Posted in Books, Medals, Running, Trail Running

What are you proud of this week?

This week I am proud of how much my downhill running skills have improved.  Exactly a year ago on the Lake Farm Charity Trail run a friend , feeling very sorry for me, gave me a quick 101 beginner course in downhill running. (Thank you Sheena :-))

Downhill running, especially on trails, has been a real weakness for me but over the past year I have been practising a lot.  I have been making a concerted effort to run the downhill’s, not to be overly cautious, not to slide down on my bum (although I still do that in parts) and it seem to have paid off.

This weekend, again on the Lake Farm Charity Trail Run I passed quite a few people on the downhill’s and not only did I pass them somebody called me “Speedy Gonzales” as I went by.  (I am not entirely sure she meant that as a compliment but I am taking it)

I am super proud of myself.  I still need to work on the technical down hills as I am still pretty useless on those, but I think that is more a strength issue (I see squats and lunges in my future)

What are you proud of this week?

I just love these medals, I now have 3 and they are gorgeous. They are handmade by the residents of the Lake Farm Centre.  For more info about the centre visit their website HERE

Awesome Lake Farm Trail Run Medal, hand-made by the residents of the Lake Farm Centre
Awesome Lake Farm Trail Run Medal, hand-made by the residents of the Lake Farm Centre

All in all it was a great day – an awesome 15km trail run where we saw loads of buck including giraffe. Being called Speedy Gonzales on a downhill and a second-hand book sale at the end (I got a bit carried away as the books were only R3.00)  What more could you ask for on a Saturday morning and all before 9:00am!

Posted in Baby OL, Books, Children, Crafts, Family, Nursery Decor, Ordinarylife

Another fun project – a bookshelf

I posted a while back (HERE) that I had bought a spice rack that I intended to use as a bookshelf.

It is finally up and being used.  I actually spray painted it a while back, but it only made it onto the wall this weekend. Here are some before and after photos.

As you can see it was in a bit of a state when I bought it.

Before – needing a bit of work.

I had been looking for one for ages after seeing something similar on Pinterest.  I eventually found this one at a charity shop.

I sanded it and spray painted it. And am very happy with the result.  It is very narrow and fits perfectly below the window in Little OL’s bedroom.  When the curtains are closed you would not even know it was there.

cleaned, sanded and spray painted


Spice rack turned bookshelf!


Little OL doing an inspection. I think it passed.
Posted in Baking, Books, Ordinarylife

I received a parcel in the post


I ordered a couple of books from at the beginning of the month and they arrived today…  Even better than Kalahari’s promised delivery time of the same books and cost nearly R200 less even including the shipping.



The packaging they arrived in seemed a bit of an overkill though….



Yes, that does say United States Postal Services…  LOL.  

I am determined to teach myself how to bake decent cakes by the end of the year!

Posted in Books, Ordinarylife

Killing Kebble

This is a public service announcement.

I noticed that one of the terms used on Google that is sending people my way is “when is Killing Kebble  coming out on Kindle” – so here is the answer:  There is no Kindle version yet but has been released on ePub on Kalahari. It is also available in paperback.

How do I know this?  I asked Mandy Wiener the question on twitter last week – @MandyWiener if you are interested in following her.  I am guessing that the reason people are being directed to my blog is because I have linked my twitter feed to it.

Has anyone read the book yet, and if so what do you think?

Posted in Books, Ordinarylife

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

A while back I asked for recommendations for books I could down load for my Kindle and somebody suggested The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I can’t remember who it was but I want to say a HUGE thank you.  I LOVED the book.

At first I was not so sure, it is written in a style that I am unaccustomed to and it took some getting used to – about 3 pages and then I was hooked.

It is not a fast moving book, you pretty much know the story line as the narrator tells you most of it right at the beginning but it was still an awesome book.

I love reading, I really get into books and can get quite emotional (much more than movies) and this book had me BAWLING my eyes out and I loved it.  I have not cried that much while reading in ages.

It is set in Germany at the start of the Second World War and follows a young girl over a number of years.


Posted in Baking, Books, Food, Ordinarylife

Head in the books

I have been a very bad blogger as of late (not sure if anyone noticed).

I am not able to get online as much at work as I used to, but this is a good thing.  It means that I am busy!  Yay.  I have sort of been given a new position – same company but new responsibilities – and I am quite excited about it.  Not so excited that it did not affect my pay packet but that’s another story I guess.

The problem is that at the moment I kind of feel like I have been thrown in the deep end and am sinking.  I am doing some serious studying to find out what is actually going on and to catch up on all the relevant Acts and Legislation.  Fun and games ahead! 

I will try and blog when I can and will try and continue reading all of your blogs.  I miss it when I don’t and feel like I begin to loose contact with my friends.

Other than that I LOVE my Kindle.  I have been reading a lot lately.

These are my latest reads

Room – Emma Donoghue

13 Reasons why – Jay Asher

The slap – Christos Tsiolkas (I am about 1/2way through this one)  I have added a link to a review.  And I agree about the swearing.  I would enjoy the book a lot more if there was less swearing and I can’t think that drug use in urban Australia is quite so prolific. I did see a lot of drugs in Sydney when I lived there but thought it was the age group and social set I met – maybe I was wrong and it is more abundant that I thought?

I am also trying to read EAT PRAY LOVE – but am not really enjoying it (maybe it is because it is not on my kindle – but I don’t think that is the reason). The main characture annoys me.

I have also started Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela, but have not gotten very far (about 6 pages in)

 But for now my head is going to be stuck in The FAIS Act Explained.  I think they should have brought out a book called The FAIS Act for Dummies because that is the way I feel about it at the moment.

I might need a distraction shortly though, so any and all recommendation of books will be gladly accepted.

Talking about books, apparently the Biscuiteers Book is going to be delivered tomorrow.  yay, can’t wait.

Posted in Books, Crafts, Ordinarylife

Wrapping it up

At work each year we do a “Secret Santa” where we are each tasked with buying one other person in the company a gift.  The company pays, but we have to go and get it.

This year one of the girls wanted a voucher from – great idea, but boring to unwrap.  So I decided to get a bit creative.

Once I got over my reluctance to cut up a book, here is what I did:

1.       Found a book in my cupboard that I was NEVER going to read. Thankfully it had a beautiful red hard cover under the paper sleeve.


2.       Used my craft knife and metal ruler to cut holes in about ¾ the pages.



3.       Made a “card” out of one of the pieces of paper that I had cut out.

4.       Put the voucher in the hole in the book, and tied it up with a bit of string.



I am really happy with the way it turned out and think it is a pretty  way to wrap up a voucher for books.  

Posted in Books, Family, Food, Ordinarylife, weather

A Lazy Sunday!!

I have not had such a lazy Sunday in ages and I LOVED it!  I mostly stayed in bed reading.  I started and finished a book and it was heavenly.  

I did get a burst of energy a couple of times.  First I made breakfast for Mr OL and myself – then buried myself back under the covers and into my book and then at about midday I decided to bake some cookies – yum!  Then it was straight back to the book.  

I think Mr OL must have decided that if he wanted to eat anything else he had better make it himself.  So a bit later I was tempted away from my book by delicious smells of roast lamb……  Hmmmmm!  

It was perfect weather to do this, rainy, miserable, dark!  I could not think of a better way to spend yesterday!

The book I read was the first in the trilogy – Book of Words by J.V.Jones entitled The Baker’s Boy.  I really enjoyed it and now need to get my hands on book number 2.  Let’s hope it rains again next weekend……  (Baker’s Boy… Cookies…?  Do you think there might be connection????)