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?
I never take much food on road trips. Usually I buy a coffee as I get going and then stop along the way and eat junk, like slap chips, bar-ones and wine gums. The road trip I did now, taking a chance and heading to … Continue reading My Jewish Bagel
I’ve had Zimbabwe on my mind. It’s impossible not to, the country is all over the news. Activists are being abducted and tortured, citizens beaten, the government has zero regard for human rights, the economy is disastrous and corruption is rife. It’s a terrible , … Continue reading Next stop – Zimbabwe.
Some of the things I have seen in Melville over this week have included a guy pirouetting in the middle of the road, pink blossoms flying in the wind, an adorable rescue puppy, ceramic angels outside a community venture, joggers and walkers most of whom … Continue reading Mind the step
Every morning I wake up, brush my teeth, look at the bees, snap a nude, put on a mask and head out for a walk. I notice how beautiful the light is, take pics of flowers, greet other walkers, and their dogs, marvel at the … Continue reading A good avo sandwich comes with advice
I remember the first time I met Sheldon in Melville. It was December, 2019, just before Christmas. He was walking with purpose along 7th Street, carrying a bunch of the prettiest daisies I’d ever seen. I was intrigued by this man who was clearly on … Continue reading Scent of a flower
I’ve written a lot about walking in Melville. So much so that I was recently asked to ‘plot my route’ for other walkers. I immediately said yes, I would love to, and got out my pen and paper. Until I realised I do not know … Continue reading A proverb from Melville
My little travel company, Thandeka Africa, turns 25 years old this month. I’ve worked from my bedroom, dining room and garden, in Melville coffee shops, and even once, in SANDTON. I’ve done business while hiking, from the top of mountains, on the beach and if … Continue reading Thandeka Africa
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
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