On accommodating the new

Aug 10, 2016
Ok, this is a really obvious connection between home and self, but I’m going to do a post on it anyway!   My daughter bought a coffee table on a whim, and found that it took up most of her ...

Mothers Day and sewing

May 8, 2016
I’m sure that proper, good mothers are able to sew well and mend their children’s clothes when they need patching, darning or stitching.  Indeed they probably make all their children̵...

Instant effects

Jan 26, 2016
I love it when things happen fast. I am impatient with waiting. When I have an idea, it must happen now.   I think of those studies of those poor children who have to sit in front of one marshmal...

What we are given

Nov 22, 2015
My friend Marie found a lampshade in a charity shop that she thought I would like. So she bought it and gave it to me. My first attempt at getting a lampstand for it was hopeless. But the second, much...

The impossibility of getting it right

Oct 27, 2015
So now the latest thing is that we musn’t eat meat. But not long ago we were told that we should eat meat. Some people pointed out how  that was bad for the planet, but in terms of your diet it...

Shoes and show

Sep 27, 2015
I really like decor magazines. I fall on them, feast on them and digest them. But I have been irritated by a trend in some of the pictures lately. It seems that it is now considerd a very good idea to...

Invisible changes

Aug 10, 2015
Recently I bought myself a new stove. Although it is the same size as my last one, it has a gas hob, and therefore place had to be made for the gas bottle. I shall not bore you with all the many chang...

The eye of the beholder

Aug 4, 2015
I grew up in the Trasvaal (as it was then) and coming to Cape Town for the long December holiday was always a special thing. My Father liked to teach us about Cape Dutch architecture and point out the...

Wastefulness and pleasure

Jul 7, 2015
Been thinking about wastefulness lately and what it is that really makes something wasteful. There is no doubt that where you come from makes a big difference to what you would judge as wasteful, and ...

The perversity of procrastination

May 3, 2015
So today had two main tasks. The first thing was to prepare for a presentation to colleagues that I am doing tomorrow. The second thing was to prepare for guests who are arriving tomorrow. A beautiful...