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Thursday, April 30, 2015

1 / VISIT your best friend and spend time with her kooky kids

Amsterdam is where I lived from December 2004 until June 2010. It's where I really learned to cycle. It's where I became a mother. It's where I learned to run my household. It's where I made friends for life. It's where I discovered it was more than okay to be more than just a little weird. It's where I spent 6 great nights this month... so here's a list of 10 things to do in Amsterdam. Starting with:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today I feel...


Een droom van witte bloemen met een teder vleugje vanille en sandelhout.

Oh Hema you really got it right... This is my new everyday scent. To read about the other scents in this range click on to miss lipgloss (in Dutch!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MUST WATCH: An African City

What took me so long!

An African City is a web series set in Accra, Ghana that follows a "returnee" as she re-enters her African home country and deals with the setbacks and opportunities in friendship, career, politics, real estate, men, money... Start with episode two Sexual Real Estate. If you love shows that centre around friendships, you love fashion, you love Africa, you loved 'Sex and the City'...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

In my search to understand this hatred of the so-called "other" or "foreigner" I've been brought back to the basic understanding of UNITY. That we are ONE. The above is an often quoted saying in the Baha'i Faith.

Monday, April 20, 2015

South Africa in the news

[Photo source Immigration South Africa]

When an African nation makes international headlines, it's usually for the wrong reasons. Here are some links to reports about the current outburst of xenophobic attacks in South Africa and what it's economic and other impact will be.

Google News search - "south africa xenophobia"

South African Mail & Guardian - SA businesses in Africa could feel 'heat' of xenophobic attacks

 New York Times - South Africa Moves to Quell Anti-Immigrant Violence


When in Cape Town...

go up Long Street...

and eat at Lola's.

Friday, April 17, 2015

De klok

This Ikea wall clock... it's everywhere!

[Primary school, De Pijp, Amsterdam]

 [Family house, Amstelveen]

[Family house, Windhoek]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Creative courage for young hearts

[Albert Einstein]

[Ella Fitzgerald]

Oh sweetness... check out these beautiful picture books celebrating the lives of artists, writers and scientists featured on Brain Pickings.

Book wall


How to 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Autumn cool

I snapped some pics of my boy on our way to watch his sisters do gymnastics. I got this gorgeous shot and thought I'd share where you can get similar pieces for this outfit.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Autograph Woman

What do you do when you walk into a cafe and see your literary icon reading and having a cup of tea by herself? Freak out? Walk out? Ask somebody to pinch you!?! All of the above?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello Again!

Six nights in Amsterdam and a morning in Cape Town and I'm back home in Windhoek...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This book...

[Photo from The Jungalow]

The New Bohemians is the latest publication by my favourite interior designer Justina Blakeney. I don't have the book yet but Design Sponge has a beautiful review of it. Justina's blog The Jungalow is one of my online happy places.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Art Inside

[Alpheus Mvula - 'The lady' / sculpture]

[Vilho Nambala - 'Craft and Culture' / photograph]

Art Inside is a government art project which aims to celebrate Namibian art and foster an appreciation for visual art as an inherent part of the government’s working environment.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Short Story: 100 Dollar Note


It’s early morning; the roads are busy with cars and school children. Having just started my morning run, I run past one of the private schools, and suddenly a dirty looking boy is standing at the side of the road next to a parking lot, looking at something. He is wearing an oversized fleece jacket which once was yellow.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Traveling solo

This month something very special is happening. I'm taking a solo trip...

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Creating a movement

I have a BIG idea brewing...

On my fridge...

Early childhood development is a topic close to my heart. Not just as a parent and as my children's first educator, but the subject informs our lives as adults and as a book advocate I urge us all to engage our children in reading -- it will help them so much in the long run.

On my fridge right now is this illustration by Leo Espinosa.