the gym ~

Sunday, July 10, 2011


dailyhelen_hup by dailyhelen
A man and his dog... R and R on Boyes Drive this afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was eating beans on toast ~

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cold Beverages

dailyhelen_beverages by dailyhelen
It was an unseasonably warm day today and some friends and I drove up the west coast for a walk on the beach, followed by cold drinks afterwards. Very pleasant!
~ A year ago today I was choosing paint colours ~

Friday, July 8, 2011


dailyhelen_moz by dailyhelen
I was woken last night by the buzz of mosquitoes... they were eating me alive. Mozzies in July? WTF?! I had to go searching for the Peaceful Sleep. I don't like using this stuff, but I dislike mosquitoes even more.
~ A year ago today there was a pretty dawn sky ~

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Furr Blur

dailyhelen_furrblur by dailyhelen
This is what happens to the majority of my shots of Trixie. As soon as I bend down or hold the camera close she jumps up for a head scratch!
~ A year ago today she was sitting still ~

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Volcano Sandwich

dailyhelen_volcano by dailyhelen
My supper tonight, courtesy of Willoughby's. As always... delicious!
~ A year ago today I put together a first-aid kit ~

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Beauty

dailyhelen_cover by dailyhelen
This is what I am reading now, and I'm happy to admit it was chosen almost entirely because of the pretty cover.
~ A year ago today I was using a cute coin purse ~

Monday, July 4, 2011


dailyhelen_vent by dailyhelen
A homeless man who spent a lot of time hanging around the building next door to mine passed away on the weekend. I've been thinking about him a lot and how very difficult it must be for those on the margins of society do get through winter. It was bitterly cold again today, and I am feeling so grateful for my cosy home, warm clothing and nourishing food. I'm so extremely fortunate... I get to turn up the heater when I'm feeling cold...
~ A year ago today I was walking with Dom and his dogs ~

Sunday, July 3, 2011


dailyhelen_shower by dailyhelen
While out for a walk on the beach at Milnerton this afternoon I watched the clouds open and the rain pour over the city bowl. We've had a whole weekend of passing showers. I've been grateful for the sunshine between them.
~ A year ago today I was eating out ~

Saturday, July 2, 2011


dailyhelen_sunbird by dailyhelen
I spotted this friendly fellow, an Orangebreasted Sunbird, in Kirstenbosch today.
~ A year ago today my garden was newly planted ~

Friday, July 1, 2011

Picture Book

dailyhelen_fynbos by dailyhelen
I impulse-bought a new book at the Exclusive's sale. It is called In Celebration of Fynbos and I just love the photographs. Totally inspiring.
~ A year ago today I was reading Wolf Hall ~