I said to a friend the other day, in sympathy for her tale of woe about not being paid by her client “It’s just been such a dreadful year, hope 2011 is better.” Doing a double-take, I immediately had to withdraw my comment. In most respects it was an excellent year.

There was a steady stream of work and I must thank all the publishers from the bottom of my heart: Kim, Corina, Rachel, Louise, Madeline; and the agencies: Sal, Jane, Suzette. From my keyboard to God’s ears that you’ll all have work for me next year.

The wine estates gave me more cases than I managed to keep count of, and made me widen my horizons and up my cooking game, thank you Kleine Zalze, First Sighting, Robertson, Arniston Bay, Adoro, Ataraxia … (I know I’m leaving a lot of names out of the list, I hope I thanked them adequately at the time.)

Thanks to Dan at Sabrage RSA, I now own my very own French saber, and have the challenge of learning to use it to open champagne bottles.

Cookbooks came in a steady stream of gifts and prizes; each a permanent presence in my kitchen from the people who sent them: my grateful thanks forever to Susan, Amanda, Sonia Cabano, Alexa at KZ & Justin Bonello. Whirlpool gave me a big, shiny new stove that will help me cook all these new recipes and provide me with new material for this blog of mine; which has taken on a life of its own and which – miracle of miracles – has a steadily growing number of readers who seem genuinely interested in what I’m doing here.

And to Jeremy Sarkin and Ulla von Holtz, because I now am one of the more clued-up people about Kaiser Wilhelm II’s role in the tragic Herero Genocide and the colonial roots of Nazism.

Marina and Kaylee at Yuppiechef; you brought me boxes of happy and pink joY.

I was blessed with supportive friends during a hideous incident in April; you know who you are and you know how much you mean to me. WordPress opened a new world – literally the universe – and brought new friendships, untold riches.

Parties, visits, letters and postcards.

Phonecalls, inside jokes, challenges and chilli-bracelets.

And music from Paris, thank you Rhoderic Land. Je Taime.

Yes, looking back I can honestly say there were just enough clouds to make a beautiful sunset.


41 Comments Add yours

  1. aardvarkian says:

    Bring on 2011, I say, with more of the same 🙂

  2. Such a grand tribute from a grateful heart. Sobeit, Cin. Love your last line.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amy 🙂 and thanks so much for your friendship.

  3. slpmartin says:

    My dear friend …I must agree you have had a ‘blessed’ year and I for one…hope that it continues for a long time…good night!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am so grateful for finding you, Charles. Sweet dreams.

  4. gospelwriter says:

    There’s always something to be thankful for, if we look… I too have had an amazing year, bountiful in its own way, in unexpected ways – guess I’ll have to blog about it too. 🙂 Awesome blog and sunset pic.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, I look forward to reading about your year 😀

  5. halfp1nt says:

    All in all a very good year, even with the fiasco of Wall-E!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mister Scoffier is a star (Hope Wall-E isn’t reading this) 🙂

  6. Brilliant, Cindy. And I am amazed at how much of this I have followed as it happened! Thank you WordPress – untold riches indeed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Above rubies, Kate. xxx

  7. It has been a year where the downs have sharpened the pleasures of the ups.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, thanks for your contribution of many ups. xxx

  8. where to buy the best gifts for christmas? i want to buy something that is online..so i can save my time.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your comment looks like spam to me, Richard, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt and say yuppiechef.co.za is the best place to buy gifts online. Good luck.

  9. Nzwaa says:

    Its been a wonderful year.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And it’s a chilly day, I’m wearing a wonderful scarf 🙂

      1. nzwaa says:

        *face cracking smile*

  10. colonialist says:

    A goodly lookback, indeed!

  11. nursemyra says:

    I like your attitude cindy

  12. Rita says:

    Lovely post, Cindy. It cheers me up. It’s been a complicated and somewhat heavy year for me and my family but we’ve been blessed by the birth of our baby so 2010 was a great year! and, as gospelwriter said, there’s always something to be thankful for! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It really doesn’t pay to dwell on regret.

  13. nrhatch says:

    The last line says it all . . . we need the clouds to balance out the blinding sun. 🙂

  14. Pseu says:

    ‘there were just enough clouds to make a beautiful sunset.’


  15. Tammy McLeod says:

    It’s so important to take note as you have done of all those blessings that have rolled in during the year – and yours sounds as though it was fabulous. Like the others, I love your last line and the use of the word “enough”.

  16. buttercup600 says:

    It has been a good year Cindy, for one….I have found YOU!!!!! I love you girlfriend oxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too, very much. oxoxo

  17. And may you receive a thousand fold more in 2011.
    🙂 Mandy

  18. May next year be just as good or better …
    Blog on …

  19. Jem says:

    Aside from that glitch in April it’s been a good year for you Cin! Hope 2011 is even more blessed! xx

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