Monday, November 02, 2015


I love this quote.  It sums up exactly how I feel at the moment.  I'm restless.  I have no idea why.  We went through a hectic few weeks and now things are pretty much settled and you would think I'd be feeling calm and relaxed - the "storm" is over, after all,  But no, I'm fidgety and distracted and I have this little ball of anxiousness in the pit of my stomach that just won't go away.  It frightens me a bit because when I feel like this it usually means that something is not "right", I may not be able to put my finger on the cause just yet, but sooner or later it will come to light.  My spidey-sense is tingling.  Sounds a bit woo-woo, but that spidey-sense is usually spot-on.  Oh well, time will tell.  In the meantime I will fidget and fret...  Even the weather has decided to join in, with a howling gale to match my mood.

Monday, October 19, 2015

One plus four = Life

Seems this week's One + Four = Life post is allllllll about Issy!

I've been exhausted this week.  Still am actually.  Fortunately things should be settling down somewhat now, so hopefully I'll get a chance to re-charge my batteries in the next couple of weeks.  I sure hope so because there is nothing worse than waking up tired and having to drag myself through the day.


I'm not really a great fan of Spring to be honest.  To me Springs seems to be largely about wind and drizzle - not that I would complain if we got some rain at the moment, things are really dry around here.  What I DO love about Spring is the Jacarandas.  Nothing nicer than stepping outside in the morning and seeing the driveway carpeted in Jacaranda flowers.


Issy graduated to a "Big Girl Bed" this week!  She was in such a hurry to sleep in it that she couldn't wait for the bed to be varnished, or for the proper bedding to arrive.  How cute is that little bottom in the air!


I love her in this top because.... those shoulders!


We popped in to Rox's and Jon's house for a visit yesterday afternoon to be greeted by this darling little streaker!

That's all for this week.  Here's hoping my blogging mojo returns in the next couple of weeks!

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Sometimes life gets so messy and stressful that eventually I feel like my thoughts and feelings resemble a bowl of spaghetti - all twisted and mixed up with no clear beginning or end.  That's when I know I need to meditate.  I would love for my meditation practice to become part of my daily routine.  I know it would make my life so much calmer and less stressed... I have an issue with discipline right there!  But I'm working on it!

I wanted to share two things that have helped me SO much with my meditation practice.

First of all, the regular 21-day Meditation Experiences run by Oprah and Deepak.  I first began meditating with the help of one of these courses.  The courses are free and they are really, really good.  I find their approach very accessible for someone new to meditation, but at the same time I believe they would have value for someone who has been meditating for years.  There is a new course starting on 2 November, to read all about it, or to register click here.

And then a relatively new find, Stop, Breathe and Think.  This is such a brilliant app!  For those days when I haven't got loads of time to meditate, or I'm just feeling out of sorts and need some guidance, I click on Stop, Breathe and Think and choose a guided meditation.  It's a free app and I find it really fresh and user-friendly.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

One + Four = Life

It's been quite a big week in our household.  We welcomed Duke into our family on Monday.  Duke is a 7 year old pure-bred Weimaraner.  Unfortunately his former owner died very unexpectedly a month ago, so Duke was in urgent need of a new home, and we were very pleased to welcome him into ours.  He is an absolute darling and we already love him to bits!

I love this pic^^, it's so typical of our family... Paula chatting on the phone and dogs all over the place!

The intention was for Duke to be an "outside-dog".  Yeah.  That's not working out so well for us!

We went to Pallet Jack's for a relaxed family meal on Sunday night.  It was my first time there and I was really impressed.  It's paradise for families with children.  Issy had an absolute ball.  She was off to the playground the minute her little feet touched the floor.

We went down the coast for the weekend again.  Rox, Jon and Issy were also down the coast, visiting Jon's parents.  We got together for a braai on Saturday and Issy made a bee-line for the pool.  This little nunu is SUCH a water baby, absolutely fearless, which gives me the heebie-jeebies as she isn't water-safe yet.  I long for the day when she can swim to the edge unaided!  For now I keep an eagle eye on her!

Have a wonderful week all!

Joining in with One + Four = Life ... a concept that started on Meet Me at Mike's, and that is more recently being hosted by Nanjing Nian.

Monday, October 05, 2015

One + Four = Life

I really mean for this blog to consist of more than a weekly 1+4=life post....but things are so busy, busy, busy around here that we are barely keeping our heads above water.  Hopefully "normal service" will resume once things get back to normal towards the end of the month,

1. Paula and Issy picking mulberries.  It's precious to see my little granddaughter, Issy, learning the simple pleasures of life, like picking seasonal fruit.  She LOVES the mulberries and ends up with an adorable purple smile!  It warms my heart to see what a lovely aunt Paula is to this little girl.  

2. Roxy, Jon and Issy came for dinner on Thursday night and I happened to catch this moment on my phone camera.  I thought it was too sweet - Rox and Jon looking mischievous and Becca in the background keeping an eye on the situation.

3. We went down the coast on Friday afternoon to spend the weekend caring for Uncle Ian and boy did it do my heart good to see him looking so much better!  Just shows what a bit of good, home-cooked food and TLC can do for a body.

4. Early Saturday morning on the verandah.  Man, I miss this view!  The photo unfortunately doesn't do it justice.  We got to see quite a bit of whale activity, which was lovely.

Joining in with One + Four = Life ... a concept that started on Meet Me at Mike's, and that is more recently being hosted by Nanjing Nian.

The idea is:   once a week, four photos, to document your life.  One + Four = Life

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

One + Four = Life

My intention is to do these One + Four = Life posts on a Saturday or Sunday... this week I am finally getting to it on Wednesday!  It's been a very tough week...

The first two photos were taken during our road-trip up to Springs, Gauteng.  There is something so beautiful about the barren landscape in the Free State.  

Photo number 3 is one of the roses my aunt planted in her garden many years ago.  We went up to Gauteng to spend the weekend with my elderly Uncle, who has stubbornly refused to move out of the house that he and my aunt had lived in their entire married life.  Our time spent there was so heart-wrenchingly sad and at times traumatic, this rose was one of the few things to brighten my day.  

The final photo was taken on our return.  We realised during our visit that my uncle can no longer live alone, so (much to his disgust!) we packed him up and have brought him to live with my Dad for the time being.

This post is part of the whole One + Four = Life thang... a concept that started on Meet Me at Mike's, and that is more recently being hosted by Nanjing Nian.

The idea is:   once a week, four photos, to document your life.  One + Four = Life

Saturday, September 19, 2015

One + Four = Life: 19 September 2015

I'm starting something new today.  When I started this blog it was for the express purpose of recording the lives of my family.  Sometimes that purpose gets a little lost in amongst all the other bits and pieces I blog about.  When I saw the idea of One + Four = Life - first on Meet Me at Mike's and more recently on Nanjing Nian, I thought it would be a nice way of getting back to basics and recording the goings on in our family.  

The idea is:   once a week, four photos, to document your life.  One + Four = Life

So, I am going to try to do it weekly, as a way of remembering what we have been up to that week.  Be warned, the photos are probably not going to be of the greatest quality because (a) they are going to be taken by me! and (b) they'll be snapped on the run, using my phone.

1:  We spent the afternoon at the Oysterbox, enjoying cocktails in the Lighthouse Bar and then a wonderful High Tea to celebrate June's 60th birthday.

2:  Paula and June by the famous lighthouse.  Doesn't Junie look lovely at 60?!

3: A frequent sight on our driveway.  Roxy and Issy heading home from our house.  We are SO lucky to live next door to one another.

4:  In our kitchen first thing in the morning.  Roxy and Issy come up to have breakfast with us most days.  Usually it's a green smoothie.