Ageing – not for sissies

“Getting old is not for the faint-hearted!” Sybil used to say. How true is that?! As a parent when your children do not ask you for advice any longer but instead are offering advice to you, that is when you notice you have grown old enough to be on the way out. “On the way …

Boca Budi Sauce – sort of pesto, but different

In Southern Chile where Lake Budi touches the Pacific Coast our Antarctic Traveller Petz experienced a meal with a wonderful sauce which he eventually extracted from the in-keepers of Boca Budi and which he subsequently named “Boca Budi Sauce”. Here is the recipe: A big cup of delicious (home-made) mayonnaise A fistful each of coriander and …

A thought on Judas Iscariot

It has always irked me that Judas Iscariot, this lovely man and truthful follower of the master, was painted into the awful corner of becoming a vile traitor. Of all people, he, who loved their teacher as much if not more than any of the other disciples, gets the chop. I also find it difficult …

Joséfa ♦ The Ice Princess II

  The first days came almost rolling in with thunder and rain and then a clearing so bright and deep and blue that everyone commented on the clarity of the skies and the depth and strength of the colour blue and it seemed as if a dome of purest crystal had been built over them. And …

Garage wine – neighbours

We have very nice neighbours in Betty’s Bay. One of them, Johan, is always busy with some project, building, sawing, hammering away – well, you know. Johan’s sleeves are always rolled up, he is a man of the world, urbane, studied and talks with the speed and power of his lawn mover which he uses …

The Nemo Tank

Our grandchildren were on holiday and we took them to the Two Oceans Aquarium at Cape Town’s Waterfront. Milling around with lots of other kids at 15h00 we had the good fortune to be at the tank side amphitheater to watch the feeding of rays and sea turtles. Feeding the sea turtles involved a bit …