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
I’m sitting in an ‘Anti-Ageing’ restaurant. Yep, you heard right – an anti ageing restaurant. I’m surrounded by Vitamin D sprays, glutamine powder, turmeric tea and a fabulous selection of Stevia liquids. I’m also sitting with my plumber and the manager of the restaurant. The … Continue reading What if I made a mistake
A terrible tragedy happened in my neighbourhood in the early hours of this morning. A drive-by shooting. Two young women, dead. A car guard, shot in the head and critical. And in fact I have just read right this minute, one more person has died. … Continue reading I am not qualified for this
In Johannesburg we all look forward to October, a month of exceptional beauty. Flowers burst with pride, the colours and fragrances are intense, even the bees seem okay. And our beautiful Jacarandas start to bloom. We hope. We start talking about them in September. … Continue reading Jacaranda Season
Anyone who has travelled with me knows that I can be impatient. Especially when it comes to shopping. I love shopping but I also like to be quick. My travel companions wanted to buy jewellery, pashminas and tchotchkes. I wanted to buy books. I was … Continue reading Shopping in Leh. Ladakh. Part Four.
It’s been a shocking few days in South Africa another terrible murder more xenophobic violence fires and looting and shameful behaviour I feel ashamed to be South African right now My heart is breaking for Zimbabweans lining up for busses to go home For Nigerians … Continue reading Shame on us, South Africa
When I travelled through Rajasthan with girlfriends about ten years ago, we visited a lot of temples and palaces. LIKE, A LOT. I learned that I enjoy these things in moderation, but after a while they got a bit meh for me. You’ve seen one … Continue reading Monasteries of Ladakh. Part Three.