(or: Conquering My Mountain) We have a family joke in the Macdonald family. When we ask each other what we’ve been up to, we always begin by saying, “Oh, you know … I got up early this morning, climbed a mountain … the usual.” The joke stems from my father’s utter abhorrence… Continue reading The Hike From Hell
“Take the train to Simon's Town", they said. "It'll be fun", they said. It was the day after Boxing Day. My dear friend, Cat, was visiting me from Joburg, and we only had a few days left to explore the fairest Cape together before she was due to fly home. Upon discovering that she had… Continue reading Off the Rails
If one believes what William Camden has to say, “the early bird catches the worm”. This may be true, but some of us are less concerned with catching worms than we are about catching enough sleep. How do you start your day? Do you wake up early, naturally, feeling refreshed, alert and raring to go? … Continue reading Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
There is something so romantic about a typewriter. Thinking of the great authors like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath typing away softly on a word processor and backspacing patiently as they delete unsatisfactory words and paragraphs somehow just doesn’t hold the same appeal as imagining them banging away furiously on the typewriter keys,… Continue reading Typewrite or Type Right?
My octogenarian parents recently embarked on a three-week luxury liner boat cruise round the world. A synopsis of my mother's Whatssap messages to me over the duration of their travels tells the harrowing story of how a second honeymoon turned into "the cruise from hell"! The happy couple flew to Italy and Mom's first message… Continue reading Musings and Cruisings
Brian Ferry once gave some good advice. He said: "Don't pay the ferryman; Don't even fix a price. Don't pay the ferryman; Until he gets you to the other side!" I think it would have been helpful if he'd added another verse .... something along the lines of ... "Don't pay the ferry man, Don't… Continue reading The Wrong Ferry to the Wrong Island
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