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URBAN ECO: Why I wanted live earth worms, and how I got some 🐛

I was frantically scouring the shelves at The Crazy Store when I bumped into my daughter’s P.E. teacher, looking similarly harassed. She and a friend were looking for 50th birthday decorations, what was I doing?  ‘Buying fake treasure…and wondering where to find live earth worms for my friend Andrea’s compost bin.’ I added, as a…

Blog, Urban Eco | 23 September 2019

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: Drama Triangles ⚠️

When I accidentally upset a friend, I called another friend for advise. She’s a professional counsellor and explained the Karpman Drama Triangle, where-by two people continuously switch between three roles – victim, persecutor, and rescuer.  I didn’t exactly understand but basically, your friend tells you a problem and is the victim. You jump in to provide a…

Blog, Life in Botswana | 9 August 2019

BOOK PUBLICITY: No.1 Book Launch & Photos

I once got told I had a good face for comedy (?) and now I know why! I spent the last half-hour killing myself laughing. Thankfully, the rest of you don’t look quite so silly, and there are actually a couple of decent ones of me somewhere. Ahhh, what a night. Thank you, Mimi. And…

Blog, Book Publicity | 4 August 2019

BOOK PUBLICITY: It’s All About No.1 Frog Theory Re-Launch

Next Thursday ‘we’ are re-launching ‘The Frog Theory’ at the No.1 Ladies’ Coffee House, which was handed over to Mimi Shand by Alexander McCall Smith, celebrated author of ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ and I – can’t – wait!  Alexander McCall Smith also started the Really Terrible Orchestra, which makes me feel better about the…

Blog, Book Publicity | 26 July 2019

URBAN ECO: Ready Steady GO ECO!

My daughter got given a paper straw at The Splash Café. ‘Not plastic!’ I said, impressed. The owner (Neli) explained that she hated plastic because Durban harbour was full of it, and all the seals had disappeared. She went on to say that she could not get eco-friendly containers for love nor money. I was…

Life in Botswana | 19 July 2019

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: Snakes on a Golf Course

I thought it was a joke when residents were advised to keep small cats and dogs inside, due to the sighting of a very large python somewhere near the 7thhole. We had recently moved into a very nice house on a golf course (Botswana) and I was absolutely freaked when said python was found –…

Blog, Life in Botswana | 12 July 2019

URBAN ECO: Going Green Turned out to be Tiny

I love humans. My friends and family are mostly humans, so it’s upsetting to be told that we are destroying the planet.   We get hoodwinked into buying expensive green alternatives, then told afterwards they are even worse because. Bombarded with alarmist headlines scaring us half to death as we go about our lives – then…

Blog, Urban Eco | 6 July 2019

FROG TALE: There’s A Frog In My Milk!

My friend Ben said he heard I wrote a book called The Frog theory. He told me his mother studied frogs in the Russian mountains where her hosts produced fresh, cool milk with the tea. As she stared at the milk she wondered how they kept it cold with no electricity or fridges when a…

Blog, Frog Tales | 28 June 2019

URBAN ECO: WTF? Too Many Acronyms!

I started writing blogs in conjunction with publishing The Frog Theory 🐸 on the advise of a PR company. They said to blog about three things, and to stick to those three subjects, in order to start building an online presence. Choosing the first subject was easy. I immediately knew I wanted to write about…

Blog, Urban Eco | 20 June 2019

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: The Demise of Mr Pink, the guinea pig

Our daughter was given two male guinea pigs whom she named Jack…And Jacko. The logic of a three-year-old is a mystery to most, I don’t understand it either, but at least it was better than my friend’s daughter naming her cat-fish, Big Black Willy (after the whale, in Free Willy.) We noticed that Jacko was losing…

Blog, Life in Botswana | 13 June 2019