• Featured,  Lifestyle

    4 houseplants even you can keep alive

    There’s a widely held belief that when it comes to houseplants, succulents are by far the easiest to maintain. Well, I beg to differ. Despite my very best efforts, I have never been able to create a healthy and happy home for them. (You can read all about my struggles in this old blog post.) While I can’t be sure about the reasons, I think it may have something to do with the fact that they just don’t enjoy being indoors and since my flat has the surface area of a chia seed and no balcony, there’s really not much I can do to fix this. Plus, I may have a…

  • Featured,  Lifestyle

    5 simple items to help you cut down on plastic

    I’ve been quite keen to cut down on single-use plastic for a while now. You know, things like those flimsy little produce bags they put vegetables in at the supermarket and cooldrink straws, for instance. During my time at Cape Town Partnership, I even interviewed a couple of Zero Waste legends (unfortunately, the article is no longer online) who have actually managed to whittle down their annual non-recyclable trash to fit into tiny Consol jars and the like. When I recently joined Yacht Boaz on one of their Sunday Sails, I was inspired anew. During these excursions into Table Bay, they aim to raise awareness about the devastating effect plastic pollution has…

  • Cute,  Featured,  Personal

    World, meet Jasper

    We’d been toying with the idea of getting a dog for some time, Guillaume and I. Maybe it started with the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Border Collie we met during our first weekend away together in Tulbagh almost three years ago. For those two days, he was a constant companion – chilling on the stoep while we braaied and even joining us for a hike up the mountain in search of an elusive waterfall. We dubbed him Wouter for some reason and soon ‘Wouter’ became a central figure in our future dreams. Our far-in-the-future dreams, that is. Because, let’s be honest – first, a long distance relationship and now, living several…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal

    The sad reality of being a sucker for succulents

    Get succulents, they said. They’re soooooo easy to look after, they said. And practically impossible to kill. You will see, succulent gardening is a breeze – even in a tiny flat. Especially in a tiny flat! Well, guess what? Here I am with a whole lot of dead succulents on my hands and I swear it’s not my fault! I mean, it’s not like I didn’t try. I planted them in the choicest terracotta pots. Placed them where they would be able to soak up the golden sunshine that streams in every afternoon. Dripped tiny drops of water onto their plump leaves every few days. Talked to them. Loved them.…

  • Culture,  Travel

    What is ‘home’ really?

    A couple of weeks ago I posted a quote from Pico Iyer’s “Why We Travel” essay – probably one of the most intelligent pieces of travel writing ever. And today, in one of those divine little coincidences (because I would probably not have bothered watching it if I hadn’t read that essay) I came across this amazingly profound TED talk by the very same man. Somehow Iyer managed to cover and connect a whole range of topics I’ve been mulling over in my mind for a long time now with such ease, humour and simplicity. Ah, you know, topics like travel and home, being in-between and feeling ‘out,’ yet fitting…