Monday, 23 May 2011

a cold stormy cape town

We are always hearing that birds fly south in the winter, but if you're a southern hemisphere dweller such as I, then you are bound to be confused by this statement. Especially when you've been seeing those exact birds flock up and head North.

Now with the speed of the wind in CT today,  I do hope all those flighty creatures have headed homeward and the rest of us two-legged walking creatures have dry-cleaned that tweed coat and are hopefully not sitting in a meeting today, reeking of Moth balls.

After my seven years in the desert during which I manage to grow my family from 3 to 5, I have either outgrown some of my trench coats or managed to lose them along the way. I mean why would anyone keep a coat when the nighttime temperature never drops below 21deg C 

Last year we were fortunate to experience the FIFA world cup in SA. I was blessed to see four matches of which 2 were in pouring rain and another in ICY ICY conditions. Needless to say I was badly under dressed.

The realization I am currently "trying to make" is that I have just couriered R3000 rands worth of summer clothing as well as a fan to the desert and know confidently that these items although hard to find are currently at the lowest price available ever....but my personal wardrobe which desperately needs a season update, will probably cost me an arm and a leg.

Do we still have time in our days to think ahead and buy our clothing out of season. Do the retailers make it possible to shop out of season?

I have never come across winter boots in a store in the middle of summer.
What if? just what if I was planning to go on ski trip...where would I buy my thermal underwear??

Keep warm y'all

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks...but fairly easy to pop a brand new bedazzled collar on his neck.

A stupid statement, maybe, but TRUE. Teaching the dog a trick would require of the Dog to practice, obey and perform.  'tis the owner's hard-work of sourcing that beautiful and unique collar; online or trampling from pet shop to designer pet shop. Plonking the new collar on his neck is then as simple as a click and a pull.

Please note that in my next phrase of words I am by no means implying that my mum is in anyway being compared to the dog in my analogy, but...

At the age of 75, me mum cannot be taught new tricks!

A year ago my mom visited with me for a few weeks. Since she is a neat freak and I am most certainly NOT, it didn;t take her long to find a duster, scoop and broom.
Each day she carefully avoided my green rubber broom and reached past it for the OLD-School hairy garden broom.

Well. she's been back for numerous visits, and this particular week, I found her quietly sweeping the girls bedroom with "said green rubber broom" Again later the afternoon she was diligently sweeping my dining room's wooden floor. The broom slipped and hit the piano with a loud thump, but no dent! She smiled !

After a cup of tea, I smirked and asked her if she wants me to buy her such a broom, thinking She had surely been won over by it's "work ethic"
NOPE! she belts, it will Never work at my house!

"me mum has the same wooden flooring."

The point of my very long story....If my Mom was my target market, and I was trying to sell her something totally new and exciting, how would I market this product. And will it take me two years to convince my market that this kind of product CAN WORK??
Or should I not be worrying about the 50-80yr old market bracket.

Is it only the 16-25 that carelessly throw money around at untested exciting new products. Do the 25-40s think longer and harder before parting with their hard earned cash.

How do I convince my market that money spent on my product is Money well Spent.

By believing whole heartedly in My product I presume??

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

how slow can you go?

Besides consuming large amounts of hot cross buns and an illegal amount of chocolates I have been trying to work.

It's incredible how long it takes to get your name out there. Feedback/stats/impressions is the only way to really know if you are making an impression on the readers out there. If you even have any readers out there.

I suspect that I might not, but since I don't have R5000 to spend on a social marketing course or maybe R650/month as a cover charge to a company of tweeters and bloggers to maintain my social pages for me...

Well I don't! I only have the few cents available to buy stock that hopefully will turn around back into cash so that i can buy some more and although I am already 36 years old I want to grow up to be a blogger and tweeter and hopefully successful business owner.

If you are reading my blog, do a girl a favour and tell me where you are, how you found this post and how terrible my writing really is.

Anyway on a brighter side, my Baken store is soon to make it's first sale!!!