Friday, 29 April 2016

Home-made roasted tomato soup

From a recipe found in the Ideas magazine I made the most delicious tomato soup. I deviated from the recipe by adding peppers. Baked a pull-apart bread - cheese, onion, bacon. Dunk your bread in the soup, take a bite and go to a happy place.

From bone to stone

Remembering Kippies

We used to visit Kippies in the 80s and 90s. The other night when we went to the theatre there he was still sitting outside, remember the past, although the music had died.

Kippies jazz club was established in 1987, named after "the sad man of jazz" Kippie Moeketsi. He was so called because he always had an expression of misery on his face. Moeketsi began his musical career playing the clarinet but soon switched to the saxophone. He became one of South Africa's most famous and best loved jazz musicians.
He played with many jazz greats such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Jonas Gwangwa and Hugh Masekela, among others, yet he died destitute in 1983, at the age of 58, after many years of alcohol abuse. Kippies was closed down in 2005 after the building was found to have major structural flaws.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

200 squares

The tie-dye bug bit me, and bit me good. I tie-dyed 200 squares. What on earth am I going to do with them now? Ha, ha.
Of course the colours didn't turn out as I expected. The result of the dye was a surprise on every square, and I will never get the same result again.
If it's your birthday soon you might just get a throw, cushion or pillow ;-)

Another visit to Kamers

On Friday we went to see Kamers at St John's College. Smaller than I expected, and not the variety I expected but a lovely afternoon none-the-less. Of course I bought a new handbag, as always.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

I know just the man who can help

My nieces wrote this figure down and presented it to me, but I don't know how much that is.
Luckily, I know just the man who can help.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Johannesburg Zoo Trot

I can't remember if I have ever been at the Johannesburg Zoo as an adult. Anyway, they had a Zoo Trot on Sunday, starting at 7:00. I went, really just to get in before the Sunday crowd arrives and it gets too hot. I wanted to do the 5 km route but don't know where it ended so it seems I completed the 10 km route. No harm done. I walked it all though. Everyone else ran the course. 

I found I couldn't look at the monkey and ape cages, and the elephants looked very sad. But not everyone can afford to go to the bush, or overseas to visit the exotic animals so how else to our children the wild animals but in a zoo. TV doesn't quite shape up. It doesn't give you the true scale and size in relation to yourself. I don't mind the flamingoes, or the pelicans, they're in the open, but I do mind the vultures being caged. The vulture spreads his wings as if delivering the Sunday service, then the aviary must be his church. I don't like the small spaces for the snakes, or that the lion can't run down its own supper. The buck all seem to have good spaces. They have their young with them, an indication of a good environment, I hope. I like that all the plants and trees in the cages are real and not artificial (at the Pretoria Zoo it is often artificial). So I got some exercise and had a good morning.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Made with love

My brother and his wife pickled these olives. So damn delicious. Thank you.
We have to ration ourselves or it would all have been eaten in one sitting.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

blowing in the wind

I tried to photograph the Blackjacks but the wind was blowing them about all the time. So I overlapped the 4 pics I took to create the movement.

Walking along the stream

Sunday morning we drove to the Modderfontein Nature Reserve and went for a 2 hour stroll along the stream. So soothing to listen to the water and the birds. Lovely. Good for the soul.