Archive for the 'General' Category


Sunday, June 24th, 2012

This year, for the first time since returning to South Africa from England, May felt like Autumn, not Spring, and the usual autumnal wanderlust bit deep. Autumn was made for walking. At latitudes where the seasonal change is stark the reasons are obvious. “I could walk all day” becomes a mere 6-hour commitment, preferably with […]

6-lane Highway

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Six. Wow. Two weeks in, this still seems pretty strange. Name confusion has pretty much settled down now; I’m fairly confident I really do know the difference between Emily-A and Iris-‘ella. The change is a bit like adding a sixth lane to a five-lane highway. Everything keeps going in the same direction, in pretty much […]

I must interject at this point

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

to say that we’re going camping tomorrow – probably for about 3 months – and I can’t wait!

Three-step Tuesday

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Emily took three steps today from the end of the kitchen to Mum. She’s staggered one or two accidental steps before, these were her first considered steps. As with every childhood milestone reached: much jubilation despite impending chaos.

Beautiful day

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

It’s a corker. A hint of Autumn chill despite being 20-some degrees. Just a teeny bit of work to do, otherwise treehouse building. We spoke to the doc’s office yesterday and need to wait another 3 weeks for Sophie’s results 😐 Very serious sense of humour loss yesterday, better today. And hey, it’s party season! […]

Where to begin

Friday, May 1st, 2009

“The reserve offers the visitor some of the most striking scenery in the Karoo as well as fascinating animals and plants that comes to life on the back of a horse.” … but I have more pressing things to think about just now.

When the Sister offers you a cup of tea, the correct answer is “Yes”

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

There’s no tea quite as good as hospital tea. When the Sister came in at 5am yesterday I was sleeping on my camp mat on the floor of Sophie’s room (she had the candour to laugh once her eyes had adjusted to the dark). If you need to wake up in that situation there’s not […]

Bad Science

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

“The Doctor Will Sue You Now” – rivetting previously unpublished chapter (Matthias Rath attempted litigation) from Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science: The more people who read this the better – spread it around with reference to the original source. While it does nothing to excuse the idiocy of the recent South African political stance […]

13 Years

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I’ve just had the most incredible 13 years of my life. Thanks MGW.


Friday, February 27th, 2009

The new masthead uses a shot of the sunset from Storms River Mouth …