Today is quite chilly outside, actually my fingers feel freezing on the keyboard, but I love to visit all your blogs and see what everyone has been doing so far in this week. We have just come back from guitar lessons and my children have built a double tight rope and are having such fun! Next week we will be building a platform tree house in our Oak Tree in the back yard and they want to have a pulley system linking between that and the other Oak tree, exciting times ahead…

This is Ben and River, they are two Turtle doves that Jenna and Erin rescued and have been taking care of over the last two weeks, they are almost ready to be released and are so beautiful.

Drawings from Ancient Greece and Astronomy from Jenna:

Grecian Urn:

Leo and Hercules:


Erin has just finished her second Man and Animal Block and now we are starting Beowulf:

Caiden is enjoying Fables still and he is almost finished his block:

The Fox and the Crow:

Caiden’s desert scene for verbs and nouns, sounds animals make in the desert, we are still busy with this.

Lastly, my Shabby Chic Donkey I knitted from my yarn I spun on my spinningwheel.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for the sock wool giveaway, just page down a few posts to find it.


Today we are having a real South African lunch, we are having Pap and Gravy it is really yummy and really filling,



1 Bag of Mielie Meal ( crushed dried white corn)


4 Tomatoes, 1 onion, beef stock, salt, pepper, oil.

Bring 1 litre of water to the boil, once water is boiling add 4 cups of mealie meal and cook slowly for about an hour or until it is fluffy.

While this is cooking, take another pot for your gravy,


Cook your chopped up onions and tomatoes in a little oil then add about 1 tblsp of beef stock and mix into your tomatoes and onion, add some water and allow you gravy to cook until it is lovely and thick.

Add salt to taste, it is really divine, we eat ours with some Achar on the side, yummy…

Dish up your pap and pour on your gravy and there you go…

Have a great day…

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10 Responses to Tuesday…

  1. Tammy July 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    LOL, I was going to ask what pap is, and then I read what it is!

    Beautiful drawings and knitting everyone!

    The turtle doves are so pretty…so soft looking…

  2. gardenmama July 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    A double tight rope!! Oh, my children would love that so much, they have rigged sticks wedged between trees as their ‘tightrope’
    The doves are so beautiful, a favorite bird of mine!
    The fox and the crow drawing is wonderful, I love it : )
    GORGEOUS donkey, you must feel so happy to have made this start to finish!!

  3. Lisa July 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    I love the double tight rope!! We are preparing to start building a fort in our backyard, too! Our kids want a pulley system to the house and back. They’ve made a few drawings of what they want it to look like. It looks like you have a house full of artists! Your donkey is so sweet! I really enjoy your blog. It’s so cool reading about your life in South Africa while drinking coffee in Calfornia! Have a great week!

  4. goldenbird July 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Love your donkey, he is really cute! I’ve never seen Turtle doves before, they are beautiful. We have Mourning Doves here. The double tight rope looks so fun. Loved looking at the drawings. I agree with Lisa, it is fun reading about your life in South Africa from here in California.

  5. Pink & Green Mama July 8, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    Yum!! I’ll be right over for lunch. I want to try out your double tight rope, my girls would LOVE it!!

  6. Kelly July 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Linda
    Beautiful drawings. Erin and Caiden have created such beautiful drawings. That double tight rope looks like great fun for sure! Hope the turtledoves fully recover very soon. Your donkey has turned out beautifully – Leo admired him very much! As for the pap – we call it sadza – I am also heading over to share some. We love it and have it when we have braais especially. Such lovely pictures, Linda.

  7. suzanne July 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Lovely drawings everyone..Your shabby donkey is gorgeous Linds. And yes, he is very soft. You can see the Sea scouts in the making here. Good knots holding that rope up.
    Have a great day little people across the road.


  8. Mommy of 4 July 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    LOVE the recipe, but what is achar? My daughter wants to try South African food with all the accouterments!

  9. onegoldensun July 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    It is wonderful to see all that your family has been up to lately. I am inspired by the work of your children, how do you make time for every child’s lessons? The main lesson work is beautiful! And the double tight rope walk is marvelous. Thank you for the recipe, too – it looks delicious!

  10. Linda July 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks so much for all of your comments everyone.

    Mommy of 4, Achaar is chopped up unripe mango that is mixed with spices, chilli, garlic and oil, it is really tasty, but can be oily, lovely with pap.

    Hi Pink &amp, sure, you are welcome anytime…

    Goldenbird and Lisa, I know, it is so amazing to think that we all live so far apart and yet we are all connected by our blogs, it is so very wonderful and I feel so blessed to hear from all of you…

    Hi Kelly, we’ll save you some pap, ‘sadza’, see you soon…

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