Tennis and tea under the trees.

The privilege of an invitation to a private clay court in a prestigious neighbourhood came through one of my dear clients. A fortuitous cup of tea, with said client and a friend, led to chatter about how and why we now live in The Netherlands and thus, my love for sport and in particular, tennis.Continue reading “Tennis and tea under the trees.”

Pride and patriotism/passion and poison.

There is something about a sporting event that tends to have a magnetic ability to pull a nation together. I have grown up with the events of South Africa’s “other religion”, namely rugby, being the galvanizing element to national pride and unity. None more so iconic than the post apartheid Rugby World Cup, presided overContinue reading “Pride and patriotism/passion and poison.”

Coming full-circle.

What a week of excited stress! How is it that there are times of great elation mixed with times of anxiety, so that one’s face does not know whether to smile or frown, laugh or cry – such paradox. The full-circle I am referring to is not dissimilar to that wonderful song from the LionContinue reading “Coming full-circle.”

The sound of silence.

The last few blog posts have been somewhat negative, in terms of bemoaning our latest home location. Note to self: there is really not much to moan about as we are privileged to have such a beautifully renovated apartment, in a beautiful town, in a safe and secure country to call our home, for now. Continue reading “The sound of silence.”

‘Edgy’ times.

“Hark!” Calls the white bearded sage: “Repent! The end is nigh!”  These words have been spoken, called and shouted out over the millenia by the prophets, seeres and doomsdayers of old and new. Now more than ever before, the world is waking up to that call. None of it is that surprising, should you turnContinue reading “‘Edgy’ times.”

Simplify the simple.

The most wonderful solo adventure, to see my dear friend in the north of the country, led to a flood of memories as company for the almost two hour journey to Friesland. Friesland is a unique part of this tiny country that I now call home. Not only is it home to the tallest humansContinue reading “Simplify the simple.”

The power of pain.

The wiring of the human brain is a more complex system than any computer motherboard and is as unfathomable as the depths and vastness of the ocean, or the galaxies of the Heavens. Our most base reflex reactions are the fight and flight of survival and the instinct of avoiding pain. To know acute painContinue reading “The power of pain.”

A noun with a name.

I have taken an extra week to build some “fodder” for my post as I began a new work position at the beginning of this month, that of a carer, hence the choice of the title.  The Oxford dictionary states that a carer is: “A noun. A family member or paid helper who regularly looksContinue reading “A noun with a name.”

“Summer days drifting away / To, oh, oh, the summer nights”

Thanks to that iconic movie “Grease”, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who’s song hit the number one spot in the UK for seven weeks back in 1978. Tweens, teens, middies and oldies alike, have hummed along to this familiar tune, whilst reliving, or dreaming their own “summer-lovin’” dreams, for decades. Living in the northernContinue reading ““Summer days drifting away / To, oh, oh, the summer nights””

Gel nails, staircases, doorways and washing machines.

How would the four nouns in the title possibly make for a blog post, you may well ask? The common denominator is The Kingdom of The Netherlands, our new home! After an incredible nine months of adventuring the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and America, we returned to the blessing of a new apartment, theContinue reading “Gel nails, staircases, doorways and washing machines.”