Well to call these apartments is like calling Buckingham palace a Continue reading
As anyone who reads this will know I LOVE ideas magazine and can’t wait for next weeks issue to come out. I keep these magazines for ever and Continue reading
Well it is that Holy Weekend for A Lot of Christians. When The Lord was crucified and rose again to save us. Like many South Africans we have taken a couple of days off and instead of rushing Continue reading
Today has been quite amazing. It started at 04:00 with a job delivering lunch packs for 50 people. Then back to my home in Benoni and then of to a protest rally with my good friend Mary Goby.
It felt really great to Continue reading
Well today we are going to a 30th Birthday Party. Our friends’ son Douglas Mathers turned 30 so we are going to do the traditional South African Braai with Boerewors and chicken. I am going to take along Continue reading
I am so excited and just joyeous because my favourite magazine, which closed in January, has come back in a new format and what can I say I love it. Continue reading
I love this picture of the ladies racing with a egg and spoon. I remember the school sports days when we had the sack race, the three legged race and more. Our childhood was much more physical and even healthier I think cause we spent so much time outside in all kinds of weather, sun, rain, snow you name it we played outside.
I was very lucky as well because my fathers and uncles and brothers loved to go fishing. We would go to the beautiful lochs around parts of the central highlands mainly around Callander and Crieff. Continue reading
I grew up in a small village called Bridgend in West Lothian. It was a small rural village mainly consisting of council houses and miners houses or rows. I was born in the 50’s in fact it was the year of the Queens Coronation and so I have only known her as the Monarch.
I would not say it was an idillic life but it was the one I knew. I had 3 step brothers and 3 step sisters all quite a bit older than me and I was the only child of Jim Sutherland and Jessie Allan. They married a few years after Continue reading
Roses may be one of my favourite flowers. We are very lucky to have what I believe is a beautiful garden, which is mainly full of greenery with the occasional splash of colour. I like separate rooms in a garden and that is what I have tried to do with ours.
On the front stoep or porch we have a sheltered seating place with plants in pots and tubs. This rose is in a pot by our front steps and it was just so perfect I had to take a photo of it. I also try to go for older rose varieties as I find many modern ones are devoid of perfume. Like Hercule Poirot I love perfumed flowers.
Living in a drought area where we get no rain for about six months of the year we need to be water wise and so have planted succulents plants which do not need lots of water. I am not a cats lover and yet they are winning me over with the way they survive the most difficult conditions.
These bright pink Vygies are in the back garden near the back door so that in spring we have the most amazing colourful display. To think they burst into flower around September time when we have had no rain for months. Gardens are really power houses of amazing energy.
Vygie is afrikaans for small fig and this is because of their seed which resembles a small fig. But many succulents don’t flower.
Another plant which really must get a mention is Yesterday, today and tomorrow. This plant is not a native of South Africa but comes from Brazil where it is endemic. It flowers start purple, then lavender and then white, but the perfume can be overwhelming in spring time.
One of the disadvantages of moving overseas is that you leave family and friends behind and after 33 years it is very difficult to keep in touch and be close. Unfortunately last year I got a phone call to say my sister had passed away suddenly. I do not see any point in flying home to the UK for a funeral rather go when the person is still around. So what I decided to do was to make a small seating area where again I can sit and jet reflect on things. I am very much into the angels and Archangels and spiritualism and so this is a small space where I have placed a small Buddha as well as Namaste and a mirror. It has loads of greenery as well as nasturtiums which are really good to eat and the Poinsettias from previous Christmas decor. These grow very well in gardens in South Africa and are trees in some areas.
Life can be very rich with simple everyday pleasures. At the end of the day we also have amazing sunsets. Africa is a truly special place where so many diverse cultures can actually enrich all our lives. With 11 official languages in South Africa diversity is the key.