Oceans Apart

I recently did a creative writing workshop; one of our tasks was to look at a picture assigned to us, & then freewrite (just respond & write what came to mind without overthinking) for 15 minutes. In the spirit of  the exercise, & all things New Year, which for me involves NO perfectionism – I…

Elizabeth

I was driving over the mountain (Ou Kaapse) in endless Cape Town drizzle & gave an elderly woman on the corner a lift. (I don’t often stop like this but my Mr. does, especially in the rain, & I was inspired by him.) The lovely tannie I met was Elizabeth. Friendly & content she chatters to…

Pride

I noticed a gentleman on my way to work today. Early in the morning, early in the week – he is clean shaven, freshly bathed & smiling. Wearing a smart shirt & trousers pressed to front-crease perfection; his black shoes are clean, but heavy & worn. I couldn’t help but watch him & wonder. He…

Cape Town in our Dust

 In March we packed up almost everything we own & hid it in 2 garages. Our first home together is in boxes. The remainder of our clothes & prized kitchen items* have taken up residence in our car. (*I couldn’t risk going the next 2 months without facilities to make real coffee.) Not just a holiday,…

Cake is to Birthday as Icing is to Cake

That’s really what cake is on a birthday. Its the icing.  By itself its lovely but you can’t have too much of it. When its the delicious finishing to something already lovely – well icing is perfect (especially if its butter icing).  Those who know me will not be surprised that I feel cake worth of an…