Wednesday, August 31, 2011


dailyhelen_debris by dailyhelen
After the dinner party this evening: all the washing up.
~ A year ago today I was at the vet shop ~

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


dailyhelen_wristband by dailyhelen
Trekked out to horrid Grand West for a concert this evening. James Blunt... meh.
~ A year ago today I had family visiting ~

Monday, August 29, 2011

Green Aloe

dailyhelen_aloe by dailyhelen
My latest plant in a pot is this unusual aloe. I've placed it next to the side gate to my garden. Be happy and grow!
~ A year ago today I went to see the flowers ~

Sunday, August 28, 2011


dailyhelen_sunday by dailyhelen
Sunday morning spend in my garden... with a mug of tea and some light reading... warm in the sunshine.
~ A year ago today I was collecting succulents ~

Saturday, August 27, 2011


dailyhelen_sandbar by dailyhelen
I went down to the beach with my friend Sarah today, but it was very cold and blustery, so we found a sheltered spot at a restaurant and had a good catch-up over lunch instead.
~ A year ago today I bought a new dress ~

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Forager

dailyhelen_wors by dailyhelen
What do we have here? Exactly my question when Thomas brought in the first piece of droe wors at 4am this morning. Forty-five minutes later he came in with the second piece. Both times he was squeaking with so much excitement and pride I had to see what he was up to. I confiscated both pieces - this is him finding them again on the kitchen counter this morning. Over the last few months he has developed a habit of foraging for meat products; he has brought back a whole cooked chicken drumstick, a piece of braaied boerewors, three mini vienna sausages, a meatball, a piece of dried fish, and several bones and bits of carcass. That's just what made it inside - I've also found various bits and pieces in my garden. Last week there was a short rib left next to my gate. He is incorrigible. Where is he getting this stuff?!
~ A year ago today I was taking Viral Choice ~

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Security Light

dailyhelen_light by dailyhelen
Today a new one of these went up today above my parking bay to replace the dead one. Bright light to keep the baddies away!
~ A year ago today I was collecting concert tickets ~

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


dailyhelen_nine by dailyhelen
This week is turning out just like the last: incredibly busy and stressful workdays, resulting in a need for escapism to clear my mind when I get home. Today it was music, Damien Rice. (And then more Thrones)
~ A year ago today I was having soup for lunch ~

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


dailyhelen_thrones by dailyhelen
I'm watching the fantasy series Game of Thrones. I'm only half way and already I'm not wanting it to end. *That good*
~ A year ago today my garden revamp was in full swing ~

Monday, August 22, 2011

Desert Rose

dailyhelen_rose by dailyhelen
I went to buy two new succulents for my garden and brought back four. I can't resist them! This one is my favourite.
~ A year ago today I went to watch the demolition of the Athlone cooling towers ~

Sunday, August 21, 2011


dailyhelen_bobotie by dailyhelen
Dorothy had friends over for movies and an early supper today. Yum! Perfect way to spend a cold rainy Sunday.
~ A year ago today I was giving Trixie a scratch behind the ear ~

Saturday, August 20, 2011


smart by dailyhelen
I got a new phone today! I went for an entry level Samsung smart phone. It's cute and seems pretty easy to use.
~ A year ago today I was doing a load of washing ~

Friday, August 19, 2011

So Pretty

dailyhelen_pretty by dailyhelen
After work today I joined a couple of friends for a stroll through the Biodiversity Garden at Green Point Park. It is looking gorgeous!
~ A year ago today I was wearing stripes ~

Thursday, August 18, 2011


dailyhelen_sprouts by dailyhelen
Last week I bought a ceramic bean sprouter. I can't believe how quick and easy it was to grow my first crop. Fenugreek and alfalfa. Brilliant!
~ A year ago today I was at the movies ~

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


dailyhelen_CMS by dailyhelen
Work, work, work... full-steam ahead on our work's new website. I'm in charge of the content management system. It's a big and challenging project but I am loving it. Mostly.
~ A year ago today I was reading up a storm ~

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


dailyhelen_curd by dailyhelen
My latest obsession: pineapple curd. It's like lemon curd only made with pineapple. Seriously yummy!
~ A year ago today my cats were playing with their favourite toy ~

Monday, August 15, 2011

In Hot Water

dailyhelen_geyser by dailyhelen
My geyser is broken. The plumber was here today and tomorrow it gets fixed. But no hot bath for me tonight.
~ A year ago today I had mackerel for lunch ~

Sunday, August 14, 2011


dailyhelen_quilt by dailyhelen
My early birthday gift. Thank you Mom, I love it. Looks super on my bed don't you think?
~ A year ago today I was strolling in Kirstenbosch with friends ~

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Seoul Food

dailyhelen_seoulfood by dailyhelen
I love John's T-shirt! (Ok, it is in terribly bad taste, but so funny)
~ A year ago today I had new flowers in my garden ~

Friday, August 12, 2011

Downton Abbey

dailyhelen_downton by dailyhelen
I took this dvd set up on holiday but we only started to watch it today. It is fabulous. Five episodes in a row!!
~ A year ago today I was admiring my newest piece of ceramics ~

Thursday, August 11, 2011


dailyhelen_mongoose by dailyhelen
This afternoon I fed carrot cake to the mongoose. He came right onto the patio!
~ A year ago today I was driving through the Overberg ~

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mother Holly's

dailyhelen_motherhollys by dailyhelen
After a walk in the forest at Jubilee Creek in the Knysna forest we were delighted to find a little tea shop in nearby Millwood. Hot tea, delicious cake, and entertainment provided by a cheeky drongo who joined us at the table.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying my stay in Swellendam ~

Monday, August 8, 2011


dailyhelen_plett by dailyhelen
My friends and I are having a lovely time on holiday in Plettenberg Bay.
~ A year ago today I was considering cat-napping Miro ~

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Country Field

dailyhelen_field by dailyhelen
We went for a drive up into the mountains today... beautiful sunny day and stunning scenery.
~ A year ago today I was petting Ian's little dog ~

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pretty Pose

dailyhelen_kitten by dailyhelen
Stopped in at Ian and John's on the drive today and saw their kittie (who was just a tiny baby last time I saw her). She is growing into a beautiful cat.
~ A year ago today I was poking around Ian's studio ~

Friday, August 5, 2011


dailyhelen_bandage by dailyhelen
Day before I leave for a week's holiday and I have to run Thomas to the vet with an infected wound on his tail. The cat-sitter will have to give him pills and see that he doesn't pull the bandage off.
~ A year ago today he had to have special cat food ~

Thursday, August 4, 2011


dailyhelen_underpass by dailyhelen
Snapped from my car while sitting in traffic under the bridge over Buitenkant. I liked the way the trees looked in the rain.
~ A year ago today there was a fire in the neighbourhood ~

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


dailyhelen_daisy by dailyhelen
My garden's first flower of this spring opened today. Haha, not the most impressive specimen!
~ A year ago today I was eating peanut-butter from the jar ~

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grubby Cat

dailyhelen_grubbycat by dailyhelen
One of my favourite parts of the day is when Tom runs out to greet me when I arrive home. It has developed to a ritual where he rolls on the ground and I give him a belly rub. So cute. But in the process he gets covered in dirt - which he then brings inside of course.
~ A year ago today I was playing solitaire ~

Monday, August 1, 2011

Turn the Music Up

dailyhelen_musicup by dailyhelen
For the last fortnight I've been hearing snippets of the new Coldplay single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. So today I went to their website, gave it a proper listen and watched the video several times. It is a great feel-good song, love it!
~ A year ago today I was enjoying the sunshine ~