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
08 April 2014 After my lengthy trip by airmail from a still-wintery Denmark in the far northern hemisphere, to an oven-hot Cape Town, I was feeling rather exhausted. “Flat Kathy, today is a very hot day, and it’s going to get even hotter in the next few days – into the high 30s,” Reggie told … More Chilling out
01 April 2013 “Thabo? Bheki? I think I saw something running through the garden very, very early this morning,” announced Reggie at breakfast on Easter Sunday. “Really?” I asked, intrigued. The Twins, who had been smearing yoghurt over their faces in their attempt to feed themselves, stopped what they were doing, and stared at Reggie, … More Thabo and Bheki hunt the chocolate Easter bunnies
29 March 2013 One morning, Aunty Lissi was busy in the kitchen, slicing up some cucumbers and tearing some lettuce leaves off a fresh and crunchy head of lettuce. “Are you making a salad?” I asked, trying not to appear too curious. We’d just had breakfast after all, and I thought it was a little … More The Twins and I meet Herbie and his – or her – family
22 March 2013 This morning, there was a loud racket in the back garden. “Squawk! Haaaaa-haaaaa-haaaaa! SQUAAAAwk!!” Miss Tuffy-Cat came racing inside the garden flatlet, all bushed up and flustered. “Oh!” She cried, “Oh! Those horrid birds are back!” She found herself to a sunny spot on the tiles, and starting licking herself furiously in … More A hadeda delivers a surprise package: May I introduce you to the Twins?
22 March 2013 “Phew, it’s HOT today,” I groaned, fanning myself as the sweat trickled down my back. “I thought it’s supposed to be autumn already?” “It’s the end of summer,” agreed Reggie, “but it can still get very hot in Cape Town. How about we go for a swim?” “Um… how?” I inquired, puzzled. … More A refreshing dip in the pool
16 March 2013 “I’m going to the nursery this morning, Flat Kathy,” said Reggie. “Do you want to come along? “Ooh yes, are we buying some replacement catnip for Miss Tuffy-Cat?” I asked, eagerly climbing into the passenger seat and fastening my seatbelt. As you may recall from a previous post, the Cat’s ‘nip situation … More A visit to the nursery to purchase some lemon thyme, lemon balm – and catnip!
15 March 2013 “You’re not going to believe this, Flat Kathy,” declared Reggie, as she marched into the house from the garden, followed closely by a loudly purring Miss Tuffy-Cat. “I just caught the Catnip Thief!” “Ohh! Really?” I exclaimed incredulously. I clearly remembered the drama in the garden not so long ago, when Gilbert … More The Catnip Thief: Revealed!
“Eeeeek!” That squeal emanated from the bedroom one early morning. Reggie had just drawn back the curtains. “What’s wrong?” I called down the passage from the kitchen, where I was sitting over my breakfast bowl of muesli and fruit. I heard her running down the passage. “Flat Kathy, you must come and see!” she cried. … More Freaked out by an orb-weaver spider
1 March 2013 There has been much drama in my hosts’ garden lately. Miss Tuffy-Cat has been stalking around the garden with ears flattened and tail a-twitching, sniffing here and there and everywhere. Even the normally cheerful Gilbert the Gnome has been looking increasingly disgruntled. It has not been a happy mood, let me tell … More Who has nipped Miss Tuffy-Cat’s catnip?!
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