After the most recent storms which resulted in quite unbelievable and devastating flash flooding across the Cape, our swimming pool, which stands on the side of our house which greets the South Easter, has been having some difficulty. Bar a few murky almost blue-ish days, our swimming pool has pretty much been showing off the same vibrant colour as its closest neighbour, the grass. Forest green is that particular green which gardens receive as a reward for withstanding a brutal storm and it is a perfectly wonderful hue on lawn. It is not however a great look on swimming pools, especially not in summer.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
“Child, to say the very thing you really
mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean;
that's the whole art and joy of words.”
I absolutely agree. It’s just that sometimes Mr. Lewis, it is really really hard to say the very thing you really mean, mostly because often our good manners get in the way and we choose not to, in fact many is the situation that we should NOT say what we really mean. Not at all.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I know exactly what excited looks like. It’s when Pretty Girl jumps up and down and squeals a little and laughs a lot and says the same thing over and over again. It’s when Handsome copies his sister but ends up head butting the couch instead and forgets to cry because he can only think about the excitement part. It is a frenzy of uncoordinated happiness that explodes from my children who are seemingly unable to resist its intoxicating effects.
So yes, I know exactly what excited looks like, so that is not my problem. My problem is that I am struggling to remember exactly what it feels like to be quite beyond yourself with excitement. It is not that exciting things haven’t happened to me in a while, because they absolutely have, it’s just that my excitement hasn’t quite moved me like it seems to my kiddos, and I feel this lack a bit like a loss.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In three short weeks, the schools will close for the long December holidays. Just. Three. Short. Weeks. From that day onward our offspring will become our full responsibility for every hour of every day until somewhere in mid-January. It is both a wonderful and terrifying thought.
In a gallant attempt to rescue any and all days in the upcoming holiday from being spent in a mall listening to awful Christmas Holiday soundtracks and trying to avoid ill-mannered shoppers with complete disregard for personal space, I have already launched into full Christmas gift preparation mode.
It is quite foreign to me this idea of Christmas shopping in November. I am usually one of those poor, slightly deranged souls cramming themselves between trolleys, unhappy children and frantic shoppers in the gifts under R200 section of Tannie Woollies the week before Christmas. Not exactly the place where you will find clear evidence that it is in fact “A time of peace and goodwill to all men.”
Monday, November 11, 2013
Image courtesy Leopards Leap Vineyards
Dear Husband and I were absolutely delighted to be invited to attend the launch of Leopard's Leap Family Vineyard's new range of wine the Culinaria Collection. It was rather a dismal day last week Thursday, but by the time we drove out to Franschhoek it had turned into a most beautiful evening. On arrival we sipped chilled Leopard's Leap MCC and browsed the Kitchen Shop and wine sales as a light orange sunset glowed through enormous glass paneled doors showcasing the magnificently appointed interior of the Leopards Leap tasting room, restaurant and open kitchen.
The Culinaria Collection is new range of wines from Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards which has been specifically created to celebrate the age-old partnership between food and wine. The evening promised a five-course tasting menu featuring seafood, poultry and other meats, specially paired with five wines from the Collection. Recipes, we were told had been developed by Franschhoek Chefs like Chris Hoffmann of Café des Arts, Reuben Riffel of Reuben's, Neil Jewell of Môreson, Chris Erasmus of Pierneef à La Motte, Ryan Smith of Ryan's Kitchen as well as Leopard’s Leap’s own chef, Pieter de Jager.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
When Dear Husband and I were still dating we both lived in Hillcrest, about a twenty five minute drive from Durban. This was almost twelve years ago now and I remember Hillcrest as a quaint small village, with little to very little going on. We loved a small town environment, in fact we still do. Visiting family in Durban last year we happened to drive through Hillcrest and with the literally hundreds of homes which now crowd that town, its large shopping centers and the main road traffic lights, it was sadly unrecognizable. I know we cannot stand in the way of progress, but being the place where I met Dear Husband, I could not help feeling devastated that they had put a giant chain store right on top of our "I met you right here" memories.
One of our favourite places to go on our day off was to The Pot and Kettle. The Pot & Kettle was, and I believe still is situated halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the absolutely beautiful Valley of 1000 Hills. Tranquil and quiet we would go there to take in the beautiful views and order something that we could eat with their homemade salad dressing. Whether or not they still make that dressing is something I started wondering about today as I write this post. I remember it had poppy seeds in it; that it was a thick luscious emulsion with which to lather up fresh salad leaves, but further than that I don’t remember much more. I do know this however; it gave excellent evidence that being able to make a great salad dressing is a kitchen must.