A Delicious Dose of Solitude in the Melville Koppies

A Delicious Dose of Solitude in the Melville Koppies

Yesterday I spent the morning walking around the central section of the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. Most of you know I visit the Koppies often, but this walk was special. Winter grass on the Melville Koppies. The grass is taller than me. The Melville Koppies...

Farming With Mama Fifi: Bertrams Inner City Farm

Farming With Mama Fifi: Bertrams Inner City Farm

Last week, when I published a post about my cycling tour with Honest Travel, I mentioned our visit to the Bertrams Inner City Farm. I decided that visit was far too brief to give the farm proper justice in my blog. So I went back again yesterday. Walking the Bertrams...

A Cycling and Food Tour Through Berea, Yeoville, Bertrams, and More

A Cycling and Food Tour Through Berea, Yeoville, Bertrams, and More

On Tuesday, I climbed onto a single-speed bike and took a cycling and food tour through the eastern portion of downtown Joburg. It was a perfect day in the city -- one of those days when all your problems and stresses magically disappear and everything in the world...

A Very Big Haircut (and a Donation to Charity)

A Very Big Haircut (and a Donation to Charity)

I've had long hair -- well past my shoulders -- for virtually my entire adult life. I've always thought my hair is one of my best features, so why not have as much of it as possible? I'm also just not a big fan of haircuts, for some reason. I put it off for as long as...

The South African Lockdown Wind-down

The South African Lockdown Wind-down

As of today, South Africa has entered lockdown level 2. South Africans can now buy booze and cigarettes (finally!), we can drink alcohol in restaurants and bars, we can go to the gym, we can visit our friends and family (most of us were already doing so but now it's...

Endings and Beginnings for the Melville Food Program

Endings and Beginnings for the Melville Food Program

This is a quick post to announce the Melville Food Program, which I've blogged about many times during lockdown (see here and here and here), did its last large-scale food parcel distribution at Heritage Baptist Church today. This amazing group of volunteers, led by...

Five Outings in Gauteng Province

Five Outings in Gauteng Province

It's a weird time to live in Gauteng province. Gauteng is South Africa's largest province by population and its smallest province by size, by huge margins. And due to the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, all 13 million of us Gautengers are stuck here together....

Things Are Happening in Joburg City

Things Are Happening in Joburg City

Other than a brief visit to Hillbrow, I hadn't gone to downtown Joburg city since before the pandemic started. Also today is the ten-year anniversary of my arrival in Joburg and I wanted to do something special. So I decided to devote the whole day yesterday to Joburg...

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam Are Open

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam Are Open

When the pandemic first hit and South Africa locked down, the closure of Emmarentia Dam and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens (two parks that are essentially one -- I will refer to the whole thing as "Emmarentia" going forward) was one of my greatest sources of...

Lockdown Revisited: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Lockdown Revisited: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

My advice for the week: If you're feeling down in lockdown, put on a (fake) happy face. My new facemask (like an actual face. mask.) from Anouk de Vries Design. I haven't blogged about the lockdown for a couple of weeks, and I feel like I've built up all these...

The Birds of Paterson Park

The Birds of Paterson Park

Last week I participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of historic Paterson Park, on the border of Norwood and Orange Grove, to check out the public art projects in progress there. The park is undergoing a huge renovation, expected to finish in the next few months. The...

#JobsSaveLives: The Plight of Melville’s Restaurants

#JobsSaveLives: The Plight of Melville’s Restaurants

Today, the South African restaurant industry participated in a nationwide demonstration called "One Million Seats in the Streets", to protest the government's treatment of the hospitality sector during the COVID-19 lockdown. The hashtag for the movement is...

How You Can Help Me Write My Book

How You Can Help Me Write My Book

I have to write a book this year. I have to. I'm absolutely certain it's the right time. But my procrastination has reached epic new heights. I need your help to overcome it. I'm good at accomplishing things when I have clear, set goals with tangible deadlines. I...

Food Parcels and Hazmat Suits

Food Parcels and Hazmat Suits

This morning I visited the Melville food parcel program for the first time in two weeks, and things have changed significantly at the distribution. The entire operation has been moved outside the church, due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases, and the volunteers...

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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