The Desert Prince I

The war council was still in session. Youssef, the leader of the tribe, had withdrawn and was resting in the shade of a camel thorn tree. The elders of the tribe had been trying to persuade the young ones to cool their temper and to consider the various options left to them. A tribe from …

Breakfast at Starlings

Starlings – on Belvedere Road in Claremont, Cape Town – a surprising find in the suburbs, easily missed if you don’t know about it. And knowing about it happens through word of mouth – the best form of advertising! A place for you alone or with one or two dear friends whom you would wish …

The sound of summer

The height of summer all but gone – you notice stronger now the cricket’s calling song. The sand no more so hot as then when naked raw and fresh your sole hardly could touch the path along through reeds and brush and up the dune where mole and shrew had dug and housed their brood. Wayward …

The Ice Princess

Long long ago, when much of the world was covered with snow and ice for long periods, much longer than we can imagine today, people lived in and under ice and snow for most of the year.  They had built Igloos or ice caves to protect themselves from the harsh winds and lived quite happily. …

Disturbing the peace

Who is disturbing the peace? Structurally, the scenario develops as follows: into established ways of living and doing things, “foreign” elements are introduced and the peace is disturbed. The elements are easily identified where the population goes onto the street, calls for reform and/or radical change and for heads to roll. Or they are difficult …

Zanu – Zuma – Zille – Zachary

With things moving in Egypt and Yemen, one wonders why things still are not moving in Southern Africa. Zanu-PF (Zimbabwean African Union – Patriotic Front) hooligans were on the rampage again (www.thezimbabwean.co.uk – Sunday 13th February). After driving out white farmers and destroying much of the country’s agricultural infrastructure, so-called foreign owned retail businesses are …

The Colour Blue

The colour blue has the power to evoke emotions of serenity and transparent happiness. The colour of a cloudless sky, the depth of the universe, the sea below all of a deeply satisfying blue. Disappointingly, the colour of the universe is called cosmic latte, cappuccino cosmico or big bang buff by some experts – euphemistically …

Boomslang and Fiscal Shrike in mock combat

Not a real combat, we think, but quite an annoying encounter – for the snake. The birds around our house continuously watch and guard us against intruders such as snakes. They make a racket and fly and flutter around it until the snake has enough of it and moves away. This time it was only …

Montagu Brunch

Brunch pan for 4 5 ripe but firm tomatoes, cut into cubes (remove the green centre) Herbs – parsley, spring onions (plus fresh finely chopped garlic and fresh garlic only) and/or dried sweet basil, sprinkled over the tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste Some feta cheese, crumbled over the chopped tomatoes All the above according …