January 2011

Saturday Snapshots #127

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  Show me the way – Chamonix, January 2011

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Saturday Snapshots #126

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  The Great Escape – Plettenberg Bay, December 2010

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Spiced chocolate orange cake: decadently gluten-free

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  I check my watch – plenty of time before the guests get here – and permit myself a little hint of a smile:  my ability to juggle all my many and varied commitments is a constant source of pride to me.  I pass the mirror-shiny eye-level oven and pause briefly to smooth my cerise cashmere cardigan […]

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The Lookout, Plettenberg Bay

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One of the pieces of wisdom that I am fond of dispensing to friends is this:  I believe that the secret to a contented life lies in learning to accept and even enjoy change.  It’s a lesson that I have found to be very hard to learn (and I’m still doing some remedial classes!!), and one that my father has […]

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Saturday Snapshots #125

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  All by myself – Portugal, December 2010

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Jewelled couscous with pomegranate and almonds

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One of my favourite books of all time is Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker.  I remember a friend lending it to me, reading it, and being enchanted right from the start by Robbins’ quirky, memorable characters and poetic way with words.  Without giving the game away too much, the book asks the question “how do […]

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Prawn and lemon pepper risotto

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  There is a wonderful poem by Philip Larkin (a poet who was offered the position of Poet Laureate in 1984 but turned it down) called “This be the verse” that starts like this (warning – profanity ahoy!):   They fuck you up, your mum and dad.   They may not mean to, but they do. They […]

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