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10 Weekend Links

10 Weekend Links

Shew but it’s been raining a lot in Joburg lately. We always get on our high horse about our perfect climate, but November has been grey and wet and miserable. I’ve had to haul my Winter boots out of storage and am seriously on the lookout for some nice wellies. I’m used to the afternoon(…)

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

20 Things You May Not Know About Me

I’ve seen these lists on other blogs around and they looked fun. I was going to call this “20 Quirks” or something similar because the older we get, the more quirky we get, don’t you think? You start celebrating all the things that make you different from other people instead of hiding them. And you’re(…)

On Being Real

On Being Real

Another blogger Cindy brought this article to my attention recently and it really made me laugh. Written on a blog called “Motherhood, WTF?”, the post is all about how their family went kite flying one day and although it may have looked perfect in the pictures, it actually was a difficult experience that no one completely(…)

The Rat Race

The Rat Race

I have a very clear memory of swinging on our big gate as a kid, the entrance to our farm behind me (six long kilometres of dusty bumpy road), as I clasped on tight to the hot black metal. My Dad was standing with me, and we were watching cars fly by on the tar road, one after the(…)

Tuesday

Tuesday

Hello Tuesday, you were busy. Today I made a little guy porridge, got dressed, went to work, read with my learners from Help2Read, rushed home for lunch, went back to work, popped to the shops for groceries, went to a meeting until 5:30pm and then battled traffic to get home. Then I fed Ben supper,(…)

Eyebrows, Feminism and Some Other Links

Eyebrows, Feminism and Some Other Links

As you know from my most recent post, I have a thing about my eyebrows. They have always been bushy and naturally dark but kind of shapeless, like two lost caterpillars on my face. But today that all changed because I found someone to fix them and check it out! They really frame my face(…)

Things I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Things I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Hello 20-year-old me with the funny hairstyle, chubby cheeks and baggy clothes. Sometimes I wish I could rewind 15 years and tell you some stuff, so you could stop worrying about the mundane and focus instead on the relevant. These are the things I would tell my 20-year-old self : Your body will never be this(…)

The Thing About Grief

The Thing About Grief

The thing about grief is that it never really ends. You imagine, before that life-changing moment hits, that grief is a process, but that at some point it is over, finished and klaar, and that you can pack away the sadness like a jersey you’ve outgrown and will never wear again. But it’s not like(…)

The Sunflower Fund: Why you need to register

The Sunflower Fund: Why you need to register

This is James Read. He is two years old and lives in Joburg with his parents, Chris and Lee. As parents, they are probably very similar to you and me. They cried with wonder when they first held their baby boy. They felt overwhelmed with love, exhausted during those early weeks, proud of every little thing he did.(…)

Hello 35…Nice to Meet You

Hello 35…Nice to Meet You

Hello 35. Nice to meet you.  35 is quite a big birthday, as far as birthdays go. It’s almost 40. I can even remember back to when my Mom and Dad turned 40 and we gave them those coffee mugs from Cardies which said “40’s not old…if you’re a tree”. 35 is halfway to 70, halfway(…)