Taking Stock {March}

  • Making : Plans to spend the weekend in Port Alfred. And a camping trip at some stage…
  • Cooking :  Mud pies! Masterchef in the making!
  • Drinking : Great red wine…or a mug of nice hot tea
  • Reading : Re-reading all the Terry Pratchett books I have in the house. So sad to hear of his passing.
  • Wanting : To make a quilt. Anyone have any tips for beginners?

  • Looking : After one of the pot plants from work. Poor neglected thing is finally sprouting new leaves.
  • Playing : Peek-a-boo and catchers with my toddler!
  • Wasting : too much time on Facebook!
  • Crocheting : A pair of long pants for Little Man. Miraculously they actually fit! Just need to finish off the legs now.
  • Wishing : For contentment with what we have.

  • Enjoying: My two regular ladies at my pilates class. Now that the initial nerves have gone, I’m rather enjoying the process of putting together a lesson and guiding them through it. 
  • Waiting: For our cherry tomatoes to ripen.
  • Thankful: For a wonderful visit from my Mom & Dad…and for their contribution to our groceries! Love you madly!
  • Wandering: Up and down and round our little block. I pictured this when we moved here. Baby in a pram. Dog on a leash. Sunset.
  • Loving: Caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate…so good!

  • Hoping: Little Man doesn’t fall of anything too high…!
  • Marvelling: At how Little Man is so unafraid. He clambers and climbs up on the couch, tea trolly, reaching for what he wants. Tippy toes stretching.
  • Needing: A haircut.
  • Smelling: Paint fumes. Hopefully the revamp of our offices will be done soon.
  • Wearing: New red shoes from Woolies sale. Thanks Mom!

  • Noticing: How dark it is at 6am. Trying to embrace it. 
  • LearningHow to knit…
  • Thinking: How cute our puppy is. Even though she is annoying as *hell* sometimes!

  • Bookmarking: Hot Cross Buns with….wait for it…chocolate chunks. Yes
  • Opening: Shhhhh….Mr Lindt Bunny….
  • Giggling: At my 16 month old Mr. Cheese!

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A portrait of my child each week in 2015. Joining in with Jodie at  Practising Simplicity.

Our electricity non suppliers are in the middle of a ‘load-shedding’ program. They turn of your electricity to relieve demand on the grid. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds. ANYWAY….the days are getting shorter and evenings darker so Mom had to get creative when Eskom turned out the lights during bathtime. A R5.00 balloon with a tiny LED light inside….endless entertainment! (Also, how much to I love my 50mm lens? So much)

{Last Year}

It’s been a wonderful week. My parents came down for my Mom’s reunion and they spent a few extra days with us. The sunsets were wonderful and we actually sat out on our verandah and enjoyed a few drinks at the end of the day.

I taught three pilates classes last week. One my own and covered two for other instructors. I am still quite nervous but I think my ladies are enjoying them.

Having my folks here is wonderful. Little Man just loves them and it’s great for us to have a few minutes ‘off’! They bought him this little red wagon and his favourite is to be pulled/pushed around in it. He’s also started climbing up on eeeeeverything. So far we’ve discovered him standing on top of the back of the couch, the tea trolly and the dining room table! Heart stopping!

He’s started cuddling the cats and the puppy when she lies still enough. I’m amazed at how tolerant Pepper is. I expected her to be the grumpy one! Fluffy is the one who runs and hides.

We ‘enjoyed’ a home cooked meal…


Riddly bites everything that she can….we’ve bought her rawhide bones now which will hopefully help. She is a beautiful dog though. Still doesn’t love car rides, but we will keep working on it!

When Little Men wake up on the wrong side of the bed after a nap…a hosepipe and plastic tubs cure all manner of ills.

As do afternoon short walks around the block. Getting puppies and toddlers used to the idea. Little Man insists on climbing up (and down and up and down) the stairs. Though he gets ahead of himself and tries to go too fast! We haven’t had a bad tumble on these stairs (yet).

In other news, can you believe Easter is next weekend?! We’re planning a whole 4 glorious days at home. Might even get some stuff done around the house…


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A portrait of my child each week in 2015. Joining in with Jodie at Practising Simplicity. You are 16 months old. Full of energy and exploring everything everywhere. Climbing jumping running. Riddly (the puppy) seems to be resigned to the fact that her kennel is your play room. Granny & Grandpa have been staying with us. Grandpa is still your favourite person!

{Last Year}

Ten | 52

A portrait of my child, each week in 2015. Joining in with Jodies at Practising Simplicity. You have figured out that if you drag your little chair over to the basin, you can climb on it and reach the taps. You love to turn the taps on and off and feel the water trickling though your fingers. Even if occasionally you manage to squirt yourself in the face!

{Last Year}

In like a Lion…

March has stormed up on me. Full of bluster and exciting changes. It was great to grab the (last minute) opportunity to spend the night in Port Alfred. After a morning spent at ParkRun (#18) and then a bit of laundry and baking. I also made play dough from {this} recipe; thereby unlocking Parenting Milestone #456. After lunch I packed up the child, the puppy, myself and the bare essentials (coffee, wine, clean undies) and headed to meet John at the Pig & Whistle in Bathurst. After cricket-match beers were in order.

I also got around to picking up my camera for the first time in weeks. Funny how creativity cycles like that. I’ve been very busy crocheting baby blankets and baking, but I just haven’t felt the urge to pick up my camera. Being creative is the important thing I guess. Anyway, it was a lovely evening. No internet, cellphones tucked away, Little Man obligingly went to bed easily. We shared a bottle of wine and nibbled on steak and pork ribs as they came off the braai. Easter Eggs for dessert. Chatting away about the future, touching base and catching up.

A big and much awaited change comes along this month. After some negotiation, I will be able to be home two afternoons a week. Still technically on-call and working. But from the comfort of my iPad and couch rather than in the office. I’m so looking forward to the opportunity to spend a bit more time with Little Man and at home in general. Here’s hoping for playdates and bonding time.

I’m also going to be accumulating instructing hours before taking my pilates exams later this year. So far I’ve got a small group of ladies for a later afternoon class once a week. It’s quite nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time!

I attempted milk tart for National Milk Tart day….which refused to set. So tonight I’m making milk-tart ice cream.

The Puppy finally found her name. It’s Riddly. As in ‘She who Cannot Be Named’ Tom Riddle…Harry Potter….yes I know there’s a gender crossover but it suits her. She’s growing SO fast…

Hope you all had a good weekend!

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A portrait of my child each week in 2015. Joining in with Jodie at Practising Simplicity.

A last minute decision to spend the night at Nanna & Grandpa’s holiday house in Port Alfred lead to an early Sunday morning beach trip. The light before 7 am was perfect. It was your first trip to the ‘real’ beach. We usually take you to the kiddies beach which is very sheltered and definitely has no waves! However dogs are not allowed on the kiddies beach. You and Riddly were both very unsure at first but soon enough you were happy to splash and eat sand. So long as Mom or Dad were nearby!

{Last Year}

Taking Stock {February}

  • Making : Baby blankets for a a few friends…no pictures to share because then it won’t be a surprise!
  • Cooking : From the freezer…. made a lovely pork fillet stirfry the other night.
  • Drinking : G&Ts, hot tea, water!
  • Reading: Gods Behaving Badly
  • Wanting: just one good stretch of sleep

  • Looking: Forward to a visit from Mom
  • Playing: around with back-button focusing on my camera. When I actually pick up my camera….
  • Wasting: Lots of food on a certain Little Man who is refusing everything but yoghurt at the moment…
  • Sewing: Do little pouches for oak shaving count? John’s infusing home-made brandy.
  • Wishing: For this year to slow down a little!

  • Enjoying: Cooler weather, misty mornings.
  • Waiting: For a hair appointment…
  • Thankful: That Little Man seems to be coping a bit better with his separation anxiety.
  • Wondering: If I should make a milk tart this evening..apparently it’s National Milk Tart day today…
  • Loving: Secretly loving Sunday night load-shedding. A chance to read and relax and unwind.

  • Hoping: For a dedicated group of ladies to come to my pilates classes!
  • Marvelling: at {these guys}…wow!
  • Needing: New running shoes…
  • Smelling: Puppy breath
  • Wearing: Comfy shoes, jeans and a jersey

  • Noticing: A chilly butterfly waiting for the sunshine.
  • Knowing: I need to start studying anatomy for pilates exams!
  • Thinking: About next week’s menu so I can make a grocery list…

  • Bookmarking: This amazing sounding chicken & rice bake. {Recipe here}
  • Opening: A big box of Astros….shhhhh!
  • Giggling: At itty bitty burgers…

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A portrait of my child each week in 2015. Joining in with Jodie at Practising Simplicity.


You understand so much of what we say to you. You get frustrated when you can’t see what we are doing on the counter top. So I can tell you to ‘fetch your chair’ and you’ll run off to get one and push it over to me. You’ll stand quite happily while we prepare dinner (or bake biscuits in this case!).

{Last Year}