SLOWPOKE ME

My office in the wintertime is not a happy place. It’s on the side of the house that loses the sunlight first and in the early afternoons the temperatures drop so that it becomes colder than the proverbial witch’s wotchit. I far prefer the kitchen and like to get the windows fuggy with steam, have…

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WORDPRESS WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MORNING

It’s just gone 6am in Johannesburg and it’s black as ink outside. I’ve just tested my new ‘daylight simulator’ light. Is it obviously artificial? “Is there anything better than butter? Think it over, any time you taste something that’s delicious beyond imagining and you say ‘what’s in this?’ the answer is always going to be…

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DELAWARE AND A FREE STATE CURRY

I want to start today’s post with a heartfelt plea. My dear friend Paula is distraught; she has had visitors from all the states in the USA, save for Delaware. This is extremely upsetting for Paula. I am beginning to suspect that people in Delaware don’t blog. Could this be true? Somebody out there must…

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER

Or let’s not … it’s bleak. Let’s also not talk about the news, at least not the local news. The most intriguing headlines I found during my early morning vigil were American and Canadian, both involving bears. I think the zucchini wins? Over here, we call zucchini ‘baby marrows’. Or, if we want to pretend…

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BULLETS AND HUMPS

BULLETS: • My favourite neighbour in our little street was the victim of an armed hijack & house robbery on Monday. Luckily she was not physically hurt. • My husband is away on business this week. I’m always unsettled when he’s not here, but more so now because of the aforementioned robbers. • I’m sleeping…

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GEEKS, GLITCHES AND ROMANCE

Because of some computer problems I don’t quite understand (that’s what the IT geeks are there for), my last editing project went slightly over deadline and prevented me from blogging. I finally released the manuscript to the publisher yesterday and – as always – there’s a certain sense of loss that accompanies the relief of…

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METAPHYSICS: CONVERSATIONS WITH DOG

Lulubelle is a verbose dog, with a large vocal range. She yodels when I talk on the telephone, she whoops when it looks like she’s going to get a walk, she – literally – shrieks in distress if Diski goes through the fence to visit the neighbours’ dogs and her yelling at intruders is enough…

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PAINLESS, BUT ALSO WITHOUT POETRY

Sometimes I realise afresh how extreme the South African climate is. Yesterday our lawn was frozen, the blades of grass sharp icicles that hurt the dogs’ feet when they went out for a piddle. (The photograph is blurred, because I was shivering.) I chose, instead, to look upward, where the skies were blue and the…

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OUT WITH WANKY WORDS

I am guilty of being a WWW user! But, after last, night, I am resolved to change my ways. Yes, I will attempt never again to use Wanky Wine Words to describe my wine. According to the irrepressible Andy Hadfield of RealTimeWine, wanky wine words are banned and should result in immediate ridicule; his list…

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CLOUDY, WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

There are some mysterious events on the foodreference.com food calendar for today. First up is: 1812 Richard Kirwan was born. Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies. He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements. He always dined alone. I wonder if the flies and the convulsive movements…

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