Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Sheltered Bay

dailyhelen_watersedge by dailyhelen
My day started with a walk down to the beach and a lovely swim. My first swim of the summer on the last day of the year! 
~ A year ago today I was shopping

Monday, December 30, 2013

Beach House

dailyhelen_beachhouse by dailyhelen
Some friends of mine have taken a house near the beach at Simon's Town for the holiday. I went down to join them for a bit. What a beautiful place!
~ A year ago today I was at Kirstenbosch

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Pits

dailyhelen_pits by dailyhelen
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon... stretched out on the grass, eating cherries out of a tupperware container.
~ A year ago today I was baking

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tiny Twins

dailyhelen_babies by dailyhelen
Dorothy's new kittens, Cinnamon and Button. Cuteness overload!
~ A year ago today I was walking in the forest

Friday, December 27, 2013

Blue Print

dailyhelen_print by dailyhelen
Went to see the isishweshwe exhibition at the Slave Lodge Museum this afternoon. I've always loved this fabric. Designers are doing wonderful things with it these days.
~ A year ago today I was cleaning cupboards

Thursday, December 26, 2013


dailyhelen_smoothie by dailyhelen
My breakfast smoothie: banana, mango and apricot. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was reading

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


dailyhelen_peak by dailyhelen
Once again we had a glorious day for our Kirstenbosch Christmas picnic. I spent much of the afternoon gazing on this view.
~ A year ago today I was also picnicking

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fluff Ball

dailyhelen_fluffball by dailyhelen
This is Duvet, the second of the cats that are coming to visit me and Thomas regularly. This afternoon she hang around for hours and we had a very nice time. She's gorgeous and very gentle - a sweetheart. 
~ A year ago today I was at the movies

Monday, December 23, 2013

New Gadgets

dailyhelen_gadgets by dailyhelen
Today I bought two items for my kitchen that I have wanted for a while: an electronic scale and a julienne cutter.
~ A year ago today I was hanging out with my friends

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fridge Tart

dailyhelen_crisp by dailyhelen
I went totally old school with the dessert I'm taking to a dinner party this evening: South African classic Peppermint Crisp Tart. It's even in a Pyrex dish!
~ A year ago today I had a sore ankle ~ 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Afternoon Movie

dailyhelen_abouttime by dailyhelen
Saw Richard Curtis's About Time this afternoon. Sweet film for the holidays.
~ A year ago today I was also at the movies

Friday, December 20, 2013

Table 13

dailyhelen_table13 by dailyhelen
This evening I went out for burgers with some friends. It was fun.
~ A year ago today I was out with my colleagues

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Not So Super

dailyhelen_pnp by dailyhelen
I was at the Waterfront this evening for our work end-of-year function, and afterwards I popped into the new Pick n Pay. It is a pretty nice supermarket but it would have been much better with 80% fewer people and 100% less alarm going off.
~ A year ago today I was reading a magazine

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


dailyhelen_deerfield by dailyhelen
Here I am holding up an embroidered throw, part of a prize I won in a raffle. My mom did quite a lot of the needlework. Isn't it lovely!
~ A year ago today I was giving Thomas a scratch under his chin ~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


dailyhelen_scandinavian by dailyhelen
Last couple of weeks I've been watching Wallander. Kenneth Branagh is great in it and I love the bleak scenery, the gritty stories and gloomy mood.
~ A year ago today I was reading in my garden

Monday, December 16, 2013

Pinks & Reds

dailyhelen_pinksreds by dailyhelen
The roses I picked the other day and looking and smelling wonderful. Love, love, love them!
~ A year ago today I had a walk and a swim

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blue Plate

dailyhelen_blueplate by dailyhelen
I made a cherry cake for the family and friend who visited yesterday. There was one last slice left for my morning tea today. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was visiting a friend celebrating a birthday

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Constantia Valley

dailyhelen_valley by dailyhelen
My day started with a visit to Chart Farm to pick roses.
~ A year ago today I was visiting Max and Ginger

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cat in a Bag

dailyhelen_catinabag by dailyhelen
My friend Michele brought Thomas a new paper bag to play with today. He can't resist them!
~ A year ago today I was eating a delicious supper

Thursday, December 12, 2013


dailyhelen_swatter by dailyhelen
It been hot this week and my nemesis, the super-annoying house fly, is back. Grrr!
~ A year ago today I was taking photos of my kittie

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Green Things Growing

dailyhelen_greenthings by dailyhelen
My succulent pots are coming along nicely.
~ A year ago today I got a new camera

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wembley Square

dailyhelen_wembley by dailyhelen
I stopped in at the gym on the way home today. It's nice and quiet in December. 
~ A year ago today I was nursing a nasty cat scratch

Sunday, December 8, 2013


dailyhelen_reflection by dailyhelen
I had a very quiet day at home today.
~ A year ago today I was looking at an art exhibition

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nine Weeks Old

dailyhelen_crested by dailyhelen
I met this little funny face today... she's a hairless Chinese Crested. Just 1.7kg of cute.
~ A year ago today I was doing lots of admin work ~ 

Friday, December 6, 2013

RIP Madiba

dailyhelen_ripmadiba by dailyhelen
Like the rest of the world I woke this morning to the sad news of Nelson Mandela's passing.
~ A year ago today I was wearing a new top

Thursday, December 5, 2013


dailyhelen_jar by dailyhelen
I met friends at the market tonight. We had a bite to eat and did some shopping. I got some fruit and veg, a tray of caramels and these olives. Yum!
~ A year ago today I was watching videos online

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


dailyhelen_rainforest by dailyhelen
I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for the last few months. The make my hair smell like honey.
~ A year ago today I noticed Christmas decorations up in the mall

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


dailyhelen_lindor by dailyhelen
Someone was handing out Lindt chocolate balls at the supermarket this afternoon. I didn't say no... I love these things!
~ A year ago today I was reading a local novel

Monday, December 2, 2013

My Animal

dailyhelen_mykittie by dailyhelen
Thomas, the black cat. He's such a good boy.
~ A year ago today I was looking at rugs

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Geranium Incanum

dailyhelen_geranium by dailyhelen
I spent the morning at Kirstenbosch today. So many lovely flowers!
~ A year ago today I was at a friend's for supper