On Books, Other Stuff

still excited about the writing life!

Gosh it's been a long time since I last posted. But today I'm excited about the writing life and thought I would just pop something in here - to keep you in the loop. Yesterday, not so much. That's the way the writing life goes. Even thought I was gonna ditch the damn thing! But… Continue reading still excited about the writing life!

Other Stuff

20Twenty2 and a short BOOK REVIEW

It’s the first Monday of a new Month of a new Year! 2022. I love the number TWO. It's even, balanced, symmetrical and all of them here together add up to six and six is the number of people in family so that feels kinda good to me! Does it feel good to you? I… Continue reading 20Twenty2 and a short BOOK REVIEW

On Books, Other Stuff

Normal people. And some reflections on a Sunday book signing by an ordinary writer.

Writing this while sitting alone at a designated table set up in front of the new Exclusive Books store at the V&A Waterfront with a poster advertising that I will be signing books, like a mirror behind me. Sanitiser and a bottle of water to my left, books – both Afrikaans and English - in… Continue reading Normal people. And some reflections on a Sunday book signing by an ordinary writer.

On Books, Other Stuff

a short book tour in pictures

Leaving George - via Langenhoven Street of course and over the majestic Swartberg Pass to Oudtshoorn. A book talk hosted by the wonderful Cape Karoo Ostrich Emporium: interviewed by the charming Cyril and meeting wonderful new readers. Onwards through the majestic Meiringspoort and a quick stop at Herrie's Klip. The road to Richmond. Watching the… Continue reading a short book tour in pictures

On Books, Other Stuff

still SEARCHING FOR SARAH’s son

I’ve been bothered by something since last week. Actually, I’ve been a little bothered for some time now. Being a writer who makes sense of the world by grouping words on a page means that I have to do this thing – even if it’s hard and I would rather be swimming in cold water… Continue reading still SEARCHING FOR SARAH’s son

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A love letter to my children, 13 June 2021

I started this blog at the beginning of this week. Two days before I turned 55. I was feeling emotional about things. A distinct sense of melancholy and the constant weighing up of where I was in my life. But when I came to re-read it, it was so lame! I cringed at the words.… Continue reading A love letter to my children, 13 June 2021

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BOOK RELEASE! My new book: Searching for Sarah, the woman who loved Langenhoven.

It's been a crazy time for me. in the last few weeks. I wish I could write more about it all, and I will as I have a thousand little anecdotes floating around in my head- but here's a little snippet of news for my blog. My new book, Searching for Sarah: The Woman who… Continue reading BOOK RELEASE! My new book: Searching for Sarah, the woman who loved Langenhoven.

Life and Living, Other Stuff

On mountains, mothering and driving lessons.

(Post written yesterday, 13.04.2021) This is called stream of consciousness I believe. A device used by Virginia Woolf and others if I’m correct (but if I pursue this line of thought I’ll be even more distracted and won’t get on with my day. Apologies if incorrect.) But here. Picture the scene. (I’ll help by providing… Continue reading On mountains, mothering and driving lessons.

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Messing about in boats: a short story for our time.

Believe me my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats- The Wind in the Willows Arniston: Around 1995: Recently married, my husband and I hired a little boat (a rubber thingie with a tiny engine, I imagine around 15horse power engine- why… Continue reading Messing about in boats: a short story for our time.

Life and Living, Other Stuff

10 Lessons for Living #LocationFree

I recently read an article on alternative lives, lives unlived or just doing things differently. The crossroads we reach at certain junctions which don’t appear to be anything like a fork in the road until we look back on it many years later and see that it was exactly that. There was a time in… Continue reading 10 Lessons for Living #LocationFree