I ordered Things to Look Forward To: 52 Large and Small Joys for Today and Every Day for inspiration for my own book and it was waiting for me on my desk when I returned from the Western Cape this week.
The beloved American children's book illustrator Sophie Blackall's collection of everyday joys — from the wonder of a sunrise and the pleasure of an afternoon nap to a hot shower or a walk in a cemetery — is absolutely lovely to me.
It will go straight to the pile of life-affirming and favourite books on my bedside table. It's about objects, events, gestures and ideas that remind you why life matters. I love, love, love it.
It costs R421 at Loot.
I'm so happy that I have eventually managed to find a Lazy Susan.
Placed in the centre of your dining room table, it can hold all your condiments rather than storing them in a cupboard. This means your spices are always at hand when you need them.
It is a wonderful find and is available at Poetry's online shop for R799.
The Lizzard flask (650ml) is the best water bottle I have owned.
It keeps water ice-cold all day, and I especially like that you don't have to unscrew the whole lid (as well as the absence of those awful plastic straws).
It costs R370 on Takealot.
If my daughter had not bought me this skincare product two Christmasses ago, I would still be dipping my fingers into any random cream with the hope that it would bang me back into shape.
Centella Asiatica is sold by Glow Theory, the first dedicated Korean beauty retailer in South Africa. It comes in 150ml and 300 ml bottles (R235 and R365) and the larger one I got 18 months ago is still in use. Centella takes no effort at all — just spray and go – and the packaging is fabulous too.
The BBC series Around the World in 80 Days is an imaginative portrayal of the Jules Verne book that had the Victorian world on edge in a time of technological innovation when railways were laid and the Suez Canal was opened.
Phileas Fogg (played by David Tennant), Abigail Fix (Leonie Benesch) and Jean Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) form a formidable trio who make their way through all kinds of obstacles to meet the deadline.
The series consists of eight episodes of informative family entertainment.
♦ VWB ♦
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