Beauty For Ashes

Babylonstornen 18 - One Authentic Life

There is nothing more solemn and stark a reminder of how ephemeral life is than someone’s death.  It takes all your previous perspectives, plans and ideas and turns them totally inside out and upside down.

Recently, while in the Western Cape which had been ‘home’ to my grandmother (my Dad’s mom) for eighty plus years, we drove passed the exact spot at which we had previously scattered her ashes 6 short months ago, and all the memories came flooding back…

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Embrace Here

Patensie- One Authentic Life

This past weekend I was overcome with a bad case of what I call the ‘wanderlust woes’ or the ‘PLOM’ (an acronym for ‘poor little old me’).

“Why can’t I be in PAAAAAAARIS?!”
“Why does she get to go to Rome AGAAAAAAAAIN?!”
“Why does he get a new car aaaaaaaaaaaand a new house?!”

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Espresso & Dark Chocolate Deconstructed Pavlova

 

I’ve discovered that coffee is as delicious served in a cup, as it is served in a cake! For some time now, I have been experimenting with coffee in my baking and I am loving the culinary qualities of coffee. It is also wonderfully versatile. With each recipe, I try out different brew methods, different roasts, different roasters and different origins.

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Why You Should Have A Heart Of Gold

Welcome to One Authentic Life!

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings.

What is this blog about? Well, exactly what Mr E.E Cummings says. The art of pursuing authentic living. At aged 25 I have started to discover that perfection is second place. Authenticity is first prize.

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Malawi Mocha & Mandarin Cheesecake

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If you enjoy a decadent, luscious cheesecake with the distinctive flavour of coffee, then you will definitely enjoy devouring a slice of this mocha and mandarin cheesecake for dessert or served with coffee. It also happens to be gluten free. Why mocha and mandarin, you may wonder? Well, I love the combination of coffee with most things, but more specifically, the combination of mandarin orange and Malawian coffee works magically.

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Winter Ramblings

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Winter in South Africa is beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, it can get ‘vrek koud’ (said whilst shivering despite wearing layers of clothing). Although It doesn’t snow in the city of Port Elizabeth (where I reside) or usually in any of the other cities in South Africa, temperatures can become rather icy. Snow is often found higher up on some of the mountain ranges such as the Drakensberg Mountains in Natal (that’s where I first played in snow as a young child).

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Running Solo

Running Solo

Today I went for my first run on MY OWN since my attack. The last time I did that was a few hours before we were kidnapped! Such a sense of accomplishment! I was armed with a glass water bottle and pepperspray both ready to be used as weapons!

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Justice prevails…and yet

imageThis is the ninth part of the impact statement that my mother wrote. This part was not read out in court, but was written afterwards about the experience.

Justice Prevails, and yet …..

We are so grateful to the police and to the prosecuting authorities for

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The Trial

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This is the eight part of the impact statement. Obviously my mom did not read this out in court as it is about the court case, but wrote this afterwards.

The Trial

The length of time that it took for this matter to come to trial was incredibly stressful.

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