Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lilic roses to brighten my day


Whew this has been an up and down day, productive in terms of getting the design brief approved and getting work done, new dishwashing powder didn’t foam up my whole kitchen which is fantastic but less positive in the repeated way I have been treated and under valued as a customer by Renault Melrose (Johannesburg).

But my energy has been re-stored, listening to Bruce Springsteen while I do stock take for Nature’s Cycle. The Boss is sure to make everyone feel positive again! I will continue to work smart then will go off for a run this evenings. What a beautiful city in which I live.

Look at these gorgeous lilic roses I bought last night from a street side flower seller on the way back from pottery.

Personally I do prefer growing plants to cut plants but  I was worried that he would lose money if he hadn’t sold them by the end of the day. I know he needs the money and can benefit from it.

I am also glad to see someone trying to sell items particularly beautiful flowers rather than just begging. You never know he might have a genuine interest in flowers and in a few years open a florist. 

I gave four of the roses to my mom and gave four more to the security guards to the entrance to the boomed entrance at my road. I hope it can brighten their  day as well or for them to be able to give it to their wives/girlfriends and in turn spread the joy. 

Here are the roses I kept for myself in a glass vase to brighten my desk – note the photo was taken of the vase on the floor, that isn’t my desk! 

In South Africa we are very lucky to be exposed to entrepreneurs, artists, budding businessmen and crafters on many street corners. Some of the wire work sold at the traffic lights is magnificent. The wire proteas that are sold are beautiful. 

– Speurder Linda



Gardening Sunday


I hope everyone has had a good Sunday.

I spent a few hours gardening this afternoon in my small vegetable patch nestled between the rose bushes (no joke!). I planted spring onions, sweet potatoes, red onions and also finally planted the Lemon Verbena I had bought last month. I also harvested a few more potatoes bringing the total number of potatoes harvested from my patch of land to 155!

I am loving spending time in the garden planting the vegetable seedlings I bought. I have been reading up about companion planting as well as how different plants and herbs have an effect upon pest control. Urban gardening does seem to be experiencing a revival.

I will post photos once the tiny vegetable garden has started to take shape.

I can just imagine the noisy guitarist from my bedroom commenting on my ‘farmstress‘ skills. Well I hope it is skills as my basil is dying, I cannot understand it. The leaves are starting to go yellow and it is not growing at all. I cannot understand it.

Here is a photo of my rose succulent I bought and planted in the square pottery container I made last year at my old pottery class. It is growing very well, I am so excited watching it grow! I have made another round terra-cotta pot plant container, I should be able to bring it home tomorrow evening after pottery class.

I recently found out about Michael Pollan, highly recommend reading his books. Genius! His ‘Food Rules’ book is next on my must buy wish list.

I love this quote of his that I found online:

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. – Michael Pollan

I came across this recipe on Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Life website for Red Quinoa salad which looks delicious.I hope to try make it myself this week. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians like me.

Red Quinoa salad from Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life

Hold thumbs I will get my car back from repairs on Tuesday! Although I had thought I was going to get it back on Thursday or at least Friday last week. Customer service from Renault Melrose is non existent!

– Speurder Linda

Preparing for a Valentine’s day picnic


I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine’s Tuesday. 

I bought myself a spring form pan and mixing bowls yesterday afternoon, I am excited to have my own spring form pan to not have to borrow from my mom all the time.

Now I can do my baking in my own little kitchen!

I am busy baking and cooking treats in preparation for a Valentine’s picnic!

Watch this space, I’m trying out lots of new recipes, I hope they work out.

The noisy guitarist from my bedroom & I are going to the Walter Sisulu botanical gardens for a picnic this afternoon. 

I came across this Pueble Indian prayer ‘Hold On’ last week which I enjoyed. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Speurder Linda

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.
– “Hold On,” A Pueblo Indian Prayer