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 ~

Saturday, November 12, 2011


dailyhelen_caramelise by dailyhelen
It's November but the weather hasn't really warmed up yet. On the up side I can still happily enjoy stews, curries and casseroles (I love winter food). I did some cooking today. Oh boy, there's nothing more promising than the sizzle of onions cooking on the stove top...
~ A year ago today I was being watched by the cats who live upstairs ~

Friday, November 11, 2011


dailyhelen_rr by dailyhelen
On impulse today I bought the first in the Song of Fire and Ice series - I'm in the mood for getting lost in a saga.
~ A year ago today I was reading something else ~

Thursday, November 10, 2011


dailyhelen_jasmine by dailyhelen
I have several young star jasmine creepers in my garden and they are covered in flowers. It is so nice to arrive home to their sweet scent. One day I hope the walls are covered.
~ A year ago today I was using my new kitchen knife ~

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


dailyhelen_lapcat by dailyhelen
Trixie seldom lies on my lap, but when she does she really settles in.
~ A year ago today I was chuckling at a funny bumper sticker ~

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


dailyhelen_intersection by dailyhelen
My new commute to and from work is even shorter than the old one, but is seriously lacking in interest. Particularly grey and grim on a rainy afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was super-busy at work ~

Monday, November 7, 2011


dailyhelen_nip by dailyhelen
My cousin gave me a bag of fresh catnip for my cats. They love it... absolute fiends for the stuff!
~ A year ago today I was snipping herbs out of my garden ~

Sunday, November 6, 2011


dailyhelen_lee by dailyhelen
Today I met up with one of my good friends from student days. She's out in SA on holiday - nearly four years since I last saw her so lots of news to catch up.
~ A year ago today I was at Stellenberg ~

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fired Up

dailyhelen_firedup by dailyhelen
This morning I went to see John's latest exhibition at the Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch. I liked his new work a lot and bought one of the 'blue spaghetti' pieces.
~ A year ago today I was walking along Bree Street ~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Media Centre

dailyhelen_mediagate by dailyhelen
New toy! My external hard drive's box broke and it wouldn't play, so I transferred the drive into this media case whatsit. Handy for playing things through the TV and music system.
~ A year ago today I was shopping for new ingredients ~

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seriously Random

dailyhelen_pajiba by dailyhelen
My latest favourite news and review site is Pajiba, which covers all things TV, film and popular culture. I particularly enjoy their Seriously Random Lists feature.
~ A year ago today I was admiring the latest addition to my jug collection ~

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Open Plan

dailyhelen_openplan by dailyhelen
My office looks out onto this open plan section of our new work premises. I like the white floor and furniture, and the industrial look of exposed brickwork and ducts. The space needs some softening though... something on the wall and perhaps some plants?
~ A year ago today I was celebrating my blogiversary... and now I am two ~

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Red Red

dailyhelen_redredrose by dailyhelen
I love the velvet petals of an open rose.
~ A year ago today I was looking at photos of an iris ~