“Calling all Santa’s elves! Your help is needed!” came the call via SMS a couple of weeks ago. As you may remember from previous years, my friend Colette runs her own bakery, known as Cakes and Desserts. She and her team have been hard at work, mixing and kneading, and stirring and cutting, and folding…
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 is to take a photograph every day this year, in order to learn how to use my camera more effectively, and to challenge myself photographically.
You can find my new photos-only blog here: http://findingfrohsinn.wordpress.com/
Our pawpaw tree placed an advert: Wanted: Virile male with healthy genes (non-GM), willing to provide seed material for breeding purposes.
Encouraged by my recent successes in the kitchen (experimenting with kale chips and veggie chips after receiving my first order of organic produce from the Ethical Co-op) I felt inspired to try another experiment, this time, by making something delicious with the lovely bunch of beetroots I had received: Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies.
In 2013, my friend L and I attended some crafting classes.
I was very keen to learn how to make mosaics. So one of my first projects with Amelia, who runs small classes from home, was to mosaic the numbers of our house.
A couple of years ago, I attended an interspecies communication workshop with Anna Breytenbach.
A movie – “The Animal Communicator” – has recently been made about Anna and the work she does. Do go and watch it as soon as possible, as it may not be available online and for free very much longer.
Residents (and September visitors) of New York City – you are soooo lucky! It is sure to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Sacred Elephant, the beautifully lyrical and heart-stirring dramatic monologue by Heathcote Williams that has been transformed into a one-man stage play by director Geoffrey Hyland and talented actor Jeremy Crutchley, is coming to New York City.
Flat Kathy has asked for permission to write a guest post on my blog, because she has some very exciting news: Do you feel like receiving one of these Very Special Flat Kathy Postcards?
Two or three weeks ago, a blue-green boat with a strange cloaked figure sitting inside it suddenly appeared on the Black River, just north of the bridge where Raapenberg Road goes underneath Kromboom Parkway (or the M5).
Initially, I thought it was a fisherman, which struck me as rather peculiar: our urban rivers have become so severely polluted and toxic with chemicals in recent decades, that I’m not sure it would be safe to eat any of the fish living in those waters! When the figure was still in the same spot a day or two later, I realised it wasn’t in fact a live fisherman but some strange sort of artwork.
It is not easy to walk around with Flat Kathy.
For all strangers, or rather, people whom Flat Kathy hasn’t yet demanded I introduce her to, she is simply a sheet of sunshine yellow paper on a stick. With a couple of buttons and some woolly hair sewn on. She is, I freely admit it, “a bit odd”.
It was only a couple of days ago, that I told you about our visitor from overseas – Flat Kathy. She arrived here from Nova Scotia, Canada, last Friday.
She immediately asked me to help her create a blog for her: http://flatkathy.wordpress.com/. And much to my amazement, she has been a prolific writer, having just published her 21st post. At first, she was keeping me very busy with all her dictation, but now I just switch on the laptop for her, and let her tappity-tappity away as much as she likes.
Last Friday, a long-expected and much-delayed visitor arrived from overseas. It took her about three weeks, to travel across the wide Atlantic Ocean from the snowbound frozen forests of Nova Scotia to the baking summer heat of South Africa.
So, dear friends and blog followers, may I introduce you to Flat Kathy.
Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. In order to update my CV at the start of January, I compiled a list, which I thought I’d share with you, in case you are curious.
A couple of weeks ago, an invitation arrived from my friend Colette, who owns and runs a bakery, known as Cakes and Desserts. In the run-up to Christmas, and in keeping with the German tradition, she and her team have been baking traditional Stollen and all my favourite German Weihnachtsgebäck, and yes – she is again making ginger bread houses too, as they proved so popular last year.
A couple of months ago, I had been asked by my friend Alison (of Despatches from Timbuktu) to give a presentation on the marvelous World of Blogging to the writers’ club to which she belongs: the West Coast Writers’ Circle. I had previously given a presentation to them three years ago, when I spoke about…