Tuesday, January 31, 2012


dailyhelen_grudge by dailyhelen
Feels like lately I'm spending way too much time driving around garages looking for parking. Everywhere is so busy! Annoying me today was the one at the gym which was choc-a-block full.
~ A year ago today I was catching up on gossip online ~

Monday, January 30, 2012


dailyhelen_shredded by dailyhelen
Hooray for Woolworth's bbq chicken. Take home, tear into pieces, toss with some salad leaves, tomatoes and spring onions, and throw on a little vinaigrette. Instant supper!
~ A year ago today I was caught in a web ~

Sunday, January 29, 2012


dailyhelen_lazy by dailyhelen
I'm still not feeing great today. Took it easy. In fact, I was as lazy as Tom.
~ A year ago today I was watching Dexter ~

Saturday, January 28, 2012


dailyhelen_thermo by dailyhelen
Not feeling well today, some sort of cold with fever.... On my beside table: thermometer, pain killers, tissues and water.
~ A year ago today I bought a new sleeping bag ~

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boat Trip

dailyhelen_boattrip by dailyhelen
This afternoon I went on a 'sunset cruise' from the harbour to Clifton. It was lovely to see Cape Town from the sea.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying a delicious cream tea ~

Thursday, January 26, 2012


dailyhelen_eatery by dailyhelen
Caught up my cousin Kerry over supper this evening.
~ A year ago today I was petting a friendly kitty ~

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Little Hunter

dailyhelen_thehunter by dailyhelen
I like having a garden for my cats to play in. Trixie stalks through the undergrowth in the early evening hunting for geckos and moths.
~ A year ago today I was on holiday ~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pips & Peels

dailyhelen_peels by dailyhelen
My late-afternoon snack today: delicious lichis.
~ A year ago today I was eating breakfast outside ~

Monday, January 23, 2012

White Pearl

dailyhelen_whitepearl by dailyhelen
I recently won some books for my bookclub in a competition and they arrived today. I love a stack of brand new paperbacks.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying the quiet ~

Sunday, January 22, 2012


dailyhelen_cakeslice by dailyhelen
Tea party at Jenny & Iain's this afternoon with delicious home-make chocolate cake!
~ A year ago today I was on holiday at the river ~

Saturday, January 21, 2012


dailyhelen_plunger by dailyhelen
My kitchen sink is very temperamental... if I just look at it funny it clogs up. It's been doing to again this week. Sigh.
~ A year ago today I met a new kitten ~

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wildflower Guide

dailyhelen_wildflowerguide by dailyhelen
Every time I go for a walk and photograph flowers afterwards I spend ages and ages looking through my guidebooks trying to make IDs. It is so satisfying to get one right!
~ A year ago today I was selecting my holiday reading ~

Thursday, January 19, 2012


dailyhelen_wrapup by dailyhelen
I adore this fabric. It's from a wrap dress I bought in Bali, and it's my go-to outfit during a heatwave.
~ A year ago today Trixie was in her new tent ~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


dailyhelen_sails by dailyhelen
Spent the day at Kogelberg, walking and swimming, and it was heaven! During the hottest hours we tied our sarongs in the trees above and dozed in the shade.
~ A year ago today I was using my favourite salt flakes ~

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


dailyhelen_paraphenalia by dailyhelen
I'm going on a day-hike tomorrow. We're starting early in the morning, so this evening I started gathering and sorting all the stuff I need to take. The pack is going to be heavy.
~ A year ago today I was editing photographs ~

Monday, January 16, 2012


dailyhelen_butterfly by dailyhelen
So hot today! I can't stand the feel of my hair in my neck in warm weather so its curled under and clipped up. I don't care what it looks like as long as I'm cool!
~ A year ago today I bought new walking sandals ~

Sunday, January 15, 2012


dailyhelen_tea by dailyhelen
There are few things as nice as a cup of tea. Especially good after a good walk on the mountain.
~ A year ago today I was swimming ~

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Slave Lodge

dailyhelen_slavelodge by dailyhelen
In 2012 I'm doing "Museum a Month". January's outing, this afternoon, was to the Slave Lodge. We saw the permanent display and two interesting photo exhibitions.
~ A year ago today I was eating macaroni cheese ~

Friday, January 13, 2012

Life's a Bowl...

dailyhelen_cherries by dailyhelen
We're almost at the end of cherry season, so I'm enjoying them while I still can. Delish.
~ A year ago today I was laughing at Nik Rabinowitz ~

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Screen Two

dailyhelen_screen2 by dailyhelen
After a long break I'm into watching movies on the big screen again. I Saw Drive the other day - excellent - and Moneyball this evening. Also good.
~ A year ago today I was considering getting a new sun hat ~

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shower Ball

dailyhelen_showerball by dailyhelen
Hot, sticky, grumpy day. I went to the gym for a lovely cool shower, and felt much better afterwards.
~ A year ago today I was tossing away the junk mail ~

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


dailyhelen_nex by dailyhelen
For the last few days I've been looking at camera specs and reviews online as Ian and John have been deciding on a new camera (and I've been 'helping'). They've opted for one of the latest generation of cameras, the mirrorless compact camera system, and today they made their purchase. It's the Sony NEX-C3. I have major camera envy... want it so badly! Maybe my next camera...
~ A year ago today I was cutting up mango ~

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Basics

dailyhelen_basics by dailyhelen
It's not often that a "quick stop at the shop to buy bread and milk" is just that. But today this really was all I needed.
~ A year ago today I was playing tourist in my own town ~

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Walk in the Mist

dailyhelen_walkmist by dailyhelen
Cape Town weather is full of surprises! We left a still, hot and sunny city bowl to find Silvermine cool, blustery and enveloped in a damp mist. We were in thick cloud for most of the walk and saw no views to speak of. Entirely not what I expected, but fun nonetheless... an eerie landscape with fabulous flowers and strange rock formations.
~ A year ago today the Abelia in my garden was in flower ~

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Number 16

dailyhelen_walkway by dailyhelen
I have house-envy. One of my friends bought this lovely Victorian last year. And now he has planted a delightful garden also. It's a lovely home.
~ A year ago today I was lighting the braai ~

Friday, January 6, 2012


dailyhelen_damage by dailyhelen
I took the cover off my sofa today and got a good look at the damage underneath (one of the culprits shown above). Poor, poor sofa. Bad, bad cats!
~ A year ago today we were having a heatwave ~

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lever Arch

dailyhelen_leverarch by dailyhelen
I've been taking it easy at work the last couple of weeks as it has been incredibly quiet, but today things got really busy. I think I'm in for a very admin-heavy month or two.
~ A year ago today I was shopping for plumbing supplies ~

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Great Conqueror

dailyhelen_conqueror by dailyhelen
I'm in the middle of reading this now (#2 in the series about Genghis Khan). I'm enjoying it - the history is interesting and the story races along. But between this and Spartacus: so much violence, blood and gore. I'm going to need something soft and gentle and girly next. Time to reread some Jane Austen?
~ A year ago today I was remembering Miro the cat ~

Monday, January 2, 2012


dailyhelen_gladiator by dailyhelen
I've been watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand the last few days. It's very graphic and ultra-violent but terribly exciting and easy to watch. Trixie, however, is not at all impressed.
~ A year ago today it was raining (today too!) ~

Sunday, January 1, 2012


dailyhelen_newhorizons by dailyhelen
Hello 2012. I'm looking forward to a healthier and more relaxed year than the last.
~ A year ago today I was snacking on cucumber ~