19 Walks

On my 59th birthday, I completed 19 of my proposed #59Walks before I turn 60. In March, I wasn’t hurrying as I thought I had heaps of time to fit them all in. I didn’t count on 3 months without doing any new walks! Of course, I do walk everyday – my usual walks. My…

Ciao Carbon!

Having consciously avoided emitting excessive carbon for the past 20 years, I am about to embark on a carbon creating extravaganza.  While there is no justification for this behaviour, I thought it likely that others who generally try to live low(ish) carbon lives might find my dilemma and attempts to justify it amusing. I have…

Indian Food

I am big on small adventures. My friend Nkulu, was supposed to be in India as the SA Ambassador at the Youth Be the Change Conference, but his travel documents didn’t arrive in time. I thought the next best thing would be a little local tour – following Ghandi through our city. As usual, my…

My First Food Hero

Paul Duncan has been big inspiration in my life.  From him, I learnt to make compost and weed tea – and a whole lot besides.  I remember bumping into him in a shopping centre once. We got so engrossed in our conversation about feeding the planet/saving the planet, we were completely oblivious to the rampant consumers around us. …

Yay!

Yay! Daniel is on his way! Midlands residents are always delighted to hear that Daniel Jardim (ex-Buddhist Retreat Centre chef) is about to do one of his cooking demos at the home of Kim and Mike Ward in Hilton. I have often been invited, but somehow just never got around to going. My very dear,…

East Coast Abundance – Fishing

I love early morning walks along the beach before the sun rose when there are few people about. Creating the first footprints in the damp sand is a wonderful feeling. The Sardine Run is expected soon and  it is Shad Season right now, so there were lots of  fishermen clustered on rocks. I didn’t engage much as I…

East Coast Abundance – Food

We needed to defrost our bones, so headed for the seaside. We relaxed so much, we even got our dogs some bones of indeterminate origin (likely unhappy) from the local butcher. Although I accept that finding the kind of food I’d like to on holiday is unlikely, I still try. We stopped at a roadside stall….

Make your Mark Muffins

20 years ago today, I baked a big batch of bran muffins and headed for the election station where I was working – the first ever democratic South African elections were underway. To be honest, I cannot remember what I was actually being paid to do, but I do recall chatting to people in the long…

KuhleKudla

“How did every revolution in history start?” asks Philipa Farley, “with hungry people.” When the minimum wage for farm staff was increased last year, Philipa and her mom, Susan, decided they had to act. “We knew that people would be retrenched creating more unemployment and, of course, hunger.” That is exactly what happened. However for…

Cheese Maker & Cow Man

I really like Grant Warren. I met him a few years ago when he grew organic vegetables (including fabulous fennel – my favourite) and kept a small dairy herd. I was fascinated when he told me that he grew 99% of what his cows ate. He is definitely one of the good guys, so I…