Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Woman of Substance

My Gran was a remarkable woman, someone who filled my life with love, acceptance, grace and friendship.
My memories are filled with images of her, mostly covered in cake batter, knitting needles in hand or sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and some tasty treat she’d cooked up that day.

One of my favourite memories was watching Dumb & Dumber with her one night. I was a bit worried at first that it might not be her kind of movie but she giggled at all the right places and laughed about it for days!
She was never too busy and made time to sit and listen when I got home from a horrid day at school (and there were many!) and would somehow be able to make it all seem ok just by a few apt words of advice and wisdom…and a piece of cake or two…(no wonder I have such a sweet tooth!!) Read the rest of this entry

Rainbow Life

So I was thinking today and maybe I’m just having a moment here, that there have been so many moments in my life that I’ve been blessed by people way less fortunate than me. I sometimes forget how blessed I am when I look at my circumstances and forget that there are those way worse off in many ways.
With the current economy it has been brought home to me personally how fragile our comfort zones are and how fiercly we fight to protect them. We trust in our jobs or bank accounts for our security.
So I was reminded this morning of a few instances in my life where I’ve encountered people who saw a bigger picture and were able to love, laugh, share kindness and hope despite their circumstances and were even able to forgive those who were the source of those circumstances. Read the rest of this entry

Slummies Girl! Yeahah!

This is a post from a few years ago now but I recently made the same trip and well…yes, nothing changes…especially those Nanaga Pies that are legendary! if you’re ever in that area try the lamb and mint…

Ok, so on my flying visit through EL and the Sunshine Coast this weekend I had one or two memorable moments I thought I’d share… Read the rest of this entry

40 Memories of 40 years

so there’s a lot of life in 40 years, some good, some bad, some funny, some sad, I thought I’d jot down a few. I may not get to 40 or I may exceed 40, but here goes… Read the rest of this entry


Here you will find some words…some funny, some sad, some contemplative or reflective, others sarcastically critical and a little edgy but mostly just my own point of view of being a single 40 year old redhead cat-loving coffee addicted headbanger living life quite happily in the sunny seaside town of Durban in the beautifully colourful South Africa…but I have some opinions…

How to interact with an over 40, single with cats

As a followup to the topic of singleness for a friend’s blog I was asked to write something about what I want married friends to know about being single…

I honestly had no idea what I wanted to tell my “married” friends as a “single” person. Sometimes I feel so frustrated with the labels we place on each other and use to define where we think someone should be at in their life Journey. Don’t get me wrong, after a lifetime of “single” (I’m 43, never been married and don’t have kids) I could write a book on what I’ve wanted to tell my “married” friends over the years. But then I’m sure they could have written the same book in reverse. Read the rest of this entry

Over 40, single and has cats

I wrote this for a friend’s blog a while back…about 3 years ago actually, but not much has changed except the number of wrinkles around my eyes and the extra white hairs peeking out amongst the ginger…

So I’ve been putting off writing this for a while ever since Brett asked a few weeks…ok maybe months ago now. For many reasons I didn’t feel ready to write this and to be honest it’s still something I don’t feel quite equipped to write. Not because I know nothing about singleness…ha! But because the emotions and stages and experience changes daily and is sometimes hard to pin down and describe. Read the rest of this entry

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