The beginning of this year is a blur. I was in the game reserve, heard about an imminent lockdown, had to make a few quick and insane decisions, then found myself at home with my son back from Cape Town, locked in and up, walking … Continue reading The most unusual year
Before the pandemic I used to write travel stories about fabulous places, cosy couches, exotic safari lodges and sexy sunsets. I am still writing these stories but now there is a pandemic and I have to include pandemic stories too. A few weeks ago, at … Continue reading Revlon, in a pandemic?
This morning I walked past the pavement library on 3rd Avenue in Melville. It’s a community project, a little box against a tree, one where passers-by can put books in, or take books out. There is no obligation to return the books; just to enjoy … Continue reading Word on the Street
The other day I sat in a sunbeam with a Melville shop owner, listening to his stories. I’d planned on blogging about the hood and our many ups-and-downs over the last few decades. About how he sees a future Melville. But I got distracted. Distracted … Continue reading Sunbeams and shadows
At the beginning of Covid-19 I was like the Headmistress of How To Do Things. Way before social distancing had become a thing, I sat miles away from anyone. I was a pain in the ass, I yelled at my friends who didn’t yet get … Continue reading The Headmistress of Lockdown
Everyone is worrying about their dogs not getting enough exercise. I am not. Every time I get up to do something my dog follows me. He comes with me to check the fridge 127000 times a day. We go to the loo together and sometimes … Continue reading My dog is not unhappy
Like many, I wake up and think – I don’t know what to do, I’m not sure I want to get out of bed today. I feel sad, sometimes lonely, I wallow a little in my feelings and then I think, come on Violet, you’ve … Continue reading Growing your limes, growing yourself
My online yoga classes give me routine. I sit at my laptop and sign up for classes in advance. They’ve been going for about ten days, the classes are with my regular yoga teacher, Stella, and she’s fab. She got it together early, learning the … Continue reading I have feelings about online yoga