Wednesday, July 31, 2013


dailyhelen_stop by dailyhelen
There is a new stop street in my neighbourhood. The traffic roars down the road in the morning... hopefully this will help to slow it down.
~ A year ago today I was eating cake

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Black Borders

dailyhelen_borders by dailyhelen
Two books with similar covers. I just finished reading The Hundred Year Old Man and really did not like it. I hope the new Emma Donoghue doesn't disappoint.
~ A year ago today I was plant shopping

Monday, July 29, 2013

Little Loaf

dailyhelen_loaf by dailyhelen
I was craving bread today so I bought this ciabatta roll to have with my soup for supper.
~ A year ago today I went for a walk on Table Mountain

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Winter in the Cape

dailyhelen_cape by dailyhelen
It was a gorgeous morning and Dorothy and I went down to Kalk Bay for lunch. False Bay was looking particularly blue and beautiful.
~ A year ago today it was also a lovely winter's day

Saturday, July 27, 2013

My Babies

dailyhelen_babies by dailyhelen
I arrived home from my holiday today. It was goods to see my kitties again and sleep in my own bed.
~ A year ago today I was doing the washing up

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The River

dailyhelen_seine by dailyhelen
We're arrived in Paris today! To help us get our bearings we did a boat trip on the Seine.
~ A year ago today I was eating chocolate

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


dailyhelen_trio by dailyhelen
This evening we walked down to the main square in Noyers for a free concert. A swing band was playing the songs of Nat King Cole. It was really fun!
~ A year ago today I was choosing a new book to read

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

And the Bees Like It Too

dailyhelen_lavender by dailyhelen
French lavender is different to the English lavender I'm used to. It is wonderfully fragrant.
~ A year ago today I was shopping online

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Village Life

dailyhelen_villagelife by dailyhelen
Cobbled streets, bicycles, window-boxes. I'm charmed by France!
~ A year ago today I was making lasagne

Saturday, July 20, 2013


dailyhelen_wheatfields by dailyhelen
Today we did more driving around the countryside. I am loving the fields of wheat and oats and sunflowers. And the bits of forest between them.
~ A year ago today I was wearing my orange scarf

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Croissant aux Amandes

dailyhelen_croissant by dailyhelen
Delicious treats from the bakery across the road from our place in Noyers. YUM!
~ A year ago today I was walking on the mountain

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

View from the Hill

dailyhelen_viewsite by dailyhelen
Looking down to Noyers and surrounding countryside from the view site at the top of the hill outside the village.
~ A year ago today it was a beautiful day in Cape Town ~ 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


dailyhelen_lilies by dailyhelen
Summer in France means gorgeous flowers everywhere! 
~ A year ago today I was reading a lovely book

Monday, July 15, 2013

On the Canal

dailyhelen_auxerre by dailyhelen
Today we were in Auxerre, a provincial town very typical of Burgundy.
~ A year ago today I was having Sunday lunch

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Market Stall

dailyhelen_market by dailyhelen
Today we bought fresh produce and cheese from the wonderful food market in the town of Chablis.
~ A year ago today Thomas was excited to see a bag of cat food

Saturday, July 13, 2013


dailyhelen_noyers by dailyhelen
After a long trip of plane-train-and-automobile we reached our destination... this pretty village in the French countryside.
~ A year ago today I was listening to The Arrows

Friday, July 12, 2013

At OR Tambo

dailyhelen_ator by dailyhelen
This afternoon I met up with my mom and dad in the airport at Jo'burg and we set off on holiday.
~ A year ago today there was a fire in my neighbourhood ~

Thursday, July 11, 2013


dailyhelen_spritz by dailyhelen
I think I'm fighting off a cold - aches and pains, and a scratchy sore throat. The pharmacist recommended I try this spray. It's so weird!
~ A year ago today I was driving to work

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cat at the Door

dailyhelen_catwindow by dailyhelen
Thomas in his usual place, looking out into the garden.
~ A year ago today I looking out a window too

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


dailyhelen_pieces by dailyhelen
Boo, my favourite pie dish broke. One way to get out of doing the washing up I guess :(
~ A year ago today I was wearing comfy tracksuit pants ~

Monday, July 8, 2013


florentines by dailyhelen
Homemade florentines. Fruit, nuts, chocolate... all my favourite things!
~ A year ago today Trixie was cuddling up close

Sunday, July 7, 2013


dailyhelen_strokes by dailyhelen
Trixie was in her element this afternoon... lying on a cushion with my friend Michele was making a fuss of her.
~ A year to today I was at the National Gallery

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Blue Jeans

dailyhelen_bluejeans by dailyhelen
Recently a friend kindly hemmed several pairs of my winter trousers for me. So much better!
~ A year ago today I ate roast chicken

Thursday, July 4, 2013


dailyhelen_timtam by dailyhelen
These things are so good they are evil. 
~ A year ago today my garden was looking good

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Flying High

dailyhelen_untouchable by dailyhelen
Tonight I finally watched the French Film The Intouchables. It was lovely!
~ A year ago today I was using olive oil soap

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Random Fandom

dailyhelen_fandom by dailyhelen
For the last week or two I have disappeared down a rabbit hole of fan fiction (and gif sets, and tumblrs). Lots of fun and creative writing to be found on the internet (also, so much strange!) 
~ A year today I my boy cat was at my side

Monday, July 1, 2013

All the Bits 'n Pieces

dailyhelen_pieces by dailyhelen
I'm slowly, slowly getting all my ducks in a row for my upcoming holiday. I'm excited!