30 May 2011

Autumns Over Baby

Winter has arrived with a flourish in Cape Town. Pouring rains and howling winds have sent many running for cover. Must say I am always amused at the way capetonians respond to winter...its always with such surprise, like :

WHAT?? Its raining! Omicat, what are we going to do? 
Definitely have to drive 30km/h and stop for no reason to try find the windscreen wipers.

I dont really mind winter as long as I am able to avoid being whiplashed by rain. The combination of gale-force wind AND rain kinda makes me grumpy. I plan my days carefully. Underground parking always taken into consideration.

That being said I did not go run today. There were breaks in the rain but I just dont have warm enough running gear. My little skorts and tank tops will NOT suffice. 

I went into New Balance today to get some winter stuff and almost fainted at the prices...long running tights R350, long sleeve winter running tee R250 and water resistant running jacket R450.  

I have to say though that after using proper sports stuff I can never go back to the generic Edgars, Mr Price stuff. Nuh uh. I need the real deal. It just means I will have to budget for said 'real deal'. There is no comparison in the fabrics used - the sports technology in clothing today is phenomenal.

Yes, I bought the tights. I had to. For now I can wear a tshirt, a long tee and a hoodie while I run but I need LONG stuff for my legs!!

I am planning on doing this (at least once)) in July so I need to get out there, come rain or shine, hence my sudden rush to get suitable attired for grotty conditions.

27 May 2011


my everyday, typical dress style

This is pretty much how you will find me most days....jeans, scarf and hoodie (Mr P) boots and white shirt(Foschini)  Charm necklace (from my family) from a local craft shop.

Happy weekend folks - keep warm as some HECTIC weather is headed for Cape Town...I have a bakkie load of wood being delivered in a few hours.

26 May 2011

Pressure, but not Mine

I have been amazed at children's ability to absorb the amount of stuff required of them. Not just my kids but those of my friends aswell.

To give you some idea of what is in Honey's immediate future (ie next 10 days)

  • Technology project
  • Poetry competition
  • Assessments begin (daily revision required)
  • Violin recital
  • All words to be memorised for role as Puck
  • Play rehearsals twice a week 
Bearing in mind her regular violin, piano and swimming commitments.

Honey is completely unstressed. I, on the other hand, am feeling some pressure because we all know who is responsible for making sure everything gets done! Fortunately a wise woman (my sis) reminded me to take it in MY stride (like my daughter) and just stay calm and postive about it all.

How do you guys deal with school pressure as parents?

25 May 2011

Officially All Grown Up

It happened some time last month.
I wrote an email.
She responded.

And then it was delivered yesterday.
All this stuff. That I paid money for.
Money that I could have spent on shoes.
Or lattes.

The proof of my adulthood?

My very own tupperware.


24 May 2011


The school run went well. No drama this morning or at drop-offs.

I decided to do what I want to do today. 

So I made breakfast and watched The Kardashians.

Then I made a fire.

And started watching Fame - the 1980's version.

But thought it best to put a load of washing on - cos my char comes to iron tomorrow.

And maybe square up the kitchen and take meat out the freezer.

Oh, and get the kids worksheets/activity sheets printed for this afternoon.

And maybe I should be getting some exercise as the sloth is growing into beast inside me.

I would run but its freezing and raining so its the Trek to gym for me shortly.

Lovely not to have to chase around though...and we have an awesomely quiet afternoon ahead - with revision for upcoming assessments, violin practise for recital next week and of course - running of lines for the play! At least we do not have to leave the house though. Small mercies.

Howz your days looking peoples?


23 May 2011

Monday Meme :-)

Thought I would play along with Lynette and Wendy - fun way to start the week yes?
1. What time did you go to bed last night and were you alone?  22h30ish and not alone.

2. If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?  Patience

3. What was the last film that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you and why? The girl with the dragon tattoo. Gritty, swedish (i think?) movie with some troubling scenes. I loved the characters though - so unusual.

4. What is your favourite TV show of all time ie. you've seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it? No brainer - FRIENDS

5. Whats your favourite way to wake up and whats the first thing you do?  At my leisure, preferably with tea.

6. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? I love my name, wouldnt change it.

7. If you had to do a bushtucker challenge (you have to eat insects/grubs etc) what would be the worst thing you had to eat? A parktown prawn

8. Whats the worst/most embarrassing CD/Album you've ever owned and do you still have it?  The Soft Shoes....ah, Jervis Pennington, what a boytjie.
9. What would be your dream vehicle (bikes, cars, boats, bat car and millenium falcon is allowed!)?  I would love a mini cooper convertible and a jetski please.

10. Whats your favourite fantasy people sandwich?  Um? I dont do that.

11. What characteristics do you dislike in yourself?  I worry to much. I used to tell people I am not much of a thinker....but in retrospect I think WAY TOO MUCH.

12. Your favourite item of clothing and why? Uggs, sweatpants and hoodies. Madam Stylish is not me.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and who would it be with? Trieste in Italy. With the man obviously.

14. If you could have any animal/creature, what would be your ultimate pet be? A wolf.

15. What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?  A vet, and no, I never will be.

16. Whats the next planned event you're looking forward to in your life?  Trip to London to see Jo....and possible upcoming trips to Reunion and Mauritius where the man has work contracts...

17. What were you doing before you started this? Making a fire.

18. What was the last thing you ate that you really shouldn't have? 2 buttermilk rusks. and I want another.

19. If you were an ice cream what would you be? Vanilla. Boring hey?

20. Who was the last person you spoke to that you didn't want to talk to? DSTV consultant.

21. What was your favourite toy as a child  . . .and now? My piece, a silk offcut from a blanket. I would carry it around....my mom made sure there were a few lying around.

22. When was the last time you cried laughing and why? When i saw this youtube clip a few weeks ago, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg....I laughed myself senseless. 

23. What is stashed under your bed/mattress?  wth? I am not living in the Wild West.

24. What did you dream about last night? Dunno, was awake lots cos of the storm so probably didnt dream.

25. What are you really afraid of?  Being unfulfilled in life; not living fully.

22 May 2011

Weekend Pictorial

Lulu reads her birthday blogpost.

Skating - the newfound (or rediscovered) passion

Birthday shopping (note nothing in this pic bar the bunny was purchased!)

Birthday tea at granny Allies house.

My mom and I. All to often twins...and never planned!

Honey is so glaringly absent in our weekend. I have missed her very much. We are fetching her from the camp at 1530, yay! Am sure to be regaled with many stories of midnight feasts and hijinx galore!

Happy Sunday peeps.

21 May 2011

Seven Years Later

Happy birthday to my Lulugirl.

Every year with you is like a roller-coaster ride. Some days I am nauseous and some days I woo-hoo with joy! There is very little predicatability about you; from your sense of style to your sense of humour. It can change like your mood, in a heartbeat.

The few consistencies are your senstivity, your ability to endear yourself to everyone and your love for the arts. Few things make you happier than immersing yourself in some sort of creative endeavour.

Today I asked you what you are going to be when you grow up:

I think I will be an artist. 
Or a world famous pianist or recordist, if I keep playing recorder.

(fyi - she doesnt play piano or recorder. Yet.)

We look forward to many breathtaking rides on this journey of life with you Lulu. We love you endlessly and then some more.

20 May 2011

Voting Day

We had a rather stellar Voting Day ---- I was up at sparrow-fart for a session with my new PT. I had made an 0830 appt forgetting it was a public holiday but decided to keep it anyway. Good decision, my mood is much better if I exercise first thing.

We then headed out to Slangkop to walk the boardwalk - the kids frolicked and did what kids do while the man and I leisurely strolled along, catching up on the many things going on in our respective worlds.

From here we went to one of our favourite haunts - a little deli style coffee shop at a nursery nearby. The kids love the park and we love the gourmet coffee and gluten free chocolate brownies!

We then popped out to vote, took all of about 4minutes - i always find voting remarkably empowering and exciting. I wish more people felt this way. I find myself searching for little black dots on left hands of total strangers ... if I dont see one I want to know WHY MAN WHY didnt you vote. ;-)

In the afternoon the man and I trundled off to movies for some light entertainment - we saw Thor and I really enjoyed it. I am not usually a fan of this type of movie but after being dragged to see Iron Man 2 and thoroughly LOVING it I have decided to remain open to the possibility of such flicks. :-)

19 May 2011

WIWT : Introducing What I Wore Today

 What I Wore Today will be an adhoc feature on FiveTribe for future giggles from my kids....I can just imagine in 20yrs time their "you wore THAT??" exclamations! I promise to keep it random and honest....good days, schlumfy days (tks Shayne!) and everything inbetween.

Today I wore this: long tunic with cowel neck (Mr P) with knitted turquoise V-neck long T (WW) studded leggings (Edgars) and boots (Miladys or some other equally lame shop!) 

I must say I think it has a bit of a 60's vibe going on, not planned but looking at the silhouette....hmmm. I will endeavour to sort my camera out in the near future but I kinda liked the crazy flashy thing :-)

I dont usually dress like this - usually the school run finds me in my gym sweats but this particular morning I was off to coffee with a mate!

Would be great if you guys played along now 'n then.....am sure YOUR kids would appreciate seeing more of YOU in your blogposts too! (not to mention your readers ;-)

17 May 2011

Kid Friendly Food

Hells bells! A foodie post by a foodie-phobic mom. Who would have thought hey? But I am qualified to pour forth my wisdom - do you know why? No? Let me tell you....tonight, at dinner, young Honey spoke these words :

Mom, every meal is like a jewel!

Okay, I am not sure the analogy is correct cos she wasnt inferring my food is hard, tasteless and bound to break your teeth. On the contrary, her inference was that each meal is special and noteworthy.

Over the last days/weeks I explained the concept of the five (pref more) portions of fruit/veg to my children. I have explained that that means, at a minimum, they have to consume 1 portion at school, 2 at lunchtime and 2 at dinnertime.

Blow me down if they didnt just lap it up and accept it. No drama about what I serve; it is a done deal. I am amazed.

Look, I am not aiming at siff stuff like cauliflower and brussel sprouts here. I am starting with palatable easy options including things like tomatoes,mushrooms, cucumber, carrots, peas, potatoes, corn, spinach and potatoes. They also love brocolli if I serve it correctly - as in NOT cooked but in a salad form.

I leave with you a brocolli salad recipe I nabbed from a good friend a few years ago - good luck with getting your sprogs on board!

You will need:   Raw, washed brocolli, cucumber, natural yoghurt/mayo and fresh ginger.

  • Chop brocolli very fine - discard the yuck stalky part and chop the heads.
  • Chop up the cucumber into medium slices and quarter or 1/8 them depending on your kids palate preference
  • Mix half mayo and half yoghurt together and grate as much ginger as desired.
  • Add black pepper for the adults!
Feel free to post your favourite VEGETABLE kid-friendly recipe in the comments. Let's help each other out.

Blog Re-Working

Hey, tis true, all my kids are at school and my man is at work.

Hooli is well on the mend, even went to swimming yesterday arvie. Am very glad I avoided those icky antibiotics! Lets hope for a good run the rest of winter.

I am LOVING CT weather at the moment, am re-evaluating my summer passion - ---- the wind blows a gale in summer here, am thinking of defecting to autumn as my new favourite season.

Been thinking a bit about my blog and have decided to put more of me in here....I know this is for my kids but I am SURE my girls (and maybe my boy but probably not) would love to know more about me. In terms of what I wore, where I went, how I spent my time, what i think about, things i love and things I hate etc etc. I know I would LOVE to have something like a blog book about MY mom at this age - how cool would that be?

Do you ever ponder the content of your blog? The direction? What to put in and what to leave out? 

In the past I ran two blogs : One for kids :Five-Browns and one for me : Simply-MelB (and later, LGN) . So I have decided FiveTribe will be a conglomeration of the three. It will be a typical momblog - stories from my life featuring all of us.

It just means I may have to censor them from reading these books til they are a bit older!


16 May 2011

A New Week

Was woken early to the sounds of a small person using my bathroom. :-(  Hooli's tummy still isnt lekker. Thankfully he is well in all other respects - eating A LOT, drinking and full of energy. This is making it tough for me to keep him home though cos he is getting very bored. I am just not happy to send him back to school,for his sake and the sake of his classmates.

Doc has recommended taking him off all diary again as sometimes, after a bug, a bout of lactose intolerance can occur. It this doesnt work I will haul out the antibiotic big gun. Really hoping to avoid that. For now we use Petrolyte, Reuteri and Rehydrate!

The weekend was a bit miffy. I think my head was a bit done in from a hectic week with kids/husband occupying all my time. Am not a FANTASTIC nursemaid long term. Not one minute on my own in 7 days can make me loopy. And dangerous to be around. Sunday arvie saw me flip out a little and my family scattered into various corners of the house - trying to be invisible. :-)

I decided to go to gym today for my sanity despite the fact that Hooli is still home. I asked my char to come a little earlier so he could stay home. It was a good decision - I think the family will be safe from me this afternoon.


14 May 2011

Party Photos

Last nights party was such fun - I was blown away by the effort people went to with their costumes and props. Real testament to their affection for our host, J, who just loves to dress up. Who knew the 1920's could be so much fun?

Am waiting for the pro pictures to be posted but for now these are some our our snaps.

Some of the crazy flappers. :-)

10 May 2011

First Glimpse

This is flyby post as most of you know I am up to my neck.... my man injured his knee on Sunday and is incapacitated and my son is at the tailend of a particularly virulent gastro virus. Been an interesting few days!

Wanted to quickly share two photos from Saturdays shoot. 

The Five Tribe looking rather dashing :-)

Soft lighting is a girls best friend...and some Aviators of course!

Thanks for looking! More photos will be uploaded here as they become available, will let you know.

05 May 2011

Of Shoots and Velvet Couches

We are all pretty excited about an upcoming photoshoot with our friend at Natural Photography. It is going to be something quite special. I will be organising props, trailers and shopping for a few key clothing items tomorrow.

Take a look at some of these images to get a look n feel for where we are heading. I have a feeling this is going to be one photoshoot that I actually enjoy.

(pls note these images are from random photographers - to see examples of Werners work follow this link)

Here are some of the shots he took for us in January 2010.

Cant wait to share the new shoot results with you all one of these days.

Gym Bunny?

Someone unfortunately made the mistake of referring to me as a gym bunny. I have to say this phrase HIGHLY offends me.

Lets take a look at Urban Dictionary's definition:

a female with more ti*ts than knowledge about exercise, who wears the most expensive gear out there, and only goes to the gym to "do abs" and cardio.

That is *so me* isnt it? Anyone who has ever seen me at gym will know the truth.....


03 May 2011

Pressure Point

I feel the need to just say that I think I have reached my limit. I am not used to suffering husbandlessness for so long. Having to handle the kids all holiday has emptied my tank so-to-speak.

They went back to school today and everything has been fine until now. 1745. Just moments ago i came unglued.

Something silly set me off and now I am Just Done.

He must come home now.

02 May 2011

Three is Better Than One

My girls slept over at their cousins last night. Hooli was supposed to join them but he is snotty,  they have a very young family and have all been ill recently I decided not to send my snotty son their way. Hooli was not amused and kept insisting he isnt sick (which is true) but I had to explain the story to him and promise his turn would come soon...the kids LOVE sleeping out at family.

We spent the evening, chilling on the couch watching 15 episodes of Tom and Jerry. His dvd pick for the evening. I must say T&J still rock and they are 66 years old!

My little revelation for the day? Having one child (especially the last child) at home is FAR MORE TOUGH than having all three home.

I had not realised how much he relies on his sisters for company, support and assistance in his every day life. I have heard:

Mom, I need help (when on the computer)
Mom, please get me juice
Mom, please watch this with me
Mom, please sit with me
Mom, I am bored
Mom, I miss the girls
Mom, come here
Mo-o-o-o-oo---ooom, where are you?

these two are tight

We are off to adventure this morning and will fetch the girls at about 1430. I have thoroughly enjoyed my one-to-one time with him but severely underestimated the power of the kid-clan.

FH beach

Am ready to have my tribe back again! And not just because its easier....but because it just feels like home.

01 May 2011

A Family Manifesto

I have been pondering the idea of a family mission statement or manifesto as I have heard them called.

a great example of a family's creative expression

It would be a fabulous and meaningful family project for us to work on - my kids have a great sense of *belonging*. A sense of family community and I would love to foster it and begin to harness and reinforce each of our values and beliefs.

Take a look at this blog post and see how this family tackled the project.