In which I think about freedom

In which I think about freedom

Growing up is a funny business. When I was in my twenties, I was passionate, gung ho, angry, quick to react and, it has to be said, not very rational. Everything mattered, everything had to be saved and fixed. Preferably instantly. Principles were far more pressing than consideration and bigger pictures. Hey – it’s not a terrible way to be, really. I balanced that out with a very extended wild child phase, along with what would be the start of … Read More »

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More Lessons in Country Zen

More Lessons in Country Zen

It’s been around six months since I began my foray into country life. In that time, not much has happened in the usual sense – not really, anyway. But so much has happened to my perspective and zen, that maybe I should say that *everything* has happened. I don’t know. Whatever the case, and no matter that I will be returning back home at some stage within the year, this place has managed to do so much for me during … Read More »

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Operation Natural November Skincare

Operation Natural November Skincare

So here’s the deal. I am one of the lucky ones who (bar the odd annoying spot now and then) has clear skin that generally has very little issue. It’s combination type, veering towards dry when I am stressed/during winter. I get a shiny forehead in summer, and if I do get spots, it’s in the T-zone. I have tried just about every and any product on the market over the past decade or two since starting a skincare regime. … Read More »

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Lessons in country zen

Lessons in country zen

Horses are not always friendly, even if you are offering them a nice juicy apple. Sometimes, they are rude and ignore you. Irises can and do get big enough to reach my shoulders. Whether or not they have triffid tendencies remains to be seen however. Every day should start with a contemplative tea/coffee/vanilla latte in a pretty garden (or an orchard, if you happen to have one). Sometimes, it’s good to just sit back and enjoy the sunshine for a … Read More »

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Countrification – Almost Complete

So here I am, living in the countryside. It’s really beautiful out here – friendly people, loads of aloes everywhere, amazing old buildings, sheep (sometimes loaded up into bakkies – no really, I have a pic and everything), cows, cows playing catch with horses (no pic, so you’ll have to believe me on that one), birds, green stuff, mountains, blue sky, loud, autotuned treffers outside the mall on Friday afternoons, multiple Chinese shops, gorgeous cafe-slash-antique-shops (seriously… pancakes are the new … Read More »

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Roads

Roads

See this road? I will be on it in two months time. But it’s not in Cape Town, per se. It’s in the countryside… a whole hour and a half away in Piketberg. Darlings, I tried to write some sort of post that explains why and what and how. The time arrived today to hand in my notice on my lovely, soon-to-be-vacated house though. And things have been mad busy. So I’m keeping it short and sweet instead. Trying to … Read More »

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Ten Years

Ten Years

Ten years. A decade. 120 months. More weeks, days and moments than I can begin to count. Monday marked the 10 year point of losing the most important person in my life. Someone I spent as much time as possible with from the moment we met at the age of two. A cousin, a twin in another life perhaps, a best friend, a partner in crime, an inspiration and a soul sister. She was not just a big part of … Read More »

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Kittens, gardens and gadgets

Kittens, gardens and gadgets

In November it will be five months since I packed up my Bo Kaap flat and moved to the heart of Suburbia. Hard to believe how quickly the time has passed, even if sometimes it feels like I have been here forever. Oddly enough, I don’t really miss the city much at all. My chemist, yes. My doctor, hell yes. Long Street, sometimes. Living on Second Avenue in Cottage Central (which is what I call my hood) is awesome. I … Read More »

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Why Being a Grown Up is Awesome and Terrible

Why Being a Grown Up is Awesome and Terrible

Funny thing about reaching your early thirties and being a proper, fully responsible grown up. It really, really sucks a lot of the time, but at the same time it is beyond amazing. I started writing this post about a week or two, or more – I honestly can’t keep track of time at all these days. Here I finally am, on a Sunday evening, wading through eleventy million deadlines, and I knew that I had to post this before … Read More »

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Me Against The Nothing

Me Against The Nothing

*Spoiler alert: this is a long post and most probably a 2 parter at least. In this part, I am making it personal. I have not yet gotten into practical stuff or helpful advice, let alone the retarded stigma that this topic still has. I will leave that for the next time. In the meantime, this is about me and how I dealt with those big bad demons. (sadly, it was without the Brothers Winchester)* I have thought about doing … Read More »

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