RETREAT, PART 2

On Wednesday morning, after battling through 128 pages, I conceded defeat and closed Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love. I’d long resisted reading the book, but felt I ought to give it a bash, given its widespread acclaim. I just couldn’t stomach it though, and was constantly irritated by the author, whom I found to be…

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SANCTUARY

The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Drakensberge, Dutch: Drakensbergen, “the Dragon Mountains“) is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears”), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti). Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of…

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GONE FISHIN’

Not really, but we are taking a trip into the Drakensberg. I’ll be back on the 28th with stories and pictures.

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SCRAPING THE BARREL

On this day, back in 1856 Charles Luttwedge Dodgson met a little girl named Alice Liddell. Alice had a penchant for consuming unknown (and apparently psychoactive) food, pills and liquids that she found while exploring a very large rabbit hole. You might know the two people better by their pen and fictional names, Lewis Carroll…

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DUFs AND A TOPLESS TART

Downs: Dreary weather. Ups: Lunch at the home of friends today, haven’t seen them since Christmas. Forward: Mountain sojourn on Tuesday. The Topless Tart: Jeanne Horak Druiff was one of the speakers at the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba I attended in February. Until then, I wasn’t aware of her award-winning blog. I have since…

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LUNCH AT THE LAKE

It’s the time of the year for taking stock of financial things; tax certificates and royalty statements are arriving in my post box. Last week brought a small cheque for royalties from a long-forgotten book. I decided to take the family out for lunch. I was keen on sushi, but we are a democratic household…

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE ‘LINES’ TAKE 2

“…she had an extremely retentive memory and all her reciting had kept the texts well in the forefront of her mind. She was never happier than when taking notes, rather elaborate notes in different coloured ball-point pens, for the need to be doing something while reading, or with reading, was beginning to assert itself. Her…

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A LITTLE LUXURY GOES A LONG WAY

Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good. Mariska Hargitay  I’ve been very good this week and am almost at my final deadline, in time for the start of the Easter holidays….

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WORDPRESS PHOTO CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK, LINES

Eccentric doesn’t bother me. ‘Eccentric’ being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn’t follow the lines – that’s okay. Crispin Glover  

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PINKELPAUSE PEEP-IN

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup, it’s wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation, to dispel the depressing effects of a grueling day at the office or the shop, rain or snow in the streets, or bad news in the papers.” Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The…

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SUNDAY DUFs

Food history for this date: 1810 Lewis M. Norton ofTroy,Pennsylvania was issued the firstU.S. patent for pineapple cheese. (foodreference.com)  Downs Broke a vase given to me by my late mother. Unattractive bout of weeping, with snot. Daughter-teenager-stuff. Nuff said. Ups Uplifting breakfast with great friends, lead into a fabulous lunch. Nuff said. Forward New client,…

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