Bethulie · Books · Daphne du Maurier · Records · Royal Book Hotel · Vinyls

So Many Books, Not Enough Time – Spending a Night at the Royal Hotel in Bethulie

“I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely, no one had ever thought of bottling” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon What is it about the smell of an old book that is so intoxicating? Experts say that it’s the smell of decay.  Matija Strlic of University College London… Continue reading So Many Books, Not Enough Time – Spending a Night at the Royal Hotel in Bethulie

Bud Marsh Country Lodge · Magaliesberg · picnic

Lazy Sunday Picnic at Bud Marsh Country Lodge

I’m not much of a city person – never have been.  I’d much rather spend the day rumbling around in the bush in a hulking open-air Land Rover, or kayaking on a lake,  than traversing inner city streets and shops.  I say that without a moment’s hesitation. That being said, the bush is not a… Continue reading Lazy Sunday Picnic at Bud Marsh Country Lodge

Australia · Cairns · Cape Tribulation · Daintree Rainforest · Mossman Gorge · Palm Cove

Australia – Not just for criminals…(Part 2)

As you probably noticed, Part 1 was anything but short and sweet, as it was supposed to be.  Matter of fact, it’s gotten so long that I had to break it into two parts.  Oh, well – I haven’t written in a while and I have a lot to talk about! Cairns and Palm Cove I… Continue reading Australia – Not just for criminals…(Part 2)

Australia · Margaret River · Perth · Uncategorized

Australia – Not just for criminals anymore (Part 1)

Okay, okay – you know that title is tongue-in-cheek, right? It is – but I knew it would catch your attention! Most of Australia’s criminal exiles were just petty thieves and political prisoners, anyway. Eish (see, South Africa is rubbing off on me), it’s been a long time.  Too long – this time last year,… Continue reading Australia – Not just for criminals anymore (Part 1)

cream of tomato soup · Food · recipe

Deborah Madison’s Cream of Tomato Soup

(recipe taken from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison) This is a relatively simple and quick soup to make, and MUCH better than anything you can get in a bag or can (even if that bag or can comes from Woolie’s)! I have never made broth from scratch for this soup; bouillon or concentrate… Continue reading Deborah Madison’s Cream of Tomato Soup

Johannesburg · recipe · Winter

Surviving the Treacherous South African Winter – Part 2

Yet again, it’s been too long in between posts.  This time I have an excuse – I managed to come down with a dreaded illness (a cold), probably because I didn’t wear enough layers and drink enough alcohol these past couple of weeks. So I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this post, and… Continue reading Surviving the Treacherous South African Winter – Part 2

Johannesburg · Winter

Surviving the Treacherous South African Winter – Part 1 (recipe included)

It’s been quite a while since I wrote last, and I figured I’d better throw this out there before winter has actually left this country.  In case you didn’t know, the South African winter isn’t really treacherous, at least not here in Johannesburg.  For someone who comes from a part of the US that gets… Continue reading Surviving the Treacherous South African Winter – Part 1 (recipe included)

De Toren Farm · Helen Martins · Nieu Bethesda · The Owl House

Nieu Bethesda’s Owl House – a Hidden (glass) Gem in the Karoo

The charming village of Nieu Bethesda occupies a tiny spot on the South African map, and it’s a well-hidden spot at that. Not even many South Africans seem to know about this small town in the Eastern Cape. Fortunately, my in-laws do know about it, and they recommended that my husband and I stop by… Continue reading Nieu Bethesda’s Owl House – a Hidden (glass) Gem in the Karoo

brewery tour · SAB World of Beer · South African Breweries

SAB World of Beer Tour

Did you know that the (current) second largest brewery in the world started right here in South Africa? I sure didn’t – until my husband and I went through the tour at SAB World of Beer. We joined a very fun and interesting group of people through a Meetup, which made the whole experience even… Continue reading SAB World of Beer Tour

Food · South African food

Food, Glorious Food (Part 2)

  My last post was about the South African foods that I love – and I realize that I barely scratched the surface of what this country has to offer in good food.  But now let’s focus on the stuff that I find ……well, not so good.  As the quote says, “You have to take the… Continue reading Food, Glorious Food (Part 2)