Munich in Winter

16 Mar

The English Garden

Five years ago, after failing to find a willing friend to take time off and part with lots of money to go see the world with me, I decided to go it alone on a short Contiki tour through Europe.  Eight countries jam-packed into twelve days was definitely a worthwhile whirlwind experience (and a lot […]

Two days in Istanbul

10 Mar

The Blue Mosque

Istanbul was a revelation for me. It was by happy chance that we spent two and a half days there on route to our holiday in Germany and Switzerland with H’s family. After arriving at our hotel at 6:30am (6 hours too early to check-in), we suited up against the 1 degree chill, stashed our […]

Arniston Revisted

2 Feb

Arniston ice cream van

Sometimes, to truly relax, I feel that I actually have to get away from home, away from my beloved to-do lists and the (self-improved) pressure to be useful on the weekend.  I have posted about Arniston before, but it remains one of favourite weekend-away spots and last weekend we were very fortunate to be invited […]

The (Test) Kitchen

24 Dec

The Kitchen - inside2

Woodstock is such an area of contradiction for me.  For all the trendy boutique coffee and craft places that lure the Constantia yummy mummies by the SUVfull, you are still likely to sit sipping your exquisite blend overlooking the next door scrap metal shop junk yard.  Which is part of the charm I suppose.  Still, […]

Afternoon Tea with me

3 Nov

The Carrot Cake

One of my not-so-secret passions is tea. I blame/credit my mother for this as she has an entire cupboard dedicated to different kinds of tea (many being gifts from all over the world), and she has been known to quaff several pots in a row on a weekend as each family member drops in to […]