Can’t Stand Prosperity

Trader Horn spoke of a fellow down-and-out in the Joburg doss house – a traveller who “made good money but couldn’t stand prosperity”. Whenever he made a commission, he’d go and get foolishly inebriated. My TomTom has a problem with prosperity. Jess will hoard her pocket money but Tom must spend his with urgency. ButContinue reading “Can’t Stand Prosperity”

Tobias’ Veggie Patch

Tomatoes screened against vervet monkey raids. These powder-blues have been sending in the troops this winter as the drought bit hard. I put food out for them early mornings before they wake on the boundary so they discover it “by chance”. Out in the open – Share and share alike, I tell Tobias. He shakesContinue reading “Tobias’ Veggie Patch”

Why Do Chillis Burn and Make Us Sweat?

I love hot food so I looked into the whole effect-of-chilis thing a couple years ago and was really intrigued and pleased at what I discovered.   Good stuff If you could watch cells and nerves on your tongue through a powerful microscope as someone burnt them with a flame you would actually see themContinue reading “Why Do Chillis Burn and Make Us Sweat?”

Boys n Girls in the Movies

Took three 12yr-olds to the movies on Friday night. They asked me to disappear before they got spotted with me – ruin their reps, I would. So I wander off to my man cave substitute, Exclusive Books and wait, surplus to requirements. They walk in bright-eyed a few hours later. The movie? Oh, the MOVIE!?Continue reading “Boys n Girls in the Movies”

Don’t Forget the Meat

On the way to Ithala we stopped at a Boxer store in Dundee to buy supplies. I deliberately didn’t go to the Woolworths or a shopping centre as the boys had been talking about dodgy places. As I stopped Josh and Tom said “This place is dodge”. Grabbing a trolley, I sent them off toContinue reading “Don’t Forget the Meat”

Sharing Meals

We shared a meal in Vwaza Marsh National Park, Malawi. On the way there we delayed stocking up with food, thinking surely the next market will be better, but each town was the same: A big market square with lots of stalls, but only a few occupied, and those only offering a few oranges andContinue reading “Sharing Meals”

A Day Off (for a married man)

A long Day Off stretched ahead of me. My schedule looked like this: . . . . Bliss! “Oh, I booked you for an assessment at the gym at 6am” says my Aitch. GYM? My shadow never darkens the door of any gym! She knows that! “Calm down, it’s with Tanya the biokineticist and it’sContinue reading “A Day Off (for a married man)”

Perceptions & Fears? – Knowledge Helps

While we’re packing for a camping trip to Mkhuze the vervet monkeys sneak into the kitchen and grab the fresh peanuts. The peanuts grown by Thulisiwe just north of Jozini on the Makathini Flats, which she then roasts over an open fire and salts herself. Tobias brings us some whenever he goes home. Tom spotsContinue reading “Perceptions & Fears? – Knowledge Helps”

Madagascar

I never really learnt to be circumspect. I tend to blurt. So what would you like to do now your second chemo spell is over, Aitch? We’d gone snorkelling at Mabibi on the Zululand coast after the first. A six hour drive in a 4X4. Where? The Great Barrier Reef? But that’s in Oz, m’dear!Continue reading “Madagascar”

Two Days in the Kamberg

One day sunny and windless outdoor fun, including wading in the Mooi River; The next a howling gale and chilly rain coming in at an angle; Forced to snuggle in the chalets, kids in one chalet watching DVD’s and eating biltong, potato crisps and sweets; Adults in the other drinking red wine, eating red meatContinue reading “Two Days in the Kamberg”

Home Brew, Bru

Aitch had lots of stuff. She had two huge clear glass vases containing coffee beans and golden spirally sticks with bronze woven balls stuck into them, sticking up about a metre tall in all. I dunno. It’s a mystery. Inferior decorating, I guess. I hadn’t looked at them for ages, and when I saw TomContinue reading “Home Brew, Bru”

Thutty Yizz! (that's '30yrs' to you)

Aitch never held my culinary skills in high regard. Her favourite meal to mock was my chicken-onion-n-potato-in-a-pot special which she described as pale and tasteless. It wasn’t. It just looked bland. With a touch of salt and black pepper and enough red wine taken internally it was fine. She was right about my braaiing skills,Continue reading “Thutty Yizz! (that's '30yrs' to you)”

Generous Souls

Off we went to St Lucia estuary for a camping long weekend. Let’s take the minimum guys, we can buy food locally. Just clear out the fridge and bread bin and let’s go. We’ll buy charcoal and meat and etc from the local Spar. I didn’t even take any wine!Let’s take a tent for theContinue reading “Generous Souls”