Gnomes looking for homes

Gnomes looking for homes

22 April 2014 “Now that we have a new patio at home,” remarked Reggie at breakfast this morning, “we want to give our garden a bit of a make-over. And I want to offer a new home to a couple of gnomes.” “I know just the place,” said Tanya. “We can go to Wilde Eend … Continue reading

Breakfast – my favourite meal of the day

Breakfast – my favourite meal of the day

19 April 2014 I’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it just happens to be my favourite meal of the day. Even more so, when it can be enjoyed with family and dear friends. Every morning, Edward T Bear and I shared a grapefruit. “It’s full of … Continue reading

Baby guavas

Baby guavas

21 April 2014 During our explorations of the garden, Edward T Bear and I found these little bright red fruit. We didn’t know what they were, so we picked one, and asked Aunty Lissi. “Those are miniature guavas, Flat Kathy,” she explained. “They have a strongly sour and tart flavour, but they are very rich … Continue reading

Hunting for Easter eggs

Hunting for Easter eggs

20 April 2014 “The Easter Bunny was here this morning,” announced Aunty Lissi. “I happened to see something running around the garden when I was making breakfast earlier. At first I thought it was Tiger, but it was white-and-tan in colour, whereas Tiger is dark-grey-and-black.” “So it must have been the Easter Bunny?!” I cried. … Continue reading

A hard nut to crack

A hard nut to crack

20 April 2014 “What’s in those plastic bags, Aunty Lissi?” I asked, while we were tidying up the kitchen. “Nuts. They were a present. But they’re so hard, that I haven’t been able to crack them open to eat them.” Richard, who had overheard our conversation, piped up, “I’ll open them for you. Do you … Continue reading

Edward T Bear riding high!

Edward T Bear riding high!

20 April 2014 I had told Edward T Bear all about meeting the many tortoises in Aunty Lissi’s garden. So the next day, he insisted that he wanted to come along for the feeding. “You’re a very little bear, Edward,” Reggie cautioned him. “Those big tortoises are much bigger than you. So you will need … Continue reading

Tiger on the prowl

Tiger on the prowl

19 April 2014 I was watching the baby tortoises munching a couple of leaves of lettuce, when I heard a rumbling sound right next to my head, “Rrrrmmmmm-rrrrmmmmm-rrrrmmmm.” I toppled over in fright. I looked up to find a furry face right close to mine. “Mr Tiger!” I exclaimed. It was Aunty Lissi’s cat, whom … Continue reading

Tortoises, tortoises, and more tortoises

Tortoises, tortoises, and more tortoises

19 April 2014 Early on Saturday morning, I noticed that Aunty Lissi was slicing up some cucumbers and tearing up some lettuce leaves. “Are you feeding the tortoises?” I asked, suddenly remembering the day last year when the twins and I met Herbie the Tortoise, and his/her friends, Bella and Berta. The twins had been … Continue reading

On the road to Namibia

On the road to Namibia

18 April 2014 Guess what, my friends? A couple of days ago, I discovered that we would all be driving up to Namibia for Easter! I have such happy memories of visiting that beautiful country in March and April last year. It had been the first time for me sitting in the front of an … Continue reading

A little-little Easter egg hunt

A little-little Easter egg hunt

17 April 2014 “Do you remember last year’s Thrilling Easter Egg hunts?” asked Reggie this morning. “Yes!” I cried, fondly reminiscing. “I remember hunting for chocolate Easter eggs with the terrible twins, Thabo and Bheki, and Little N, and I also remember how much fun we had in Windhoek, when we were visiting Aunty Lissi, … Continue reading

A little gift

A little gift

12 April 2014 “Flat Kathy, it is customary for a guest to bring a little gift,” explained my friend Birgitte from Denmark, as she was getting me ready for my long flight to South Africa. “Especially if you’re going to be staying with Reggie and Richard for a while.” “Oh!” I said. “I would love … Continue reading

A treat

A treat

12 April 2014 As a reward for our help in the garden, and because it is Easter, after all, Reggie buttered us some hot cross buns, and made us a cup of tea to share. I still remember the first time I had these delicious buns – it was during our visit to Windhoek in … Continue reading

Planting some lawn

Planting some lawn

12 April 2014 “Flat Kathy, are you up for some garden work?” asked Richard. “We need to re-plant some of the lawn that we removed while they were paving the courtyard. There used to be some grass growing around this big old rhus tree, but we had to take it all out and leave it … Continue reading

Tidying up

Tidying up

11 April 2014 My hosts in Cape Town are in the middle of some building work – teams of workers have been coming and going, laying down pavers for the courtyard, tiling the patio, and building a wooden pergola. When they finished their work for the day, Edward T Bear and I decided to lend … Continue reading

Bacon and eggs

Bacon and eggs

11 April 2014 “Would you like a little snack, Flat Kathy?” asked Reggie. “I’m making myself some bacon and eggs…” “That sounds yummy,” I said. “Edward T Bear was just saying to me that it would be lovely to have a bit of snack around about now…” “Yes, I thought I could hear his tummy … Continue reading

Edward T Bear returns from Lost Luggage Land

Edward T Bear returns from Lost Luggage Land

10 April 2014 When I arrived in Cape Town, it was in the middle of some drama involving lost luggage. Richard had just returned from a trip to the exotic sounding country of Chile in South America, but his suitcase hadn’t come home with him. Reggie was particularly distressed, because Edward T Bear was inside … Continue reading

Home-baked bread

Home-baked bread

09 April 2014 Today, I helped Reggie to bake a fresh loaf of wholewheat bread. Oh, there are few things nicer in life than a slice of home-baked bread, fresh out of the oven and still warm enough so that the butter can melt into it. Delicious.

Quality control

Quality control

08 April 2014 I had been given instructions to keep an eye on the workers, who are creating a new patio and courtyard for my friends in Cape Town, and so I did. Despite the baking heat, the team put in long hours of work to finish the grouting between the tiles. I must confess … Continue reading