Nothing but love

Last week there was a wedding in the United Kingdom. Alright, so there were probably numerous weddings around the world on that particular day, but this one was extra special. Here’s my version of this romantic tale… A man, twice divorced, disillusioned, a little bitter, and…

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I have nothing

It’s the tail end of the week and I am pooped. Everything that I’d like to write about seems too upbeat and frivolous when one reviews the week that was in South Africa. Wait. Make that the week that was in the world. Hold on. Make that the…

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Today’s Eureka moment

Earlier I was in the Vitamin aisle of a South African retailer, confronted with hundreds of choices… I went in to buy some Vitamin B, but the overwhelming selection of things-we-can-swallow-to-support-our-general-health that faced me, was simply astounding.  I stood and stared and processed until I located…

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What are the chances!?!

Have you ever experienced an event or set of events, that are quite uncanny and your first thought is “What are the chances!?!” While you’re thinking about it, here are a few of my ‘strange coincidences’. After I finished my degree I spent some time in Germany where…

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Same place, same time

This morning, just like every other day this week, I could not look him in the eye. It wasn’t as though he had done anything to me personally or had caused me even the slightest bit of harm. No, it was just the burden of expectation that hung…

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How old is too old?

This weekend I’ve been painting chairs again, and somehow this activity seems to turn my mind to politics. Go figure?!? Firstly, I doubt any royal or powerful behinds will be sitting on my dining room chairs any time soon. Secondly, I do hope that this will be my…

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half full. half empty.

Recently a few people have asked me if I earn any money from blogging. One of them was my dad, possibly concerned that his daughter’s distraction with this frivolous pursuit may mean a more regular guest at the dinner table? To my mom’s absolute horror I responded by…

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This ship should be sailing

Many moons ago my family was amongst hundreds of foreigners who arrived on Durban’s shores on the Europa from Trieste. I’m told that during the three-week crossing I kept my mom in shape as I moved across the deck at lightning speed on all fours, inquisitive to discover…

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Every single one counts

My week in the UK has been great fun so far. Aside from the fact that a cappuccino is costing me a week’s grocery shop, and a meal out just about equals my mortgage for the month, I’m very grateful to be able to be here, and to…

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How to Insult Someone Who Writes for a Living

Those of you who know me well, know that I will eat just about anything. However,  I’m not a very big fan of preserved foods, in particular the tinned variety, although there are of course always a few tiny exceptions to that rule. You may have heard of…

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At least seven hours are necessary…

Last night on my flight to Frankfurt I watched only one movie, The Intern, before falling asleep. Usually I manage a few more, but in my defence, it’s been a hectic week…The Intern was a nice, feel-good movie and I particularly loved the meeting of old school (De…

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The shift from robust to respectful…

My first SIV was on my blue&white ProDesign Jazz. She was a cute little wing, and a lovely first glider. Hans and Ria from Wildsky were offering the safety course at the Midmar Dam and the time was right to test the boundaries of my wing, and perhaps more importantly…

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Petite, pretty and powerful in Polokwane

Last Thursday evening I attended the closing ceremony of a two-year long construction skills development programme that formed part of a public private training partnership between Limpopo’s Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure and construction group Stefanutti Stocks. The skills development programme was developed to…

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Tips on maintaining a successful relationship

Have you ever seen a hungry woman clear a bar? A few years back during a paragliding competition in the Western Cape the majority of the field went to the town’s hotel to eat dinner and socialise post a great task. My priorities were clear – I needed…

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Escapism at cloud base

I’m currently sitting in 24 A on a flight to George, desperate for the loo but with a soundly sleeping passenger barring the way to the outhouse. On my way out this morning I grabbed a book, only to now discover it came from the ‘read’ pile, and not the…

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Playing to an audience…

I don’t claim to understand politics, posturing or the formalities and conventions required of a SONA, but it did cross my mind during the 20 minutes that I lasted last night, that there certainly is a lot of drama involved… And seeing as my drama threshold is and has always…

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The E-T-Z of writing

The fact that there are 26 letters in the alphabet is probably something I learned shortly after the loss of my baby teeth. And it’s not a fact I revisit very often, despite needing and using those 26 letters every day to formulate my up to 20 000 words. Yes,…

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Life in Gauteng: Alarms

When I moved back from the UK about twelve years ago it was quite an adjustment getting used to the additional security measures that were being put in place both in homes and at the workplace. Our cars had already been through the process of upgraded anti-theft measures…

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Mr King, anti-Social Media and lunch on Sunday

I rate Stephen King as a storyteller of note, however I must admit to being too scared to read many of his books when I’m on my own. Especially late at night when it’s dark outside and every little noise could be announcing the imminent arrival of a nightmarish monster……

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Three kilograms…

This morning I crawled out of the gym after an unforgiving work-out with Emmanuel who clearly empathised with the general need in class to shift a holiday kilogram or two… In my case, let’s make that three, with thanks and great appreciation to Aidan! In the absence of having a mountain…

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A bubble, cheesecake and page 295…

I just spent an amazing two weeks at Cloudbase Paragliding in the coastal town and paragliding mecca of Wilderness in the Southern Cape. After the rollercoaster ride that 2015 dished out to all South Africans I must admit it was nice to escape into a bubble…

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Conversations, with and about Gino Stefanutti

Writing this book with Gino has definitely been a career highlight for me and I learned an incredible amount in the process. Earlier this month the printed books were delivered and then a few days ago Conversations, with and about Gino Stefanutti was published on Amazon…

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“Place of Life”

This weekend we were packing ‘love boxes’ for children that attend the Nokuphila School in Tembisa, and I thought I’d share a recent article I wrote on the Love Trust (Nokuphila is one of the trust’s initiatives) in Stefanutti Stocks’ Sizimisele publication. I often speak to my clients about the…

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Conversations with South Africans

You’ve probably gathered by now that I really enjoy having conversations… so much so, that I’m basing my next book on a selection of my conversations with South Africans. Each chapter of Conversations with South Africans covers what I have learned about, or learned from a particular South African with whom I have had…

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No more ‘under construction’

After I’m not quite sure how many years of welcoming visitors to my website with ‘under construction’, I finally made it a priority to build a proper web-home. Saying that, it wasn’t me who built it, it was Ada Deacon from Owl Media (Pty) Ltd…

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Checking in…

I’ve been a bit busy lately… Where to start? I’ve been in three countries in just the past ten days, which is always exciting, but that’s not necessarily where the ‘busy’ has been. In the last six weeks I have probably interviewed about 150 people…okay… realistically make that at least…

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Today is Saturday

Today is Saturday Tomorrow is Sunday The sun is shining (where I am) The Rugby World Cup starts September 18 – so things should quiet up around the office a bit then… Today is Saturday Saturday is the day of the week following Friday and preceding Sunday. Saturday is…

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67 minutes

18 July marks the birthday of the late great Nelson Mandela. It has also become an international day of giving 67 minutes of your time doing something good. On Mandela Day this year, I visited the Madibatlou Middle Farm School in Olifantsfontein, where client Stefanutti Stocks Civils was revamping some…

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