Sense of Place

I was a little startled to be asked by Makhubalo and Lungile Ikaneng of uBuntu Nest to participate in their OneMuntu Storytelling Festival. However, it did not take me long to get over myself and accept. Everyone is doing something new and online these days, so why not me? After having to cancel live performances…

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…

Streetside

This evening we had planned a little celebration of Poetry of Place at uBuntu Nest in Howick. It is not happening, obviously. This is one of the poems I would have read tonight, so am sharing it here instead. I hope you will book for the evening when it does happen. The backstory to this…

Walking

Over the years, I have fantasized about simply walking out of the backdoor, with my dog, and heading North. I am not entirely sure why I have not just done this? Anyway, I have not. I have however, done plenty of walks with my dog, and on my own, and with friends, always returning to…

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…

Hike in the Karkloof Hills

The fragrance of Buddleja auriculata enveloped us as we gathered beside the Karkloof forest for a three day hike in the hills. “mmm,,, wild honey” commented one participant, while another said “urgh, that smells like a wet dog or something fermenting.”  This scent is a well known feature of Midlands winters, when indigenous Buddlejia bushes…

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…

All Local Long Table

Terra Madre is one of my favourite celebrations.  This year, I invited inspiring women who grow food, cook food, barter food and eat food, particularly local, unpackaged, slow food, to join me at a long table on the veranda. Terra Madre Day highlights the relationship between food and climate change as part of the Menu…

Eat Local Challenge – Week One

  I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. It’s the reason I started the Dargle Local Market and then, when that took on an unlocal look, got Dargle Trade and Howick Exchange ticking along.  The Midlands Barter Markets are…

This Place is in My Bones

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…