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Digital Fatigue

June 18, 2018 | 10 Comments

I think I have it – even writing this blog post is quite a stretch. I’ve taken my computer out a few times this weekend and then stared at the screen and snapped it shut and slipped it straight back into its case. I’m just kind of…done. I need a holiday, from work, from routine, from social media, from screens, from people. Continue Reading…

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Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us (with Simply)

June 6, 2018 | 6 Comments

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Excuse the soppy title but when it comes to Norma, I get that way sometimes. Norma is our domestic helper and nanny who has worked for us for nine years, since we came back to live in South Africa and first put down roots in Joburg. Norma has been there to witness me sobbing over a newborn, not knowing what on earth to do. She’s comforted me through losing my mom, she’s helped care for Gareth through a back surgery and she’s generally looked after our family for almost a decade now.
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Update from Rainy Cape Town

May 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

This is our third winter in Cape Town, if you can believe it. But it’s the first one where it has actually rained. Like, PROPER rain – thank goodness. And yes, I know a bit of rain does not mean in any way that the drought is over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it as it falls.

So I’m schlomping around in my red wellington boots. Digging out my purple beanie. I’m waking to the sound of rain pattering on the roof, imagining it soaking into the dry soil, picturing seeds sprouting and green shoots pushing upward towards the light, as they break through the ground into the fresh Autumn air. Continue Reading…