The greatest souvenir ever

The greatest souvenir ever

My version of a loaded bowl of Jordans muesli. Not your typical souvenir, but a gift I still treasure eight years later. In October 2013, I travelled to Switzerland to visit my niece Nicola who was in the middle of a year-long Rotary exchange. Part of the time, I was...

Thank you to a very good man

Dave Barber. Photo: Wayne Glowacki, WFP. I’m on the fence when it comes to putting up statues and memorials, and naming buildings, bridges, roads and venues after people and companies. Mostly, I just don’t think it necessary, but sometimes it is, particular when...

Keep writing, keep believing

For those of you slogging it out on your manuscript and wondering whether it will ever be published, consider the story of author T. J. Newman. In the acknowledgements of her first book “Falling”, Newman says her manuscript was rejected by 41 literary...

How does your garden grow

Osteospermum, or Margarita Yellow. This little plant was a gift from friends Neil and Sue after my mum died in May this year. At first I was moved by the gesture, and then nervous about whether I’d be able to keep it alive. You see, gardening is not my forte;...

No longer required

If you don’t recognise this once indispensable piece of office equipment, I don’t blame you. Scanners haven’t been getting as much love – or as much use – as they once did. Still, it’s hard letting this one go, given how it arrived...