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A different kind of birthday card

A sister can be seen as someone both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. – Toni Morrison Mish, today, 21 years ago I met you for the first time. Our family was now complete and I know my little 22 month old self fell in love with my beautiful … Continue reading

It’s party time!

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. – Unknown So my little sister turns 21 on Sunday! Tonight is her party and I cannot wait! She chose to have it at a gorgeous little place nestled away in Pretoria called Duncan Yard. The setting is beautiful and a little taste of Paris, France … Continue reading

Going down and dirty

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. – Ruth Stout As we enjoyed our experience at the previous Nissan organised mountain biking event so much, we decided to enter for Nissan Trailseeker #3 Down & Dirty. What better way is there to spend Spring Day than out cycling … Continue reading

Three things I learnt on a game drive recently

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. – George Washington Carver Included in our stay at Lookout Lodge was a game-drive. We went out at 7am on the Sunday morning and really enjoyed it. The Game Ranger was so … Continue reading

The road to nowhere

Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain A few months ago before Wes and I had even started cycling we bought a voucher on Daddy’s Deals for a weekend away. The first date they had available for us to book was the weekend of the 24th to 26th August – perfect; the weekend of Wes’s birthday, his … Continue reading

Breakfast Brilliance

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast – John Gunther …And what a leisurely breakfast it was! A great friend of mine, Kath, took me to Hazel Food Market a few months ago and I loved it. The food here is incredible and for someone like me – HEAVEN! The people who know me well are fully … Continue reading

A Diamond in the rough

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one – Chinese proverb As I have written previously, Wes and I recently took up mountain biking and are both hooked! In order to celebrate our four-year anniversary and our new-found shared passion we signed up for our first race together. We entered the Nissan Trailseeker … Continue reading

We sincerely regret to inform you that you are a failure

I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong – Benjamin Franklin Ok, that is not exactly what the email said from the CFA Institute. Their exact wording was: Dear Tamzin Nel We sincerely regret to inform you that you did not pass the June 2012 Level I CFA exam. … Continue reading

A thankful love letter

Memory is the diary we all carry with us – Oscar Wilde Dear Wesleigh Today it has been four years since we started dating. As I recently started this blog as a way to document my life for one day when I am old and grey and wish to have a vivid recollection of the … Continue reading

An imaginary line that divides something into equal or roughly equal halves

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. – Mark Twain The day I wrote my exam Wes arranged with the amazing people at Linden Cycles to pick up our mountain bikes which we had reserved. During the lunch break I went back to my car to find this picture on my phone: … Continue reading

Chicken Soup for the Cold-Ridden Soul

The sick are the greatest danger for the healthy. For strong people disaster does not come from the strongest, but from the weakest. Are we aware of that? – Friedrich Nietzsche I arrived at work today, made myself my usual cup of rooibos tea and started skimming through the Business Day with one ear listening to … Continue reading

Velskoen Drive-In: 79 years later

Ladies, gentlemen and other life forms. – Agent O, MIB III The first time I went to Velskoen Drive-In was during high-school. I waitressed with a girl, Uke Prinsloo, and she invited me to go along with her family. When I arrived at her house I immediately realised they were pro at this! They had a big … Continue reading

(Wo)Men in Black and the prejudice of physical appearance

Dressed for success. – Roxette On Sunday night a few of my girlfriends and I watched Roxette LIVE in concert at the Coca-Cola Dome. The last time this Swedish band was in South Africa was seventeen years ago when they played at Ellis Park. We all had a fantastic night jamming and singing our lungs out. Surprisingly (if you know me well!) I … Continue reading

My first attempt at baking a non-existent cake

Let them eat cake. – Marie Antoinette I love baking chocolate cake and felt I definitely had to bake one for my ma on Mother’s Day but I recently gave up eating all most food containing gluten, wheat or yeast. I decided this would be a lot easier than continuing to live with my constant lack of energy, debilitating … Continue reading

Ek mis vir Oupa

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. – Claudia Ghandi Today is exactly a month since my Oupa Hennie passed away. There is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought about him and feel my heart breaking at … Continue reading

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