Friday, February 27, 2015

Scrapbooking layouts

I haven't shared many scrapbooking stories lately.  Here are some recent scrapbook layouts of my 2013 holiday in Cape Town....  I've been using up some of the packs which have been designed by the Scrap Addicts Group

Leonie designed this page 

Lynette designed this page  

Another one of Leonie's gorgeous designs


I adore scrapbooking, and have just quietly been getting on with it lately.  No fuss, no grand plans....I carefully guard against it becoming just another thing on my endless 'to do' list, especially as I've been totally overwhelmed with work and other responsibilities since the beginning of the year.  I'm comfortable with occasionally doing a bit in my scrap room for half an hour or so and then leaving it for another day.  The worst thing that happens is that my papers get a bit dusty on my scrap table and Ruby lies on them.  I can live with that.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bon voyage

The Scrap Addicts met at the Baron on Friday night to bid bon voyage to Linda as she heads down under to Australia on holiday for a month.  The food was good (although very expensive since my last visit to the Baron in 2014), the cocktails were average and the company outstanding. 
I don't know...something about a farmer and sheep!

Leonie and I 

Linda sips on a mango cocktail

Lynn and I had espresso martinis

Leonie sips on a coconut and berry cocktail

Monday, February 16, 2015

Birthday present in the bush

For my birthday, I asked people not to give me 'stuff' - I'm uncluttering my home and at my age, I really really need less stuff around me.  When pushed for a list of possible gift items, top of my list was donations to the SPCA Randburg, the gift of time with people (coffee dates, meals together or walks, etc.) or sterling silver jewellery or terracotta pots for my garden.
Bridget and her daughter Boo gave me the gift of time, and we spent Sunday at Borakolalo, a nature reserve in the North West Province, about 2 hours away from Johannesburg.  They packed a fabulous picnic basket, picked me up in the morning, and we spent a wonderful day out in the bush, birdwatching and game-spotting.

looking for the ant lion 

maybe Boo will become a birder one day 

We had really good sightings of more than 30 species of wild birds, and saw several mammals including giraffe, kudu, impala and monkeys.  We enjoyed a delicious picnic under the trees before heading back to Joburg in the late afternoon.  This was a wonderful birthday present - thanks Bridget and Boo!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015


After my January birthday party, my family stayed over and the girls enjoyed swimming on the Sunday.  A pool is such a hassle and expensive to maintain but when you see little people in the water, it makes it sooo worthwhile



Friday, February 6, 2015

Birthday photos

Here are some birthday photos to share from 24 January...

I am so very blessed to have these people in my life

with my mom, Shirley

I LOVED having the children at my party!! 4 of my nieces attended - Jamie and Elizabeth (next to me), and Annah behind me.  Miss Boo is Bridget's daughter

the chef had a pizza-making event for the children - they loved making the pizza's, but were less interested in eating them

with my beautiful sister Caron and step-mother Brenda 

of course I had kitty cupcakes, made by my friend Tanya (photo below) from Blooming Beautiful Bakes

It was a magnificent afternoon with my family and friends at Afrique Boutique Hotel, and a tea tasting by Dee Sedikela from The Tea Merchant in Clearwater Mall

my sister-in law Tonia 

Lynette and Leonie 

my niece Elizabeth 

Bothlale (Boo) 

my niece Jamie 
my niece Annah  

with Anet, Tonia's mom and my friend 

Anet's mother, Ouma 


with Bridget and Boo 

my sister-in-law, Leanne  


with Gisela 

with Cathy,  who did my hair for the party


with my cousin Bev and her daughter Amy 

with my friend Wendy, who came all the way from Greyton in the Cape

with Fiona, we studied together years ago and have always stayed in touch
Hello 50 - let's do this!