Episode 0: The Pilot Episode

Pilot. Geddit?


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These are the show notes for the first ever Shinybees podcast episode: The Pilot. In this show I talk about the reasons for starting a podcast, my current works in progress (known as the Wippin’ Piccadilly section), and a little about South Africa before wrapping up. It’s quite amazing how quickly you get to 30 minutes!

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Day 5: Something Different!

Bobotie done

Image Details: ‘Bobotie done’ by Manne, via Flickr.

This is the day 5 post, a little late but better than never. The day 6 post is likely to be late also, as I am off to braai and drink sjampajne (Afrikaans for champagne, I have learnt all the essential nouns as you can see).

So you have an audio blog from me today, on how to make Afrikaans Bobotie. It’s very tasty. Click the link below to receive the knowledge!

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Big me up, buttercup…


It’s been a while since I started a blog post with a song lyric. And I actually have a strong dislike for the overplayed ‘build me up, buttercup’, which was cool for a while, but now it’s my cue to exit the dance floor in search of a fresh G&T. Not that I actually go out that much anymore as a) I have a 7 month old, I haven’t been on the razzle properly for about a year and a half now and b) I live in the middle of nowhere, which in Africa is really the middle of nowhere. Anyway, as usual, I digress…

This post is in honour of my little blog being ‘bigged up’ by the lovely Louise on episode 42 of the Caithness Craft Collective podcast. Thank you! 42 is indeed the meaning of life, so if you don’t already, get yourself over there and have a listen. It’s good stuff. Just like the 21 year old ‘Old Pulteney’

So to all those of you who have found this blog via the podcast – welcome! And, all those of you who have been reading my ramblings, witty and otherwise, for a while – lovely to see you again!

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Speaker Cone

Image Details: ‘Speaker Cone’ by the justified sinner, via Flickr

Crafting is one of those pastimes whereby it makes it hard to do anything else at the same time.  Unless you’re doing a million rows of stocking stitch or something else equally mindless, you are going to end up cocking something up if you try and watch the TV at the same time as working on your latest project. When I’m baking, I like to listen to Radio 4: bit random I know, but at least it is vaguely educational. When I’m crafting though, I listen to podcasts. Now there are many out there, on all different subjects and from all over the world. Personally, I prefer British podcasts: there are a raft of American ones that are really well written and presented, but I do find listening to the accent a little hard work, so I like to keep it local.
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