10 Books that have stayed with me – part 2


My friend Eddie poses interesting challenges – some more highbrow than others. Just the other day he had me testing which one of the Tarot Cards I am (The Fool) and if memory serves, a few weeks ago it was … Continue reading

Buy a pair, give a pair – Warby Parker’s new collection


When the e-mail from Warby Parker landed in our inbox, asking us to help them spread the word about their new eyewear collection, my first instinct was: in this small patch of the web, you are preaching to the converted. And … Continue reading

(5) Things we love …#20


The Flamingos are back, as I was sitting at the Traffic Light today a flock of 12 flew over my car and landed in the Black River, which runs along the walking track I take with Jack. It was cleaned up last year and they arrived out of the blue, in search of a mid migration snack. Now they’re back for a second visit: happens to everyone who comes to Cape Town. They’ve also shown up on fashion runways. Not sure they’d be thrilled to know. Continue reading

10 Books that stayed with me

Oriana Fallaci

My dislike for Facebook is at times mitigated by the posts from some of my favorite people. While I will avoid vacation and children photos like the plague – what is it with wanting to showcase an unrealistic and totally … Continue reading

Standing on ceremony.


It was my mother’s birthday dinner last night. We have a tradition at sofacasa with the Nans: each person gets to have a dinner party to celebrate the day they were born. They choose the menu (schnitzel and chips last night), set … Continue reading

(5) Things we love…#20

Garance Dore stationery

1. Breaking news – We take reporting from the front lines for granted too often. Whether reporters and photographers put themselves in the arms of danger out of a compelling duty to report a story or to satisfy an adrenaline … Continue reading

The Mighty Nacho Stack and Famous Guac.; a match made in Friday night heaven.


Every Friday the Nans come over after school and the weekend has begun. We have a menu of things that we do: go out for coffee or ice cream, head to the beach for a swim or surf, take a walk in … Continue reading

Fit for a change.


I’ve been toying with changing the way that I do things. The idea is to add value to my day by lessening the amount things I put into my brain, and increasing the amount of work I expect from my body. The plan is still evolving – but I took my first step (literally) by buying a pair of running shoes, and downloading an app called “C25K” which promises to take me from the sofa to running 5 kilometers in 9 weeks. Continue reading

(5) Things we love … #19

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1. Intent: I want one of these for the garden in McG. Why? It looks good so I can leave it in place all summer. The Nans will love it and spend more time in the garden. It has a solar panel … Continue reading

Cold is cold, as ice is ice.

Burton And Taylor

I wonder if I have ever had a great love affair. I've had great lovers. I've had great affairs. But I am not convinced I've ever had the two simultaneously. There was a man that I loved when I was younger, who might have fit the bill, but he couldn't keep his trousers up. And he lied with a smile. Something I didn't recognise back then, but that I can read from fifty paces now. An ability that has probably prevented both heartbreak and mad-fun in equal measure. Continue reading

And I love the rain ….

There was a mountain there this morning.

It has been raining today. My little office is at the back of the house, in the extension – which has a tin roof. All day I have been listening to the water grow stronger and then wane. Pouring down so hard that I can’t hear myself speak on the phone, then reducing to a drizzle, barely registering on the windows.

Today feels like a crossing. A bridging from one time to another. I have given up my other few little jobs and have decided to work full time for The Lunchbox Fund – making a commitment. It has been a while since I had only one job. But it feels right, focused and solid. Continue reading

The price of admission to happily-ever-after.


I’ve been trying to get sofamother to put together a list of her truisms for “This Much I Know”. My mother is a pretty shrewd cookie and usually doesn’t hesitate to share her opinion or wisdom. But on this she’s being uncharacteristically … Continue reading

Location, location, lo… not so fast.


As part of the (ongoing) office snazzing up, I sold my desperately uncomfortable chair on the internet. The woman who bought it turned out to be a location scout and admired sofacasa’s high ceilings, shiny wooden floors and generous proportions. I loved seeing my home through her eyes. “Would you be interested in offering your house as a filming location?” she asked. “We have a Pamper’s commercial coming up – and they’re looking for a family home like this. The going rate is about R15 000 ($1 500) per day.” Continue reading

Notes on a conference, if not much of a scandal – BlogHer ’14

oh, we do exist

The omens didn’t start auspicious. First, I got lost around LAX trying to find the parking lot where I was fixated my Jemima would spend a couple of nights. It turned out there was no need to hurry to the terminal, … Continue reading

Hump Day Chocolate Brownies.

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Every holiday has a hump day. That ‘everybody is irritating the shit out of me’ day. Where the allure of being away from home, on tour, on holiday, on a honeymoon or business trip has dissipated. It’s the day where everyone’s excitement whaps up against the reality of their surroundings or companions and each starts to miss their usual. Adrenalin fatigue. The anticipation has gone, reality has set in and the bleh spills out. Continue reading

(5) Things we love …# 13


1. This sitting room and that paving. (Images copyright Tsao McKowen Architects and Rachel Miller.) 2. RIP Charles Barsotti – gentle humourist and cartoonist. Charles Barsotti – or “Charley,” as nearly everyone called him – was born September 28, 1933, in … Continue reading