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 … More A hard nut to crack

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 … More Tiger on the prowl

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 … More A little gift

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 … More A treat

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 … More Planting some lawn