Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Autumn days are creeping in...

We are having the most miserable, cold and wet weather in Joburg at the moment. I hope this doesn't mean an early winter for us this year, even though I know that all my northern hemisphere friends are more than ready for an early spring:) Last night we had a power failure, no electricity from 6.00pm until after midnight. That meant takeouts for supper. Also our local supplier had already run out of gas by the time I got there, so my hubby made a fire in the fireplace in the lounge and we spent the evening reading our books by candlelight. Luckily no power problems tonight and I managed to get gas for the gas heaters, so we're nice and cozy....and I'm on the computer.

Ben and Bandit snoozing away, enjoying the gas heater.

This is my dining room cabinet which I love. My step-mom gave it to me when she and my dad moved into a smaller place a couple of years ago. In our old family home it used to be a bookcase, but I use it for an assortment of odds and sods like ornaments and crockery.

In this picture, you can see my clay tajine. This is a Moroccan, North African kind of casserole dish. I got it for my birthday about two years ago, and I'm embarressed to admit that I still haven't used it. I am determined to use it this winter, a nice North African dish with couscous will be perfect on a cold winter day. From Wikepedia, "Tajine dishes are slow-cooked at low temperatures, resulting in tender, falling-off-the-bone meat with aromatic vegetables and sauce." Mmmm...that does sound tempting.

My pet giraffes, far better behaved than the dogs...but not nearly as much fun.


Above and below you can see some of my scarf and pashmina collection. I love scarves and that is one positive thing that I can say about winter, I am looking forward to wearing lots of scarves.

8 comments:

Cheryl said...

Lovely - thanks for the tour - I've always wanted to cook with a clay tajine but I am afraid one in my kitchen would fall to a similar fate - that is unless it holds some magic for making a delicious, fuss free dinner in 30 minutes or less - yeah, I didn't think so ;-)

mormar said...

That was a fun tour. I love seeing other peoples homes.

Freshly Found said...

The weather has landed up being quite nice here in Durban for the Long Weekend - so I hope it's been good there too!
I love the family heirloom bookcase. It is so good to have lovely stuff with a story behind it!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Bronwyn, your black out sounds rather romantic actually :-)

Muriel said...

Mmmm ...Bronwyn I love your pashmina collection

Lynne said...

mmmm, i've started putting some of mine away, now that it's warming up here. those all look yummy. enjoy those brisk, highveld days for me!

JP.Brouard said...

hey there. you've been a bit quiet on the blogging front. taking some time off :)

Bhavna said...

Sending you a truck load of sunshine from India :-) ...it is starting to get quite hot here already and an 'early summer' has been announced!