What inspires me

 Who am I? 

A bibliophile. I believe you can never read too many books, and it irks me (deliberate use of a literary-sounding verb) that there are always so many books and so little time.

I read, I write, I golf (admittedly not as much as I would like given all the books I have yet to read), I travel (whenever the stars in my family’s life are aligned), and I am an unapologetic foodie.

Eat Mangoes Naked is one of my all time favourite book titles; it inspires the hedonist within and reminds me of the possibilities of unadulterated fun in everything, even the simplest pleasures. It reminds me that life is messy.  ‘Wanderlust’ is one of my favourite words, no explanation required.

Yoga in Ghana

Looking for an alternative to my normal cardio and strength-training exercise schedule I was introduced to yoga as a way to gaining more flexibility and a better use of my muscles that would not be too traumatic on my body, or so I thought. Traumatic it was not really, but it was definitely a test of my flexibility, or lack of, and I was duly humbled after my first session. Well my second actually, I had been dragged to a Bikram Yoga Class some years before because it was at the time  a new and growing fad. It the end I was really more fascinated by the potentially detoxing effects, from all the sweating than the real health benefits of long term practice.

Gastronomy in Ghana: Red Chilli Restaurant

Eating out in Accra is never a rushed affair for a number of reasons…perhaps one’s desire to linger over a meal or sometimes service that is too slow. Red Chilli offers the best of both worlds, honestly good traditional cuisine and a buffet service that ensures you can indeed have a quick but fantastic meal in less that one hour. I met friends for lunch and an hour later, we’d eaten, caught up and left fully satisfied.

‘Long Walk to Freedom’ for a five year old?

Two nights ago my husband questioned the merits of my reading Nelson’s Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom‘ to our five year old son.
Yes, it is a very good read and no, I am talking about the abridged and illustrated younger reader’s edition, by Chris Van Wyk. Up until that point I had thought it a great idea to teach him and his sister about some of the South African heroes responsible for the freedoms they now enjoy when they go home to South Africa.

One big dust storm

This is my third year in Ghana and the very first time I have witnessed the harmattan we are experiencing at the present moment. The dusty haze, the “setting sun” my son enquires about each morning – even in the recesses of his four-year old mind this is a new experience. There is general consensus…