Category Archives: Smithfield

Smithfield is a small friendly town in the Free State, South Africa

There are still Legavaans in Smithfield

Whilst closing my windows against the incessant wind and dust today, I spotted something in my garden outside. I had to take a good second look as what I thought I saw should surely have been a log. But, on … Continue reading

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Bridge in Smithfield!

A few months ago, I was asked by friends here in Smithfield, whether I played bridge. I replied that I had learnt to play it when I was in high school (about a century ago) but hadn’t played since then … Continue reading

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Home made bread, to die for!

If you’ve been wise enough to order a dinner here at the Garlic House, you might enjoy this delicious sourdough bread I make. It is quite hilarious to create and I know it looks like a rock but the results … Continue reading

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Stay for Dinner! Organic Veg from my garden.

Since buying my over 100 year old house 11 years ago, my gardener William Novasi (Pastor, gardener, craftsman*) and I have worked really hard to establish a garden from a piece of veld. All that was here were a few … Continue reading

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The Question of Light: Tilda Swinton’s speech at the Rothko Chapel

Originally posted on Conner Habib:
Below is the only place to read Tilda Swinton’s moving and radiant speech at the Rothko Chapel in Texas.   Why do I have it?  A brief explanation. Last year, actress Tilda Swinton was presented…

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Kitty Schneider – featured artist in Matie group exhibition

Kitty Schneider – featured artist in Matie group exhibition.

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On May 18th 2014 a Pale Chanting Goshawk came to rest in my ancient bluegum tree. He sat there for at least an hour, silently contemplating everything (or nothing?). He wasn’t at all bothered by the dogs and me underneath … Continue reading

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