Saturday, December 31, 2011


dailyhelen_salad by dailyhelen
My favourite salad at the moment with fennel, apple, feta, walnuts and red spring onion. Mmmm.
~ A year ago today I was staying in for the evening ~

Friday, December 30, 2011


dailyhelen_khaki by dailyhelen
I bought some new walking shorts today. So depressing: I had to choose a bigger side. My #1 New Year's Resolution is to lose some weight!
~ A year ago today I was watching a fire burn ~

Thursday, December 29, 2011


dailyhelen_succulents by dailyhelen
I spent the afternoon in my garden. It is doing well and it's nice to see that even a couple of the succulents are flowering.
~ A year ago today I was wearing a new blouse ~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


dailyhelen_torbie by dailyhelen
My little one has such gorgeous colouring. This mix of grey and copper is called tortoiseshell-tabby, or torbie.
~ A year ago today I was washing my car ~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


dailyhelen_outside by dailyhelen
I've had a couple of very lazy, quiet days at home, but went out for a walk this afternoon. It was good to get some fresh air.
~ A year ago today I was brushing the cat ~

Monday, December 26, 2011


dailyhelen_border by dailyhelen
Christmas gift from my mom: hand towel embroidered with local wild flowers. I love it.
~ A year ago today I was taking it easy ~

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our Tree

dailyhelen_ourtree by dailyhelen
We were in our usual spot for the Christmas picnic in Kirstenbosch today. It was a lovely, relaxed day.
~ A year ago today I was looking up at a sun dog ~

Saturday, December 24, 2011


dailyhelen_sink by dailyhelen
I was up early doing cooking and food prep for tonight and tomorrow. By 9am I had already done my first round of washing up.
~ A year ago today I was doing the same ~

Friday, December 23, 2011


dailyhelen_pup by dailyhelen
It was a very quiet morning in the office today but we were all kept well entertained by my colleague Liz's little dog. Finished early for the Christmas weekend.
~ A year ago today I was wrapping gifts ~

Thursday, December 22, 2011


dailyhelen_primecut by dailyhelen
Dinner tonight was at a steakhouse. I had ribs. Yum :-)
~ A year ago today one of my succulents was about to flower ~

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mixed Bag

dailyhelen_mixedbag by dailyhelen
Some of my reading for December/January.
~ A year ago today I was wearing a new necklace ~

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dorothy's Max

dailyhelen_max by dailyhelen
Just look at that face! He is such a beautiful boy isn't he?
~ A year ago today I was engrossed in a saga ~

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Wall

dailyhelen_thewall by dailyhelen
Played a few rounds of mahjong this evening. It really is an enjoyable game.
~ A year ago today I was picnicking ~

Saturday, December 17, 2011


dailyhelen_padstal by dailyhelen
We drove north to Rondeberg this afternoon, and stopped at a farm stall on the way back. C & D bought watermelons.
~ A year ago today was a busy day at work ~

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rolling Boil

dailyhelen_rapidboil by dailyhelen
I made some apple and blueberry jam today.
~ A year ago today I was baking quiche ~

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stand & Deliver

dailyhelen_stand by dailyhelen
It was our work's end-of-year function this evening: supper followed by the Nik Rabinowitz show. Most enjoyable evening out.
~ A year ago today I was loving the late afternoon sunshine ~

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


dailyhelen_greg by dailyhelen
My cousin's in town on business this week - we got a chance to catch up over drinks and supper at the Waterfront.
~ A year ago today I was at our staff party ~

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


dailyhelen_reflections by dailyhelen
This afternoon I went to the funeral of a friend's father. Sad occasion of course, but I'm glad I went. Rituals are important and they give me plenty to think about.
~ A year ago today I was moaning about the wind ~

Monday, December 12, 2011


dailyhelen_jungle by dailyhelen
My garden is growing so nicely at the moment!
~ A year ago today I was scrambling eggs ~

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Soundtrack

dailyhelen_soundtrack by dailyhelen
Today I was in the mood for Radiohead. Now why don't they come to play in SA?
~ A year ago today I was watching Lie to Me ~

Saturday, December 10, 2011


dailyhelen_table by dailyhelen
Casual supper with Jen & Iain: cold meats, salads, cheese. Indoor picnic! Simple and delicious :-)
~ A year ago today I went to Dom's shop ~

Friday, December 9, 2011


dailyhelen_begin by dailyhelen
It's been months since I last went to the ol' movie house, and I've missed it. This evening I saw this one with Sarah - it was sweet, sad and charming (and the little dog's delightful).
~ A year ago today I was taking care of car maintenance ~

Thursday, December 8, 2011


dailyhelen_clash by dailyhelen
I've got my nose into A Clash of Kings now and I don't want to go anywhere, see anyone or do anything except continue reading. And I have the next one in the series waiting in the wings!
~ A year ago today I was also reading ~

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


dailyhelen_stairwell by dailyhelen
Some days the only exercise I get is running up and down these stairs. Today it was a lot of times.
~ A year ago today I was applying the sunscreen ~

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sun Spots

dailyhelen_sunspots by dailyhelen
Snapshot from my walk this afternoon: Camps Bay from Kloof Corner. Views like this are worth the climb!
~ A year ago today I was checking out film reviews at Metacritic ~

Monday, December 5, 2011


dailyhelen_utensils by dailyhelen
Wooden spoons, spatulas and tongs are probably amongst most my most-used kitchen gadgets. Couldn't manage without 'em.
~ A year ago today my aunt was visiting ~

Sunday, December 4, 2011


dailyhelen_poolside by dailyhelen
Summer's here! It was a perfect but hot day today. I had my first swim of the season.
~ A year ago today Thomas was in a fight ~

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011


dailyhelen_passage by dailyhelen
A friend and I went down to Clifton 3rd beach for sundowners this afternoon. We had a relaxed hour or so enjoying the sun, but left early when it got windy. And then some random guy tried to mug us on the stairs on the way up! Fortunately when M screamed loudly he ran away. Yikes, gave us a horrible fright.
~ A year ago today I was contemplating take a ride of the ferris wheel~

Thursday, December 1, 2011


dailyhelen_kitchen by dailyhelen
I'm so pleased to have found a great sandwich shop close to my new office (to replace Jason Bakery which was round the corner from my old). The vegetarian Love Sandwich from The Kitchen is perfection!
~ A year ago today I was checking out a new market ~