My Thoughts

29 Jan 2016

Delicate Blooms in a Rugged Land

Little late getting words on the page today. That’s because I’m in Johannesburg, and tomorrow I’ll be in Cape Town ready to celebrate a very important […]
25 Jan 2016

Where it Began

The realisation that I must have been sexually molested when I was very young came to me late in life. Like so many people who are […]
22 Jan 2016

Six Hippo Weeks

I never finished telling about my Kruger Walk, for which I apologise unreservedly. I do intend to write that last episode, but fore that I need […]
18 Jan 2016

The Start of the Journey

Nearly four years ago I hit the wall. I was an absolute mess having spent most of my cognitive years trying to please those around me, […]
18 Jan 2016

Welcome to 2016

A belated welcome to 2016! It’s a new year and one about which I feel really positive. I know the outlook is gloomy, the economies of […]
31 Dec 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog […]
14 Oct 2015

Brave the Storm, or Surrender?

The hiss of the kettle coming to the boil on its nest of coals at precisely three o’clock was a welcome call to gather for tea […]
30 Sep 2015

Day One Proper in the wild!

Three o’clock in the morning. Dark. Eerily quiet. No amount of wriggling, desperate commands to my bladder failing dismally to produce the desired result, and I […]
14 Sep 2015

Arrival at Bush Camp

The air in the safari vehicle tingled with a sense of expectation as we left Letaba and headed south. Conversation was a little muted to begin […]
9 Sep 2015

A Walk on the Wildside

It was a hot and gusty day that first day of spring in the Kruger Park. I would like to say that Leo, magnificent old lion […]
18 Aug 2015

The Power of the Spoken Word

Last week I spoke about words, wonderful words that amused, particularly because they were so delightfully confused. Words are mysterious and powerful. How many words spoken […]
10 Aug 2015

Words, Wonderful Words!

Language can be such fun! A few days ago I was left a copy of our local newspaper, and was reading the classifieds (the only pages […]
31 Jul 2015

I want the killing to stop!

I was fortunate to be invited to spend a night in Swaziland’s premiere game park, Mkhaya, recently, where I took this picture of a small family […]
29 Jul 2015

Of Roosters and Rain

It is fortunate that, whilst I have people living close to me, I don’t have neighbours in the traditional sense of the word, given the happenings […]
7 Jul 2015

With this Smoke, There are Many Fires

The dry rasp of fresh wood smoke in my throat tickles me awake. I feel my lungs recoil, and hear their familiar wheeze of protest. It’s […]
24 Jun 2015

On the Move, Swazi Style!

What is it about moving that causes such anxiety? For me, it is always the logistics: what can be packed ahead of time; how best to […]
23 Apr 2015

Books Wonderful Books

I have just been to Cape Town for a wonderful week of bonding with my grandchildren. Their parents, too! One of the boons of travelling from […]
26 Mar 2015

The Death of a Woman

In a world of constant killing, the report that an Afghan woman has been beaten to death by a mob causes only a momentary flicker of […]
11 Mar 2015

Unbranded to Branded

I heard the ligwalagwala this morning. For those who are not Swazi, it is what I know as the Purple Crested Loerie, which is officially called […]
4 Feb 2015

The Summer Wind

The wind is soughing through the trees, birds twittering about their daily business. The repetitive call of a dove could irritate, but is simply a part […]
7 Jan 2015

A Child is Born …

Now that the fuss and kerfuffle of end of year festivities is over, I feel a need to look at the Christmas story, bearing in mind […]
2 Jan 2015

Welcome to 2015

Another new year is upon us – 2015 marks the midway point of the second decade of this 22nd millennium! After an eighteen-month sabbatical of sorts, […]