Today’s Birthdays

BirthdayProsper Merimee, French author (1803-1870);

Georges Clemenceau, French premier (1841-1929);

Peter Finch, Australian actor (1916-1977);

Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (1924-1996);

Brigitte Bardot, French actress (1934–);

Ben E King, US singer(1938–);

John Sayles, US film director/writer (1950–);

Janeane Garofalo, actress (1964–);

Mira Sorvino, actress (1967–);

Naomi Watts, actress (1968–).


A despicable action

I have been following the story of Nikole Harris, the 24-year-old attention seeker who made South Africans scramble to find her

I was shocked to read  that this was just a prank she was playing on citizens of our country all along.

What is really shocking is that one wonders how many people paid with their lives because of this pathetic attempt at a prank.

The fact is every minute of police time spent on this hoax could have meant the difference between life and death for real victims of crime.

Nikole, you are twenty four! Not a child! What in the world were you thinking? Do you lack a proper upbringing? Do you have a pathological need for perpetual attention to comfort you insecurities?

Your actions are despicable. Grow up

Global Climate Wake Up Calls

The global climate wake up call is here! Now all of us can get involved from home — by making a phone-call to our own governments, or following this extraordinary day of action as it unfolds around the world — plus, there’s still time to join a local event near you!

The press is reporting that global climate talks are in a shambles and the UN summit on Tuesday is the only hope to revive them. This Monday, we’re flooding media and government office phone lines worldwide with a wake up call for leaders to act — with phone calls being made from over 2000 rallies, marches, meetings and “flashmobs” in public places across the planet, and by hundreds of thousands of us from home.
make a phone-call from home or work,or find an event near you to attend:

All calls should be made September 21st after 12:18 pm local time

Palmier Cookies

Palmier Cookies
Without a doubt the easiest yet most elegant and seemingly time consuming cookie you possibly make and all from just two simple ingredients: a packet of shop bought puff pastry squares and some castor sugar.

Take a square of puff pastry and using a pastry brush , brush with a little tap warm water, sprinkle a work board or surface with sugar, ( you can add cinnamon or nutmeg for a festive version )put the square, wet side down onto the sugar, making sure it is coated evenly, then brush the side facing up with a little water and turn over, making sure both sides are evenly covered in sugar, start to roll as you would a swiss roll, and when you get to the middle stop and roll the other side so the two rolled sides meet in the middle, this sounds difficult but it really is quite simple.Once they are rolled, you may cut them into 1/2cm slices, and lay them on a baking try lined with baking parchment, place them in a moderately, pre heated, oven and cook until the sugar caramalises.Using a spatula carefully lift up turn and cook until the other side is also caramalised. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire cooling wrack and leave to cool.

Equally delicious with tea or coffee.

Global Climate Wake-Up rallies for Cape Town.

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 AM
Place: N2/Victoria Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: Lizette van der Voort

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 PM
Place: Outside Westin Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: Diane Easey

Monday, September 21 at 01:00 PM
Place: Cape Town Water front, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: Jenny

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 PM
Place: Green Market Square, Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: Vincent

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 PM
Place: Roeland Street, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: lance greyling

Monday, September 21 at 12:18 PM
Place: The Rondebosch common small parking lot off Camp Ground road, Cape Town, South Africa
Host: Bruce

Monday, September 21 at 09:50 AM
Host: Rae Goosen

Home sweet home

The house sale is final we now own a beautiful Cape Dutch house 12 miles from Stellenbosch cicra 1816. The previous owners tried to turn it into an inn, but it is far off of the beaten track that it just didn’t work and they had to relinquish it. While it is in the middle of beautiful wine country it is actually very isolated and not on the popular route.
The landscapers we hired have been busy, transfering and planting my flowers from the Mowbray estate,and erected a hot house for my more exotic flora. A pond will also be excavated to provide a new home for my darling koi,to swim away their little lives. The inside of the house has been newly renovated and is quite lovely, a lot of the features are modern but the owners managed to keep some of the original features like the doors and windows and fireplaces. It is quite lovely, and I can’t wait to move completely, some of our things are going tomorrow , the big things we can do without and the other things we shall take down ourselves.
I am sorry to leave my old home, for 25 yeas it has given me and my family shelter, it has kept us warm and dry, kept us together and seen many a happy time, my younger children have run down it’s hallways and played in it’s gardens, slid down the banisters, even though I told them not to, and played “bobalobajuju” ( a game they made up with their cousins ) in the attic. My grandchildren have read in the library and spent many a summer day in the gazebo or on the swings,Hill was married in the rose garden, Grayson announced his engagement in the water and rock themed part of the garden, our 40th anniversary party was held a few feet away around the pool. So many beautiful memories I am sad to leave it but I hope it brings the next owners as much happiness as we had there, and I hope they show it the love and respect that it deserves.Goodbye home, I was proud to have owned you.And I look forward to the new memories we will make in our new home


Leopold has finally decided to retire-again. Yes he retired from medicine nearly 8 years ago, but since then he has sat on the board of 3 different hospitals. As he reached the big seven oh this year and I am not far behind him, he has decided it is time for us to leave Cape Town and set off for the wine country and realise our dreams.
I shall definitely miss Cape Town, it’s buzz and hub, it’s beauty in the summer, the society, but I shall stay in touch with my many charities, through email and phone, although I may limit the number and the amount of work I am prepared to do. Neither Leo nor I are fooled into thinking we have forever, we are no spring chickens anymore, and we went to relax and enjoy the time we have left in this world. The estate is far too big for us now all our birds have flown the nest, and even with a house staff it seems so empty, a nice little hom enear a vineyard where we can wine taste until the end of days, has always been our dream.