Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Gifts from my garden (label printable)

Good Afternoon!

Given the recent summer rains, my outdoor potted herbs have been experiencing a growth spurt.  My mint, particularly, has been taking beautifully.  Thinking back at the sapling I purchased a year ago at the Boeremark, I am very proud of how substantial my plants have become.

This does leave me with plenty of herbs and the opportunity to share my fresh mint with friends and family.  To add a special touch, I designed a "from the garden of" label to personalise my herb packaging.

{Print on card and cut along guidelines.  Staple on packaging.  
For a rustic feeling, use paper bags and print the label on brown card.}  

Happy gardening! ;-)

Ask Me on Ask Nanima?

Hello, there! I hope you are having a fabulous day!

For some of you who know me, you would know that I have some history with the Ask Nanima brand.  In 2012, I participated in the Ask Nanima Lunch Date competition.  It was an exciting experience and although I was a runner up,  I enjoyed the challenge and did my best.

Below is a delicious dish I cooked in the competition - a Rocket Fueled Mushroom! Yummy!

 Image by Shoot Cake from Ask Nanima, a blog by Nanima

Since the launch of Winking Plum, Nanima has asked me to consult as a design expert on her website forum.  How exciting!

Once the link and forum is set up and ready, I will announce it here and on my facebook page!
I cannot wait to share some design and decor tips for your home and lifestyle!

I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

A Southern African Safari (a travel memoir) #1

Hello Readers!

I’ve decided to share with you daily, excerpts of a piece I wrote two years ago.  This is a travel memoir.  It is a record of my experiences during a trip with my husband and friends around Southern Africa during December 2011.  Although it is imperfect, this piece has been hidden behind a desktop folder for too long and I feel it’s time it is shared!

As a side note, I wrote this directly after my year of studying masters.  Reflecting on that year, my writing style here is in complete contrast to my dissertation.  After a year of writing academically, I (amusingly) found balance in indulging in descriptive story telling.

Writing gives me joy.  I hope you enjoy reading these memoirs as much as I enjoyed writing them!   


A Southern African Safari 
Travel Memoir
 South Africa - Botswana - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana – South Africa
17 December 2011 - 24 December 2011

1. The Planning

That November’s Sunday afternoon was well-spent on ice-cream cones and waffles with golden syrup in the Pretoria heat, joking and planning our December African safari.

We were four individuals, two couples. I, Zakkiya, was just recovering from a strenuous master’s year of studies, Suhale, my husband was bursting with anticipation over tiger fishing in the Zambezi River and Arshad and Zarina were excited about getting acquainted with Southern Africa and experiencing adventure. I didn’t have a single hope or expectation but the tradition of braaing under the night sky and playing Scrabble after dinner. To me, this was typical of any holiday and I looked forward to it.

Suhale had planned the trip for us all. Along with having had prior African travel experience, he was enthusiastic about taking me and showing me. Contrary to my usual need to control, I was relieved to relinquish responsibility and all too happy to go along with the ride.

The usual questions of, “what should we bring?”; “what will we eat?”; “where are we going?” and “what’s on the itinerary?”, coupled with map calculations, jerry cans, board games, white-water rafting and planned day-to-day activities could not have prepared us for the journey ahead, for Africa had its own idea.


Liked what you read?  Read Part 2 tomorrow morning!
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