Knitting, a car battery and the “Big Five”

Photo disclaimer - these pictures were taken during a terribly unnecessary scrap-booking phase and are therefore weird shapes.  Apologies for the poor quality… Background info “A” My mother loves to knit - so much so that a few years ago she had to be treated for bursitis in her shoulder.  (For those without a medical … Continue reading Knitting, a car battery and the “Big Five”

Settle, Petal – nothing’s perfect

I’m not the world’s worst photographer.  I’m not exactly a professional either.  My camera is usually on “auto” and it’s rarely that I fiddle with settings.  Start talking about aperture or shutter speed and my eyes literally glaze over.  I do enjoy snapping pictures though, so a few years ago, in an effort to try … Continue reading Settle, Petal – nothing’s perfect


In the last few months my life has been a lot like a spinning top that’s running out of speed - it’s still spinning but it’s starting to wobble and it’s just a matter of time before it falls over. To try and get it righted again action needs to be taken, so I decided … Continue reading Magoebaskloof

36 hours in Cancun

Working in the travel industry is not, unlike a lot of people seem to think, a non-stop holiday.  Over my time in the industry, travel perks have shrunk drastically and the actual “travel” part of the job has been reduced for many to the short walk between  desk and coffee machine. Early on in my … Continue reading 36 hours in Cancun

Vinyl and the lost art of music listening

Music has always been a part of my life.  I spent the odd weekend with my grandparents when I was about 3 or 4 years old.  It all started out as fun and games but eventually the toddler starts to work on nerves.  They discovered that the easiest way to get me out of their … Continue reading Vinyl and the lost art of music listening

“MegGyver” and the pointless purchase

Growing up in the late 80’s / early 90’s I was completely obsessed with MacGyver.  I remember how the family used to gather in front of the TV at 7pm on a Friday night to bask in the glory of that spectacularly high-IQ’d mullet-sporting secret agent. While I remember bits and pieces of things “Mac” … Continue reading “MegGyver” and the pointless purchase


If you were a teenager in the 1990’s, there is a chance you would have had a run-in with Baz Luhrmann.  Not because you necessarily wanted to but rather his movies possibly made up part of the “film study” portion of your English class. His film style is… unique.  Weird and melodramatic they contain boatloads … Continue reading Sunscreen

A few of my favourite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens. Well, not quite.  I’m ridiculously allergic to cats.  A copper kettle sounds like a lot of work if you want to keep it shiny.  Mittens are stupid…  I prefer gloves.  I do like roses though.  The drought has also put “raindrops” … Continue reading A few of my favourite things

Oven Beer

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s there was a model-aeroplane craze.  Kits consisted of flat-pack plastic parts which you painted and then stuck together to create a miniature display-model of a variety of different planes.  My brother and I built several during our childhood. Building our planes always happened in the exactly same … Continue reading Oven Beer

Lessons from Colombian Border Control

I parted ways with a client at the airport in Rio de Janeiro.  We had been in Brazil to meet with our Brazilian tour supplier and perform the dreaded “hotel inspection” in about 50 hotels throughout the city.  In the small amount of free time we had we managed to get down to Copacabana Beach, … Continue reading Lessons from Colombian Border Control