A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

It’s no secret how much I love the rain. So I’m happy today on this autumnal Joburg Sunday, with the sound of rain falling on our tin roof, a glass of red wine by my side and a beef stew bubbling in the oven. Sometimes Sundays make me feel blue. We used to blame it on … Continue reading

Feathering the Nest (and a Sneak Peek)

Feathering the Nest (and a Sneak Peek)

What have you got planned for this weekend? We are mostly feathering the Mountain nest. We inherited some gorgeous old furniture from my parents when they moved off the farm but some of it needed a little love. So we’re getting it recovered and plumped up and we’re putting in new light fittings and we’ve … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety: It IS a thing

Separation Anxiety: It IS a thing

It’s wonderful to be needed. But it’s also quite tiring. Ben is currently going through a phase that the parenting books refer to as “separation anxiety” and it’s driving us all a bit crazy. Rachel never really had this problem. You could pass her from stranger to stranger and she’d stare at all of them … Continue reading

On Wide Open Spaces

On Wide Open Spaces

My soul feels a little bit squished at the moment. How can I explain it? Instead of a clean white piece of paper sitting peacefully on a desk, I feel like I’m squashed and crumpled up into a little ball, all my thoughts jumbled together in a messy wad of paper that someone’s about to … Continue reading

“The Mind Clicking and Clicking…”

“The Mind Clicking and Clicking…”

It’s Friday night and I’m bushed, wiped out, writing this from bed at 8:20. There’s so much going on in my head. After the week we’ve had, I feel exhausted. And then I feel guilty for feeling exhausted because I have it a lot easier in life than most mothers in the world. And then … Continue reading

Meet a Mom: Pippa

Meet a Mom: Pippa

I will admit that I’m a little nosy. Or as I prefer to put it: curious. I love finding out more about what makes people tick and I’m a bit of an eavesdropper. I also love talking to other parents, as that’s where I get my most useful advice, from how to get rid of … Continue reading

My Most Popular Post of ALL

My Most Popular Post of ALL

Some of you are new to Making Mountains and a (very) few of you have been reading from early on. In case you’ve missed anything, I thought I’d do a round up of my favourite past posts: My most popular post I’ve ever written is this one , a letter to my Mother on the anniversary … Continue reading

Cry Baby by Lauren Liebenberg: A Review

Cry Baby by Lauren Liebenberg: A Review

You know how sometimes it’s great to watch movies or read books that are set in a place you’re familiar with? Because you recognise the landmarks, the stereotypes, the atmosphere of a place? Cry Baby made me feel a whole lot of those things, but not necessarily in a warm and fuzzy way. It made … Continue reading

A Day of Love

A Day of Love

So today is Valentine’s Day. I remember being very excited about The Day of Love once upon a time. I think it was when I was 16 at boarding school and the boys at our brother school used to send us roses. They’d call our names out at breakfast while we were seated in the … Continue reading