Marine Reserve near Simon's Town

Stories, books, ideas, covetable objects … this was my week on the web:

I’ve been wanting to read Annie Dillard for ages. This collection of narrative essays looks wonderful.

After 25 years at the helm of Vanity Fair,  charismatic  editor Graydon Carter announced this week he is leaving the magazine in December because ‘it is time’.  This poignant tribute, The Years with Graydon, is beautifully crafted.

Sublime! Naturally pastel-pink chocolate. Apparently it tastes as good as it looks.

Staying with pink: these gorgeous little bowls.

On my wish list: these lace-ups from Ines de la Fressange.

We eat a lot of sweet potatoes in our house! I can’t wait to try this recipe from Drizzle & Dip, one of my favourite South African food blogs …

I started reading this book in a bookshop this week and couldn’t put it down. Here’s the first line: ‘Gil Coleman looked down from the first-floor window of the bookshop and saw his dead wife standing on the pavement below’. The cover is as beautiful.

This excerpt from Dying: A Memoir by writer Cory Taylor, who died in 2016, is riveting. ‘The short answer to the question of what I’ll miss the most is Shin, my husband of thirty-one years, and the faces of my children. The long answer is the world and everything in it: wind, sun, rain, snow and all the rest. And I will miss being around to see what happens next, how things turn out, whether my children’s lives will prove as lucky as my own. But I will not miss dying. It is by far the hardest thing I have every done, and I will be glad when it’s over.’

Shonda Rhimes’ inspiring TED talk, My Year of Saying Yes to Everything, blew me away.

Grief isn’t something to get over.

Excellent parenting advice on how to raise a reader. (We don’t have this problem  … #grateful)

Last but not least, this glorious Spring cover of  VISI, South Africa’s most beautiful magazine.

  • The photograph is of the marine reserve, known as A-frame, in False Bay near Simon’s Town. It is across the road from the lovely beach cottage of our dear friends, Michele Sandilands and Roelf Mulder, which you can have a look at here.

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