Table Bay Hotel: Old School Elegance & World’s Best View

Table Bay Hotel: Old School Elegance & World’s Best View

Growing up we didn’t stay at many hotels. If my folks needed to stay anywhere on our road trips, they usually found us little B&Bs or phoned up old friends and found some spare beds that way. So hotels have always felt like an indulgence to me, a little treat, and I often feel like an impostor in one,(…)

10 Years With This Guy

10 Years With This Guy

10 years. That’s a long time, whichever way you look at it. I remember the moment we first got together because it was at an annual music festival called SW4 on Clapham Common, and the first one ever was held on that momentous day: 21 August 2004. You bought me a tequila and the rest, as they say, is(…)

Holidays! And Some Links!

Holidays! And Some Links!

Sjoe. Or is it shew? Anyway, however you spell it, things in my life have been rather busy lately. I’m trying to do the work of two people and then trying to fit it into three weeks instead of four, because I want to go on holiday tomorrow. So ja, I’ve been working pretty intensely(…)

When Dads Arrange Playdates

When Dads Arrange Playdates

Oh how I laughed. It’s really quite a small thing but for some reason I’m still chuckling about it. I guess it just emphasises how differently Gareth and I approach parenting… When I arrange a playdate, I contact the other mother about a week before, arrange a time and double check who will be home.(…)

Spring and Summer Style Trends (Guest Post)

Spring and Summer Style Trends (Guest Post)

I am SO excited to say goodbye to my Winter clothes. I mean, I love jeans and boots and coats but I’m ready to get those toes and legs out and wear lighter brighter clothes. I know I’m being spoilt, it’s not like our Winters here in SA are very arduous, but that still doesn’t(…)

Hello Spring (and some other things)

Hello Spring (and some other things)

It’s been raining the last two days. I love the rain – in Joburg it heralds a new season and for that I’m grateful. Poets and writers have always gone a little crazy for the seasons and when I was younger I didn’t quite get it. But I understand more now. Whatever life throws at(…)

Are We Building Clones?

Are We Building Clones?

My sister-in-law sent me this TED talk to watch, featuring Sir Ken Robinson and called “How Schools Kill Creativity” and it really brought to the surface so much that I’ve been thinking about lately. It’s not a recent video but I think that the message is so important and something all parents and educators should take to(…)

Perspective

Perspective

This past week I wrote a rather whiny post about how gatvol I was with blogging, Twitter and the social media space in general. If you’re not part of this world, it’s hard to imagine that it can actually make you feel insecure, inadequate and a bit lonely. And this is weird considering social media is supposed to(…)

Good Morning Mr Mandela: 7 Things I Learnt about Madiba

Good Morning Mr Mandela: 7 Things I Learnt about Madiba

If someone is regularly in the public eye, it’s easy to think that you know them. Even more so if that individual becomes somewhat of a deity, revered beyond what is healthy or normal. And so it was the case with Nelson Mandela. That’s why I loved reading Zelda la Grange’s new book, Good Morning, Mr(…)

Going Away with Toddlers: It’s Not a Holiday

Going Away with Toddlers: It’s Not a Holiday

This weekend my husband and some of his friends went up to the Kruger to run the Skukuza half marathon. And as men are very good at, they then arranged a boys weekend in the bush afterwards. This probably involved fry-ups, game drives, beers and then more beers. Not be outdone, three of the wives(…)