Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bring It

dailyhelen_bring by dailyhelen
I haven't done much reading in the last couple of weeks. Instead I have been spending all my free time obsessively watching the excellent Justified. I finished the last episode of the third season last night and I now I can get back to books. I have some interesting historical fiction lined up.
~ A year ago today I was getting used to a new view

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


dailyhelen_sandy by dailyhelen
Several times today I checked on what was happening with Hurricane Sandy across the pond. Yowzer, what a storm!
A year ago today I got takeaways

Monday, October 29, 2012


dailyhelen_tub by dailyhelen
Lunch at my desk today: a tub of hummus, carrots sticks and baby tomatoes.
~ A year ago today I was working all weekend

Sunday, October 28, 2012


dailyhelen_arch by dailyhelen
I had a wonderful time visiting the open gardens in Franschhoek today.
~ A year ago today I was doing last-minute packing ~

Saturday, October 27, 2012


dailyhelen_fence by dailyhelen
I went to our book club meeting at Louise's house in Rondeberg this afternoon. As always, it was nice to be out in the countryside, but something (spring grasses? blue gums? Port Jackson?) gave me terrible hay fever. Nose running, throat tickling, eyes streaming... gah!
~ A year ago today my kittie was playing with a feather

Friday, October 26, 2012


dailyhelen_counter by dailyhelen
Trixie has taken to eating her supper up on the kitchen counter. So now I have cat bowls added to clutter that is already up there.
~ A year ago today I was at a rock concert

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Open Sesame

dailyhelen_sesame by dailyhelen
I needed a treat today so nibbled on these sesame seed-dark chocolate bars. Mmm, nice.
~ A year ago today I was packing boxes ~

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


dailyhelen_variegated by dailyhelen
In the last two days the new plants in my garden - like this one - have taken off.
~ A year ago today the pelargonium in my garden was flowering ~

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Waiting For The Show To Start

dailyhelen_bigscreen by dailyhelen
Movie night with the girls! We watched Farewell, My Queen.
~ A year ago today I made a healthy supper ~

Monday, October 22, 2012

Front Loader

dailyhelen_frontload by dailyhelen
First thing I do when I get home most Mondays: put on a load of washing.
~ A year ago today I stopped to smell a rose

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pretty Pelargoniums

dailyhelen_pelargoniums by dailyhelen
A friend of mine is collecting showy Pelargoniums. Aren't they lovely.
~ A year ago today I bought some new clothes ~

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cut & Blow

dailyhelen_cutblow by dailyhelen
I had my hair cut today. I considered cutting it short again but decided to leave it long for now.
~ A year ago today I raided the pantry

Friday, October 19, 2012

Lekker Local

dailyhelen_locallekker by dailyhelen
I haven't had much time for reading this week, but when I have picked up my book I have found it compulsively readable. I should finish it this weekend.
~ A year ago today I had a sore back

Thursday, October 18, 2012


dailyhelen_reddish by dailyhelen
For a little while now I have noticed that Tom's fur sometimes looks red. It's particularly noticeable in sunlight. Is it an age thing I wonder?
~ A year ago today I went to a classical music concert

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


dailyhelen_inca by dailyhelen
This afternoon I heard from my friend Michele who just finished the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu. I googled images to see what it looks like - am having a shitty week at work so far and would much rather be over there!
~ A year ago today I was sorting papers

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


dailyhelen_grime by dailyhelen
My car was filthy dirty... I gave it a much-needed wash this afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was having a picnic

Monday, October 15, 2012

Loose Leaf

dailyhelen_looseleaf by dailyhelen
Dorothy brought me back this tea caddy from London last month. I had a cup after my long work day today. It's lovely stuff.
~ A year ago today I was down at Mouille Point

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Al Fresco

dailyhelen_alfesco by dailyhelen
I had lunch with friends today, under the trees at Babylonstoren.
~ A year ago today I was watching sitcoms

Saturday, October 13, 2012


dailyhelen_shopathon by dailyhelen
I hit the shops this morning. Groceries. Gifts. Various things for myself.
~ A year ago today I visited our new office

Friday, October 12, 2012


dailyhelen_justified by dailyhelen
Now watching: the TV series Justified with Timothy Olyphant. It's really good!
~ A year ago today I had lots of new books to read ~

Thursday, October 11, 2012


dailyhelen_pantechnican by dailyhelen
The ongoing truck drivers' strike has been a real challenge for us at work. This week we arranged a private truck to bring us stock. It was a huge beast and we got about four times as much stock as we usually get at one time. A very busy day indeed!
~ A year ago today I was eating my greens

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


dailyhelen_board by dailyhelen
For the second time in as many days my plugs tripped and I had to battle my way past all the cleaning products in my tiny utility cupboard to reset at my electrical board. I wonder what the matter is.
A year ago today I was knitting ~

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Slip Ons

dailyhelen_slipons by dailyhelen
These are my new shoes, replacing the ones that literally fell apart at the end of last summer. I went for comfort over style ;-)
~ A year ago today I was bonding with my cat ~

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Southeaster

dailyhelen_southeaster by dailyhelen
It's back. The first filthy wind of the season started yesterday and blew all day today. The palm trees were being whipped about at the Waterfront this afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was cooling off in the forest

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Meaty Meal

dailyhelen_lunch by dailyhelen
Late lunch today... steak and salad. Mmm.
~ A year ago today I was eating an ice lolly ~

Saturday, October 6, 2012


dailyhelen_glad by dailyhelen
Aah, spring! So many flowers on the mountain at the moment! This beautiful gladiolus can be found all over the slopes of Table Mountain. They make me happy.
A year ago today there was construction in my road ~

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mostly True

dailyhelen_mostlytrue by dailyhelen
My next read: this book, a birthday gift from a last month.
~ A year ago today I was at a concert

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hope Street

dailyhelen_market by dailyhelen
Dorothy and I popped in to the Hope Street Market for an early supper this evening. Good food and a friendly vibe.
~ A year ago today I bought a new handbag

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


dailyhelen_precipitation by dailyhelen
Thomas wonders if it will ever stop raining? You and me both, cat.
~ A year ago today I had to water the garden

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Salad Bowl

dailyhelen_salad by dailyhelen
I popped into a deli close to work to grab some lunch today. Got a mix of green and roast vegetable salads. May have looked messy in the bowl, but it was very yummy.
~ A year ago today I was having Sunday lunch

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sweet Face

dailyhelen_sweetface by dailyhelen
I didn't have the best day today so it was nice to get some cat love from Trixie when I got home. She is such a sweet little cat. [Guest photographer: Michele]
~ A year ago today I was driving around ~