iizinja zasemaMpondweni

Ever since my first visit emaMpondweni in 2012, I have loved the dogs I met. This year, I turned 60. In lieu of the usual sort of celebratory gifts, I asked friends to contribute towards a sterilisation clinic for Mngcambeni village, Khutwini.   I have visited there a few times and got to know the…

Privilege

I have a fabulous car named Lupa. She is undeserved. Unearned. She epitomizes privilege. Purchased with generational income, not even earned in my arm of our family. I love her. While I can absolutely never, ever, make up the carbon footprint of the construction of a new car (ok, I have not done any breeding…

Golf Caddies & Car Guards

I only have two car guards in my life. Petrus Ngcobo when I visit Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop, and Sifisiso Mncwabe who watches over our cars outside the Howick Agricultural Hall during Zumba class. I walk around town quite a lot which means I do not often need car guard services. The only golf caddy…

Slow Fashion

Did you have any idea that at least 10 000 litres of water is used to produce a new pair of jeans? Besides the manufacturing and dyeing process, this considers the water used to grow the cotton too.  Most of us don’t give much thought to the environmental footprint of our clothes.  We are embarrassed…

350ppm

You probably come across the figure 350ppm often these days. Have you wondered what it means?  This is the most important number on the planet and deserves your attention. 350ppm is the number that scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350ppm —it’s the number…

An Unruly Story

Writing is a rather random thing. Occasionally, a perfectly formed sentence, a poetic turn of phrase or snippets of intriguing conversation gallop towards one out of the blue. You need to be quick!  Grab a pencil and try, at least, to pin down the tail of the thought as it races by.  Sometimes you can’t…

The Year of the Dog

It began quietly with a lunar sliver and an invitation to a fabulous party to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Dog Year in 2018 started on February 16th.   Our dogs were doing great and we imagined we had a many more years of adventures with them. That week our precious Sizzles started to stumble…

Bird

Two weeks ago, a ring-necked dove flew into my window and died.  The imprint of it’s wings and body are still on the glass, along with a couple of feathers.  I moved it under the tree.  Over the weeks I have observed another ring-necked dove right beside it, sometimes just sitting, sometimes flapping it’s wings…

A-Z of Living Lightly

‘Disposable’ and ‘convenient’ are recent concepts and are pretty much causing all the trouble on the planet. My friend Charlene, who is on a journey approaching zero waste, and I, held an A-Z workshop at the gorgeous Hedge Shed in Nottingham Road last weekend.  We hoped to inspire participants to reduce plastic waste, embrace Midlands abundance…

Yarn Bomb Blast!

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…