In the jungle, the mighty jungle …

When  you  have  a  “strange”  accent,  people  tend  to  ask  where  you  come  from.      When I say I’m from South Africa, some look at me in wonder and ask about the wild animals roaming free on the streets, monkeys swinging from branch to branch in  the gardens, you get the picture? I can somehow understand … Continue reading In the jungle, the mighty jungle …

So I fell off the roof… and lived to tell the tale!

School holidays - times when kids do stuff they won't dream of doing any other time. Maybe the freedom of "no school" has something to do with it. 🙂 We had a free-standing garage, about 7 feet in height, with a corrugated iron roof and a brick raised edge along the sides. We had a … Continue reading So I fell off the roof… and lived to tell the tale!

Once upon a chicken pie …

"Mother was in the pantry, setting the top crust on the Sunday chicken pie. Three fat hens were in the pie, under the bubbling gravy. Mother spread the crust and crimped the edges, and the gravy showed through the two pine-trees she had cut in the dough... " (Farmer Boy) South African chicken pie - … Continue reading Once upon a chicken pie …

Mischief, Mishaps and other Memories of days gone by … Part One

What mischief could a child get up to in a rural town in the sixties, you may ask? Weren't children supposed to be better behaved then than now? The harmful attractions of today were little known of and mischief was mostly the "innocent kind". When I think of my town in terms of mischief, I … Continue reading Mischief, Mishaps and other Memories of days gone by … Part One

Primary School rules and rulers!

One day in 1874 Laura walked 3 miles from the banks of Plum Creek to start school for the first time. "On the teacher's desk there was a ruler. Laura did not know until later that the ruler was to punish anyone who fidgeted or whispered in school. Anyone who was so naughty had to … Continue reading Primary School rules and rulers!

Country Girl

"Nellie looked at Laura and Mary and she wrinkled up her nose. "Hm!" she said. "Country girls!" Don't worry, Laura. I was a country girl too, and I still am. Even if only in my heart for now. Over the river and through the woods, or rather, down Route 60 and over the hills, that's … Continue reading Country Girl

If music be the food of love, and all that …

"Pa took his fiddle out of its box and began to play. That was the best time of all." He played Yankee Doodle, Arkansas Travel, My Darling Nellie Gray, Buffalo Girls, Auld Lang Syne, Sweet By and By, There Is A Green Hill Far Away (Ma's favorite), and too many to name. I didn't have … Continue reading If music be the food of love, and all that …

What to pack when “going West”

"Everything from the little house was in the wagon, except the beds and tables and chairs. They did not need to take these, because Pa could always make new ones."19th Century : everything you can fit into your wagon 21st Century : everything you can fit into your suitcase (weight limit as per airline restrictions) … Continue reading What to pack when “going West”

Chores : Routine (sometimes unpleasant but necessary) household tasks

Ma Ingalls used to say: Wash on MondayIron on TuesdayMend on WednesdayChurn on ThursdayClean on FridayBake on SaturdayRest on SundayI tried to stick to that routine... It was easy to put laundry into a washing machine, I hated ironing but I did some of my own, I didn't have to mend anything so Wednesdays I … Continue reading Chores : Routine (sometimes unpleasant but necessary) household tasks