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…

There is Magic in them thar Hills

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…

Mnandi

I am feeling pleased a punch.  The cook book I have been working on for absolute ages as a fundraiser for the Mpophomeni Conservation Group has finally been published.  My design diva pal, Des, put it together just the way I dreamed it and I think it looks delicious. My friends in Mpophomeni are the…

Coffee is Not for Me

Last week, I had my first ever cup of coffee. I was writing a story about the local coffee hero and it seemed the right thing to do.  My head abuzz, my heart pounding, I can’t believe I managed to make any notes! The lovely dog that has adopted the café as his daily hangout has been…

Spring Flowers

We are up to our armpits in mud. Such a rainy Spring. The farm dam is overflowing already although it is usually only full at the end of December. In between the mist and mizzle, there are some lovely days, so Dizzy and I go walking about. These are some of the beautiful things we…

12 Ways to Eat Slow

This lovely guide was originally compiled by the Slow Food movement in France. I wish I had made it up myself. 1. Give yourself (some) pleasure.   Take the time to taste and pay attention to your senses: this is the best way to eat well. 2. Bring the seasons to the table. Each season rediscover…

Dargle does it again!

Today was the second Dargle Local Market and what fun it was.  Particularly nice to be with like minded friends all sharing the abundance they have produced.  A couple of people commented to me that they planned to plant more in their veggie gardens now too. Brilliant! Food resilience is on it’s way! Anyway, I…

Dargle Local Market

I’ve had lots of fun this weekend getting things together for the first ever Dargle Local Market on Sunday.  While my veggie garden doesn’t really produce more than I can consume, I was happy to share some extra stuff in support of the Local Living cause. A few of my neighbours were unable to come…