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South African Folk-lore tales

In South Africa we love the outdoors and camping and a very special time is sitting around the campfire in the evenings and telling stories. I recently came upon a book titled Outa Karel's Stories. Over the next few letters I will be featuring tales from this book which was published in 1914 and written by Sannie Metelerkamp. I will start off with the foreword and introduction before getting to the actual stories.


Here are two more stories, previous stories can be found here.

Why the Hare’s Nose is Slit.
The curtains had not yet been drawn nor the shutters closed, and little Jan looked with
wide serious eyes at the full moon sailing serenely in the cold sky. Then he sighed as
though thoughts too big for expression stirred within him, and turned absently
towards the purring fire.
“And why does the big man make such a sighing?” asked Outa Karel. “It is like the
wind in the mealie land at sun-under.”
Little Jan’s eyes slowly withdrew their gaze from some inward vision and became
conscious of the old native. “Outa,” he said, “why is the moon so far away, and so
beautiful, and so golden?”
“Ach! to hear him now! How can Outa tell? It is maar so. Just like grass is green and
fire is hot, so the Moon is far away and beautiful and golden. But she is a cruel lady
sometimes, too, and it is through her that the poor Little Hare runs about with a slit in
his nose to-day.”
“Tell us, Outa.” Little Jan dropped on to the rug beside the basket of mealie-cobs, and
the others edged nearer.
“And why do you call the Moon a lady?” asked Pietie of the inquiring mind.
“But doesn’t baasje know that the Moon is a lady? O yes, and for all her beauty she
can be cross and cruel sometimes like other ladies, as you will hear.”
“Long, long ago, when the world was quite young, the Lady Moon wanted someone
to take a message to Men. She tried first one creature and then another, but no! they
were all too busy, they couldn’t go. At last she called the Crocodile. He is very slow
and not much good, but the Lady Moon thought she would pinch his tail and make
him go quickly. So she said to him: ‘Go down to Men at once and give them this
message: “As I die and, dying, live, so also shall you die, and, dying, live.”’
“Baasjes know how the Moon is sometimes big and round——so”—and Outa’s
diminutive hands described a wide circle and remained suspended in the air—“like
she is now in the sky. Then every night she gets smaller and smaller, so—so—so—
so—so——till——clap!”—the crooked fingers come together with a bang—“there’s
no more Moon: she is dead. Then one night a silver horn hangs in the sky—thin, very
thin. It is the new Moon that grows, and grows, and gets beautiful and golden.” By
the aid of the small claw-like hands the moon grew to the full before the children’s
interested eyes. “And so it goes on, always living, and growing, and dying, and living
“So the Lady Moon pinched old Oom Crocodile’s tail, and he gave one jump and off
he started with the message. He went quickly while the Moon watched him, but soon
he came to a bend in the road. Round he went with a great turn, for a Crocodile’s
back is stiff like a plank, he can’t bend it; and then, when he thought he was out of
sight, he went slower and slower—drif-draf-drippity-drif-draf, drif-draf-drippity-drifdraf,
like a knee-haltered horse. He was toch too lazy.
“All of a sudden there was a noise—sh-h-h-h-h—and there was the Little Hare. ‘Ha!
ha! ha!’ he laughed, ‘what is the meaning of this drif-draf-drippity-drif-draf? Where
are you going in such a hurry, Oom Crocodile?’
“‘I can’t stop to speak to you, Neef Haasje,’ said Oom Crocodile, trying to look busy
and to hurry up. ‘The Lady Moon has sent me with a message to Men.’
“‘And what is the message, Oom Crocodile?’
“‘It’s a very important one: “As I die and, dying, live, so also shall you die and,
dying, live.”’
“‘Ach, but that is a stupid message. And you can’t ever run, Oom, you are so slow.
You can only go drif-draf-drippity-drif-draf like a knee-haltered horse, but I go sh-h-h
-h-h like the wind. Give the message to me and I will take it.’
“‘Very well,’ said the lazy Crocodile, ‘but you must say it over first and get it right.’
“So Neef Haasje said the message over and over, and then—sh-h-h-h-h—he was off
like the wind. Here he was! there he was! and you could only see the white of his tail
and his little behind legs getting small in the distance.
“At last he came to Men, and he called them together and said: ‘Listen, Sons of the
Baboon, a wise man comes with a message. By the Lady Moon I am sent to tell you:
“As I die and, dying, perish, so shall you also die and come wholly to an end.”’
“Then Men looked at each other and shivered. All of a sudden the flesh on their arms
was like goose-flesh. ‘What shall we do? What is this message that the Lady Moon
has sent? “As I die and, dying, perish, so shall you also die and come wholly to an
“They shivered again, and the goose-flesh crept right up their backs and into their
hair, and their hair began to rise up on their heads just like—ach no, but Outa forgets,
these baasjes don’t know how it is to feel so.” And the wide smile which
accompanied these words hid the expression of sly teasing which sparkled in Outa’s
dancing black eyes, for he knew what it was to be taken to task for impugning the
courage of his young listeners.
“But Neef Haasje did not care. He danced away on his behind legs, and laughed and
laughed to think how he had cheated Men.
“Then he returned again to the Moon, and she asked: ‘What have you said to Men?’
“‘O, Lady Moon, I have given them your message: “Like as I die and, dying, perish,
so also shall you die and come wholly to an end,” and they are all stiff with fright.
Ha! ha! ha!’ Haasje laughed at the thought of it.
“‘What! cried the Lady Moon, ‘what! did you tell them that? Child of the devil’s
donkey!1 you must be punished.’
“Ach, but the Lady Moon was very angry. She took a big stick, a kierie—much
bigger than the one Outa used to kill lions with when he was young—and if she could
have hit him, then”—Outa shook his head hopelessly—“there would have been no
more Little Hare: his head would have been cracked right through. But he is a slim
kerel. When he saw the big stick coming near, one, two, three, he ducked and slipped
away, and it caught him only on the nose.
“Foei! but it was sore! Neef Haasje forgot that the Moon was a Lady. He yelled and
screamed; he jumped high into the air; he jumped with all his four feet at once; and—
scratch, scratch, scratch, he was kicking, and hitting and clawing the Moon’s face till
the pieces flew.
“Then he felt better and ran away as hard as he could, holding his broken nose with
both hands.
“And that is why to-day he goes about with a split nose, and the golden face of the
Lady Moon has long dark scars.
“Yes, baasjes, fighting is a miserable thing. It does not end when the fight is over.
Afterwards there is a sore place—ach, for so long!—and even when it is well, the
ugly marks remain to show what has happened. The best, my little masters, is not to
fight at all.”
According to a Hottentot legend, the hare is related to the donkey.

How the Jackal got his Stripe.
“The Sun was a strange little child,” said Outa. “He never had any Pap-pa or Mamma.
No one knew where he came from. He was just found by the roadside.
“In the olden days when the men of the Ancient Race—the old, old people that lived
so long ago—were trekking in search of game, they heard a little voice calling,
calling. It was not a springbokkie, it was not a tarentaal, it was not a little ostrich.
They couldn’t think what it was. But it kept on, it kept on.” Outa’s head nodded in
time to his repetitions.
“Why didn’t they go and look?” asked Willem.
“They did, my baasje. They hunted about amongst the milk-bushes by the roadside,
and at last under one of them they found a nice brown baby. He was lying quite still
looking about him, not like a baby, baasjes, but like an old child, and sparks of light,
as bright as the sparks from Outa’s tinderbox, seemed to fly out of his eyes. When he
saw the men, he began calling again.
“‘Carry me, carry me! Pick me up and carry me!’
“‘Arré! he can talk,’ said the man. ‘What a fine little child! Where have your people
gone? and why did they leave you here?’
“But the little Sun wouldn’t answer them. All he said was, ‘Put me in your awa-skin.
I’m tired; I can’t walk.’
“One of the men went to take him up, but when he got near he said, ‘Soe! but he’s
hot; the heat comes out of him. I won’t take him.’
“‘How can you be so silly?’ said another man. ‘I’ll carry him.’
“But when he got near, he started back. ‘Alla! what eyes! Fire comes out of them.’
And he, too, turned away.
“Then a third man went. ‘He is very small,’ he said; ‘I can easily put him in my awaskin.’
He stooped and took the little Sun under his arms.
“‘Ohé! ohé! ohé!’ he cried, dropping the baby on to the red sand. ‘What is this for
toverij! It is like fire under his arms. He burns me when I take him up.’
“The others all came round to see. They didn’t come too near, my baasjes, because
they were frightened, but they wanted to see the strange brown baby that could talk,
and that burned like a fire.
“All on a sudden he stretched himself; he turned his head and put up his little arms.
Bright sparks flew from his eyes, and yellow light streamed from under his arms,
and—hierr, skierr—the Men of the Early Race fell over each other as they ran
through the milk-bushes back to the road. My! but they were frightened!
“The women were sitting there with their babies on their backs, waiting for their
“‘Come along! Hurry! hurry! See that you get away from here,’ said the men, without
“The women began to run, too.
“‘What was it? What did you find?’
“‘A terrible something,’ said the men, still running. ‘It pretends to be a baby, but we
know it is a mensevreter. There it lies in the sand, begging one of us to pick it up and
put it in his awa-skin, but as soon as we go near, it tries to burn us; and if we don’t
make haste and get away from here, it will certainly catch us.’
“The women with their babies on their backs, flew”
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“Then they ran faster than ever. Baasjes know—ach no!” corrected Outa, with a sly
smile; “Outa means baasjes don’t know—how frightenness makes wings grow on
people’s feet, so that they seem to fly. So the Men of the Early Race, and the women
with their babies on their backs, flew, and very soon they were far from the place
where the little Sun was lying.
“But someone had been watching, my baasjes, watching from a bush near by. It was
Jakhals, with his bright eyes and his sharp nose, and his stomach close to the ground.
When the people had gone, he crept out to see what had made them run. Hardly a leaf
stirred, not a sound was heard, so softly he crept along under the milk-bushes to
where the little Sun lay.
“‘Ach, what a fine little child has been left behind by the men!’ he said. ‘Now that is
really a shame—that none of them would put it into his awa-skin.’
“‘Carry me, carry me! Put me in your awa-skin,’ said the little Sun.
“‘I haven’t got an awa-skin, baasje,’ said Jakhals, ‘but if you can hold on, I’ll carry
you on my back.’
“So Jakhals lay flat on his stomach, and the little Sun caught hold of his maanhaar,
and rolled round on his back.
“‘Where do you want to go?’ asked Jakhals.
“‘There, where it far is,’ said the baby, sleepily.
“Jakhals trotted off with his nose to the ground and a sly look in his eye. He didn’t
care where the baby wanted to go; he was just going to carry him off to the krantz
where Tante and the young Jakhalses lived. If baasjes could have seen his face! Alle
wereld! he was smiling, and when Oom Jakhals smiles, it is the wickedest sight in the
world. He was very pleased to think what he was taking home; fat brown babies are
as nice as fat sheep-tails, so he went along quite jolly.
“But only at first. Soon his back began to burn where the baby’s arms went round it.
The heat got worse and worse, until he couldn’t hold it out any longer.
“‘Soe! Soe! Baasje burns me,’ he cried. ‘Sail down a little further, baasje, so that my
neck can get cool.’
“The little Sun slipped further down and held fast again, and Jakhals trotted on.
“But soon he called out again, ‘Soe! Soe! Now the middle of my back burns. Sail
down still a little further.’
“The little Sun went further down and held fast again. And so it went on. Every time
Jakhals called out that he was burning, the baby slipped a little further, and a little
further, till at last he had hold of Jakhals by the tail, and then he wouldn’t let go. Even
when Jakhals called out, he held on, and Jakhals’s tail burnt and burnt. My! it was
quite black!
“‘Help! help!’ he screamed! ‘Ach, you devil’s child! Get off! Let go! I’ll punish you
for this! I’ll bite you! I’ll gobble you up! My tail is burning! Help! Help!’ And he
jumped, and bucked, and rushed about the veld, till at last the baby had to let go.
“Then Jakhals voertsed1 round, and ran at the little Sun to bite him and gobble him
up. But when he got near, a funny thing happened, my baasjes. Yes truly, just when
he was going to bite, he stopped halfway, and shivered back as if someone had beaten
him. At first he had growled with crossness, but now he began to whine from
“And why was it, my baasjes? Because from under the baby’s arms streamed
brightness and hotness, and out of the baby’s eyes came streaks of fire, so that Jakhals
winked and blinked, and tried to make himself small in the sand. Every time he
opened his eyes a little, just like slits, there was the baby sitting straight in front of
him, staring at him so that he had to shut them again quick, quick.
“‘Come and punish me,’ said the baby.
“‘No, baasje, ach no!’ said Jakhals in a small, little voice, ‘why should I punish you?’
“‘Come and bite me,’ said the baby.
“‘No, baasje, no, I could never think of it.’ Jakhals made himself still a little smaller
in the sand.
“‘Come and gobble me up,’ said the baby.
“Then Jakhals gave a yell and tried to crawl further back.
“‘Such a fine little child,’ he said, trying to make his voice sweet, ‘who would ever do
such a wicked thing?’
“‘You would,’ said the little Sun. ‘When you had carried me safely to your krantz,
you would have gobbled me up. You are toch so clever, Jakhals, but sometimes you
will meet your match. Now, look at me well.’
“Jakhals didn’t want to look, my baasjes, but it was just as if something made his
eyes go open, and he lay there staring at the baby, and the baby stared at him—so, my
baasjes, just so”—Outa stretched his eyes to their utmost and held each fascinated
child in turn.
“‘You’ll know me again when you see me,’ said the baby, ‘but never, never again
will you be able to look me in the face. And now you can go.’
“Fierce light shot from his eyes, and he blew at Jakhals with all his might; his breath
was like a burning flame, and Jakhals, half dead with frightenness, gave a great howl
and fled away over the vlakte.
“From that day, my baasjes, he has a black stripe right down his back to the tip of his
tail. And he cannot bear the Sun, but hides away all day with shut eyes, and only at
night when the Old Man with the bright armpits has gone to sleep, does he come out
to hunt and look for food, and play tricks on the other animals.”
Voertsed.—Evidently a word of Outa’s coining, meaning to jump round suddenly and violently.

May your day be a Shay day

Another one of those jewels floating around the internet that I just had to share - Peter

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its
Dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the Plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

May your day, be a Shay Day.

Things your burglar won't tell you

Read all the way to the end. You just might learn something that will save your home from being burglarized.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.
7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.
9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.
7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Received from Lloyd Peterson

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The Good Old Days

Another one of those internet "floaters" Mostly gerared towards Americans, but there are memories for all of us.- Peter

'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'
'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained!
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis , never set foot on a golf course, nevertraveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears & Robuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
I was 15 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had..
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, 7 days a week. It cost 5 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering (hair curling rods too) irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals..

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1 Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7 Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you werefortunate])
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S &H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packard's
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5, You're still young
If you remembered 6-10, You're getting older
If you remembered 11-15, Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25, You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.


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Smile a While

Abe and Esther are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm afraid I have some very bad news... Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and will have to live on the island for the rest of our lives!"
Thanks to the skill of the flight crew, the plane lands safely on the island.
An hour later Abe turns to his wife and asks, "Esther, did we pay our VISA and MasterCard bills yet?"
"No, sweetheart," she responds.
Abe, still shaken from the crash landing, then asks, "Esther, did we pay our American Express card yet?"
"Oh, no! I'm sorry. I forgot to send the check," she says.
"One last thing Esther. Did you remember to send the estimate check to the IRS this quarter for our taxes?" he asks.
"Oh, forgive me, Abe," begged Esther. "I didn't send that one, either."
Abe grabs her and gives her the biggest kiss in 40 years.
Esther pulls away and asks him, "What was that for?"
Abe answers, "They'll find us!"

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a car when he spotted a sell-know cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his car when the mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?" The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, " So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything damaged, and then put everything back in, and when I finished, it worked just like new. So how is it that I make $24,000a year and you make1.7 Million when you and I are doing basically the same work?" The cardiologist paused, leaned over, and then whispered to the mechanic....."Try doing it with the engine running."

A couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife's hand in his and said, "Beth, soon we will be married 30 years, and there's something I have to know. In all of these 30 years,have you ever been unfaithful to me?"
Beth replied, "Well Charles, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been unfaithful to you three times during these 30 years, but always for a good reason."
Charles was obviously hurt by his wife's confession, but said, "Beth, I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by 'good reasons?'"
Beth said, "The very first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn't pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?"
Charles recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?"
Beth asked, "And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't have
the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your
doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge."
"I do recall that," says Chuck. "And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that.
Now tell me about the third time."
"All right," Beth said. "So do you remember when you ran for president of
your golf club, and you needed 43 more votes?"

On 24th January 2013 it was entertainment night at the senior citizens'
After the community sing song led by Alice at the piano
It was time for the Star of the Show-Claude the Hypnotist!
Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance.
"Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time." said Claude.
The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew from his
waistcoat pocket
A beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.
"I want you to keep your eyes on this watch" said Claude, holding the watch
high for all to see.
"It is a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations" Said Claude.
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting
"Watch the watch --- Watch the watch ----Watch the watch"
The audience became mesmerised as the watch swayed back and forth.
The lights twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.
A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.
And then, Suddenly, The watch chain broke!!!
The watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact"
"SHIT" said Claude.
It took them three days to clean the Senior Citizens' Centre
And Claude was never invited to entertain again!

Robert, 85, married Jenny, a lovely 25 year old . . . Since her new husband is elderly, Jenny decides that after their wedding she and Robert should have separate bedrooms, because she is concerned that her new but aged husband may over-exert himself if they spend the entire night together.
After the wedding festivities Jenny prepares herself for bed and the expected knock on the door. Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Robert, her 85 year old groom, ready for a_ction. They unite as one. All goes well, Robert takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep.
After a few minutes, Jenny hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it's Robert, again he is ready for more "a_ction". Somewhat surprised, Jenny consents for more coupling. When the newlyweds are done, Robert kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves.
She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha, you guessed it, Robert is back again, rapping on the door and is as fresh as a 25 year-old, ready for more "action". And, once more they enjoy each other. But as Robert gets set to leave again, his young bride says to him, "I am thoroughly impressed that at your age you can perform so well and so often. I have been with guys less than a third of your age who were only good once. You are truly a great lover, Robert."
Robert, somewhat embarrassed, turns to Jenny and says: "You mean I was here already?"

A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students. "Human beings are the only animals that stutter,' she says.
A little girl raises her hand.'I had a kitty-cat who stuttered.'
The teacher, knowing how precious some of these stories could become, asked the girl to describe the incident.
"Well," she began, 'I was in the back yard with my kitty
and the Rottweiler that lives next door got a running start and before we knew it, he jumped over the fence into our yard!' That must've been scary,' said the teacher. 'It sure was,' said the little girl.
'My kitty raised her back, went "Ffffff!, Ffffff!, FfffffF," but before she could say 'F*ck-off !,' the Rottweiler ate her!
The teacher had to leave the room.

In a church in Bronkhorstspruit one Sunday morning a preacher said, "Anyone with 'special needs' who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front of the altar."
With that, Ditmus got in line and when it was his turn the Preacher asked, "Ditmus, what do you want me to pray about for you?"
Ditmus replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing."
The preacher put one finger of one hand in Ditmus's ear, placed his other hand on top of Ditmus's head, and then prayed and prayed and the whole congregation joined in with much enthusiasm.
After a few minutes, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked,
"Ditmus how is your hearing now?"
Ditmus answered, "I don't know. My hearing is only next Thursday."

At St. Peter's Catholic Church in Adelaide, they have weekly husbands' Marriage seminars.
At the session last week, the priest asked Giuseppe, who said he was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.
Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands, 'Wella, I'va tried to treat her nicea, spenda da money on her, but besta of all is, I tooka her to Italy for the 25th anniversary!'
The priest responded, 'Giuseppe, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your 50th anniversary?'
Giuseppe proudly replied, " I gonna go pick her up."

Best poem in the world

Another one of those internet "floaters" woth a share

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.

'And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' He said,
'they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'


Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.


Images - A selection of my photos

Recent photo I took.

Zimbabwe update

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Cathy Buckle is writing from Zimbabwe, her letter is below.

Dear Family and Friends,
The day before Valentine’s Day in Zimbabwe love was in the air but so was tear gas. While flower sellers wrapped individual roses and street vendors peddled teddy bears, hearts and fluffy cushions adorned with red ribbons, hundreds of women headed towards parliament building in Harare. Five hundred WOZA members came from two different directions in two groups. They were unarmed and peaceful, distributing fliers against the draft constitution saying it had been written to suit the interests of the present politicians and not future generations. The WOZA protest was their 11th annual Valentine’s Day march and as in all previous years, the police were waiting for them when they got to their destination. Outside parliament five canisters of tear gas were fired, WOZA members and bystanders ran for cover and eight women, including leaders Jenni Williams and Magadonga Mhlangu were arrested and beaten while they waited to be transported to a police station. Twenty five WOZA members had to seek medical attention after their treatment at the hands of police. One woman had to have three teeth removed after having been struck on the face.

It wasn’t only tear gas that lay heavy in the humid air of central Harare the afternoon before Valentine’s day, the atmosphere was also full of irony. While women and children were running from teargas and others were being beaten by police, it was being announced that a date had been set for the referendum on the draft constitution. The 16th of March is to be Referendum Day we were told, but in typically Zimbabwean style, the adjective ‘tentative’ was tagged on to the date so we are not completely and absolutely sure of the exact date.
It’s a characteristic of Zimbabwe’s politicians to keep people guessing about some part of the overall picture when it comes to elections. The irony of tear gas and baton sticks being used against peaceful protesters was dramatic when glancing at the very first page of the new draft constitution which was literally hot off the press.
Thirteen lines down in Chapter One it states that Zimbabwe is founded on the principle of respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.
That principle leads you to explore clause 53 which allows freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
And then to clause 59 which gives every person the right to demonstrate and present petitions as long as it is done peacefully.

On Valentine’s Day WOZA members again tried to protest, this time in Bulawayo. They said they were demonstrating on a day of love to demand a response from police to their complaints of police brutality at a previous protest. In a number of separate protest groups , eight hundred women converged on Police Headquarters. WOZA said that when the women arrived police swooped on them and began beating their members. Despite everyone then sitting down on the ground, a hundred and eighty women were arrested along with six men who were not WOZA members but just bystanders taking photographs. One of those men was later made to remove his trousers and shoes and was beaten under the soles of his feet.

As we head to the polls in less than a month’s time a little ray of light illuminated our national dread of elections. Constitutional Affairs Minister Eric Matinega said that voting in the Referendum would not be based on the existing flawed voters role but would be open to every Zimbabwean on production of their ID card only. It’s hard to believe that multiple thousands of people disenfranchised in recent years will be allowed to again have a say in the future of the country. Do we dare to hope?

Until next time, thanks for reading,
cathy. 16th February 2013. Copyright Cathy Buckle. <>

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Nature's Home Remedies

I always say first consult a pharmacist or doctor before trying home remedies - Peter

Most of us are obsessed with our family's health, using both pharmaceutical remedies as well as time-honoured folk cures of days gone by.

Stock your medicine cabinet with home remedies, some of which are much better than bought medicines. Salt, ginger, cloves, castor oil and lots of other everyday things can help you get better quickly.


Inhale Eucalyptus Vapours

If you are lucky enough to have access to dried Eucalyptus globulus, just boil the crumbled leaves and let them steep for 4 - 5 hours and strain the bits of leaf before heating the liquid for inhalation. Or, add 5 - 10 drops of commercial eucalyptus oil to the steaming water. Place the bowl at the edge of a table, sit down, bend your head over the bowl and put a towel over your head to form a tent. Breathe the vapours for about 10 minutes, taking care not to get too close to the steam. Your lungs may clear and you'll get a facial as a bonus.

Bronchitis Double Dose

The head-clearing pungency of freshly grated horseradish paired with the acidic aroma of lemon helps to dissolve mucus in the sinuses and bronchial tubes. To make your own cough medicine, grate a peeled horseradish root into a bowl (or cheat and use prepared horseradish) and transfer 2 tablespoons grated horseradish to a small bowl. Add 60ml lemon juice and stir well. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture two or three times a day. The expectorant action should set up a cough after each dose, helping to rid your lungs of mucus.

Fight Asthma with Fish

Omega 3's, the fatty acids found in sardines, tuna, salmon, trout and other oily fish, work in much the same way as a class of drugs called leukotriene inhibitors, which disable bodily compounds that contribute to inflammation of the airways.

Remove Mould to Help Quell Sniffles

If you have a sudden case of the sniffles that won't go away, and you don't have allergies (or a cold), you may unknowingly be living with mould. Check for spots in the bathroom or beneath windows subject to condensation, and kill mould instantly with a 50:50 mixture of bleach and water. Spray it directly onto the offensive spots and let it sit. The mould should be stopped in it's tracks within minutes, along with (hopefully) your runny nose.

Nettle and Hay Fever

If you have access to fresh stinging nettles, wear gloves when harvesting and washing the leaves. Add 1 cup of tightly packed leaves to 6 cups of boiling water. Lower the heat and simmer until the water turns green, then strain through a fine sieve into a large teapot. During the hay fever season, drink a cup of nettle tea in the morning and one in the evening, sweetening it with honey, if you like. Rich in calcium and silica, nettle tea also makes a useful tonic for anaemia and rheumatic problems. It's thought to be a good detox remedy, and has been traditionally used to treat skin conditions such as eczema.

Make Your Own Nasal Spray

This homemade spray may help to flush allergens out of your nasal passages. The isotonic solution parallels the concentration of salt found in the body, making the spray mild but effective.

This spray works best at room temperature. Discard any unused solution after two days or it may become contaminated.

1 litre water
1 Tbsp camomile tea
2 tsp salt

Place the water in a saucepan, add tea and salt, and bring to a low simmer. Stir until salt has dissolved, then let it cool to room temperature. Pour the solution into an empty nose spray bottle. Spray twice in each nostril as needed, holding the other nostril closed each time.

No-Drugs Headache Relief

Running Hot and Cold

To help cure a tension headache (caused by contractions in the head and neck muscles and brought on by, among other things, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep) without using painkillers, dip a face cloth in hot water, wring it out and fold it into a compress. Now place it on your forehead or the back of your neck to relax tight muscles. To ease a vascular headache, including migraine and cluster headaches, follow the same procedure, but use cold water, which constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow, taking the pressure off a painful head.

Coffee to Cure a Headache

A clinical trial from the US found that caffeine, which reduces the swelling of blood vessels, was found to reduce both the intensity and frequency of headaches. Subjects in one group were given caffeine alone, 58% reported complete relief. Subjects in the other group were given caffeine in combination with ibuprofen, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, and 71% saw their symptoms disappear. The reason coffee works is because it's high in caffeine (and tastes so good).

Sinus Headache Self-Massage

Use your middle finger to massage points on your face just opposite your nostrils - that is, on your cheeks at the level of the tip of your nose. Massage in clockwise circles for 2 - 3 minutes.

Head-to-Toe Headache Remedy

Blood drawn to the lower body will reduce pressure in the blood vessels of the head. What could be lower than your feet? To help soothe a throbbing vascular headache, soak your feet in a small tub filled with hot water mixed with mustard powder. After half an hour or so, remove your feet from the water, dry them and you should feel better.

Sip Ginger Tea

Ginger works especially well for treating migraines, and can help to alleviate the nausea as well as the pain. Make a tea by pouring 3 cups of boiling water over 2 Tbsp of finely grated ginger. Steep 4 - 5 minutes, then strain through a small sieve into a teacup. Ginger tea bags are also available, but they lack the punch of fresh ginger-root tea.

Wear a Headband

Tie a scarf or bandana, soaked in vinegar, tightly around your forehead to reduce the flow of blood to your scalp and, in turn, to swollen blood vessels. It's a traditional headache remedy and, if it eases the pain, it's worth a try!
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Cheese & Sweet Potato Pasties

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
180g ricotta cheese, drained
30g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp basil pesto
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C and line a large baking sheet with wax paper
2. Dice the sweet potatoes into 1 cm cubes
3. Place in a steamer over a saucepan of boiling water and steam until soft - about 5 minutes
4. Combine the sweet potato, ricotta, Parmesan and pesto in a bowl and mix well
5. Lay the pastry sheets on a work surface and cut out four large circles
6. Divide the sweet potato mixture into 4 equal portions and place a portion in the centre of each pastry circle
7. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a half moon shape
8. Pinch the edges together and seal with a little water
9. Place the pastries on the baking sheet and lightly brush the tops with water
10. Bake for 25 minutes until pale golden brown - serve hot

Corn Fritters

1 large egg
1 x 400g sweetcorn kernels, drained (reserve 60ml of the brine)
150g self-raising flour
60ml olive oil
125g fruit chutney

1. Whisk the egg and corn brine together in a bowl
2. Add the corn and flour and stir with a fork until just combined
3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a med-high heat
4. Drop Tbsp of batter into the oil and cook until golden brown - about 3 minutes each side
5. Drain on paper towels
6. Serve hot with chutney for dipping

Penne with Smoked Chicken and Peas

500g penne pasta
250ml fresh cream
300g cooked, smoked chicken breast, coarsely shredded
125g fresh or thawed frozen peas
freshly ground black pepper

1. Cook the penne in salted boiling water until al dente
2. Warm the cream and chicken in a large frying pan over a low heat for 4 minutes
3. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes - remove from the heat
4. Drain the penne and add to the pan with the chicken
5. Season with black pepper, toss well and serve hot

Stuffed Mussels

100g fresh breadcrumbs
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
50g finely chopped fresh parsley
4 anchovy fillets, preserved in oil, 60ml of the oil reserved
24 mussels, in shells, cleaned and beards removed

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
2. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, anchovies and reserved oil in a bowl
3. Open the mussels by inserting a short, strong knife or oyster shucker near the hinge and twist to open the shell - discard the top shell
4. Place the mussels on a baking sheet and cover each one with about 1 Tbsp of the bread crumb mixture
5. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes - serve hot

Cajun Fish with Grilled Lemon

250g white fish fillets
125g butter, melted
2 Tbsp Cajun spice mix
150g baby spinach leaves
2 lemons, halved

1. Brush the fish with 60g of butter and coat in the Cajun spice
2. Place a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and drizzle with a little of the butter
3. Cook the fish for 2 minutes on each side, or until flesh flakes easily
4. Add the remaining butter as you turn the fish
5. Place a small frying pan over a high heat and grill the lemons, flesh side down for 1 minute, or until coloured
6. Serve the fish hot with the grilled lemon halves and garnish with the spinach leaves

Red Lamb Curry

300g basmati rice
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
500g lamb tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
400ml coconut milk
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice & lime wedges to serve

1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to boil - add the rice and cook over medium heat for 10 - 15 minutes, until tender - drain and set aside
2. Place a wok over a high heat
3. When it is very hot, add the curry paste and lamb - cook for 1 minute until aromatic
4. Pour in the coconut milk and lime juice and bring to the boil
5. Decrease the heat to low and cook for 5 minutes
6. Serve the curry hot with the rice and garnish with lime wedges

Baked Bangers & Beans

800g can chopped tomatoes with juice
400g can cannelloni beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp finely chopped oregano
8 thick fresh beef sausages

1. Preheat oven to 200°C
2. Mix tomatoes, cannelloni beans, garlic and oregano in a large baking dish
3. Fry the sausages in a non-stick frying pan, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes until browned, then transfer to baking dish
4. Cover the dish and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the sausages are cooked through
5. Serve hot

Egg Cocotte with Leeks and Chorizo

3 Tbsp butter
250g Spanish chorizo sausage, cut into small cubes
2 small leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
125ml light cream
4 large eggs

1. Preheat oven to 190°C and grease 4 ramekins with 1 Tbsp of the butter
2. Melt the remaining butter in a frying pan and add the chorizo and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat
3. Add the leeks and sauté for another 3 minutes
4. Pour in the cream and cook over a low heat for about 2 minutes, or until cream has thickened slightly
5. Arrange the ramekins in a deep baking pan and pour in the mixture
6. Break an egg into the centre of each ramekin
7. Fill the baking pan with boiling water up to halfway up the sides of the ramekins
8. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until the eggs have set - serve hot

Spanish Tortilla

60ml olive oil
1kg potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 red onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a large frying pan, add the potatoes and onions, season with salt
2. Cook, covered, over low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring often, or until the potatoes are tender
3. Beat the eggs in a bowl
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the potatoes and onions to the eggs
5. Add the remaining oil to the pan, pour in the egg mixture and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute
6. Decrease the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes
7. Slide a wooden spatula under the tortilla to loosen it from the pan and turn the tortilla over
8. Cook for 10 minutes more, cut into slices and serve hot or at room temperature

Speedy Egg Pizza

60ml tomato puree
1 store-bought 30cm pizza crust
250g diced ham
185g freshly grated mozzarella cheese
4 large eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
2. Spread the tomato paste evenly over the pizza crust
3. Sprinkle with the ham and mozzarella
4. Crack an egg onto each quarter of the pizza
5. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and the eggs are cooked - serve hot


Make your own pizza base by buying bread dough from the bakery and rolling it out to the desired size



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I received this email recently:

Yes, out of curiosity I visited Be Motivated Today during September 2009, but only joined during August 2010, what a waste of time!!!.
If I knew what was happening during the year I wasted, man, I would have joined immediately after I  read the details of the setup.
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My Super Duper Recipe CD

I have just added 37 very old digitally scanned (you see the actual pages of the book) recipe books to the CD, at no extra cost. Here is your chance to have a really unique recipe book collection.

I have decided to simplify the way I sell my recipe eBook collection.

I am putting them all on one CD in an English and Afrikaans folder now also a folder with the very old books,  over 130 recipe eBooks in all. That means less than R1 a recipe book, a real bargain! Most of the books come with resale rights so you can sell them individually if you wish.

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FunkyMunky Traditional South African Recipes - A comprehensive collection of Traditional South African recipes.
Tradisionele Suid Afrikaanse Resepte - Traditional South African Recipes in Afrikaans
Christmas Recipes - A selection of Christmas Recipes for you to try!
101 Camping and Outdoor Recipes - Recipes for you to try next time you go camping
400 Refreshing punch recipes - Some great ideas for liquid refreshment at your next party
Favourite Christmas Cookies - 34 Great cookie recipes for you to enjoy!
Christmas Cookie Recipes - A delicious collection of Christmas Cookie Recipes
A Homemade Christmas - 100 Simple and delicious recipes for your special holiday meals
Holiday Candy and Fudge - 42 Great candy recipes, a hit with kids of all ages!
Kids Fun Recipes - 120 Fun and Delicious Recipes
Delicious Puddings - A Collection of 167 Pudding Recipes
Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin pies and more!
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Summer Party Cookbook - The name says it all!
Pampercat and Pamperdog - Recipe treats for your feline and canine friends
80 Seasonal Recipes from around the world - A selection of festive recipes from the four corners of the globe!
Crockpot Recipes - In South Africa we would probably call this Potjiekos
International Recipes - A selection of recipes from all over the world
Fish and Game Recipes - A selection of mouthwatering recipes
Lemonade - A large selection of lemonade recipes
Pizzeria - Try some of these great pizza recipes
Casseroles - 17 pages of mouthwatering casserole recipes
Low Fat Recipes - Watching your cholesterol? Then this is for you!
Soup Recipes - Ideal for those cold winter evenings
Chicken Recipes - 300 Delicious Chicken Recipes
Amish Recipes - 65 Tried and True Traditional Amish Recipes
Apple Recipes - Mouth watering apple recipes
Blue Ribbon Recipes - 490 Award Winning Recipes
The Bread Book - The bread and biscuit baker's and sugar boiler's assistant
Chocolate Delights - Deliciously decadent and delightful recipes for the chocaholic in you
Carolina Mountain Cooking - Created from the recipes and memories of two of the Carolina Mountain's most talented cooks.
Egg Recipes - 111 Great Egg Recipes
Great Gifts in a Jar - A personally made gift is usually more appreciated!
Italian Recipes - A collection of 185 delicious Italian dishes
Smoothies - 126 Easy recipes for maximum sports performance
Top Secret Recipes - Top secret famous recipes
Wings - The ultimate chicken wing cookbook
The Barmaster - Essential tips and techniques for bartenders
Be a Grillmaster - How to host the perfect bbq!
101 Good Jam Recipes - Make your own jams, 101 recipes for you to try
Deep Fryer Recipes - 101 Recipes for the Deep Fryer
Frozen Dessert Recipes - From ice cream to yoghurt - 170 pages of mouthwatering recipes.
Recipes from South of the Border - 247 pages of typically Mexican recipes
Various Rice Dishes - 32 Great Rice Dishes
The Appetizer Collection - More than 150 pages of great ideas for appetizers
The Big Book of Cookies - From Almond Bars to Zucchini Bars, they are all here, 233 pages of cookie recipes
Salad Recipes - A Collection of Easy to Follow Salad Recipes
Delicious Diabetic Recipes - A Collection of over 500 yummy recipes.
Cheesecake Recipes - Nearly 100 pages of yummilicious cheesecake recipes!

Bonus eBooks

Something for the gardeners
Organic Secrets - Everything you wanted to know about organic food

Profitable Crafts- Vol 1
Profitable Crafts - Vol 2
Profitable Crafts - Vol 3
Profitable Crafts - Vol 4
20 Vintage Crochet Patterns

Everything you wanted to know about making, marketing and selling your crafts.

Big Fat Lies - A shocking expose of the 12 biggest scams, cover-ups, lies, myths and deceptions
in the diet and weight-loss industries.

10,000 Dreams Interpreted

A List of the very old digitally scanned recipe eBooks.

A Calendar of Dinners with 615 recipes - 1922
A Dozen dainty recipes for preparing wartime canned meats - 1920
A Home Guide - or a book by 500 ladies - 1877
Aunt Carolines Dixieland Recipes - 1922
A Practical Dictionary of Cookery - 1200 tested recipes - 1898
Best recipes for baking - pre 1908
Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping - 1877
Burke's Complete Cocktail and tasty bite recipes - 1936
Catering for special occasions with menus and recipes - 1911
Diabetic Cookery - recipes and menus - 1917
Fifty Choice Recipes for Spanish and Mexican Dishes - 1905
Fifty valuable and delicious recipes made with corn meal - 1917
Heart of the Wheat - a book of recipes - 1910
Hospitality - recipes and enteertainment hints for all occasions - 1922
Hotel Management - quantity food recipes
Household hints and recipes - 1877
Ice Cream - practical recipes for making ice cream - 1886
Information for everybody - 1859
Jane Hamiltons Recipes - 1909
Just the thing - dainty dishes at small cost - 1899
Larger cookery book of extra recipes - 1891
Leather Manufacture - 1891
Light entertaining - a book of dainty recipes for special occasions - 1910
Mom's Cookbook
On Uncle Sam's Water Wagon - 500 recipes for delicious drinks that can be made at home - 1919
Our candy recipes - 1919
Practical Household Cookery - 1000 recipes - 1891
Preserves and Pickles - 1912
Recipes - dainties, salads and clever hints - 1919
Recipes for the preserving of fruit vegetables and meat - 1908
The Candy Maker's Guide - 1896
The Housekeeper's Friend - 1897
The Hygenic Cookbook - 1881
Tried and Tested Recipes - 1921
Two Hundred and Seventy Five Wartime Recipes - 1918
Two hundred recipes for cooking in casseroles - 1914
Two hundred recipes for making desserts - 1912
War Time Cookery - 1917
Wheatless Recipes - 1918
Wrinkles and Recipes, including farming and household hints - 1877

And here is a list of the recipe eBooks on the Afrikaans CD:

217 Egte Afrikaanse resepte, Aartappels, Beskuitresepte, Afrikaanse Resepteverskeidenheid, Brood resepte, Vul die beskuitblik, 'n Broodjie vir die blik, Blokkieskoek, Burgers Patties Frikadelle, Brood resepte, Drankies, Drinkgoed, Gemmerbier, Groente, Eet jou groente, Hoender resepte, Happies en Poffers, Kaaskoek, Ietsie anders resepte, Kerskoeke, Karavaan resepte, Kleinkoekies, Kinderlekkerte, Koekiedrukker resepte, Koeke, Likeur, Lekkergoed resepte, Nog resepte, McCain resepte, Moedersdag resepte
Mikrogolf resepte, Peterjasie se boek, Pastageregte, Peterjasie se Kersresepte versameling
Peterjasie se eBoek van vernoemde resepte, Poeding, Peterjasie se Tradisionele SA resepte
Resepte met biltong, Resepteverskeidenheid - ook grootmaat, Slaaie, Sommer net resepte, Sop in die pot, Sop resepte, Terte, Sous, Verskeie resepte 1, Souttert & Pannekoek, Vis en hoender, Veelsydige hoender, Vleisgeregte vir Kersdag, Verskeie resepte 2, Warm en koue drankies, Vleisresepte, Wille samies, Wafels en Pannekoeke, Wors en worsies


Annette se Boererate, Boererate en Verbruikerswenke, Hartstigting dieet, Lennons medikasie, Mate en gewigte, Sop dieet, S A Boererate eBoek, Metrieke omskakelingstabel, Werk van die huis

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Children's Stories on CD
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Biltong in Australia?

It's not only the South African immigrants to Australia who are fond of biltong. More-and-more Australians are finding that biltong made with South African spices is so much tastier than the simple dried-meat product they call jerky. That's created a local market for South African spices, and an opportunity for a Brisbane-based business called Biltongspice.

Biltongspice now supplies a wide range of traditional and new spice products ideal for making biltong, jerky, droewors, boerewors and similar meat products. Their products include the Freddy Hirsch, Meister, Crown National, Aromat and Marina ranges, together with accessories such as biltong machines and biltong cutters. They also carry the top quality Protea biltong and droewors products, and ship locally throughout Australia. See their website


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