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 … More The Cape of Storms

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

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 … More Tidying up

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

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 … More Quality control