I have not been very active on my Grains of Sand blog in recent months. Even my Finding Frohsinn photo-a-day blog has had an extended nap. Only Flat Kathy is still sharing her fantastical adventures around the world.
I have decided to give my blog a theme overhaul, by trying out the Expound theme. I like the option of creating a Front Page, where I can highlight certain categories or my favourite posts. And I really like the Featured Posts functionality.
But during the transition period, things are unfortunately a little messy.
On 22 October 2013, I had a thoroughly inspiring tea with the Premier of the Western Cape Province, Helen Zille, at the elegant Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore. Well, sort of. The tea with the Premier bit, I mean.
The function, which was organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust, was a delightful Morning Tea at which Premier Helen Zille was the keynote speaker. The topic of her talk was the valuable contribution of the ‘elders’ to the community.
While my blog has been rather quiet for the last few months, Flat Kathy’s blog has seen a flurry of posts and updates. If you haven’t yet popped on over there to read about her latest exploits and adventures, please do. She’s a friendly, sunshiny kind of gal.
Things have been a little quiet at home since she flew to England with our friendly neighbours a couple of weeks ago. In fact, we’re missing her so much that we’re going to go and visit her there.
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.
Since October 2010, a glossy community magazine has popped into our postbox towards the end of each month (I wrote about their first anniversary here). Known as the Pinelands Muse, or just affectionately as ‘The Muse’, it focuses on the comings and goings in the neighbourhoods of Pinelands and Thornton, and it is a wonderful treasure chest of information about the fascinating people who live here and their unusual or exciting occupations, hobbies and travels to near and far.
My doorbell just rang – to reveal a most welcome visitor: Glynnis, here to hand me my very own copies of the latest Pinelands Muse Community Magazine, freshly printed and still in their protective plastic wrappings! Thank you for the personal delivery, Glynnis! Can you see what it says on the cover? “Regine & Richard…
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…
When I published the last couple of posts, WordPress decided to change the date-and-time settings on them, which confused the sequencing, so I had to re-post them to correct it. As a result, it is possible that the links may have become broken. Here are the correct links: Learning how to write a feature article:…
The last few weeks since our return from our 3-week visit to the USA have gone past in a blur, and I am playing catch-up. I am sorry that things have been so quiet on the blog-front, and apologise in advance that it’s going to remain a little quiet here for the next couple of…