Saturday, November 30, 2013

Conn & C.J.

dailyhelen_conncj by dailyhelen
It's nice to have new(ish) books to read from authors I enjoy. Today I started the latest installment of the Emperor series.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Out Friday

dailyhelen_blackout by dailyhelen
We had a frustrating work day today as our Head Office was without electricity until 3.30pm. Makes one realize just how much we rely on power coming out of the plugs in our walls.
~ A year ago today I got my lunch from The Kitchen

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Front Bed

dailyhelen_frontbed by dailyhelen
I like how things are looking in the garden round the other side of the block.
~ A year ago today Tom was sitting on my bed

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The A to Z Book

dailyhelen_atoz by dailyhelen
Today I did some book club admin. It's our meeting tomorrow.
~ A year ago today I was using my hairdryer

Monday, November 25, 2013


dailyhelen_hibiscus by dailyhelen
I had a very busy day today - but I did stop to smell a flower :)
~ A year ago today I was watching Bones

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Feeling the Blues

dailyhelen_theblues by dailyhelen
I bought a few summer tops yesterday, and was definitely drawn to blue hues and floral patterns.
~ A year ago today I was baking a tart ~ 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mug Tree

dailyhelen_mugtree by dailyhelen
One of the potters at today's Potters Market tied his mugs onto a wooden frame to make a sort of Christmas tree display. It looked really cute. I bought two gorgeous white mugs - exactly what I was looking for!
~ A year ago today one of my succulent plants was having babies

Friday, November 22, 2013


dailyhelen_pine by dailyhelen
Fruit du jour! I'm into pineapples at the moment.
~ A year ago today I was enjoying avo

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Nibbler

dailyhelen_noogi by dailyhelen
This guy is still hanging out at my place every day. He spends a lot of timing scratching and biting himself - I think he may have as a skin condition, perhaps an allergy? Poor little fellow.
~ A year ago today I was using a new mug

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pope & Associates

dailyhelen_popeass by dailyhelen
I watched the pilot episode of Scandal this evening. Lots going on. Will probably watch some more though.
~ A year ago today I was dong some weeding

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


dailyhelen_qwerty by dailyhelen
I've been trying some creative writing the last few days. I'm not really sure what I'm doing and I'm a terrible typist so it is taking ages. But still quite fun to do something different.
~ A year ago today I got a little gift from a friend who'd been travelling ~

Monday, November 18, 2013


dailyhelen_lamp by dailyhelen
My kitchen light takes three of these spots. They need replacing far too often. Of course it doesn't help if I drop them before I have installed them. I did this on the weekend: tiny fragments of glass and silver all over my kitchen - gah!
~ A year ago today I went to the beach

Sunday, November 17, 2013


dailyhelen_frosting by dailyhelen
This afternoon I had a bunch of friends over for tea. I baked a cake for the occasion, and made Swiss meringue buttercream icing for it. Bit of a palaver.... First I whisked egg white and sugar in bowl over simmering water until the sugar melted and the mixture thickened. Then I beat further, til cool, then began to add butter, block at a time. Beat, beat, beat.  Lastly I folded in homemade pineapple curd for flavour. The icing went onto a coconut pound cake, and I sprinkled toasted coconut on top. It wasn't awful.
~ A year ago today I was watching butterflied in a garden

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fluffy Pink Thing

dailyhelen_pinkfluff by dailyhelen
I visited my friend Michele today and was very pleased to see her kittie is very well again after some very serious injuries and illnesses a couple of months ago. Back to her sweet playful self.
~ A year ago today I was reading an enjoyable book ~

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bridge over Buitenkant

dailyhelen_bridgebuiten by dailyhelen
Looking out over the east city this afternoon, the weather already turning for the worse. Big storm expected in the Cape tonight and tomorrow. Time to hunker down.
~ A year ago today Tom was playing with a box

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Category: Crime

dailyhelen_thrillers by dailyhelen
I can't get into the literary novel I started a few days ago so have put it aside for a bit and picked up a couple of thrillers instead. They're a better match for my current attention span - i.e. short!
~ A year ago today my colleague got his new bike

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fish Steak

dailyhelen_fishsteak by dailyhelen
A friend of a friend went game fishing on the weekend and caught a 70kg tuna, and I got to share in the bounty! I had some last night, and will have more tonight. This evening's supper (and tomorrow's lunch) is seared tuna with stir-fried vegetables on the side.
~ A year ago today I was looking out the window at the mountain

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Harbour View

dailyhelen_harbourview by dailyhelen
One of my favourite views of the city, taken from Tafelberg Road. Had a good walk up there today - it was a gorgeous afternoon!
~ A year ago today my kittie was being adorable

Monday, November 11, 2013

Giant Screen

dailyhelen_monitor by dailyhelen
New gear in the office! Not mine, unfortunately. Coveting it big time though.
~ A year ago today I was trying a new product ~

Sunday, November 10, 2013


dailyhelen_scrambled by dailyhelen
Breakfast at Knead this morning. Very good.
~ A year ago today I travelled by train

Saturday, November 9, 2013


dailyhelen_bars by dailyhelen
I did some spring cleaning this morning - moved the sofa to get at the side window behind it. Dusted the blinds, cleaned the burglar bars, swept the dead goggas from the window sill, that sort of thing...
~ A year ago today I saw South Africa's new bank notes for the fist time

Friday, November 8, 2013


dailyhelen_syrup by dailyhelen
After work snack:crunchy peanut butter and golden syrup. No bread in the house, so on a rice cake. Yum.
~ A year ago today we got new printers at work

Thursday, November 7, 2013


dailyhelen_bumper by dailyhelen
I got stuck in traffic on the way home tonight. It was 7pm and getting dark, cloud swirling on the mountain.
~ A year ago today I was looking at flowers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Inbox Zero

dailyhelen_inboxzero by dailyhelen
Phew, another crazy-busy day at work today. I like to have at least read (if not replied to) all my emails before I shout down for the day. Just made it today.
~ A year ago today we were celebrating my dad's birthday

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


dailyhelen_herbivore by dailyhelen
I few weeks ago I got some cat grass for Tom. He loves it!
~ A year ago today I went for a walk alongside a river

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I Love Sundays

dailyhelen_pillow by dailyhelen
A walk this morning, then out for lunch. And my only plans for this afternoon involve a pillow, a new book and a bowl of sweets.
~ A year ago today I was visiting a gorgeous garden

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Owl

dailyhelen_owl by dailyhelen
Got a good sighting of the Spotted Eagle Owl at Kirstenbosch this afternoon. Such an intense stare! 
~ A year ago today I was doing some dusting

Friday, November 1, 2013

This is a Sign

dailyhelen_thisisasign by dailyhelen
OK. I see this daily on my drive home. It amuses me.
~ A year ago today it was a beautiful evening