2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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A South African New year

It is almost New Years eve and I am very excited. I am excited about what 2015 will bring. I am thankful for the year that’s passed but cannot wait for 2015.

It is summer in South Africa and it is HOT.

My hubby and I are going to spend a quiet evening at home and wait for the new year.

We will have a braai. But not any kind of braai we will have a snoek braai. A snoek is a fish that is found in the waters of the Southern Hemisphere.

Here is a snoek braai recipe


  • 1  snoek
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 150 ml apricot jam
  • 100 ml butter or olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon


Using a small pot on the fire, or on a stove, lightly fry the onions.  Then add the apricot jam and lemon juice.

A snoek should be braaied ‘open’. Smear the skin side of the snoek with oil so that it does not stick to the grid and now place in the grid, skin side down. Grind salt and pepper onto the flesh side of the snoek and lightly pat it onto the meat. Pack tomatoes on the open snoek. Then add the apricot jam and onion mix.

Place the grill on a medium fire.

Braaiing time is about 15-20 minutes. If the flesh flakes, the snoek is ready.

Snoek is traditionaly eaten with soetpatats. (sweet sweet potato)


Sweet potatoes




  • Peel sweet potatoes and cut into  blocks
  • Place butter and sugar in pot over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously till the sugar is lightly caramelised
  • Add sweet potato pieces, sprinkle with salt to your taste.
  • Turn the pieces once after about 15 – 20 min

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Take a look at this Pinterest board it has a lot of pins and ideas for new years eve.

Don’t know where in South Africa to celebrate the New Year?

I’ve looked all over the internet and came across some great sites and information about New Years eve events. I’m staying home this New Years and having a braai.

For those of you wanting to go out take a look here:

Getaway lists 27 New Years eve parties

Take a look at this Pinterest board it has a lot of pins and ideas for new years eve.

If you are in Johannesburg for New Years eve Hello Joburg! is hosting the best New Years eve party ever. I’ve been to their Relaunch party and judging by that experience those that are lucky enough to go is in for a treat.



A post about things to do at home during New Years eve will follow tomorrow. If you have a New Years post and you’d like to link up please leave a link under comments.

Liebster award!


I have been nominated  for a Liebster Award-So that other people can find out about smaller blogs like mine. I was nominated by KimHine over here.I was given eleven questions to answer about myself and my blog, and at the end of the post I’ll nominate ten other bloggers to do the same.

Here are the Questions from KimHine…

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog? The blog is about living and traveling in Africa so I chose that name.

2. What is one word that sums up the heart of your blog and why? My love for Africa and to encourage people to visit this amazing continent.

3. What are your favorite pastimes other than blogging? Reading, Pen Palling,gardening, walking with Christ.

4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?  Meeting new people and learning new perspectives.

5. Which project, recipe or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself? Your great enthusiasm! 

6. Where does your blog inspiration come from? All around me. Animals, birds, people.

7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why? I’d like to visit Israel. It brings a lot of the Bible in perspective.

8. If you have children, what are there names? If not, what are your favorite girl and boy names? 

I don’t have children yet but I like Ethan and Elizabeth.

9. A long-lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it? Help myself and my family to get set up 🙂 and then travel!

10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)  My post about Augrabies is my No1 post for the year. I’m surprised as there are others that I likes more            ;- ) http://livinginafrica.net/2014/10/27/1233/

11. Where do you see yourself in five years time? Still teaching and changing the world. Hopefully with a baby on my arm.

For my ten nominees, I am nominating:

Once you are nominated it’s fun for you to copy the questions and then answer them in your own words and nominate your own people..

Colleen @ http://www.blessedarethefeet.com/when-you-didnt-mean-to-grieve-during-the-holidays/

Barbara  @ http://barbaravogelgesang.com/christmas-circus-train/

Tara  @ http://prayingontheprairie.blogspot.com/2014/12/moving-into-neighborhood.html?m=0

Gail @ http://gailgolden.blogspot.com/2014/12/thankful-thursday-little-birdie.html

Anita @ http://www.blessedbutstressed.com/2014/12/24/leaving-jesus/

Susan @ http://hopehearthome.com/the-27th-day-of-christmas/


Wendy http://www.themobsociety.com/2014/12/24/make-space-emmanual/

Becky http://www.beckykeife.com

Melissa http://plaidfuzz.com/day-forward-book-review/

Cee’s Which Way Challenge and Are we there yet? 27 December link up

Welcome to this week’s link up. I thought to join Cee’s Which Way Challenge as well this week.

So life happened and I didn’t get around to add the great post from Kim to my blog. Here it is and thanks again to Kim for the great post!

Please visit her blog here There is always something new and inspirational there,

This week we are away for a “Pre Christmas break” at our beachside place, so we are kicking back not doing much, here are a few signs around us…


Here are some sign boards that I’ve seen this past week. Link up here and show us what you saw please 🙂



For all the info on how to join in please click here

Christmas in Africa 25 December 2014

Christmas day was a real blessing. We came together as a family and had a braai. Ons the menu was beer braai chicken, sweet potato, gammon, ham and potato salad (among other things) My husband made the most amazing bread! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you don’t forget the real reason for Christmas. Jesus Christ was born and He died for our sins.

How did you celebrate Christmas?

Christmas in South Africa…Recipes…Beer braai chicken

Beer braai chicken

Preparation time: 10 -20mins
Cooking time: 45-60 mins

  • Salt and other seasoning
  • 1 Can of beer
  • 1 whole chicken
Drink half of the beer and place the chicken on top it, standing up on the coals. It takes about an hour to cook. Sometimes the flesh on the thighs appear pink this is because some smoking takes place.

Cut up the meat and enjoy!

Christmas in South Africa…The countdown 8 days

Christmas in Africa                                                 While people in the Northern hemisphere are freezing we are having warm weather.

We will have our Christmas lunch outside and braai. For this reason we’ve started tidying the garden yesterday. We couldn’t cut the grass because it was raining but that will happen on Saturday.

On the menu for Christmas day:

Beer braai Chicken


Ox Tongue with sweet mustard sauce

Corned beef


Potato Salad

Pasta Salad

Beet root

Lindsay’s Sweet Potato and Pecan Dish

and for desert Malva Pudding, Trifle and Ice cream.

If you’d like some of the recipes please comment below.

What is on the menu for your Christmas lunch?

Are we there yet 14 December 2014

Thank you sooo much to Kim for this entry 🙂

This is a weekly challenge I do with Amanda, over at her blog the link is above, go and visit her, I have always wanted to go to Africa and when I was pregnant with Star Son who is now almost 13 I started reading “Wilbur Smith” and a lot of his books are set in Africa, and of course my other favorite author now sadly passed was Bryce Courtney whose most famous book was “The Power of One” also set in Africa. So I want to go to Africa one day.

So playing along with Amanda who asks “Are we there yet?” I thought I’d bring you all over to my home town and so I started taking pics of some signs, I realized that Sunbury likes to stack their signs, a lot of signs on one post!! Have a look and see what I mean….

You can find out more about Sunbury’s history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbury,_Victoria

I love how she always shares a part of history 🙂

Please head over to her blog. 

Are we there yet? 21 December 2014 link up

Here is this week’s Are we there yet challenge!

I cannot drive past a sign next to the road without taking a picture! I find it very interesting and a momento of my travels.

Because it is Christmas I thought to add a twist to it this week.  Add your favorite postcard to a post and link to me. (A post card is also a kind of sign right? 🙂20140204_144351_2

How do I participate?

I would like to challenge you to take pictures of signposts and post it in a blog.

  1. Title the blog: Are we there yet? and add a photo of a signpost. To make it more fun please add your country and more or less where this signpost is.
  2. Please add a link to this page in order for others also to find this page and be part of the fun.
  3. Add this badge to your page (If you’d like). 20140104_174036 arewethereyet
  4. Post a link to your page in my comments box it will be appreciated. Then I can see your great post as well.
  5. I will post the top 10 signposts every Sunday on my blog. Just post any signpost that you see.

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