Posted in October 2013

Fynbos, Baby Blues and a Ladybug

Fynbos, Baby Blues and a Ladybug

We went away this past weekend to the Western Cape for my mom-in-law’s 60th and what a beautiful weekend it was. These are all the things I learnt: That Cape Town and Joburg are such VERY different cities. The people, the roads, the landscape, the “feel” of the place more than anything. I adore Joburg … Continue reading

Those What-If Moments

Those What-If Moments

We almost died today. And I don’t say that lightly. We were driving fast along the M1 highway at 4:45am, heading towards the airport to catch our flight to Cape Town for my mom-in-law’s 60th. It was that pre-dawn light, where it is difficult to see. Not quite dark, not quite light. That in between … Continue reading

I’m a Pluviophile: A Lover of Rain

I’m a Pluviophile: A Lover of Rain

It’s raining in Joburg. Not the usual summer thunderstorm that is over before it’s even begun. No, this is proper rain. And I love it. Rain is my favourite kind of weather…it always has been. This is why: Where I grew up, rainy weather was rare. Our farm on the edge of the Karoo was … Continue reading

Us Mamas Will Feather our Nests

Us Mamas Will Feather our Nests

Excuse the terrible picture – it’s hard to make a parking lot look scenic. I came across this mama bird (I think it’s a plover?) about a month ago when I went to the gym. This shows you how often I go to the gym. It was trying to nestle it’s feathery bum into the … Continue reading

The Perfect Age Gap – Does it Exist?

The Perfect Age Gap – Does it Exist?

I was reading my nightly three pages of Guns, Germs & Steel  yesterday when I happened to come across this statement: “In practice, nomadic hunter-gatherers space their children about four years apart by means of lactational amenorrhea (when breastfeeding temporarily stops you conceiving), sexual abstinence, infanticide and abortion.” People constantly on the move while they’re … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Making Mountains

Happy Birthday Making Mountains

Birthdays are weird and they become weirder the older you get. They change from being exciting sugar and gift fests into days of reflection and wrinkle checking. But it’s not my birthday today, it’s my blog’s. Happy 1st Birthday Making Mountains. And what a great year it has been. Not that my blog has attracted … Continue reading

Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Inspired by a recent post on the awesome Midlands Musings I thought it would be a good idea to compile a “Taking Stock”* list of my own, because it always feels better when you put all the things that are floating around in your head down on paper/screen. Plus I am the BIGGEST fan of lists, they’re … Continue reading

The Golden Baby Age: 4-7 months

The Golden Baby Age: 4-7 months

Ben is currently going through what I like to refer to very scientifically as the “golden baby age”. Let me explain why: They’re still a snuggly baby. They have those chubby legs, that addictive baby smell , those tiny perfect toes and that way of holding on to you so tight and nuzzling into your … Continue reading