SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS

Today I don’t own a single one of those electric kitchen appliances, but the baskets I’ve collected all my life – themselves a kaleidoscope of teenage and adult seaside holiday recollections, flea markets around the world, the pity-purchase from the lady on the pavement in Parkview – serve as both packing crates and table-tops, and I have learned well from studying the habits of migrant-worker women in rural areas; I know the voluminous potential of the Big Pep Stores Nylon Bag that travels by taxi from city to village at the end of each year for the long-awaited home visit.

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CONSTRUCTIVE RUBBISH

Two months on the farm and a significant change is afoot; I’m moving again, in a twist that’s left me shaken but filled with renewed resolve and positive and excited. It’s been a tremendous learning curve for me on several fronts, not least of which is a certain level of pride at my resilience in…

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PRETTY RUBBISH

This is the result of an experiment I did in December 2016. The volume of two large black refuse bags can be reduced to this if you recycle, keep a small bucket at your kitchen door for compostable waste and never put any wet shit (cooked food, leaking tins etc) into your garbage. I did…

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VILE WALLIS THE INTERVIEW BOMBER

Beautifully written article from this gorgeous, informed young woman. Thank you so much, Danielle 💟 By Danielle Naidoo Rhodes University, 27 August 2017 “This woman is the coolest” – is honestly what my first thought was as I began listening to what she had to say. Cindy Phillips Taylor sat posed in her antiquarian armchair…

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WALKIN ALL HOURS AND BOOK PIGS

15 October 2017, Old House, Grahamstown I had good intentions to pack a few boxes of my stuff to start moving to storage – to make space for the next room due for the onslaught of the Denvet Gang in the ongoing restoration project of Old House – and then the radio played Patsy Cline…

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THE QUINCE QUESTION AND COOKING LIKE CORDOBA

I was quite surprised – reading some comments on my last post – to learn that the quince is not widely known. I’ve always loved this fruit, with its quality of romantic history. When I was a child the trees were everywhere and the fruit abundant. Nowadays, it seems the tree has become unfashionable and…

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AN ANNIVERSARY AND A REAWAKENING

“I was dreaming of food. Crisp baguettes, the flesh of the bread a virginal white, still steaming from the oven, and ripe cheese, its borders creeping towards the edge of the plate. Grapes and plums, stacked high in bowls, dusky and fragrant, their scent filling the air.” The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes….

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LE DIVORCE AND A LOOK BACK AT 2010

I’m aware that a new blog post is long overdue, but I’ve had the most dreadful blogger’s block and a lingering bout of self-pity masquerading as depression. To get me back in the saddle, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to revisit a post I did back in early 2010, and see how…

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HAPPILY AND GRATEFULLY IN THE 2014 SADDLE

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within. – Albert Schweitzer 2014 has started with sparks of blessings from many quarters. First off, on the 8th, I celebrated my…

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