Merry Christmas everyone!

Strawberry snowmen by Laura
Merry Christmas everyone! Big hugs and kisses to all of you and may all your wishes come true in 2013 (uness they involve George Clooney then none of them will come true as he's mine).

Willow Creek - Goodness in their Nature

The squeeze bottle of olive oil
The favourable terroir of the Nuy Valley (South Africa), with its lime rich soil and
Mediterranean climate, is especially suited to the production of premium
quality olives and it is here that you’ll find the international award-
winning Willow Creek Olive Estate. True to their reputation as producers of
excellent olive oils and leaders in olive oil packaging, Willow Creek this
week launched two new products that are sure to please consumers no end.

Squeeze Me

The View Restaurant, Hove, England

A beautiful bench near to the restaurant
My mother recently had her 65th birthday and so I happily flew over to England to spend it with her and my Dad. They are in the deevine Victoria Nursing Home and the chef made a wonderful birthday cake for her, with candles and the whole 9 yards. Then my aunty Wendles and my uncle Peter organized a wheelchair accepting van and we took them down to the Hove beachfront for a walk/push and a meal.

Celebrate milk from cow to kitchen

A beautiful photo of milk
Exchange the hustle and bustle of city life for the farm-friendly atmosphere
of the Cape Dairy Experience, taking place from 2-3 November at Sandringham
(next to the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl). Experience the
complete journey of milk: meet the 2012 Absa Dairy Queen (SA's best bred
cow), cook with dairy, taste a variety of dairy-related products and enjoy
the thrill of a real agricultural show where more than 500 world class
animals brag about their breeding.

Marciac Jazz Festival

Covered areas for jazz festival
The Marciac Jazz Festival 2012 started 3 days ago and I haven’t even gotten round to posting about last years event… What can I say, I have on occasion been overtaken by snails. So without further snail-poo, let me tell you about a wonderful event that takes place in the middle of nowhere, but which attracts large crowds and big name artists.

Computers, defrosters and pork dinners

Computer
“Home computers are the perfect thing for women who don’t feel that Men provide them with enough frustration.” Unknown*.
How do I get to combining computers, defrosters AND dinner you may quite rightly ask. This is actually quite new to me to, and I am thinking of patenting it, because it is such a damn clever idea. My well-worn-but-still-working computer, unlike my brand-new-one-that-wants-Euro379-to-continue-to-do-what-it-should-have-been-doing-all-along computer, overheats. It not only overheats, it gives your legs third degree burns before crashing and losing everything you’ve been working on, including my sanity.

To peek or not to peek

Tony and Sally cooking dinner
Do YOU know the answer to this very poignant question? What the hell is she talking about being another. Allow me to give a loooong explanation. This past December I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Tony, my mate Sally's brother, and of having a super supper cooked by him. He was on holiday from Oz – you've got to really love your Sis to leave 35°C for 5°C – and very kindly cooked a lovely meal in a foreign kitchen where you a) can't find things, b)your sister washes things as soon as you put them down (so what if it was the cat food fork..), etc, etc. And just for added pressure, there's a world famous blogger invited. That's me by the way...

From this to this!!!

The beach at Manta Rota, Portugal
I took this photo on one of my beach walks in January and arrived back home a few days later to this.
Our unpassable driveway in France
I was only gone 5 weeks and look what you people have done to the weather! Next year I'm not coming back before spring I tell you. We also arrived back to no water, no telephone and no internet. Might I mention that is ever so slightly displeasing to my tan.

I'm on holiday!

Sorry to be ignoring you, but hubby and I are on holiday for the WHOLE month of January!! But as soon as we're back, I'll tell you all about it and you will be green with envy. Just as a little taster...it's 20C everyday where I am!

Peter, Peter, The Pumpkin Eater – where are you when we need you?!

Deirdre and Joerg with The Pumpkin
Deirdre's (a very good friend of ours) pumpkin was the envy of the whole department. I even know of people who came from other departments to steal glances at her pumpkin. This pumpkin also had the courtesy to grow towards the road so that everyone could admire it's beauty – and there was a lot to be admired. A local police officer was worried about somebody stealing it, but we weren't. A drive-by-pumpkin-stealer was going to have to be a very big lad to lift this 150kg beauty.