As little children, we had lots of Great Aunts – some widowed and some never married. Lots of women living without men. Something to do with the war, we thought. They were absolute treasure and added a multitude of experiences to my childhood – especially as we did not have any grandparents. They clearly had… Continue reading Great Aunts
Traditionally poles, walls and fences have been the canvas for graffiti artists, but yarn bombing has changed the face of street art forever – not even seen as graffiti by most people, but as an entirely acceptable form of urban art. The basic idea is to wrap fibre (usually crochet or knitted yarn) around something… Continue reading Yarn Bomb Blast!
Steampunk poetry evenings are a non-negotiable date in my diary. Last night, the first Steampunk Poetry book was launched. This enchanting compilation of local poems, by people we all know, edited by Lara Kirsten, is available at Steampunk for only R100 – hurry while they are hot! I wrote about these special evenings a while… Continue reading This Place is in My Bones
I am surrounded by many very interesting (and occasionally rebellious) gardeners. They inspire me constantly and also teach me all sorts of interesting things – not least about growing food. Often I write stories about them which is a great excuse to pick their brains and find out what makes their gardens tick – more… Continue reading Guerrilla Gardeners and Other Revolutionaries
Always fun to try something new in the garden. Especially with a friend who is strong and keen and knows more than you do! I don’t usually have company when I garden, but I can highly recommend it. Recently, I have become intrigued with Mounds – Hugelkultur – so decided to give it a bash.… Continue reading Making a Mound
Hiking in the Drakensberg Wilderness Area with women
There is nothing like a change to focus one’s attention. For twenty years, I have lived in the Magic Cottage on Old Kilgobbin Farm in Dargle. This week, I become an Howickian for the rest of this year (at least). While I really do appreciate most days living in the beautiful hills, these past two… Continue reading There is Magic in them thar Hills