Five Months

Yet another milestone today, on Halloween when the kids are excited about pumpkins and trick-or-treating, and my reflections on death are far more mournful. Five months, and a whole summer has passed since my mother’s death. Five months that seem the blink of an eye, time still frozen, yet containing enough sorrow and loss for … More Five Months

Blueberry Pancakes

A few weeks ago I promised a friend that I would write up a recipe for blueberry pancakes, which I adapted from a thoroughly indulgent recipe in a wonderful book called Dishy Desserts, given to me by my sister Tabitha many years ago. The original recipe included cream, which while delicious was just too rich … More Blueberry Pancakes

More loss

One of my husband’s uncles died today. It still feels unreal, a world away, so completely unexpected. This year, so full of death and tragedy, has taught me many lessons, and I am sure the learning is far from over. One of the things I can be grateful for is increased empathy for those who … More More loss

Amsterdam Impressions

Written on Saturday 15th October 2011: When I was last on an aeroplane, watching England recede into abstract swirls of greenery, I was clutching my mother’s ashes tightly, on my way to Cape Town for her memorials. This morning, as Amsterdam grew into sparkling reality below me, with the early morning sun glistening off seemingly … More Amsterdam Impressions

Blueberry Comfort

A year ago, I was regularly emailing recipes and photographs of new dishes tried or created to interested family and friends. It was a creative and fun exercise, which interlinked with a recipe book I was putting together, mostly for my own use. The person who most regularly responded, either to say she had made … More Blueberry Comfort

Marathon Madness

With eight days to go to my first attempt at running a marathon, it is fair to say that I am panicked by the concept, in a calm let-me-not-think-about-it-too-much-or-I’ll-freak-out kind of way. I have never run over 25km, as my 30km and 35km planned training runs were never able to happen, so my body simply … More Marathon Madness

The Liebster Blog Award

Many thanks to bardessdmdenton  who honoured me with the Liebster Blog Award, and whose blog provides me with great delight. Liebster means beloved in German. The goal of the Liebster Blog Award is to spotlight well deserving blogs so that others may also discover them. Some people that have given me comfort, joy and insight that I would … More The Liebster Blog Award