Did it really happen? Can a place truly be so magical?
I am yet again back in Joburg and after an especially hectic few weeks I am stopping to pause (due to a lovely poem written by one of my twitter friends). I cannot believe that I have not reflected on the magic time I had in my favourite place. So here it is.…
Here we are in the most amazing place on the planet. I sat watching the sunset alone at the Edge, overlooking the Labyrinth with my faithful dog "Jumble". A gentleman came along who had visited my gallery with his wife the day before (from Cape Town). He said "hi" . I said I was working up a thirst for a beer. He offered to bring me one and I said thanks but no it's ok. Anyway he returned with a bottle of bubbly and a glass. "Here, enjoy, take it home if you wish and by the way we would like to… Continue
Alas, all magic moments have a limited shelf life and I find myself back in Joburg hankering after a chilled (quite cold and laid back) existence in Hogsback. Yes, I know, we have to return to reality at some point. But that does not mean that I cannot lament the fact. I will moan and grown till I get to go back again in two weeks time. At least this time I have something to look forward to.
Where was I again? Oh yes the last time I did a Hoggie reflection was on Thursday… Continue
We (me, Sandra and niece Elrieka) arrived in Hogsback on Sunday night and it is now Thursday and I do not have a clue where the time flew!
What did we do on Monday? Let me try to remember. Oh yes we had a walk in the garden and then discovered that we do not have hot water. The blessing of life in Hogsback is that things go with the flow of the seasons and apparently the frost and snow of two weeks earlier (it always snow before and… Continue
I attended the Ha-man show last night at the Edge and I must say I am glad that I finally got to see him and Lahra in action. A real inspirational treat!
I was a bit disappointed with the small number of people attending but then thought that it was, after all, a Sunday night when most sensible (and we are all so sensible here ;-) ) Hogsbackians retreat into warm beds or take in the Sunday night movie on DSTV. Also, I would imagine that Francois’s eclectic brand of symphonic… Continue
Maybe it's the weather and the general state of things in the world, but I'm needing to have a laugh to lighten up and having just got this email from my Dad - I thought I'd share with everyone here. Hope it makes you laugh and forget your troubles!
we are now on sunday night after a wonderful weekend spent with some family an friends at the edge. I have many photos and will post them up as soon as back home following tomorrow
I have 2 gripes though
1. The overall quality of food in hogsback for sale in eateries is generally fairly average. The edge has good food and we enjoyed a great christmas dinner. We popped into ninas for lunch and while we are impressed by their pizzas and pastas, the… Continue
The Hobbits are from Jo'burg, live down Winding lane on a property called "Ilifu" and go by the names of Maggie and Sandra. Kid you not!!
For the last week we have been attending, (Maggie presenting) via laptops, an online conference, attended by people from all over the world, a conference about technology in education. The website http://emerge2008.net, says it like this: e/merge 2008 - Professionalising Practices is the third virtual conference on educational technology in… Continue
From the last two Hogsback Times email posts by Neil and Attila it would seem that the CAC guys have been rubbing some visitors up the wrong way. I immediately think "forewarned is forearmed" - and what better way to do that than through our local websites - including Ben's and Joseph and Elsa's??
Let's face it, the CAC guys are going to be around, whatever we say or do - we have to find a way to work around them and seeing as a large percentage of the visitors do check out the… Continue
An idea popped into my head whilst looking at my collection of clay animals (the type that are foisted on to the more pliable villagers like myself by the local guys on the main road) in various stages of decomposition and that is, I am willing to bet that in each and every house in Hogsback there exists a similar collection of decomposing clay animals.
This reasonable idea was then rapidly followed by one that was somewhat less logical and that is - why not ask all Hogsbackians to… Continue
Coming back to Hogsback was especially wonderful for me seeing that my son decided to join us. He brought with him a buzzy new girlfriend and lots of enthusiasm for all the walks. Jd's niece, Nicole and her hubbie, Graham, also decided to join us as they are “in between projects” and needed some inspiration!
We started off, as I said with lots of enthusiasm for all the walks (why am I stressing this point?). Of course, we first had to show off our delightful garden…
During last week I was so fortunate to do a Web 2.0 workshop in my favourite place. It was quite a daunting prospect as Gaylin has asked me to do it for a mixed group of Hogsbakians which consisted of children from the age of 11 to a few hobbits (Hogsback characters of undisclosed age). So I actually ended up having a sleepless night worrying how I will be able to keep the attention of such a diverse group.
But I did not have to worry. I thought that Hogsback only had…