Bisecting Joburg: A Walk on Linksfield Ridge

Bisecting Joburg: A Walk on Linksfield Ridge

Last weekend I took a walk through the Harvey Nature Reserve on Linksfield Ridge. Walking on this ridge is an interesting reminder of Joburg's crazy geological history. Thorsten heading east on Linksfield Ridge. I am obviously not a geologist. But here is my...

MiniMark Wholesale Discount House: Fabric Heaven on Diagonal Street

MiniMark Wholesale Discount House: Fabric Heaven on Diagonal Street

I recently went with my friends Manuela and Gail to Diagonal Street, a historic Joburg shopping street. Diagonal Street -- known for its fabric, blanket, and muti (traditional medicine) shops -- is so named because it runs on a diagonal for three blocks between...

Valentine’s Date at the Fireplace Roadhouse

Valentine’s Date at the Fireplace Roadhouse

In my first roadhouse post, I mentioned I'd been meaning to do a roadhouse series for years but never got around to it. One of the reasons it took so long is because documenting roadhouses -- at least in the way I want to document them -- is not easy to do alone. I...

My Favorite Jozi Coffee Shops: Toasted in Parkwood

My Favorite Jozi Coffee Shops: Toasted in Parkwood

Tenth in an occasional series about my favorite coffee shops in Joburg.  Remember the good old days, when I used to meet people for coffee in interesting places and then blog about it? I'm ready to bring those days back. Last week the Johannesburg in Your Pocket Guide...

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: Post #2 (Purplish)

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: Post #2 (Purplish)

Welcome to my second 2Summers 2021 Support Group Post. Here are some updates, both good and bad, since my first support group post: 1) Good: January 2021 is over. 2) Bad: It's still raining in Joburg, for the 13th (feels like 130th) straight day. 3) Good: I started...

Roadhouses of Gauteng Province

Roadhouses of Gauteng Province

I've been planning to blog about South African roadhouses -- the equivalent of American fast-food drive-ins -- since 2015, when I ate lunch at the Casbah Roadhouse in Brakpan during a Joburg Photowalkers outing. The Casbah in August 2015. I was enamoured with the...

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: Post #1 (Green)

The 2Summers 2021 Support Group: Post #1 (Green)

I've been trying to publish this post for the past two days. I painstakingly crank out a paragraph, stare at it, read it back a few times, doze off in my chair, scroll Facebook for 20 minutes, read the paragraph again, delete it in disgust. I've done this over and...

Belated Goodbye to Smokey, The Melville Cat

Belated Goodbye to Smokey, The Melville Cat

Smokey, a.k.a. The Melville Cat, died more than three months ago on October 7th. Smokey himself delivered the news of his passing in a blog post the next day, and I intended to write my own tribute to him soon afterward. But for some reason I kept putting it off. One...

Blogging Through the Second Wave

Blogging Through the Second Wave

It's Monday, January 11th, 2021. It's dark and rainy in Joburg and the holidays are officially over. South Africa is suffering through a second wave of covid-19 -- worse than the first wave, as many experts predicted, and likely to worsen further as millions of South...

Sunrise Over 2021

Sunrise Over 2021

NOTE: I originally wrote this post before January 6th, when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol and mounted the biggest threat to American democracy since the Civil War. I'm having a hard time feeling quite so positive today, on January 7th, but this...

Wonderboom, 2.0!

Wonderboom, 2.0!

Happy Boxing Day, everyone. It's the height of summer in South Africa and Christmas trees (at least real ones) aren't really a thing here. But in recognition of the holiday spirit I am writing a post about a different kind of tree, which is festive in its own way: The...

Visiting the Voortrekker Monument on the Day of Reconciliation

Visiting the Voortrekker Monument on the Day of Reconciliation

Two days ago, on December 16th, I went with Thorsten of Dagwood sandwich fame to visit the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument. I've been thinking hard over the past 48 hours about how to frame this post. The Voortrekker Monument is...

Quickie Restaurant Review: Anong Thai in Cyrildene

Quickie Restaurant Review: Anong Thai in Cyrildene

I've hardly blogged about restaurants this year. I don't eat out much these days, and when I do I usually go to places that feel safe and familiar. But a couple of weeks ago I went for lunch at Anong Thai in Cyrildene with my friends Yoko and Ang. I had never been to...

Heather Mason

I’m an American writer/blogger/photographer living a quirky life in Johannesburg. Follow along as I explore Johannesburg, South Africa, and the rest of the world.

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