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
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 … More Edward T Bear riding high!
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
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 … More Tortoises, tortoises, and more tortoises
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 … More On the road to Namibia
07 April 2013 We were up early on Sunday morning, hurriedly finished some last-minute packing and then drove out to Hosea Kutako International Airport, some 30-40 minutes drive away from Windhoek’s city centre. I could clearly remember how exciting it had been to land here, 10 days previously after my very first proper plane ride! … More Welcome back to Cape Town, hidden below a layer of heavy clouds
06 April 2013 On our final evening in Windhoek, Aunty Lissi, Reggie and Richard were sitting in the kitchen, having a relaxing cup of tea, after washing the dishes from the braai we had just finished. Reggie was scrutinising me with a critical eye. Finally, she said, “Flat Kathy, you need a makeover. You’re a … More Aunty Lissi gives me a complete makeover!
06 April 2013 During our visit to Namibia, we collected as many postcards as we could. It wasn’t easy, because it was sometimes quite difficult to find postcards – not many shops sold them, and the ones that did, were very expensive. I would have liked to have made my own postcards, as we did … More We send a big batch of postcards from Namibia
06 April 2013 We hadn’t eaten since our breakfast at the Farmers’ Market, and the excitement of lying in the thorny yellow flowers and finding the termite mound and the social weaver birds’ nest had made us all rather peckish and thirsty. Reggie and I were particularly thirsty, as we had been sitting in the … More I get a closer look at a camel thorn tree