Arriving in Rotterdam

Arriving in Rotterdam

Saturday, 10 June 2017 Our fast intercity train did not take long to reach Rotterdam Central Station. This is a very odd-looking building – someone remarked that it resembles the open mouth of a shark about to leap out of the water. What do you think? I was very hungry and thirsty by then, so … Continue reading

We fly to Amsterdam!

We fly to Amsterdam!

Saturday, 10 June 2017 Did you figure out where we were going from the photo I posted a few days ago? Well done! Yes, we are in The Netherlands! On Friday night (yesterday), I flew into Schiphol Airport Amsterdam with my dear friends Richard and Reggie. We shared a cup of tea at Cape Town … Continue reading

Exciting news!

Exciting news!

08 June 2017 We are flying to Europe tomorrow evening! When I say ‘we’, I mean me and my dear friends Reggie and Richard. They had asked me a month or two ago, when they were booking their flights, whether I felt like an overseas adventure. Well, of course I did! At first I thought … Continue reading

The Cape of Storms

The Cape of Storms

07 June 2017 Cape Town and the Western Cape have been experiencing a terrible drought. We have had almost no rain since last year. Even the autumn rains did not happen. Everyone is frightfully worried at the steadily dropping dam levels. We have been trying to save water wherever we can, but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

R.I.P. Miss Tuffy-Cat

R.I.P. Miss Tuffy-Cat

03 June 2017 Do you remember Miss Tuffy-Cat, the pretty tortoiseshell cat who greeted me with such affection when I first arrived in Cape Town after my long, long trip from Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada? From the beginning, she made me feel so welcome in her home. We spent many happy … Continue reading

I am back – with a surprise makeover

I am back – with a surprise makeover

01 June 2017 Hello my dear friends! I have really missed talking with all of you. How long has it been? Two-and-a-half years? I don’t quite know where to start, so let’s just start with what happened today. This morning, Reggie said to me, with a twinkle in her eye, “Flat Kathy, I have planned … Continue reading

Home sweet home…

Home sweet home…

25 November 2014 This morning, I joined my friend Glynnis on her delivery rounds. She and Max were delivering copies of the Pinelands Muse magazine all over the neighbourhood. The December/January edition is the final one of the year, and now they’re going to have a well-earned break until it’s time to publish the February … Continue reading

A braai with friends

A braai with friends

23 November 2014 Yes, I am back in Cape Town again! I flew back to South Africa with my friend Jo last week. It was wonderful to see the familiar silhouette of Table Mountain again, and to be surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of summer-time Cape Town. Oh, I can honestly say that … Continue reading

Blowing into Chesterfield

Blowing into Chesterfield

21 October 2014 Oh my word! What a storm-tossed flight it has been! I am so relieved to have landed safely in the United Kingdom! When I had said goodbye to my Virginia friends, Rosemary and Basil, last week (see: I’m on my way again), I had no idea that it would be such a … Continue reading

I’m on my way again

I’m on my way again

15 October 2014 After a perfectly scrumptilicious breakfast, Rosemary and Basil took me down to their local post office today. I had butterflies in my tummy. I wasn’t looking forward to saying goodbye to my friends. “We’ll need to find you a very strong envelope, Flat Kathy,” said Rosemary, as we walked into the post … Continue reading

Preparing for Halloween

Preparing for Halloween

13 October 2014 Rosemary and Basil and I sometimes went for a little stroll around the neighbourhood. It’s very pretty here. I noticed that some unusual decorations were starting to appear in people’s front gardens and in their windows. “What are all those decorations for, Rosemary?” I asked. “Pumpkins and gourds, spiders and creepy-looking things, … Continue reading

Re-routed to the UK

Re-routed to the UK

10 October 2014 “Flat Kathy, we have figured out a way for you to get back to Cape Town,” announced Rosemary at breakfast this morning. She and Basil were busy in the kitchen, preparing our customary bowl of muesli and fruit. I love that, it’s such a healthy combination, and always leaves me feeling full … Continue reading

Lazing about…

Lazing about…

09 October 2014 I have been feeling rather lethargic these last couple of weeks, and have been sleeping for long hours. Basil and Rosemary and I drove up to Cleveland in Ohio for a couple of weeks in September, to visit Basil’s brother, who used to be a doctor. But the weather wasn’t playing along. … Continue reading

Curling up with Paprika & Oregano

Curling up with Paprika & Oregano

08 October 2014 One day, my friends Paprika and Oregano phoned us to hear how we were doing. They’d been looking at some of the blog posts we’d written about the time I spent with them in July and August. It was lovely to reminisce about the adventures we had together. At first, I stayed … Continue reading

Please invite me for a visit?

Please invite me for a visit?

The time has come for me to say goodbye to Rosemary and Basil in Virginia, where I have been staying since the start of September. I had been looking forward to traveling south to my good friend Reggie down in Cape Town, but the South African Post Office has been on a strike for the … Continue reading

A day on the farm

A day on the farm

05 September 2014 My dear friends, what a day we had today!! Last night over supper, Rosemary turned to me and asked, “Have you ever gone apple-picking, Flat Kathy?” “No,” I said, shaking my head regretfully. “Reggie had wanted to take me strawberry picking… and cherry picking… but I wasn’t in South Africa at the … Continue reading

A Labor Day Party

A Labor Day Party

1 September 2014 My dear friends, I cannot wait to tell you how much fun I had today with Rosemary and Basil! A few days ago, I learned that Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first weekend of September; this public holiday honors all the workers who have contributed to the economic development and prosperity … Continue reading

We go shopping

We go shopping

30 August 2014 My hosts in Virginia, Rosemary and Basil, have really made me feel like I am part of their family. Today, we went shopping together. They even allowed me to help push the shopping trolley for them, while they bought some things for the house. It seems that they only moved to Virginia … Continue reading