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Maine – The Way Life Should Be

  As we crossed over the state line into Maine, a great green sign greeted us… Welcome to Maine, The Way Life Should Be! Yea!!!! We all whooped and holla’ed in excitement. Our vacation road trip had begun! What a gorgeous state Maine is. Big sky, rocky coastline and greenblue sea. Clean and crisp andIf you want to read more…click here

Nature is an antidote to stress.

The crazy holiday season has begun in earnest and life at The Sunny House is hectic as we try to juggle work and kids and family affairs. It’s a fun time of year with parties and celebrations… but it can be stressful too as rhythms change and out-of-the-ordinary events occur much more often than usual.If you want to read more…click here

Vacation Time : Maine!

We have had a most magical 2 week family vacation in Maine and Massachusetts . Although we have been in the USA for 14 years, we haven’t traveled around this beautiful country much. My Good Man comes from New Zealand and I come from South Africa, so, whenever we’ve been able to save up enough moneyIf you want to read more…click here

To my Mom.

  To my mom. Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing person I know. You are an inspiration, Mom. You make the most of everything you do. You have such an open heart to all life has to offer. It’ s a joy to be with you. Thank you for making the long journey toIf you want to read more…click here

A Surprise Visit!

We have had a wonderful surprise at The Sunny House… an unexpected visit from our Granny and Grampa. It’s so lovely to share our lives with them and take them around to all our special places. We laugh and play and talk… talk endlessly. There is ever so much to catch up on. And, ofIf you want to read more…click here

In Gratutude (and Happiness)

I’ve been listening to Ted Talks while I work. Wow!! There are some incredible people in this glorious world. I have learned SO much! Here’s something BIG… the more grateful you are, the happier you will be.     You would think it was the other way around, wouldn’t you… that you become grateful becauseIf you want to read more…click here

Days of Wonder

Kitty received a wonderful book from her Godfather for Christmas. It’s called “365 Days of Wonder”. Each day a new quote for us to read to each other and ponder. We’ve come to the conclusion that it’s right… there are indeed 365 days of wonder in the year and that little daily things are, inIf you want to read more…click here

Coming out from behind the lens.

It’s my birthday. I’m 42 today. I’m so excited about the gift  I’m giving to myself… I’m making a BIG change on The Magic Onions in honor of 42 beautiful years on this magical earth. I’m coming out from behind the lens. I wrote my very first blog post on January 01, 2009. I’ve hadIf you want to read more…click here

Christmas at the Sunny House

We had a magical Christmas at the Sunny House with lots of together time, making special family memories. It’s always a mad rush for me up until a few days before Christmas, getting packages from The Magic Onions Shop into the mail in time for Christmas delivery. Thank you to everyone who shopped at TheIf you want to read more…click here

Family Goals for 2015!

Happy New Year!!   Thank you to 2014 and all the special memories we made together.   Here’s a snapshot of our year…     Yay for 2015! May it be full of love, blessings and happy times.   Here are a few family goals we created for the year ahead – we’ll tell youIf you want to read more…click here

I Chose Love Instead of Anger :: Discovering Waldorf Education

You came to me in the night to say that you had been bitten by a mosquito. I wanted to scold you and remind you that I’d told you to keep your window shut. But I didn’t. I got out of bed and we searched your room until we found him and made him noIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Days

Happy Winter! We have been enjoying the lovely cool, crisp days so much with lots of nature hikes. We find treasures everywhere, like a stump swarming with newly hatched termites. Touching them felt like touching velvet. We have spent lots of time at home too, drawing, reading, getting cozy with Moose and decorating the ChristmasIf you want to read more…click here

Teddy Bear :: A Letter on your 6th Birthday

To my Beautiful Teddy Bear, my May Day boy. Today you are 6! How time with you has flown by. I remember, like it was yesterday, holding your warm little body in my arms on that first day I met you. I watched your face become beautiful, your little nose, your sweet blue eyes, imprintedIf you want to read more…click here

What Have We Been Up To?

What have we been up to? Well… we’ve been enjoying Granny who is staying with us for the month. Our training wheels have come off and we are riding our bike like a pro. We have been spending early mornings down at the Lagoon, playing ball in the parking lot and then diving into theIf you want to read more…click here

Simple Joys

My sweet little Teddy Bear Boy is the funniest sleeper. He moves around in his bed constantly… starts off in… and always ends up, out! He insists on going to sleep hugging his favorite toy of the moment… sometimes a boat, a book or his sword… He has taken to climbing into our bed atIf you want to read more…click here

Elixir of the Spirit.

Yay, we are back! I’m sorry for such a long absence but I the truth is that needed to take some time off to refuel and regroup. I felt like I was loosing my spark… and my voice. I felt like the magic was fading and, as the magic of childhood is what I’m allIf you want to read more…click here

A Day in the Snow.

Oh, it’s been so cold! The warm t-shirt weather of a few weeks ago has been replaced by woolly jersey weather here in Southern California… just the perfect weather for a trip up into the snowy San Bernardino mountains. An early start for the hour and a half journey. Ham and cheese toasties in theIf you want to read more…click here

A Mother’s Love : Birthday Letter on Kitty’s 6th Birthday

My little girl celebrated her 7th Birthday at school today. Waldorf schools have a special birthday circle celebration for each child on his or her birthday but as Kitty turned 7 while we were in South Africa, today was her special day. The birthday girl sits on the special birthday chair at the head ofIf you want to read more…click here

A Family Wedding.

Thank you all so much for the love and happiness so many of you sent me over the past few weeks. My brothers wedding was beautiful beyond imagination. It was a coming together of two very special people, celebrated with everyone they hold dear, in a family setting of amazing beauty. James and Michele wereIf you want to read more…click here

To be Touched.

Sometimes it happens that I am overwhelmed, in a moment, for no particular reason, with that wellspring of emotion that rises so quickly and powerfully that there is no controlling its effects. Nor would I want to. It is a pure and untempered outburst from my soul. Tears spring to my eyes, the back ofIf you want to read more…click here

Our Little House in the Big Woods.

I am sooooo sorry for my abrupt absence! You see what the stress of having to choose a winner for the Fairy Garden Competition did? Just too hard to decide, so, we did the next best thing… we procrastinated and went camping! Choosing a winner has been delayed but will happen, anon (keep checking in,If you want to read more…click here


I must record this story of Teddy’s. It is one of those little family anecdotes that you think is so precious you’ll never forget it. Yet, when I try to remember something similar that Kitty did, all I get is a hazy fog of memories just beyond my grasp. The whisper of time soon becomesIf you want to read more…click here

Sparkles of Happiness.

Oh, how they love sparklers, They dance and twirl in the evening air. Their eyes bright and shining, Their magic glowing everywhere. We celebrated a wonderful 4th of July… old friends, good food and spectacular fireworks. What more can we want for? Life is good! Blessings and magic, Donni

Now We Are Six.

My beautiful daughter, Today you are six. Yesterday you were just five but today you enter a whole new adventure, one you have been waiting for, for so many months… I haven’t, so much… six seems so old for my little girl, my first baby I ever loved with all my heart. I remember theIf you want to read more…click here

10 Happy Years.

On Friday, A Good Man and I celebrated our 1oth year of marriage. It is amazing to me that 10 years has gone by so quickly and yet I can hardly remember what it was like to not have him by my side. He has been a wonderful partner… loving, kind, funny and I thankIf you want to read more…click here

Pine Needle Forest

We have a pine forest that we love to play in. With a pine needle carpet under our feet. Lovely places for children to hide. And gnomes too… Pine needle beds to lie in, castles to bulldoze, nests to make… We are reminded of how rich and sensory Mother Natures toys are and how fulfilledIf you want to read more…click here

A Magical Mushroom Hunt.

We went on a mushroom hunt this weekend. We set out in the hopes of finding as many strange and wonderful mushrooms as possible and, boy, we were not disappointed! This was the first one we spotted. It was just like a fairies shade umbrella and we decided that it must be a local fairyIf you want to read more…click here

The Butterfly Catchers.

It’s a wonderfully warm, autumn afternoon. K has a friend over. They are playing in the garden. Magical, 5-year-old games. I am listening with one ear as I engage in ‘purposeful work’, needle felting in the living room while my little one, my teddy bear boy, sleeps peacefully for his afternoon nap. This is whatIf you want to read more…click here

A Favourite Book.

This is one of Mr T’s favourite books and the great thing is that K loves it too. It is called ‘What Baby Wants’ by Phyllis Root, illustrations by Jill Barton. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is just delightful. It tells the story of a sweet farming family. The mom is tired andIf you want to read more…click here


We packed up our camper for a weekend trip into the San Bernardino Mountains. Mr T spent the whole journey posting money from his bucket into his Minnie piggie bank. We think he might grow up to be a banker. It was a 6000 ft climb. The scenery was breathtaking. The mountains are a child’sIf you want to read more…click here

Bon Voyage to Daddy.

A Good Man has gone to New Zealand for a week to visit his mom. It will be lovely for him as he hasn’t been back for 7 years.  To help him on his way, we had a ‘special surprise family breakfast’ for him. While he was on his morning run with Mr T, KIf you want to read more…click here


I try to live in the moment and be grateful and thankful for this very instant, this ordinary day. I try to be mindful that this hug, this puzzle, this song, is special… very special… because it is happening now and will never happen quite the same again.  But sometimes, things get in the way.If you want to read more…click here

A Day at the Beach.

A Good Man is in between projects at the moment. Of course, we love this as we have Daddy around, all day! A trip to the beach is always a fun family outing. We live a 5 minutes drive from the beach so we have the luxury of making spur-of-the-moment beach trips.  Now, as myIf you want to read more…click here


Today we bit into summer. We started with a gorgeously round watermelon, shrieked with delight when we saw it’s juicy redness inside and ended with a pile of green, smiling rinds, declaring happily that watermelon is our FAVOURITE fruit!

Today You are Two : A Birthday Letter

My beautiful boy, today you are two and today I want to thank you for the gift that is you. You are my blue-eyed, blond-haired, Teddy Bear Boy and I love you with all my heart. To celebrate the joys you have brought into our family, I have put together a few photos of allIf you want to read more…click here

Garage Sale Day.

The first neon pink ‘HUGE Garage Sale’ sign we saw after picking up our coffee and bagels yesterday, looked promising… we followed the arrows. Up this street, down that… around the bend, over the hill… it started to look like a wild goose chase. Just as we were about to give up and look forIf you want to read more…click here

To my Dad

Dear Dad, Thank you for coming to visit us and sharing in the life we have made for ourselves here in the United States. It meant the world to me to have you with us. I loved that you wanted to do nothing special. All you were interested in was joining in with the littleIf you want to read more…click here

Cauliflower Cheese.

We visited our Farmers Market on Sunday again. These were at the very first table. Could you resist them? We couldn’t. Aren’t they the most beautiful cauliflowers you have ever seen? They were picked the very day before… fresher cauliflowers you could hardly find.  Monday was unseasonably hot. We opted for an early, light dinner…If you want to read more…click here

Sundays Farmers Market.

My dad loves nothing more than a Farmers Market. He is a doctor, and a wonderful one at that, but I think, his whole life, he has wanted to be a farmer. At last, he and my mom have retired to a small farming community in South Africa where he has a grand old houseIf you want to read more…click here

Garage Sale Day with Grampa.

My Dad joined us for our weekly Garage Sale Day. We called it ‘Urban Safari’, driving around searching, not for Wildebeest or Elephant, but for garage sale signs. You can take the African out of the Bush but you can’t take the Bush out of the African! The concept of the garage sale fascinated myIf you want to read more…click here

The Normal Day.

I love this poem. I read it often to remind myself that this moment right now, the nothing-unusual day I’ve just had with my children and my husband and my friends and the trees and the air, is beautiful, meaningful,  and worth celebrating… Normal day,  Let me be aware  Of the treasure you Are. LetIf you want to read more…click here

Earth Hour tonight – 8.30-9.30 pm

I will be turning our lights off, one hour from now, 8.30 – 9.30 pm. My children are asleep in bed. I have my candles ready and I intend to spend that time soaking in the bath and reflecting on what bounty and beauty this earth has given me.

The Pact.

Poor Mr T. He had a bad night last night. He was up at 3 am with only a little restless sleep from then. I think it was his teeth. He has all his teeth except his two bottom incisors which are inflamed red mounds in his gums. They look painful and I’m sure theyIf you want to read more…click here

Best Friends Forever?

K is 5 and, already, she has formed a deep, sweet, soul-sister friendship. She did it all on her own. Or rather, they did it all on their own. A mutual, reciprocal love for one another that proves how loving and pure our people can be. It began on their first day of playschool, aIf you want to read more…click here

Peace is Power!

If the truth be told, we had a bit of a fractious weekend. A Good Man traveled to San Francisco with his team for a rugby match (which they won, yay!), leaving me ‘home alone’ with the kids.  I am usually fine with the kids on my own, sometimes I even find things run moreIf you want to read more…click here

Conversation with K.

Conversation with K… Background: S is K’s very good friend. Their birthdays are two days apart. It has been very confusing for both of them that K is noticeably taller than S… in their 5-year-old logic, size = age.                                  If you want to read more…click here

Speed Brushing.

I think I’ve had a breakthrough this morning…  K is all about feelings at the moment… when she gets into trouble for not tidying up her room at the end of the day, she cries desperately, lamenting that I’ve ‘hurt her feelings’. When T cries because I’ve taken the crayons away from him because heIf you want to read more…click here

The Giant and the Little Girl.

When K was four and a half and T was fifteen months old, we had our first earthquake. It was a big one, a 5.8.  I was putting T down for his nap when it hit. I had been rocking him to sleep, one of my favorite things in my day. He was just closingIf you want to read more…click here

Spring is Here!

This was my beloved Jasmine two days ago…  This is her today. The fragrance is intoxicating. Spring is here! A Sure Sign. When you see upon the walkCircles newly made of chalk,And around them all the dayLittle boys in eager playRolling marbles, agates fine,Banded, polished, red as wine,Marbles crystal as the dew,Each with rainbows twistedIf you want to read more…click here

The Joys Around Us.

My whole life, I have wanted to live in a place beautiful enough to have a squirrel want to live there too. I have lived in beautiful places; Northwell, South Africa, where I grew up, was very beautiful, in a windswept, rugged kind of way. And Northland, in New Zealand, was green and fertile, youthfulIf you want to read more…click here

A Favourite Photo.

This is my 6th photo in my 6th Folder. Funny how it turned out to be one of my favourites… It is K when she was nearly 2, Christmas 2006, at my moms house in South Africa… Kromme River, my favourite place on earth. My mom paid a fortune for that little pony rocking horseIf you want to read more…click here

A special moment in my day.

My child falling asleep in my arms is remarkably beautiful to me. We sing T to sleep. The room is dim and he feels so warm, nestled in the crook of my elbow, his cheek pressed against my chest, his ear listening to the beating of my loving heart. His hot little hand rests onIf you want to read more…click here

Natures Hearts

We got this lovely idea from Lisa… Natures Hearts. In honor of Valentines Day, we went for a walk to find hearts made by Mother Earth herself. We were amazed at how many there were and how much she loves us.

Daily things I love and don’t love.

Daily things I love: being woken up by T and seeing that the clock says 6.01 am. my first cup of coffee. seeing T’s excitement when we arrive at K’s school to pick her up. The boy loves his sister. Singing T to sleep in my arms for his afternoon nap. my ‘quiet time’ whileIf you want to read more…click here

Peppi Le Pew

When my mom was here when Mr T was born, she said we lived in a game reserve. That coming from a person who lives in Africa where game reserves abound. She was amazed at the wild animals she saw in our mid-city home. We have a security light above the playroom (Granny’s room whenIf you want to read more…click here

Little Mister Muffet

We have a cobweb that hangs down from the ceiling above our bed. It has formed a ball at the very end of it that has turned darker than the rest (dirt?). We noticed it 3 weeks ago. We noticed it because T kept pointing at the ceiling one morning as he was having hisIf you want to read more…click here

A Hand-Made Christmas!

Our Christmas was surprisingly wonderful. I say ‘surprisingly’ as I expected it to feel somewhat empty. We usually have Christmas at Kromme in South Africa with the rest of my crazy-big family. I was apprehensive for Christmas at home this year as it would only be the four of us. No Grannies, no Grampa’s, no Aunts, noIf you want to read more…click here

Happy New Year 2009

Hello. This is my very first entry! A very fitting time for it too… New Years Day 2009. I am writing this blog for a number of reasons, the most important of which is to share our days with you guys, my beautiful family who are speckled all over the world. I have been thinkingIf you want to read more…click here