Red toenails - a perspective

Living abroad, we are from time to time kept in the loop about a friend or family member’s terminal illness via WhatsApp messages. One of the precious messages I received was a picture of the beautiful red toenails of a dear friend in her hospital bed. The nails were done especially for her last Christmas with her family.

Hèléne

Lovely Hèléne Kytides Kabutz had to get a flamboyantly colourful apron symbolizing her passionately loving heart - love for her children, her husband and God ánd for the people around her.

About designer shoes and Oscars

While on holiday in the lovely Cape, my dear friend Esthie decided to buy me a pair of shoes, to symbolise the beautiful feet …

Battlefront Cook in Egypt and Italy

Like a veritable Indiana Jones, Danie had to be enormously practical and resourceful – as a cook in North African desert field kitchens, in the POW camp kitchens of Benghazi, Sardinia and Italy, as a foraging escapee in the hills of Tuscany, and as a volunteer fighter in the Italian Resistance. He had entered the war with the naive ideal…

Cook in training

Our young hero learning to feed the forces at the Pretoria Police College - peeling a mountain of potatoes, making notes, AND finding time to take the love of his life to the Burgers Park in Pretoria.

Kintsukuroi - the wonder of healing

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise …

My Art Challenge

Day 3 - Cutie called Trisha

Day 3 - Cutie called Trisha

In: My Art Challenge

Day 3 and we are visiting our children in sunny South Africa. What other subject to paint than this delightful little gi...

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10 Feb 2016 - Sleeping warthog

10 Feb 2016 - Sleeping warthog

In: My Art Challenge

Day 2: Painting miniatures was still very new to me. Here I tried an approximately 10x10cm pencil sketch on handmade pap...

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A year's worth of mini paintings

A year's worth of mini paintings

In: My Art Challenge

I started on my birthday, 9 February 2016, with a challenge to produce one miniature painting per day for a year...

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Embroidery

A labour of love

A labour of love

In: Embroidery

Our beautiful, talented youngest daughter’s wedding took place in August 2015. The challenge that had come my way was t...

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Being creative with embroidery and appliqué techniques

Being creative with embroidery and appliqué techniques

In: Embroidery

A set of serviettes to go with the very red Victorian dining room in the home we rented. And then we moved to The Coach...

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Blossoming writer

Battlefront Cook in Egypt and Italy

Battlefront Cook in Egypt and Italy

In: Blossoming writer

Like a veritable Indiana Jones, Danie had to be enormously practical and resourceful – as a cook in North African deser...

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Kintsukuroi - the wonder of healing

Kintsukuroi - the wonder of healing

In: Blossoming writer

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese...

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The ambassador, the murderer, the victim and the primadonna

The ambassador, the murderer, the victim and the primadonna

In: Blossoming writer

An American guru teaches salespeople: “You can’t sell what you ain’t got!”

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Relationships

Flavoursome relationships

Flavoursome relationships

In: Relationships

During the Easter holiday our family of foodies had a most enjoyable time baking, cooking, and enjoying the results aro...

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Red toenails - a perspective

Red toenails - a perspective

In: Relationships

Living abroad, we are from time to time kept in the loop about a friend or family member’s terminal illness via WhatsAp...

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Crisis management - a new way

Crisis management - a new way

In: Relationships

Like many a South African male, my husband dreamt about having a farm: to be near nature, to be busy with farm animals....

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About designer shoes and Oscars

About designer shoes and Oscars

In: Relationships

While on holiday in the lovely Cape, my dear friend Esthie decided to buy me a pair of shoes, to symbolise the beautifu...

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I have had enough of praying!

I have had enough of praying!

In: Relationships

Every morning, the last touch on my newly-made bed is the two handfuls of ornamental hearts that remind me to pray for...

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On the receiving end…

On the receiving end…

In: Relationships

When I go through life tagging along my emotional baggage neatly stuffed into a hip “trolley suitcase”, I will find it...

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Stay-at-home mom

Stay-at-home mom

In: Relationships

Q: Help! I want to be more than I am right now, but how will I ever attain that? I am tired of wondering and wondering...

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Standing corrected

Standing corrected

In: Relationships

Being corrected by others is never pleasant or comfortable, but if I’m humble enough to accept correction/discipline gr...

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A strong tree

A strong tree

In: Relationships

Putting my trust in people, depending on people to supply the security, attention, love, company that I need, will leav...

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Lazy Sunday morning

Lazy Sunday morning

In: Relationships

A lazy Sunday morning breakfast on a glorious English summer’s day – on our patio. 

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Groot hoogtes

Groot hoogtes

In: Relationships

Ons moet mekaar tot groot hoogtes aanspoor, nie teen die mure uitdryf nie! Let us encourage each other to attain great h...

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A field of daffodils or a minefield?

A field of daffodils or a minefield?

In: Relationships

I am not a victim of my circumstances - I can choose to contribute to those important relationships with courtesy and lo...

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When everyting goes wrong

When everyting goes wrong

In: Relationships

I was reminded of the priests standing in the middle of the Jordan with the ark of the covenant when I read in Psalm 114...

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Culinary adventures

Green risotto

Green risotto

In: Culinary adventures

When baking, one should follow the recipe to the T – and I do that. But, when making risotto, I tend to hop along happi...

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Feast with new potatoes

Feast with new potatoes

In: Culinary adventures

What a privilege to dig up new potatoes from our own garden! (Not me, but my very able husband who loves gardening.) So...

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Strawberries with puff pastry hearts

Strawberries with puff pastry hearts

In: Culinary adventures

What to do when you have bought a packet of ready-made puff pastry for a household of two? Make chicken pies, then a be...

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Twinned bread rolls

Twinned bread rolls

In: Culinary adventures

Twinned bread rolls: I took the short cut – using bread ready mix for both the brown and white parts (seeing that I don...

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Roasted butternut and grapes with feta and rosemary

Roasted butternut and grapes with feta and rosemary

In: Culinary adventures

What do you do when you are stuck with a bunch of grapes past their “best by” date? Other than cooking jam or making a...

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Salmon steak with chilli and peppers

Salmon steak with chilli and peppers

In: Culinary adventures

As usual, I had to make do with what I had, so this is how I came up with a stunning salmon dish:

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Chicken with parsnips, rice and courgette

Chicken with parsnips, rice and courgette

In: Culinary adventures

Serves two. Ingredients: For chicken: 1 poussin or chicken portions of your choice for two juice of ½ lemon drizzle of...

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Dessert idea 1

Dessert idea 1

In: Culinary adventures

Tired of the old fruit salad and cream?

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Beef stew with juniper berries

Beef stew with juniper berries

In: Culinary adventures

Beef stew with juniper berries, served with mashed potato, aubergine and asparagus I was inspired by a recipe in the Co...

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BBQ leftovers

BBQ leftovers

In: Culinary adventures

What to do with those leftover BBQ steaks? I used two leftover steaks that were medium done, had been in the freezer, an...

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Chicken chorizo and caper delight

Chicken chorizo and caper delight

In: Culinary adventures

Inspired by a grand chef on www.thechefproject.com , I adapted his Chicken Chorizo and Olive Stuffed Pastry and came up...

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About me

  •  Alet GardnerHi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
    I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

    My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
    and the love that God has for me.

     Ek deel graag met jou die vreugdes van dit wat mooi en betekenisvol is.  Stap gerus saam...