100 Happy Songs

I have been thoroughly enjoying the #100happydays project thus far, having reached day 23 without missing a post (thanks in part to a daily reminder from my phone, just in case!), and I’ve been getting on well with my 100 Happy Songs project too, in little bursts. Tonight, the playlist – which I have been working on in … More 100 Happy Songs

London Love

London was the first city I, farm-born and wilderness-drawn, ever learnt to love: and the city in which I learnt to really love, rather than operating predominantly from a ‘need’ to be loved. It is a city in which my heart sometimes felt torn apart, but in reality was merely cracked wider open, teaching me … More London Love

Engendering the Discussion

  “Gender is not about women: it is about relationship and about power.” Prof. Sheila Meintjies, Wits University. It has been an intensive two days of presentations and deliberation at the National Gender Summit 2014 in Benoni, Johannesburg, which has brought together civil society, Government, the private sector, Section 9 institutions and UN Women to … More Engendering the Discussion

Flying Solo

(written last night – but I only managed to find WiFi at the hotel reception tonight to post it) I love flying. After re-reading and reflecting on that simple statement, I feel the need to broaden it a somewhat: I love to travel. As I sit here, enjoying the perspective over the mountains below, the solitary yet … More Flying Solo

Flowers In My Hair

A few weeks ago I went on a delightful morning walk with my children, and during the course of the walk my youngest son careful chose two dandelion flowers for me, and wove them – clumsily and charmingly – into my hair. I smiled with one of those aching moments of love, gratitude and joy, … More Flowers In My Hair