Monday, December 31, 2012


dailyhelen_square by dailyhelen
I've avoided shopping centres for the last few weeks. But this morning I spent a few hours at Cavendish Square... I had a bit of shopping to do (and also saw a movie: Skyfall).
~ A year ago today I was eating salad

Sunday, December 30, 2012


dailyhelen_kb by dailyhelen
Dorothy and I went to Kirstenbosch today. It was warm and sunny, with bit of a breeze. Lovely afternoon. 
~ A year ago today I was buying new clothes

Saturday, December 29, 2012


dailyhelen_dusting by dailyhelen
Baked today: orange buttermilk cake. Pretty good.
~ A year ago today I pottered in my garden

Friday, December 28, 2012

Green Leaves

dailyhelen_leaves by dailyhelen
Went for a stroll in the forest this afternoon. It was lovely to be outside!
~ A year ago today I was admiring my kittie's unusual colours ~ 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three Bags Full

dailyhelen_threebags by dailyhelen
I did come wardrobe tidying today and threw out a bunch of old clothes.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

70, 71...

dailyhelen_70,71 by dailyhelen
It was nice to have some quiet time today to relax and do some reading. I'm nearly finished The Kashmir Shawl, an old-fashioned saga, and the 70th book I've read this year. Not sure what's next... possibly The Still Point which looks very interesting, 
~ A year ago today I was admiring my mom's embroidery

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


dailyhelen_picnic by dailyhelen
We all had a good time at the Christmas picnic at Kirstenbosch this year.
~ And we were under the same tree as last year!

Monday, December 24, 2012


dailyhelen_pi by dailyhelen
All of a sudden there are so many good movies to see. Life of Pi is amazing, probably the best book-to-movie adaptation I've ever seen.
~ A year ago today I was doing the washing up

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Gang

dailyhelen_gang by dailyhelen
Aah, Sundays are the best! Lunch and lazy afternoon at Michele's place today.
~ A year ago today I was at the office

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ankle Guard

dailyhelen_ankleguard by dailyhelen
I took a fall last night and twisted my ankle. It's sore! Still went to Silvermine today as planned, but for a swim instead of a walk.
~ A year ago today I ate out at a steakhouse

Friday, December 21, 2012


dailyhelen_popcorn by dailyhelen
... and a movie to end the week. Saw The Hobbit and it was pretty entertaining!
~ A year ago today my cat was looking handsome

Thursday, December 20, 2012


dailyhelen_colleagues by dailyhelen
This evening I went out with the work gang went out for drinks and snacks.
~ A year ago today I gathered together some holiday reading

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fashion Mag

dailyhelen_mag by dailyhelen
I was given a magazine today. Had a quick flick through it... not very exciting and a reminder why I so seldom read them these days!
~ A year ago today I said hello to Max the cat

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chin Scratch

dailyhelen_chinscratch by dailyhelen
Thomas has been in an extremely affectionate mood lately. Such a good cat.
~ A year ago today I was playing mahjong

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stripey Chair

dailyhelen_stripey by dailyhelen
Lazy public holiday Monday. I spent some time sitting in my garden, reading my book. Until the nasty old wind picked up.
~ A year ago today I stopped at a farmstall

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silvermine Sunday

dailyhelen_dam by dailyhelen
Early morning walk followed by swim in the dam = wonderful start to the day. 
~ A year ago today I was making jam

Saturday, December 15, 2012


dailyhelen_d by dailyhelen
My friend D, on his 40th birthday... looking a bit tired as he's hard at work on the final rewrites of his PhD.
~ A year ago today I went to and end-of-year function

Friday, December 14, 2012

Max & Ginger

dailyhelen_g&m by dailyhelen
We had a friends' supper at Dorothy's this evening. Her cats kept us highly entertained. And Max winked at me!
~ A year ago today I had supper with my cousin

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Au Gratin

dailyhelen_augratin by dailyhelen
I had a craving for cheese tonight, so I threw a bunch of cooked veggies that needed eating up into a dish, covered them in cheese sauce and baked. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was at a funeral

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


dailyhelen_focus by dailyhelen
I haven't had much time to play with the new camera yet, but it seems to take pretty good photos, don't you think?
~ A year ago today my garden was looking good

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Night & Flight

dailyhelen_nightflight by dailyhelen
I have so many wonderful books to read at the moment! I am loving The Night Circus and am excited to have the new one from Barbara Kingsolver to read next.
~ A year ago today I went to an indoor picnic

Sunday, December 9, 2012


dailyhelen_knee by dailyhelen
Thomas the cat scratched my knee over a week ago. It was just a light scratch but it got infected and a week later it is still not better. Unsightly and sore! 
~ A year ago today I saw a sweet movie ~ 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Grad Show

dailyhelen_grad by dailyhelen
This afternoon I popped into the Michaelis School of Fine Art to see their annual graduate exhibition
~ A year ago today I had my nose in a book

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012


dailyhelen_eagles by dailyhelen
This T-shirt is one of several new tops I bought this week.
~ A year ago today I was admiring the view

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


dailyhelen_songs by dailyhelen
Today was rush-rush-rush, but I did take a few minutes to watch some clips of celebrities singing. Aw, nice! 
~ A year ago today I using my kitchen utensils

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tis the Season

dailyhelen_decorations by dailyhelen
The Waterfront is looking very festive at the moment.
~ A year ago today I had a swim

Monday, December 3, 2012


dailyhelen_mercy by dailyhelen
I bought some books over the weekend, but before I start those I have this one to read. It looks interesting, and I love the cover. 
~ A year ago today I did my Christmas shopping

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rugs Galore

dailyhelen_rugsgalore by dailyhelen
Sale at a local carpet shop... my friend bought a lovely kelim. I would love to own one of these beautiful persian carpets.
~ A year ago today I got a fright

Saturday, December 1, 2012


dailyhelen_dindins by dailyhelen
Supper with friends tonight. Dorothy made a roast. Yum!
~ A year ago today I had a sandwich for lunch

Friday, November 30, 2012

Eee-eee Eee-eee

dailyhelen_eeeeeee by dailyhelen
The wind has been howling for three days running and annoying everybody. One of the things I hate most is how this outside gate squeaks.
~ A year ago today I had a migraine

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Salads and Sandwiches

dailyhelen_kitchen by dailyhelen
The Kitchen, Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. This is the place where Lunch Happens.
~ A year ago today my cats came out to greet me

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On His Throne

dailyhelen_thomas by dailyhelen
Thomas spends a lot of time on his favourite spot: on the quilt at the bottom of my bed.
~ A year ago today I got a new hard drive ~

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

People's Post

dailyhelen_peoplespost by dailyhelen
I don't read newspapers very often, but sometimes I flick through the local rag. It comes in Tuesdays.
~ A year ago today I was cooking kale

Monday, November 26, 2012


dailyhelen_drier by dailyhelen
Gear I can't live without: blow-drier This one serves me well.
~ A year ago today the wind was blowing

Sunday, November 25, 2012


dailyhelen_forensics by dailyhelen
Currently watching: old seasons of Bones.
~ A year ago today I was planning for the new year

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fold the Mixture

dailyhelen_foldmixture by dailyhelen
I'm doing some baking today... Cape Brandy Tart.
~ A year ago today I bought myself some flowers

Friday, November 23, 2012

Little Babies

dailyhelen_succulent by dailyhelen
Some loose leaves taken from one of my succulents are all growing new plants. I think they are adorable.
~ A year ago today I was making fruit salad

Thursday, November 22, 2012


dailyhelen_mashed by dailyhelen
Rushed lunch at my desk today: mashed avo, on crackers, with some cheddar. It was a perfect avo: creamy and delicious. I'm sad that avo season will be coming to an end soon.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


dailyhelen_weeds by dailyhelen
My garden is well looked-after by my garden service, but every now and then I need to a little bit of weeding. 
~ A year ago today I was thinking about my skin care regime ~

Monday, November 19, 2012


dailyhelen_woven by dailyhelen
Little memento from Michele, all the way from Peru.
~ A year ago today I was at the Potter's Market ~

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Under the Brolly

dailyhelen_beach by dailyhelen
Spent the day at the beach today, and it was good. Summer is here, hooray!
~ A year ago today I was eating grapes

Saturday, November 17, 2012


dailyhelen_translucent by dailyhelen
Today I went to the Open Garden at Ina Paarman's home in Constantia... it was gorgeous! And the heliotrope and lavender beds were full of bees and butterflies.
~ A year ago today I went to a music concert ~

Friday, November 16, 2012


dailyhelen_thrillers by dailyhelen
I don't read many thrillers, but occasionally pick them up when I'm stressed. This week I have the read Nicci French one, and will probably read the Margie Orford soon (yes, it was a tough week).
~ A year ago today I shopped for groceries

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Stalker

dailyhelen_stalker by dailyhelen
Tom's new favourite toy is a cardboard shoe-box.
~ A year ago today I was watching The Big C

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ducati Monster

dailyhelen_monster by dailyhelen
This is my colleague's new motorcycle. He waited eight months for it, and it finally arrived this week! It's a beautiful piece of machinery.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk in my neighbourhood

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Devil's Peak

dailyhelen_devils by dailyhelen
I had a very frustrating day at work today. I found it helpful to look out the window and contemplate the mountain. It was a beautiful day outside.
~ A year ago today I was spring-cleaning

Monday, November 12, 2012


dailyhelen_bundle by dailyhelen
This one is just a bundle of cuteness at the moment. Love her!
~ A year ago today I was cooking onions