Thursday, January 31, 2013

Old Croc

dailyhelen_oldcroc by dailyhelen
I have a very sore shoulder and neck. Went for some physiotherapy today, and also brought out my crocodile hot water bottle to apply some extra heat to the area.
~ A year ago today I was driving around a parking garage

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


dailyhelen_stapler by dailyhelen
I got a new stapler today. Stationery and office equipment always makes me happy! 
~ A year ago today I had chicken salad for supper

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


dailyhelen_pigs by dailyhelen
I went to see the play The Three Little Pigs this evening. It was really good!
~ A year ago today I was taking it easy

Monday, January 28, 2013

TV Club

dailyhelen_av by dailyhelen
I like to click on the AV Club to read reviews of shows I'm watching, particularly when they are as peculiar and baffling as the one I am currently into, The United States of Tara.
~ A year ago today I wasn't feeling well

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scadoxus Lily

dailyhelen_lily by dailyhelen
More peering into flowers, this time at Kirstenbosch. I just love the colours on this one.
~ A year ago today I was on a boat

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beside the Sea

dailyhelen_ocean by dailyhelen
I had lunch with family and friends today - we went to the Casa Labia at Muizenberg. Nice afternoon.
~ A year ago today I was also eating out

Friday, January 25, 2013

At Last!

dailyhelen_open by dailyhelen
Hooray! The buds on my succulent have - slowly, finally - opened. Dear little flowers aren't they.
~ A year ago today Trixie was hunting in the garden

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Better Boy

dailyhelen_bestboy by dailyhelen
Although his treatment regime continues for another week, Thomas appears to be all better from the tick fever. Back to his normal sweet self. Phew!
~ A year ago today I was eating lichis

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


dailyhelen_dotty by dailyhelen
I love this cute shopping bag. It folds up small and lives in my handbag.
~ A year ago today I won a bunch of  books

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Bed Worm

dailyhelen_worm by dailyhelen
See the Trixie-shaped lump under the duvet? Happens every time I change the linen. Every. Single. Time. Strange little animal.
~ A year ago today I had a slice of chocolate cake

Monday, January 21, 2013

Nearly Open

dailyhelen_nearlyopen by dailyhelen
Every day I check the buds on my favourite succulent. Should have flowers any day now! 
~ A year ago today I had a blocked sink

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Olden Times

dailyhelen_oldentimes by dailyhelen
I'm really enjoying historical novels at the moment. I've recently read (and enjoyed!) The Secret River about early colonial times in Australia, and Madame Tussaud about the French Revolution. Just started The Dovekeepers about the Siege of Masada.
~ A year ago today I was identifying flowers

Saturday, January 19, 2013

On the Sands

dailyhelen_sands by dailyhelen
Went for a walk on a kelp-strewn Muizenberg Beach this morning. Windy, but gorgeous!
~ A year ago today I was wearing a wrap dress

Friday, January 18, 2013


dailyhelen_razor by dailyhelen
Razor wire in my neighbourhood. It's unattractive at the best of times but even more so when covered in bits of tatty plastic thanks to the wind.
~ A year ago today I was looking up at an altogether nicer view

Thursday, January 17, 2013

De Nata

dailyhelen_denatya by dailyhelen
Some days require pastry! My local Spar makes an okay pasteis de nata. Not pretty to look at, but yum.
~ A year ago today I was packing a backpack

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


dailyhelen_above by dailyhelen
Hectic day, and hot-hot-hot. Pretty skies up above Devil's Peak.
~ A year ago today I had my hair up

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


dailyhelen_lenses by dailyhelen
I collected my new spectacles today. The world looks clear and sparkly again!
~ A year ago today I was drinking a cup of tea

Monday, January 14, 2013

Little Angel

dailyhelen_sweetie by dailyhelen
It's my little cat's birthday today. Happy birthday sweet Trixie!
~ A year ago today I visited a museum

Sunday, January 13, 2013


dailyhelen_stirfry by dailyhelen
Cooking lunch today: stir-fried beef and vegetables.
~ A year ago today I was eating cherries

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Big Tidy Up

dailyhelen_bigsort by dailyhelen
Today I did the annual purge of book club books. All sorted!
~ A year ago today I was watching a movie ~ 

Friday, January 11, 2013


dailyhelen_paste by dailyhelen
Tom came back from the vet this afternoon and he seems to be feeling much better (yay!). I have to start him on this antibiotic tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it... last time he has medicine in paste form he spat it out all over me and all over the kitchen!
~ A year ago today I had a great shower

Thursday, January 10, 2013


dailyhelen_armed by dailyhelen
One of my neighbours was accosted in the street late last night, resulting an a bit of a neighbourhood disturbance. One gets a big fright when crime starts happening almost literally on one's door step. It prompted me to get my burglar alarm checked and restore the security company signage on my wall. Not sure it's much of a deterrent, but it can't hurt.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sick Cat

dailyhelen_sickcat by dailyhelen
I had Thomas at the vet today. He is running a temperature and not eating. We're not yet sure what is wrong (update: it's biliary; poor poppet). 
~ A year ago today I was buying bread and milk

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Place Your Order

dailyhelen_takeaways by dailyhelen
A pleasant Tuesday evening: a movie (Silver Linings Playbook) followed by a quick bite from Kauai.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk in the mist

Monday, January 7, 2013


dailyhelen_burn by dailyhelen
Celebrities and snarky humour: Suri's Burn Book is very funny (thanks for the link, D!)
~ A year ago today I was visiting a friend's new house

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Drip Dry

dailyhelen_dripdry by dailyhelen
My cozzies and towels drying in the sun after a morning on the beach.
~  A year ago today I was inspecting my tatty sofa

Saturday, January 5, 2013


dailyhelen_ridges by dailyhelen
I spent the afternoon at Kirstenbosch, looking at flowers and playing with my camera.
~ A year ago today I was busy at work

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


dailyhelen_boardwalk by dailyhelen
Now watching: Boardwalk Empire, the prohibition-era crime drama. I'm really enjoying it.
~ A year ago today I was reading the Conqueror series

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


dailyhelen_bud by dailyhelen
Strange bud (or flower?) on one of my succulents. I'm watching it every day to see if it opens.
~ A year ago today I was watching Spartacus

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


dailyhelen_pickled by dailyhelen
Today I made a recipe from my new favourite cookbook, A Week in the Kitchen: Picked Cauliflower. I'm taking it to a dinner at a friend's tonight. Happy New Year! 
~ A year ago today I was looking forward to 2012