Category Archives: South Africa

Becoming extremely interested in other human beings and other beings

The discovery of things new–whether experiences or people or things is heady at times, so much so that we can forget our need to take a ‘loving interest’. The vaark lily (pronounced with an ‘f’ in Afrikaans, like ‘fark’) is … Continue reading

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The Power of 100 Days

Yesterday I wrote about ‘the cracked vase lasts.’ I was still thinking about what that meant, and why I had not finished the post back in fall of 2018 when I went to sleep last night. It was the same … Continue reading

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One good tern deserves another, or take your tern

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Waterford Winery near Stellenbosch, South Africa

This post is for Jean over in Ireland via Social Bridges. Yesterday, we were conversing about Waterfords–the one in Mississippi, the one in Ireland, and the one in South Africa. I said if I could choose to live anywhere, it … Continue reading

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Rakkasan Tea and Dave’s Bagels

I support organizations that do meaningful work toward reconciliation and developing human capital. Today’s post is brought to you by Rakkasan Tea’s Nine Dragons Oolong, served in Sibongile Pottery’s guinea cup, and Dave’s Killer Bagels. I have written a lot … Continue reading

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Rooibos: Served in Sibongile Pottery

These are trying times, are they not?  And yet, we continue to carve out moments of significance and joy as best we can, even when hard and unthinkable things are happening.  Which brings me partly to my reason for writing … Continue reading

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Bridges from Ireland to the World: Social Bridge

On Christmas Eve, I started a series of virtual gifts for the women whose blogs I have come to enjoy in the past year.  Visitors to Social Bridge know that Jean loves the Garrarus Beach, and Tramore, and because she … Continue reading

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Groot Constantia Manor House

Groot Constancia is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa’s Western Cape.  It was established in 1685.  The Manor House in is the late Dutch Renaissance style, with a front room (or voorhuis) paved with white marble and … Continue reading

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Re-use, re-purposing: Unique designs and features

Coca Cola bottle chandelier in Mama Afrika’s, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Paarl Cemetery

This cemetery is next to a church in Paarl, South Africa.  There are a variety of tomb styles, similar to those in the New Orleans cemeteries.  Obelisks, the tall, tapering stones, seemed to be very prevalent in this cemetery. A … Continue reading

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