Cat lamp

April 30, 2018 at 16:34 (Uncategorized)

I’m very vocal about my dislike of DIY. I also tend to shy away from making over furniture because it’s too close to DIY.

But I did have an idea for my plain whitewashed lamp stand – it involved paint and cat toys. Behold:

cat lamp


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April 27, 2018 at 16:24 (Move, Uncategorized)

My downscale and simplify lifestyle plan has certain requirements that are not negotiable. There were a number of things that were in mind while scouting potential areas to move to, such as wifi, certain shops and things like vets and bank branches.

The wish to simplify isn’t to become a hermit grubbing in the ground making soap out of worms (but if people want to do that, go ahead and grub). Reducing the stresses of commuting, city life and working life is the goal. There will be stresses in the new place, of course, there is no utopia. But here is a chance to do so.

In a way, I’m returning to living ways of my youth. We always lived along the coast in smaller towns, little shops and local crazies. I’m just adding wifi and convenience to the mix.

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Basic Cake

April 21, 2018 at 14:12 (Bake, Move, Uncategorized)

In efforts to simplify my life, I’ve decided to reduce my blogs and add categories to my main blog. Bake, Move and Travel have been added. Move is for the move to Jeffery’s Bay while the others are pretty self explanatory.

First Bake post 🙂

Even my most exotic looking cakes start with plain cake of either vanilla or chocolate. Over the years I’ve refined a recipe that always works for me and always tastes good.

1.5 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk

100g butter/full fat marg

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder OR 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract/essence

Cream the butter/full fat marg and sugar until smooth and creamy, add eggs and milk [and vanilla extract/essence for vanilla cake] and mix with a whisk.  Add shifted flour and baking powder [and dark cocoa power for chocolate cake].  Do not over mix the batter.  I usually fold in the flour with a spatula. Bake at 180C – the baking time will depend of the size of the tin used.  A shallow tin will cook faster than a deep tin but usually it bakes for 30 – 45 minutes.

Ice as desired, or not.

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April 18, 2018 at 15:23 (Move, Uncategorized)

I’m selling my city house, moving to Jeffery’s Bay (or there abouts) and starting an organic garden.

Ah, what a life changing decision. Those who know me will know that I don’t do stuff outside. And yet, here I am moving any from the concrete and tar to soil and spiders.

But why? A chance to start a much simpler life, more conscious of the environment and our impact on it, being more in touch with the community. Less city living stresses and pollution, etc.

The plan – one of many, in fact. All based on not actually seeing the properties in person nor experiencing the environment.

I’m also inspired by 李子柒 making a swing bench and cat shaped cob oven.  Her methods are traditional and her tastes are little rough for me but what I like about her is she has an idea and makes it. She doesn’t get bogged down with the ‘correct’ method and over analysing. I want to trying living a simpler way.

Of course, there is also the option that I find a lovely town house and buy that instead. Who knows.

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