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Life made simple

Life made simple

Welcome to the best week of the year.

Do you hear that sound of nothing? That’s the calm after the crazy-storm that was the peak of the festive season. Let’s all heave a collective sigh of relief, and celebrate the peace, as it all winds down, and enjoy the best week of the year.

3rd January 2017
Life in the Kitchen

Life in the Kitchen

Meat-free Paella – thanks Hanlie of Slow Wanderings

Meat-free Mondays, help yourself to this. A paella made with your favourite greens and a scoop of Portabellini mushrooms.

2nd January 2017
Life made simple

Life made simple

Another year. Another first day of the rest of forever.

New Year celebrations are an odd thing. Ten seconds before midnight, we count down the last few seconds of the year, then there’s the cheering and the bursting open of bubbly, followed by lots of obligatory kissing, mostly of people we don’t really want to kiss. Then come the New Year resolutions. “Starting 1st January, I will run 4 km EVERY morning. ” Or: “I will cut all sugar from my diet. All of it. Not one grain shall pass my lips.” OR “I won’t nag anyone in my family, ever again. From now on, I am the Queen of Serene.”   How could any of these well-intentioned resolutions possibly go wrong? The thing is, the date may have changed, but the flip of a calendar page doesn’t make you any different.  You’re still the same delightfully human person. Which ...

1st January 2017
Life on the farm

Life on the farm

Be honest. Work hard. Go far.

Go into 2017 with optimism, honesty and work ethic - it's the only way. Thanks farmer Peter, of Grobblersdal, for the inspiration.

31st December 2016
Life on the farm

Life on the farm

Do you veg?

While you’re  languishing on a pool lounger, or floating down a river on rubber duck, spare a thought for farmers like Denham, who work right through high season, to bring home the greens.

27th December 2016
Life made Simple

Life made Simple

Your garden's calling. Please pick up.

Vegetable gardening is the one thing we should all be doing now - so how about we all roll up our sleeves, and take a leaf out of Elle Deco's book.

22nd December 2016
Life made simple

Life made simple

How's your table manner?

Start setting your Christmas table. A few tasty ideas for getting festive - on our Pinterest boards.

21st December 2016
Life in the Kitchen

Life in the Kitchen

The chip dip, reinvented. Baked Fries with Thyme and Garlic & Pea Pureé.

Chips, here comes the crowd. And they're hungry. Look no further than your freezer, and this chip 'n dip recipe courtesy of South African blogger Cupcake Richard.

20th December 2016
Life made simple

Life made simple

Drinks at your place. Quick, what's to eat?

When entertaining happens more spontaneously than usual, you'd better make it snappy.

16th December 2016
Life made Simple

Life made Simple

Picnic like a pro.

Love a bit of a picnic? Get ready for the season of long and rambling lunches under the big blue. Here's how.

14th December 2016