Friday, January 29, 2016


Thinking about this...

"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."

God is the same, yesterday today and tomorrow.  He is faithful.  The scriptures bring comfort and remind us that what he did, he can do again (easily).   Have hope.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Plum jam

This jam is quite tart but with a lovely fruity taste and virtually guilt-free.

I used 6 cups of chopped plums and 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of xylitol.  I put it on high heat for about 15 minutes and then cooked it slow and long (45 - 60 minutes) until it thickened.  There was a lot of liquid initially but it did reduce... you just need patience as there is very little sugar in the mixture so it takes longer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The evening

Out in the cool of the day

And a quick cheat's loaf but who cares... you still smell bread baking and it was delicious!

Monday, January 25, 2016

A beautiful Baby

My cousin Jose and his lovely wife Lucille have a baby!!  She is too beautiful!

Friday, January 22, 2016


I made these black bean brownies last weekend and they were brilliant... 
I will be making another batch today.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last night

Dusk... Its the best part of the day... breezy and the heat is bearable. A good time to go for a walk.

It was so hot that it was almost 9pm when I ate... quinoa, salad and pumpkin & kale stew.

Monday, January 18, 2016


'The sunny spell of weather continued unabated, and the first rapturous welcome to the heat began to turn to disenchantment.  The flaunting poppies dropped their silky petals... Brown patches appeared on lawns and cracks grew wider on well-trodden earth.
Stern notices appeared in the local press about the use of hoses and sprinklers in the gardens...'

The school at Thrush Green
~ Miss Read

Sounds so familiar! Water is so precious.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Insanely good cauliflower 'wings'

Found this recipe for baked cauliflower 'chicken wings' type thing on Hot for Food on youtube and happened to have some in the fridge. I thought they were fantastic!

Monday, January 11, 2016

From the garden

Lots of spinach, plums and tomatoes.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas Tea

My sister and brother-in-law gave me this tea for Christmas and it is so delicious! I had another lovely cup this morning! And it is Christmassy... loose tea with orange, rose blossoms, vanilla, cloves and cardamon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


"Love recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope"

~ Maya Angelou

May 2016 be a year full of love and hope, birthing fresh dreams.

Monday, January 4, 2016

A new year getaway

We were away for a few days in Greyton... a lovely relaxed little town surrounded by their 
beautiful mountains and hospitality

and spent New Years day at Onrus beach.  Perfect!