Monday, October 29, 2012


Spent a lovely Sunday strolling through Franschhoek, breathing in all the spectacular blooms and then ate a good but really overpriced lunch there.

Rebecca loves water...

The ladies sit down to lunch...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday word of strength

"he who has My Word, let him speak it faithfully... Is not my Word like a
fire says the Lord, like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Jer 23. 28-29

It says it all!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A day in Cape Town

It's a gorgeous day in Cape Town...

The sun is shining and the two whales are playing...


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oat & Raisin Cookies

3/4 cup brown sugar
150 g butter, room temperature
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
2 1/4 cups oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
3/4 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 180 deg Cel.  Line the baking trays.  Cream the butter and sugar.  Add the egg and extract and mix.  Add the remaining ingredients.

Roll into balls (about a tablespoon at a time) and flatten slightly.  Bake for 20 - 22 minutes. Remove and cool in tray for 5 minutes.  Remove onto cooling rack and let cool completely.  So lovely with tea or dunked into a glass of milk.  (Opt:  replace raisins with dried cherries / cranberries)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekends are for

BAKING... Oat & Choc Chip Cookies... for the chocolate-crazy fans in my home...

and my FAVOURITE...  Oat and Raisin Cookies... OH MY hat!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stars of 2012

My little star was on stage last night and even though the stage coordinator forgot to call her and she was  a little teary as she ran up... she handled it beautifully and none were any the wiser.  Afterwards though she fell into my arms looking for comfort.  An honoured spot indeed, and I held her like when she was a bitty thing until all was calm.

A kind and thankful gesture...  her love talk is often gifts.  Since little she would wrap up her food, toys, stones, my own things and present them to me.  She's a treat!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Azalea's in bloom

This must be one of the prettiest flowers.  Fortunately there is a garden bench close by.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Back home!!

He was gone for quite a few days... Becca made him a bright banner to welcome him home and then wouldn't leave his side.

Can you guess where he travelled to... from his delicious gifts?

Thursday, October 4, 2012


My friend and I were talking this morning about walking everyday without offense, which is hard... if you live on this planet, with all these people, then honestly... bottom line is that it is going to happen. 

It's your response that matters.  She was saying that she makes a daily choice when she gets up not to be offended today and to choose joyMay we have the wisdom and revelation not to harbour bitterness and a bruised heart but cast our cares on Him and trust Him, because the alternative is no alternative at all.

I love this simple scripture... it always reminds me that the decision to remain clean lies with me -
good mental health 101:

In Acts 24.16 Paul says "So I strive always (practice) to keep my conscience clear (blameless, empty) before God and man"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The last few days

Outside church... sadly minus our guy.
Wayne has been away for a few days so we needed consoling... off to our favourite noodles place... (and on the cold days there were movies, pictionary, card games, card making, Portuguese lessons with gran and lots of reading)

Rebecca and our neighbour always take over my kitchen with their creations... this one was quite good, who wouldn't enjoy an ice-cream pie?

Outside grandpa's house...