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The (great) week that was.

Posted in Life & Love, Relationships, and Things We Love

I was listening to a friend describe interactions she had with people this week, all of them confrontational, all ending badly. Mixed in her descriptions were places, people, cocktails and potential for laughs – none of which she had taken advantage of – because she had spent a good amount of time turning normal everyday interactions into bitter memories. No matter how hard I tried to put a positive spin on her experiences (a little bit of psychology – the reframe), she resisted seeing any good. So I gave up and got to thinking of my week. How had that gone?

My week was great – because I let it be. Because instead of worrying that I was running out of time, I took the time. Not my usual approach.

Asking neighbour Penny not to think of his best friend Leonard as a sexual partner:
I would ask you to find some way to suppress your libido
Penny: I could think about you …
Sheldon: Whatever works …

The guilty pleasure:  I have coffee every morning with Dr Sheldon Cooper (acted by Jim Parsons). Possibly the most irritating human in television history (actually a close second to larry David).  But also one of the funniest. He is an brilliant, autistic know-it-all professor of physics, who drives his friends insane. Yet, knows he learns a little from them every day. Check out The Big Bang Theory if you haven’t already. Especially the older episodes. Always peerless. Perfect with coffee and toast.

Jasmine around the outdoor shower. Spring around the corner.

My Nieces:
Inspired by new dungarees and a wooden pitchfork, channelling old art and action movies (note, no small child was hurt during the filming.)


An Alfresco Lunch
Whilst shopping for sofas and household appliances – a detour to a terrace. Rocket, tomato, fennel, parmesan salad. Crispy fried baby squid. A glass of Prosecco. Dog happy under the table. Perfetto.

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Has to be Italian

A Hero
My pal Nomasomi – living openly with HIV, polio warrior, single mother of two, archivist of this country’s struggles. Honoured on National TV this week. Possessor of a deep, hearty and incredibly wicked laugh. Viva Somi. Viva.

Nomasomi the incomparable
Nomasomi the incomparable

A South African Artist who’s work I love. But can’t afford. I found a poster featuring this tree – and snapped it up. It will hang in our new holiday home in McGregor. A benediction of shade.

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Big Tree

(Image of Sheldon Cooper courtesy The Big Bang Theory, other images copyright campari&sofa)

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7 Comments

  1. Whoops – just realised I’ve muddled Robertson with McGregor – early-onset senility?

    August 16, 2013
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    • They’re right next to each other …. so not a bad mix-up.

      August 21, 2013
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  2. I also love William Kentridge’s work – and you’ve found a great print which will give you years of pleasure. BTW I am so envious you are going to have a home in Robertson, we’ve been there a few times, and have Robertson’s Cab. Sauv. or Merlot as our ‘house’ red in our Scottish home!

    August 16, 2013
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  3. Janet Rörschåch
    Janet Rörschåch

    Adore BBT. Thank you for introducing me to a new artist. William Kentridge’s work is stunning.

    August 12, 2013
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  4. Wow – those legs. Hannah is taller than ever. My week: JS madness to an extreme, wifey even worse, total flood (again) from upstairs flat ruined by one haven, problems with car….and yet the M4 grey corridor in my hair removed thanks to the lovely Maria, sunny sunny day at the Serpentine gallery and you – always reminding me how to enjoy life. Thanks beautiful lady. xxx

    August 11, 2013
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  5. So many things I want and so many lessons here. But I`ll start with the outdoor shower…

    August 11, 2013
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  6. Nice. A good and gentle reminder to find the good in everything. I needed that. Thanks.

    August 11, 2013
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