This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “West Coast Wander: Finding Gold in Elands Bay”. It is accompanied by a recipe – “Potato Thermidor”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. The enduring charm that Elands Bay has is aided in part by the fact that apart from surfing, … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “West Coast Wander: Family Ties, Finns and Fishing in Velddrif”. It is accompanied by a recipe – “Bokkom Pâté with Cape Gooseberry Chutney”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant. Of all the towns along the Cape West Coast, my favourite by … Continue Reading

Remember that Sophie Kinsella book-turned-film Confessions of a Shopaholic? I used to dream of attending sample sales and finding a pair of red stiletto boots that I would buy through a combination of impulsive rationale (an oxymoron or just a moron?) and obsessive jealousy at the thought of someone else getting her feet into them before … Continue Reading

This article first appeared in House & Leisure Online and is entitled “Happiness begins with Hygge”. Here I’ve adapted my original post slightly in order to make it blog-relevant.  If 2017 has a theme, it would have to be Hygge. Pronounced hue-gah, this Danish concept is all about getting cosy in colder weather. I explore how … Continue Reading

I’ll try not to jump on the bandwagon by saying that 2016 was a bad year for me. As far as years go, it wasn’t a good length of time, but I prefer to focus on the positive. Which is exactly what I’m training myself to do in increasing regularity of late. Obsessing over negative … Continue Reading