2017 Reading Challenge

I have read 13 of 13 books for the 2017 Reading Challenge! What should I read next? http://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/7477914




Almost a year on

It’s been almost a year since we left Cape Town for the UK. It’s a been a tough one. And only now are we going to be moving into our own home – 10 days time.

During this past year there has been reflection a-plenty. It still continues, and it brings me to a point where big and small changes to my life have happened, and will continue to happen. And as they do so they will be embraced or kicked into touch.

Writing has been a big one – completely lost the will to do so. Maybe the new house will have me inspired.

Sunday morning it is then.  Sunday lunch needs to be prepared, and a visit to the local pub for  pre-lunch drink with my Dad is calling.

Happy Sunday all




Barbie got real

Can you believe it, Barbie has had a make-over!  She comes in all different sizes now, curvy, petite, tall and so on and so on.

What do you think?

I can’t help wondering how many little girls will notice the difference. Or will it be more the mummy’s nodding and sighing, and agreeing or not?

Photo – Twitter feed


curvy barbie cover

Readers Panic 2016

Phew, so many books, so little time.

Home of Jedland

I’ve been looking through the many sites where bloggers have listed the books they will read for 2016. Have to say I am mighty impressed, and applaud all for doing so.

As for me, well I wouldn’t know where to begin with creating a list. My Want to Read shelf on Goodreads is updated every now again, as is my Amazon Wishlist. But list the books to read for a year. Phew, I just couldn’t.

It would be like making a list of what to wear each day for a month. Or what to eat for a week. The mind would shut down.

Readers panic perhaps?


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Now what is this thing called Feminazi? Must admit I’d not heard of it until about a week ago when a lady solicitor in the UK was labelled as such, after outing a man for complementing her picture on LinkedIn.

She claimed all sorts of things, inappropriate, sexist etc. However, what she failed to remember, I understand, is that she too has left flattering comments on images of both men and women of whom she barely knows. Does this not smack of I can do, but don’t you dare?

Said lady solicitor received a huge backlash and was subsequently labelled a Feminazi. She in turn claimed her career was ruined over this. Are we seeing sour grapes? Possibly, maybe not. What I do think is she was rather silly and should have yawned the compliment off. If the man in question pursued her, then a nice official letter telling him where to park himself would have sufficed.

I like to think of myself as a bit of a feminist, certainly not radical, but equally certainly pro-women’s rights. That said, if any women feels they would prefer to be a homemaker, then I salute them and say good for you, go for it. A choice is a choice, and who am I to tell you or anybody else that they are wrong? Correct a nobody.

So I went searching on the WWW and found this:

Definition of FEMINAZI

usually disparaging

:  an extreme or militant feminist
On Urban Dictionary, they sum it up like this:

A feminazi is a sexist. A feminist is a supporter of womens’ rights.

Old Urban say a lot more too, I hasten to add.

In closing I ask then, is she or isn’t she? Read more here: Dailymail

Here she is, photo source: Dailymail


Do you think Usain Bolt would like a casserole dish?

Going to see if it’s possible to rewire my TV remote to rewind the hubby. Not rewind him back a few eras to have him look this way again – that’s him below receiving an award for running,  On that note, check out the prize, a Pyrex casserole dish! Jeepers can you imagine handing Usain Bolt one of these the next time he wins a race?

There he’d be on the winners podium, emotionally accepting the dish, while instead of the customary bunch of flowers he’d be clutching Prue Leith’s latest cook book, a sprig of Thyme artfully placed behind his ear. And then, once he’d practiced several recipes in said Pyrex dish, Usain could have a dinner party, invite all his chums for his favourite beef stew, or rhubarb and apple crumble.

Winner of note me thinks.

rob 1961

I digress, no, I’m quite happy for hubby to look this way still, here we are a few weeks ago at Eagles Nest.

me ruth rob laughing

What I need is to be able to rewind him no more than about 15 seconds to prove what he said, he actually did say to me without us having the typical, I didn’t say that, yes you did, no I didn’t, yes you did, no I didn’t, yes you did.

Anybody good at wiring out there? Failing that how about a good rhubarb and apple crumble recipe?