Sunday, March 31, 2013


dailyhelen_interval by dailyhelen
Dorothy and I went to see the Cape Philharmonic Choir's performance of The Messiah at the City Hall this evening. It was lovely! 
~ A year ago today I went to Kirstenbosch for lunch

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hot Buttered

dailyhelen_hotbuttered by dailyhelen
Over the last few weeks I've tried quite a few different hot cross buns... traditional, extra spicy... even chocolate. But these ones, with lemon peel - English Hot Cross Buns - are the most delicious! 
~ A year ago today I was paging through a new book

Friday, March 29, 2013

Early Morning Sky

dailyhelen_clouds by dailyhelen
It seems we're in for changeable weather this Easter weekend. Rain overnight, but blue skies this morning...
~ A year ago today it was raining

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shiny Clean

dailyhelen_shinyclean by dailyhelen
I have someone come and clean once a week and it is the best! 
~ A year ago today Trixie was playing with her catnip toy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


dailyhelen_saloon by dailyhelen
Now watching: Deadwood. It's a series I've been meaning to try for years. I'm just a few episodes in now and already hooked.
~ A year ago today I was eating spaghetti carbonara

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Head Rub

dailyhelen_rub by dailyhelen
If I were to add up all the time I spend petting this little cat of mine it would be hours. She loves it, and is very demanding.
~ A year ago today I was admiring the plumbago growing out front

Monday, March 25, 2013

Potted Herbs

dailyhelen_potted by dailyhelen
Last week I bought pots of thyme and parsley to use in the kitchen. I want them to live outside but I had to bring them in today as the wind was hammering the poor things. Now, hopefully, they will survive a little longer.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk on the beach at Strand

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Green Mash

dailyhelen_greenmash by dailyhelen
Green mash is an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes. I make it by cooking a mix of cauliflower and broccoli, adding salt, a knob of butter and dash of milk, then blitzing with the hand blender. So quick and so delicious. My Sunday lunch today - sirloin with peppers and green mash - was excellent.
~ A year ago today I went to see a play

Saturday, March 23, 2013


dailyhelen_two by dailyhelen
Relaxed weekend days spent with friends are the best.
~ A year ago today I was watching an enjoyable historical saga

Friday, March 22, 2013


dailyhelen_gown by dailyhelen
It was the equinox this week so we are officially into autumn now. To celebrate I bought an enormous new dressing gown - I suspect I am going to be living in it this winter.
~ A year ago today I saw John's pottery in an online catalogue

Thursday, March 21, 2013


dailyhelen_workshop by dailyhelen
I popped into Michele's place for a visit this afternoon. She's busy making two dozen replica muskets for a movie. It's always interesting to see what's happening in her workshop.
~ A year ago today I went out for lunch

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Perfect Peach

dailyhelen_perfectpeach by dailyhelen
I'm not usually a fan of cling peaches but, as they are in season at the moment , I bought a punnet. My goodness, they are so sweet and delicious... what a treat!
~ A year ago today my cats were being no help getting rid of a rat ~

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fallen Frangipani

dailyhelen_soaking by dailyhelen
It was gloomy and wet when I left home this morning. Perfect day to stay in bed (if only...).
~ A year ago today I was paddling in the shallows

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Leafy Environs

dailyhelen_leafyenvirons by dailyhelen
At our conference venue. It was a shame to spend such a gorgeous day working, but I did get to walk around the hotel gardens a bit. There's a touch of autumn in the air!
~ A year ago today I was at last year's conference venue ~

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bed For The Night

dailyhelen_bed by dailyhelen
Away again for our annual work conference, and staying in a rather comfortable hotel in Somerset West.
~ A year ago today I was eating toast

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cool Cat

dailyhelen_coolcat by dailyhelen
Tom likes to lie on the chest of drawers in my bedroom and catch the breeze coming in from the window above.
~ A year ago today I was watching a spy movie

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fruit Harvest

dailyhelen_fruitharvest by dailyhelen
Went down to the Hope Street Market this afternoon. Their fresh produce section looked amazing... so much delicious fruit!
~ A year ago today I was doing admin

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


dailyhelen_fitting by dailyhelen
I've been meaning to buy a new bathroom light fitting for over a week. Finally got the thing... now I need to get on a chair and fit it.
~ A year ago today it was cloudy but hot

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lost Dog Found

dailyhelen_lostfound by dailyhelen
A few days ago I saw this lost dog notice on an internet message board. Yesterday, quite by chance, I saw a "found dog" notice on a Facebook page and made the connection. I contacted the owner and heard today that it was the right dog. She is well (despite over a week alone on the mountain and travelling all the way from Constantia Neck to the city bowl) and very happy to be home. It's so nice to have been able to help, and hooray for the internet! 
~ A year ago today I was combing my hair

Monday, March 11, 2013

First One, Then The Other

dailyhelen_tworeads by dailyhelen
I've just stated reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage. Tell the Wolves is next.
~ A year ago today I bought a new cardigan

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Castle Garden

dailyhelen_castlegarden by dailyhelen
Dorothy and I went to see the 'Dinner for 101' exhibition at the Castle today. We also walked along the ramparts and did some exploring around the Castle precinct. Loved this little patch of garden just outside the walls.
~ A year ago today Trixie was being an odd little cat

Saturday, March 9, 2013


dailyhelen_marquee by dailyhelen
My friends and I went to the Botanical Society centenary tea party at Kirstenbosch Garden this morning. 
~ A year ago today I had a lovely cold drink

Friday, March 8, 2013

Lift to Shop

dailyhelen_totheshops by dailyhelen
Rooftop parking at the Garden Centre on a wet and gloomy afternoon. Lions Head covered in cloud.
~ A year ago today I was sitting in traffic

Thursday, March 7, 2013


dailyhelen_steaming by dailyhelen
My cold was worse today. I sat with the bowl of boiling water, drops of Olbas oil and a towel over my head, in an attempt to ease the congestion. Not fun.
~ A year ago today I was watching Nurse Jackie

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Junior Chefs

dailyhelen_juniorchefs by dailyhelen
I'm late to the party... my friends were watching and talking about Junior Masterchef Australia last year but I only started watching it recently. Am loving it though - really entertaining and such talented kids! I'm not feeling very well this week and this just the best sort of TV to watch when one's feeling poorly.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk at dawn

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Home View

dailyhelen_homeview by dailyhelen
The mountain looked particularly pretty this afternoon. I never get tired of looking at Table Mountain.
~ A year ago today I was at the beach

Monday, March 4, 2013


dailyhelen_rotten by dailyhelen
Ha, I'm suddenly over the bountiful crop of peaches my little tree had this summer! The fruit is now dropping all over the place and full of full of fruit flies and other goggas. Sticky, stinky and very messy!
~ A year ago today I had lunch in Arniston

Sunday, March 3, 2013


dailyhelen_bandstand by dailyhelen
Went to the De Waal Park concert again this afternoon - Arno Carstens played. 
~ A year ago today I was looking at a museum exhibit

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Heavy Metal

dailyhelen_heavymetal by dailyhelen
Popped into the Woodstock Foundry to see the Southern Guild Heavy Metal exhibition this afternoon. So many lovely things!
~ A year ago today I was busy at work

Friday, March 1, 2013


dailyhelen_greekish by dailyhelen
I'm very much into Greek salads at the moment. I added some extra ingredients (peppers! chives! bacon!) into tonight's one and it was delicious.
~ A year ago today I was resetting the modem