Comrades Marathon - the world's greatest race.

I love the Comrades Marathon. It is such an emotional day of joy and heartache (and envy - because I only managed to get half way in 2015). The roads between Durban and Pietermaritzburg will be lined with family and supporters wishing and encouraging everyone to keep going. Family who have sacrificed so much for their partners, mother’s, father’s, son’s or daughter’s to be there. I know - Chris has been there for me - driving me to far off places to simply run home! Sounds crazy but if you have never experienced the highs of running you won’t understand.

I’m so excited to meet the to Comrades runners booking into the B&B this weekend. This has taken GRIT, determination and passion to train for this race and the emotion at the start and finish will be with all the runners for the rest of their lives.

This is truly a South African “must do” or “must watch.” I salute all the runners for this Sunday, 9th June 2019.

The photos are my attempt - with Emily and Chris there to support me.

Autumn in Westville

Autumn must be the most beautiful time of the year. The humidity has gone; The cool mornings and chilly evenings are a delight. For those that enjoy an early morning run, it starts in the dark and the air is crisp. I find it a wonderful way to begin the day.  On these runs you get to see the amazing sunrises and one of my favourite things to do is to run up Edinburgh Crescent and look at the view over Durban.

A wonderful way to end the day is to light a fire outside under our Natal Mahogany tree and sit there while the sun sets and enjoy a chilled glass of wine.

Another reason autumn is awesome in Westville is because we get to plant our veggie garden. Fresh picked lettuce, celery and herbs in a salad and you’re well on your way to a superb lunch on our patio.

Tuna Pie

On one of my first trips to Australia to visit my in-laws, I was introduced to Doddy's tuna pie. It has since become a family favourite. Whenever Kate and Emily come home they always ask to have tuna pie as one of the lunches or dinners during their stay at home.

It is really easy to make. You can prepare it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. You just take it out of the fridge and pop it in the oven. In 40 minutes you’ll have a lovely meal.

I always serve it with a lovely French salad with Chris's amazing salad dressing (which I will post at another time) and homemade bread.

The perfect lunch!

The perfect lunch!

Tuna Crunch Pie

1½ cups flour                                                 3 eggs

½ cup grated cheese                                     1-cup sour cream

1-teaspoon salt                                               1-cup grated cheddar cheese

1-teaspoon paprika                                        2 tablespoons mayonnaise

½ cup butter                                                   1 small onion - finely chopped

1 large tin tuna                                                ¼ teaspoon dill or fennel

                                                                          2 drops hot pepper sauce


1.  Mix flour cheese, salt & paprika in a bowl.

2.  Rub in butter. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture.

3.  Press remaining mix into the base and sides of a well greased 20cm springform tin.

4.  Drain and flake fish – then arrange in dish.

5.  Beat eggs & stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over flaked fish.

6.  Sprinkle with reserved cup of crunch mixture.

7.  Bake in a moderate oven (190’ – 200’) for 35 – 40 minutes or until set& golden brown.

8.  Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

This can be made in the morning and left in the fridge to cook later.