Bits and Pieces

Apologies upfront for the bad quality photo’s in this post.

Pete and I enjoyed a lovely few days on a road trip away where I touched a 1000 year old yellow wood tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest…

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Imagine the stories this tree could tell!

and ran on a treadmill in a hotel gym for the first time.  I know, country bumpkin I am.  I haven’t had a gym membership for the better part of 2 decades and don’t live anywhere near a gym (great excuse) so until now, road/trail running has been it.

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Look at me go!

We also visited (sorry no pics) a wine estate in the hopes of getting some brut rosé bubbly but alas – it was insultingly expensive.  We thought it was due to there being a wine festival that weekend but on chatting with family and friends who have all visited wine estates over the last few years, all said that purchasing wines at local stores in all our provinces is much cheaper than buying directly from an estate!  That makes no sense.

The lovely Cristina over at The Blog Around The Corner , who writes about everything that inspires her from interior design, to travelling, cooking and photography awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thanks again Cris, it was such a lovely surprise receiving the award from you. 🙂

The time had come to get rid of my beloved car as she was getting a little long in the tooth and to invest in a new one.

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We enjoyed many happy miles together.  I will miss her.

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All new and sparkly. This is a pic from the brochure – mine is far too dirty from playing on dirt roads yesterday to have her photo taken but looks exactly like this when clean.

There hasn’t been must to share on the cooking front, the cooler weather has necessitated comfort food. so we have been indulging in all our favourites – oxtail casserole, vetkoek and curried ground beef, braai’s (barbecues) and roast dinners.

I promise to share something tasty next week.

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My fairly new friend Giovanna who blogs over at Blue Jelly Beans was kind enough to gift me 6 awards!  Wow, what love!  Thank you again Giovanna aka BJB, I really do feel very special.  Giovanna started her blog to document the recipes she got from her mom when she left home at 18 as a record for herself and her children and anybody else who is passionate about treasuring old family recipes and memories.  Do pop over and see what she is making today.

I have been honoured by receiving the Versatile Blogger, Stylish Blogger and Liebster Blog Awards previously, so instead of boring you with more of the same information, I will tackle the questions that form part of one of the other awards, the Sunshine Award.  What a lovely name for an award. 🙂

1. Favourite colour?

Hmm, well that all depends on my mood, but for now I would have to say pearl – it is neutral and goes with everything.

2. Favourite animal?

No surprise here – CATS!  But for the most part, all animals.

 3. Favourite number?

It would have to be 8 – nicely balanced top and bottom.

4. Favourite drink?

Non alcoholic – Tea

Alcoholic – Gin and Tonic with lots of lemon

5. Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook.  It is more interactive and friendly – whereas with Twitter people seem to tweet their every waking thought and it takes me too long to scroll through pages and pages of peoples thoughts.  I tweet once a day with a motivational quote and then every Monday, Wednesday and Friday a second tweet of the day with my blog post link.

6. Your passion?

I’m obsessive so whatever I am busy with is my passion.

7. Giving or getting presents?

Absolutely giving.  Not always easy when you are battling to find the right gift but more often than not, I try and make a gift – baked goodies in a nice bowl, engraving a crystal glass, homemade preserves, sauces and the like.

8. Favourite day?

Any day that Pete is home.

 9. Favourite flowers?

Any type of lily and lavender.

Then as with all the other awards, is to pay the love forward onto other bloggers.  I know each award has its own set of rules and how many bloggers etc. to pay it forward to, which is never an easy task to pin point only a few bloggers as you are all equally as important and special to me, but for today I have decided to share all of these lovely awards with:

Kathryn at Kiwsparks

Lizzy at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things

Jed at Sports Glutton and

Betsy at Bits and Breadcrumbs

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am thrilled to share that Jen, a new blogging buddy over at Zestybeandog’s Blog has awarded me The Versatile Blogger award.  Jen loves to experiment with new ingredients and thinks of ways to prepare fresh foods in a unique way all the while being busy with studying and working.

I have previously received this award from my friend ChgoJohn and originally by Tandy who writes the Lavender and Lime blog as well as by the lovely Tanya over at  Chica Andaluza.

Here is a rerun of my interesting and random facts that I have shared about myself:

  1. I learnt from doing a challenge on Tandy’s blog that I would not eat roadkill.
  2. I probably drink too many cups of tea in a day, especially in winter.
  3. One of the first things I do when visiting family or friends, is look in their fridge.
  4. I love sharing motivational quotes.
  5. I have the strangest idiosyncrasy of having to smell everything.
  6. I bake cupcakes / muffins every week – sweet and savoury.
  7. If I could magically play an instrument, it would be the violin.
  8. I love to knit and crochet.
  9. I am extremely loyal to my family and friends.
  10. I absolutely adore cats – they are fur children after all.
  11. I love making and working from lists and have been known to make lists of lists.
  12. I get claustrophobic.
  13. I have been thinking of cutting my hair for the past 10 years and will hopefully make a decision soon.  I am still thinking about it.
  14. I  am like a dog at a bone and won’t stop until I have completed something, even if it takes longer than planned.
  15. I am a neat and organised person.
  16. I am committed and enthusiastic about what I do.
  17. I was crowned Miss College forever ago.
  18. I am an arachnophobic.
  19. I REALLY do not enjoy winter.
  20. I love crossword puzzles
  21. I never leave home without a bottle of water.

Thanks again Jen for honouring me with this lovely award, I feel super special to have been selected. 🙂

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am thrilled to announce that I have been gifted the Verstatile Blogger Award by my blogging friend Tandy who writes the lovely Lavender and Lime blog; Tandy has weekly challenges which are great fun.  I was also gifted the award by my new blogging friend Tanya over at  Chica Andaluza.  Tanya recently started writing about her wonderful life in Spain and her apt tag line is “Living the Dream Up A Mountain Somewhere In Andalucia”.  Thanks ladies!

In acceptance of the award, the rules are:

  • to thank the person / people who awarded you by linking back to their post
  • to list 7 interesting things about yourself
  • to pass the award on to 15 other new or newly discovered blogs
My 7 interesting facts:
  1. I recently learnt from doing a challenge on Tandy’s blog that I would not eat roadkill.
  2. I probably drink too many cups of tea in a day, especially in winter.
  3. One of the first things I do when visiting family or friends, is look in their fridge.
  4. I love sharing motivational quotes.
  5. I have the strangest idiosyncrasy of having to smell everything.
  6. I bake cupcakes / muffins every week – sweet and savoury.
  7. If I could magically play an instrument, it would be the violin.
I haven’t discovered 15 new blogs of late, I have however found 7.  I am pleased to pass this award onto: