South Africa

Oil & Vinegar, Johannesburg

February 9, 2008

One of the things I love most about going home to South Africa for holidays is the little surprises the country is always ready to spring on me.  Like the cloud of ethereal white butterflies that had invaded Johannesburg when I arrived there a couple of summers ago; or the astonishing Irene Dairy on the […]

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Mamma’s no-recipe scones

January 31, 2008

What do you do when you miss somebody that you’ll never see again?  When your head is full of questions that you still want to ask them, questions that hadn’t even been formulated when you said goodbye?  When your arms ache to be around them?  When your ears strain to catch the memory of their […]

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Merry Christmas, South African style

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas, everyone, from sunny South Africa! OK, I admit, I'm cheating a teensy bit here…  Because I will have only intermittent internet access and I wasn't at all sure I'd be able to post today, I have used pictures and stories from Christmas 2004, which was the last Christmas I spent in South Africa. […]

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Sunday lunch with The Three Tannies – proper ‘Boerekos’

August 16, 2006

I have never been a great fan of the “go travelling to find yourself” brigade.  The way I see it, it you can’t find yourself in your hometown, surrounded by the people who made you who you are, why would you find yourself in Bali?  That said, living abroad for an extended period of time […]

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