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Last minute weekend escape


The noisy guitarist & I had a last minute weekend away this past weekend to his parents farm near Ermelo. I didn’t make it to the Exclusive Books warehouse sale but the weekend away was a welcome change of scenery and a very relaxing weekend. I have been spending my Saturday mornings looking at cars for the past five weeks, I greatly enjoyed getting out of Jo’burg and not spending my Saturday test driving cars!

Here are some photos from a weekend including a few photos of the two wild cats on the farm. Photo credit to the noisy guitarist for this sunset photo of us while going for an evening walk on Saturday. I also picked up a porcupine quill on the walk, hopefully next time I will see a real porcupine, that would be thrilling!

Spying on the wild cats on the farm:

Spotted a Ginger Ninja cat



Exclusive Books Mega Warehouse sale!


I have just seen that Exclusive Books is having a warehouse sale which is starting this Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March. I haven’t been to one before but I have heard that there are great bargains to be found at these warehouse sales.

The books are sold per kg with it being R50 per kg. That sounds to be even cheaper than the bi-annual Exclusive Books sale prices!

In January I bought some books from the Exclusive Books sale as I mentioned here so I should be all booked out! I have also run out of book shelf space in my little house but this is very tempting! 

Here is the poster and the link to read more along with a map on the Exclusive Books blog site.

Let me know what you pick up from the sale. 

– Speurder Linda



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


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

Hanging shoe holder transformed into a plant holder


Good evening!

I unintentionally left my phone at home this afternoon when packing up to spend the weekend at the noisy guitarist guy from my room’s house this weekend and I am feeling phone separation! I am sure it will be very good for me to be away from my iphone for three days/three nights. My car is also in for repairs, indefinitely.

Another good reminder to myself to focus upon the positive aspects in life and not the negative as well as that most of the world’s population have never seen an iphone before so I really shouldn’t be moaning and be grateful for all the small beauties.

Just returned from a good dinner out at Mimmos Faerie Glen, first time I have been to a ‘family’ restaurant in years.

Tomorrow morning (early!) we are each doing a running race. I had intended to enter the 10 km race but have had to end up doing the 5 km while the noisy guitarist does a 21 km race.

I came across this link and image of a ‘shoe hanger garden’ on a friend of mine’s Facebook page, I think it is fantastic.

Clever shoe holder for plants

What a clever use of shoe hanger to transfer it into a hanging garden, particularly useful for someone like me who doesn’t have much garden space. I can just image how easily it is to grow herbs and succulents in it without needing ‘garden’ space and still keeping the plants accessible and contributing CO2. I have yet to make one myself, I would hope the shoe organiser doesn’t rot, that would be my only concern.

I did a quick google search and came across this link with more information and photos on a hanging shoe holder garden. Take a look here and peruse the brilliant Green Up Grader website. I am going to explore the site further over the weekend.

I love how most items can have a multitude of uses if you just look at them differently to create a new use for them. When thinking ‘I don’t have space for a herb garden’ think of what you do have around the house.

In my next blog post  (watch out it will be sooner than you think, I can assure you!) I will  post pictures of another way to create a very cheap space saving herb tins to go on your window sill which I made during the December holidays. I am quite chuffed with it.

I look forward to sharing more ideas I have come across on using items differently to their intended purpose particularly items which would normally be discarded as waste and I welcome any other ideas you have.

Now it is off to bed and I leave you with a quiz. I came across the link to the introvert/extrovert quiz on the How About Orange Facebook page with a link to their blog then to the quiz on the TIME magazine website which has a series of simple questions cumulating in their conclusion on whether you are an extrovert or introvert or how far you fall on the introversion spectrum.

Here is the link to complete the quiz yourself.

When I was a child I thought I was definately an introvert, often described by others as ‘little mouse’ as I didn’t talk much at all and I considered myself ‘painfully shy’ at times but as I got older I thought I could perhaps be an extrovert yet the recently I have realised that I have many traits characteristic to introverts and am certain I am one.

The Time magazine online quiz proved me correct as it concluded I am an introvert.

This statement resonated with me: “I feel drained after being out and about, even if I’ve enjoyed myself.”


Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you find joy and take advantage of every moment!

Speurder Linda.

Reflections on a week


Gosh has it really been six weeks since my first/last blog post?

I am constantly intending to regularly post blog updates…if only I could type and post blog updates as quickly as a think and talk!  I would then be spewing out  a new blog post every day or with more regularity. I am a bit reluctant to use a talk – converted to type application as I’m concerned with the potential for error and in all honesty as informal as this blog is, I would like to be sitting in front of my screen typing and checking it – at least initially!

But I suspect it is also a case of my needing to find a routine of writing blog posts & actually posting them rather than saving the the drafts, ideas or images on a folder on my macbook with every intention to make the posts live but not actualizing it. It will have to be quality over quantity.

Some of the ‘draft’ posts now seem redundant and I now have a whole list of other exciting news and ideas with which to share. I have a feeling that this blog will also incorporate other topics as it develops from the original ideas and intentions I originally conceptualized.

Not to worry it will all still fit with the theme of ‘privaart speurder Linda’. This ‘first’/returning blog post is more personal than originally intended with the forthcoming blog posts I have scheduled being more light hearted, practical and creative.

This year has flown by, I can’t believe we are only a few weeks away from Christmas. It is funny how the perception and anticipation for Christmas changes as the years pass, at least it has for me. More on that in forthcoming blog posts…

It has a been a week of contrasts – isn’t every week like that? – with a good friend’s funeral on Thursday morning being a low point amongst moments of small and large joy and positive experiences that has made me appreciate the days and learn from each moment.

When driving back from Huyser’s funeral I thought how personal the death of a friend is in that it resonates with each of us (the friends or those who encountered the person) on a personal level with each person/friend usually having a different recollection or stand out memory of the friend. Each friend has been touched by the recently deceased friend (deceased sounds very impersonal, any other suggestions of words?!) in their own way. Some people have an impact without even realising.

I like so many others around the world was saddened by Steve Jobs’ passing but it felt like a more universal ‘sadness’ than the raw emotion and loss of a friend.

I hadn’t seen Huyser as often or had as deeper connection as many of his other friends had but he had been there for me on quite a few occasions when I needed a friend and we had shared fun experiences at gigs, clubs and restaurants. He was a gentle, kind, talented person – always ready to laugh. I’ll miss you Huyser.

I was reminded yet again to appreciate the moments we have with those we chose to spend time as those times are precious, not always available and there is so much to gain from each interaction and everyone with whom we interact. Anything could happy at anytime as morbid as it does sound.

There were also a great many other very positive joys and happy experiences throughout this week which I treasured and learnt from or enjoyed from morning runs, planting peppermint, taking home a new ceramic creation, making tacos, cooking a new pasta dish, clearing clutter to energise myself, learning about the Earth Boxes on tv, relaxing watching football, talking with friends both in SA and in UK, buying fresh flowers to display in my new vase, seeing a praying mantis up close in my own room, yoga class, sleeping in, learning about childhood development which is unbelievably fascinating, sending a parcel off to my friend in Lydenburg, bought a gift that continues giving as a Christmas gift, fresh guava Sir Juice fruit juice, grapefruits for breakfast which is a real treat and so many many more highlights!

Goodness what a fantastic week! 

Last night was a night of trying out a new restaurant and going to the market theatre where we saw ‘Girl in the Yellow Dress’ in which the delightful curly haired Kate Liquorish acted as it was a two man/woman play.

I had heard about District Six eatery through friends who had enjoyed it as well as having come across it myself through restaurant reviews and searches online as I am always on the prowl for new exciting and different restaurants to try.

Unfortunately dinner was a bit rushed due to having to be at the theatre at eight pm, District Six Eatery isn’t a restaurant for quick bite to eat before the theatre, we will be returning for a more leisurely meal. The waitress, Melissa kindly packaged our dessert and the remainder of my main course as take aways.

The meal and overall dinner experience was a real treat (thank you noisy curly haired guy in my house for dinner) with delicious food, authentic decor, warm friendly service and a take on the unique suburb of District Six.

It certainly was one of the highlights of my week. I highly recommend District Six Eatery with the footnote of ‘don’t even think of rushing your meal, take your time! at this neighbourhood establishment.

Just the mention of District Six reminds me of the enjoyable years I spent while living in Cape Town, the interesting people a met while there, the suburb of District Six/Zonnebloom, Cape Malay food, quickly learning the difference between Malays & coloureds after moving to Cape Town  and of course the fascinating District Six museum.

The theatre production of ‘Girl in the Yellow Dress’ is fantastic, I do recommend it but you will have to hurry as today is the last show after a twelve week run. Rush Rush book for the last show!

There are sure to be more excellent plays on there in the near future. Personally I usually prefer plays to musicals, the intimate layout of the Market Theatre’s laager theatre was well suited to Girl in the Yellow Dress. The proximity of the seats to the stage made for some awkward moments!

Speurder Linda recommends:

  • The Market Theatre, keep an eye on their website for upcoming plays.

  • The brilliant actress Kate Liquorish. I’m not sure what she is next acting in but follow her and her food blog on Twitter.

  • District Six Eatery – Corner Greenhills and Barry Hertzog Road, Emmarentia. Tel: 011 486 7226 Booking is essential

  • District Six museum, Cape Town.

  • Biesmiellah restaurant, Bo Kaap  Cape Town for authentic Cape Malay food. Tel:  021 423 0850

    Speurder Linda at District Six Eatery

Photo by the noisy curly haired guy in my house.