I’m sure most people reading this have experienced one of those days when things just don’t go right. Well it galls me to admit this, but I had an entire Christmas like that. It started off fairly innocuously with my first faux pas (Number One) when I realised a few days before Christmas that I … Continue reading Bamboo Poles and Lollypop Sticks – A Christmas Tale
So yesterday wasn’t a regular Black Friday for me, it was more of a Frenetic Phone-call Friday. I received more calls that morning than I normally get in a week! It started at 08:25 when Brad phoned me, though I suppose I’d better give you a bit of background first. Our septic tank needed emptying. … Continue reading Irregular Black Friday (or How to Empty a Septic Tank)
A couple of days ago I was kicked out of my slumbers at 05:45 by dogs barking. Constantly. I could hear them going crazy at a distance (obviously the front gate) then after a gap (while they raced down the garden path) closer-by at the rear/side fence. Clearly something or someone was on the prowl. … Continue reading Unexpected Visitors
Talking of the twins… We were? Yes. We being the royal we, as in ‘im indoors’ and me. I asked him to fetch me a drink of my (non-alcoholic) wine from the fridge as he ‘owed me one’ for the day. “Oh yeah?” he says. “Yeah,” I replied, “for not being there when they were … Continue reading Anyone for Twins?
SOUTH AFRICA, Sunday 14th Feb 2010 You’ve heard of something being as interesting as watching grass grow? One Thursday evening Leon came round for supper. While we were waiting for the roast, we decided to have a game of cards. Waiting for him out on the patio, whilst he was buggering about with something inside, … Continue reading Jeepers Creepers
Today I spent two and a half hours in the dentist’s chair. I won’t say the obvious, like “I hate going to the dentist” because that is a pretty stupid statement. I have yet to meet anyone who actually enjoys going to the dentist. But I had been dreading this visit more than usual because … Continue reading A Day at the Dentist
A paperless society is fast taking over in many spheres of life, but especially in the world of Insurance. No forms in an envelope delivered in the post. No filling them in, taking copies then posting the originals back – in another envelope, with a stamp. I’m all for saving trees and our planet but … Continue reading The Pain of Paperless
Thanks to this book writing business I have just acquired the most expensive dishwasher in Spain. It is my husband’s fault, of course. After the release of my first book I received precise and very bossy instructions from my publisher to “get stuck straight into writing the sequel”. The previous couple of months had been … Continue reading The Most Expensive Dishwasher in Spain
I wrote this a few years ago and posted it on a Writers' website I belonged to at the time. A thread on my favourite Facebook Group - We Love Memoirs - brought it back to mind today, so I thought I'd share it with you until I get around to posting something 'proper'. … Continue reading That’s When the Big Fight Started.
This little real-life tale emanates from when we lived in Fourways, a northern suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa several years ago. I blamed the man with the weedkiller. He had been to our house the day before to treat our lawn for an infestation of weeds and said that after 24 hours I should give … Continue reading Fried Fish and Sympathy