From the footlights: Exclusive Media Ticket & CD Giveaway!!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I am startled when I look at my journey since I left the corporate world officially at the beginning of 2013. Almost every aspect of my life has changed! Not necessarily because I wanted it to, but sometimes life just spins the wheel and we move. I am filled with wonder, gratitude and an illegal amount of absolute joy as that wheel is not always kind.

We are all very thankful that at I am still married to @SirNoid. The man may not always understand my reasons, but he gets my rhymes. (Special congrats to those who picked up on the John Denver antidote.) Also, I have not adopted any more cats or children! You can all relax.

To be fair, landing in the world of social media you may add disillusionment, questioning your faith upon seeing a non Chinese cat eat a very normal looking dog… a sort of belly of the underworld of the human race… alas, least we forget how much pain and pleasure it takes to finally send out the clowns, hey Wabbit?

I honestly miss my corporate salary LOTS, HUGE, an occasional bonus, paid leave … parking on the purple level next to Jamie, my dear friends (especially Mercia), my McDreamy boss whose office I would decorate in glitter on his birthday or any other celebration I could come up with…. Die Grafsteen Sangers (my nickname for Actuarial staff – silent like the grave of nuns who had taken a vow of silence… except me!)… but mostly I miss a steady, reasonable income. #LeSigh The show must go on!

You feel the tension as the curtain lifts, hear the artist hit the note, feel the audience sway, captivated as the story unfolds. Every pause, engaged. Every note, deliberate. It’s a dance I cannot sit and only tap my foot. I have to dance!

I have been blessed with exceptional opportunities, met exquisite personalities and FINALLY there is an environment where there could never be too much glitter! Yay!

I’ve surrounded myself with creatures with excess in mind. Oh happy day! Okay, except for blue eye shadow. One must not be ridiculous as one easily looks like a second round in a bar fight with too much blue eye shadow! Stadig oor die klippe met die blue eye shadow.

Blessed in rainbows of purple glitter, I was invited to the release of Jonathan Roxmouth’s latest CD “From The Footlights”. It was a very classy affair I must tell you. Jonathan was just at the end of performing the show “Stage By Stage” in Johannesburg, which I thoroughly enjoyed, when a very special weekend run of “From The Footlights” was announced.

I admit, my head and heart was in conflict…. Hilton Festival or an opportunity to experience an 18-piece Broadway big band, under the baton of award-winning conductor and arranger, Bryan Schimmel, with Jonathan Roxmouth and friends singing Broadway …. (All of which l have now mastered brilliantly inferior in my car, to my daughter Victoria’s annoyance.)

Imagine the always dashing, winner of many awards and yes, always the lead in every musical, the talented Mr. Roxmouth on the Montecasino Teatro stage… joined by the talented Afrikaans recording artist, Nádine (who btw is even prettier in real life and thinner… the world is not fair children… ); actress, singer and musician, Lindiwe Bungane; TV, stage and movie actress with a splash of comedy, Tracey Lee Oliver; and actor, singer and recording artist (a teddy bear after my own heart), Harry Sideropoulos. It is an unbelievable amount of talent on one stage. Did I mention an 18-piece Broadway big band?

But what is a production, especially as sophisticated as this, without direction? From my heart, with best wishes and tremendous respect: “From The Footlights” is director by my friend, Weslee Lauder! I adore him on so many levels. Sincerity being at the top of my list.

Jonathan & Wenchy

This profuction awakens and touches so many parts of me, that I am very happy to be able to share the love.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be giving away two tickets to the exclusive media preview of “From the Footlights” this Thursday evening 17 September 2015 at Montecasino at 8pm. To top it all off, a signed copy of Jonathan Roxmouth’s latest CD will be included.

Please leave your details in the comment section and the winner of the two preview Media tickets and a signed copy of “From The Footlights” will be announced on Wednesday morning.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket for performances from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

From The Footlights, I wish you enough!



There are things about a small town that you can’t necessarily quantify.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

“This town of churches and dreams; this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways and winding roads leading to nowhere; but, I found myself instead. – Magic in the Backyard (excerpt from American Honey)”
Kellie Elmore

Have you ever read a book so enchanting that you didn’t want it to end? Or perhaps you had a love affair that you knew in your heart would end, with unlimited lingering, sentimental memories, but in the end you would have to part?

It is that feeling of wanting to keep what is sacred to you, so close to your heart, that you don’t want to share. While I knew the love and longing would always stay, I simply did not want to share the beautiful, simplistic secret that is McGregor. Not yet. I want to keep my gift wrapped!


You see, it caught me unaware.  I didn’t expect to fall in love. Notebook and pen in hand I arrived.  Very city girl with purple hair and big rimmed glasses. Ready to write down the facts of what was to be a review of accommodation,  attractions and restaurants.

Instead I felt pieces of my soul being torn from inside me as I met the people of McGregor, saw the unique Cape style, white washed homes with green tin roofs. I listened to the accents and stories of those within whom I saw McGregor had grown too. Some like bark from an old tree, some excited as spring time blossoms… and some that only knew this one place,  McGregor and had no yearning for another.

What I can tell you is…  I may arrive Social Media Diva and Blogger like with a cheeky “So? Show me what you got?“, with McGregor giggling “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” already knowing I will leave changed, forever.

I invite you to travel with me over the next couple of weeks as I stumble over the pieces of my soul that has sprouted seedlings and is ready to grow, as I share them with you.

I stayed in various cottages, ate at numerous restaurants, a river boat ride, endless laughter, many a wine to tasting and jokes to share with fine dining and laughter.

My first overnight stay was at the rustic “Ons Huisie”. Set on the edge of town with a view of fields, and Badge mountain (I’m from Jozi, anything that isn’t flat is either a mine dump or a mountain – I don’t even know how to describe a hill!) and the odd cow. I immediately felt in love with it. I found the cottage unpretentious with gorgeous purple flowers arranged on the dining room table situated in the pine kitchen with traditional read ceilings.

The kitchen was very well equipped and I was impressed to find proper, high quality plunge coffee and rusks. Yes, I checked that there were books in the cottage as I do judge a house by the books it keeps. Very happy to report there are current best sellers on the shelves and not books written just as paper was invented!

The back yard is a wonder all to itself, especially for little people to explore with parents overlooking the large porch and braai area. It is all so very pretty, in excellent condition and clearly loved. You will find that Mira, the best representative the area of McGregor and surrounds could ask is exceptional with a wealth of information, helpful and truly, she will do anything to make your stay as comfortable as possible.


The cottage itself caters for four people, but I wouldn’t go bigger than two adults and two pre-teens as the stairs going upstairs are a bit steep and the toilet is downstairs. That said, I know my kids would love the adventure of sleeping in a loft type arrangement. Very cosy and comfortably set out with two single beds, a chest of drawers and with a view of Badge Mountain. Can you hear the whispers and laughter late at night when the kids are supposed to be asleep?


What struck me as so peaceful is the light fabrics used to let light into the cottage, while it works just as well at night when you draw it closed. It was winter so I spoiled myself with a hot water bottle as there was no electric blanket in the cottage, it just felt …. right! I cannot stress the peaceful feeling I experienced in this cottage enough. I loved it!

The main bedroom has a shower very conveniently with the most gorgeous soap! I don’t know where the soap comes from but it is absolutely luxurious. Ample towels are supplied with heaters in both the main bedroom and the lounge.


Over the next few weeks I will share more about fine dining in the heart of town, wine, chocolates, blue skies and the delights to be found in and around McGregor. I purposefully am not posting all at once as I believe the charm and excitement I feel will be lost… so stay with me. This is not a destination, it is a journey!

I wish you a traffic jam that includes a stop street, a single car and a very determined cow!

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“Maya the Bee” pre-release ticket giveaway!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,


I was personally delighted when I saw my favourite childhood cartoon is coming out on on the big screen and feel proud at this South African first. The film will be released in three languages – English, Afrikaans and Zulu on 18 September, just ahead of Heritage Day.

Maya is a curious little bee with a big heart. Join her in an epic adventure as she and her best friend Willy attempt to save their hive!

Be among the first lucky few to see “Maya the Bee” this Sunday, 13th of September 2015 before its official release in cinemas.

I have 5 tickets (x 2) to give away for a screenings in Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria THIS Sunday, 13 September 2015 at 14h30. One set of 5 for an English family and one set for an Afrikaans family.


So enter below in the comment section, to win tickets and please state if you would prefer to see Maya in English or Afrikaans!!

I wish you enough,

You are on your knees before it, and it laughs.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I was diagnosed as bipolar before it was trendy. I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder which means anxiety is in jest, my default emotion in truth.

A friend on Facebook posted pics of famous people also diagnosed as bipolar. They all smiling, looking perfectly normal. Why? Because normal,  is a setting on a washing machine.

I would love to see your mental illness. This is me:


Break the stigma. If you have diabetes,  you would say so,  being treated for a mental illness is no different.

I wish you the spin cycle,

There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. When you’re high it’s tremendously.

The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them until you find better and brighter ones. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to captivate others a felt certainty. There are interests found in uninteresting people.

Sensuality is pervasive and the desire to seduce and be seduced irresistible. Feelings of ease, intensity, power, well-being, financial omnipotence, and euphoria pervade one’s marrow.

But, somewhere, this changes. The fast ideas are far too fast, and there are far too many; overwhelming confusion replaces clarity. Memory goes. Humor and absorption on friends’ faces are replaced by fear and concern.

Everything previously moving with the grain is now against– you are irritable, angry, frightened, uncontrollable, and enmeshed totally in the blackest caves of the mind. You never knew those caves were there. It will never end, for madness carves its own reality.

Kay Redfield Jamison,
An Unquiet Mind:
A Memoir of Moods and Madness

If the colour fits, wear it!

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

In mythology and palmistry, the left hand is called the dreamer because the ring finger on the left hand leads directly to the heart. I find it a very poetic idea. And that’s why I only wear nail polish on my left ring finger.
– Gloria Vanderbilt

I think Gloria is seriously limiting herself. Perhaps she have more cats than I do. Less husbands also… Painting only one finger would absolutely mess with my bi-polar self, I wouldn’t cope. The yin and the yang isn’t well… yanging! I think hell is a place of no colour, no books and certainly no nail polish and purple glitter. Sorry Gloria!

I unexpectedly met Glamore SA online and we were chatting purple. Seriously? Who does that… #LeSigh I loved the colour they were showcasing Hean Jungle Pop 281, along with my daughter Victoria’s favourite colour, Hean Jungle Pop 277.  Who doesn’t love a goodie bag, so when it arrived I was thrilled.

I immediately contacted Thembi  because one needs a professional for these things when you are me! She has been doing my nails for seven years so she has seen it all. I’ve come to the firm conclusion that anyone who works in the beauty industry is also a qualified therapist by default. Naturally it is a win-win for me. I have a captive audience who has to listen to all the nonsense that keep coming out of my mouth!

Thembi come over and we played with colour. I told Thembi that I was reviewing the products and I would like to know the good and the bad. Thembi is not one to hold back! As I’ve no fine motor co-ordination in my right hand especially thanks to Ankolysing Spondilitus, Thembs is my professional of choice. Besides that, I’ve never coloured inside the box.

Everyone was surprised I wasn’t wearing just purple!!


Thembi was not familiar with the brand either but loved the colours and the easy apply brush. Smooth consistency without running. (Apparently that is important) She mentioned that for me, la Wenchy, who likes everything in the dramatic, three coats will be best which is what she did. The nail polish dried very fast. This is a big win for me as I’m clumsy, and inevitably Thembi has to sit me down to “fix” what I’ve smudged before I’ve even left the salon!

I was quite ready to send out my blog at once because it looked fabulous, but Thembi advised me to wait, see if it looses shine and thirdly, how long will the polish last without chipping?


Well, I’m into my third week and here is the result:

3 weeks later.

You can clearly see how my nail has grown, but the colour … not a chip. I’m a tad amazed as I usually only get that result when I use gel. I can also mention that at functions I attended recently, numerous stylist complimented me on my nails. How fabulous is that!!


Thembi and I.

You will not find these products in your local salon, unless they have purchased from Glamore Cosmetics directly, but you can conveniently order online with a delivery to your door!

Glamore Cosmetics

+27 82 305 4152

Thank you for spoiling me! I enjoyed it tremendously. You gifted me colours and in return gained a customer, and dare I say a friend!

I wish you enough,


In conversation with our Kyle.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

In the years past, I use to write in depth about my children but as they got older, I’ve tried to be more mindful of their own sense of privacy. Also, my family structure became more complex. I still write about my many, many children, but more topical than as individuals.

With inspiration from other Bloggers, I decided to do an interview with the kids in my life.

My kids are older than the Mommy Bloggers kiddies I interact with, so I adjusted the questions a bit.

Posted the questions to the kids individually via WhatsApp. I am publishing their replies as they wrote them. 

In no particular order, I’m randomly starting with Kyle.  :) We call him “Superman” because of his physical likeness to the character.
Kyle is 22 years old and I love him sincerely from the very depth of my soul, while being born from my heart.

He is a genius when it comes to art and is generally extremely creativity. He loves body building, working out and food!

Kyle became an instant, loving and involved Dad to Abigail’s when he married her mommy Emma earlier this year.

So, here are my questions and dear Kyle’s replies.

1. Is there something I say to you often? 
I love you.

2. What makes me happy?
Your children.

3. What makes me sad?
People close to you suffering, or struggling emotionly.

4. How do I make you laugh?
I laugh when you tell me interesting stories of people you’ve met or silly things you have done.

5. What do you think I was like at your age?
Hard working, stressed but happy, maybe a bit emotionally confused about where you were at that time of your life and where you wanted to be, but you lived in the moment.

6. How old am I?

7. How tall am I?
8. What is my favourite thing to do?

9. What do you think I do when you are not here?
Cry cause you miss me 😋.

10. If I was famous, what would I be famous for?
Taking photos.

11. What am I really good at?

12.  What am I very bad at?
Clearly Kyle drew the above and not me. I’m hopeless in that regard!

13. What do I do at work?

14. What is my favourite food?
I dunno.

15. What makes you proud of me?
Your ability to love.

16. If I was a character/actress on TV or Movies , who would I  be?
Judy Garland

17. What do you and I do together that you enjoy?
Seeing each other.
18. In which way are you and I the same?
We both love Kev.

19. What do you and I disagree about?

20. How do you know that I love you?
You tell me all the time.

21. What do I like about @SirNoid?
He’s cuddly.

22. Where do I love to go?

23. Is there a song that reminds you of me? 
Not that I can think of.

24. Where is my favourite place to go on holiday? 

25. If you introduce me to your friends,  what do you call me? 

Thank you babe for indulging me and answering my questions. I know when I read them over the years to come, they will be like gold glitter to me. Sentimental silly girl I am.

Obviously, some answers are subjective but once I’ve published all the kids replies, I’ll answer a few of the less obvious ones. :)

I wish you enough,

How can I try to explain?


Dear Kev,

What the world will never see is my delight in a little boy being born,  exactly like I ordered him.

Stubborn,  headstrong, sensitive and kind. Opinionated, clever, funny,  talented… my boy who plays the dark side of the moon as if it were notes dancing on his guitar.

They will never see the 4 year old boy hysterical to get out his car seat, to get to his mom because she is crying next to the road, with her shirt torn open. Nor the 12 year old who baked cupcakes after 10pm cause it was mom’s birthday and nobody celebrated.

They don’t know how quickly you needed to grow up because you were stronger in that moment,  and when you weren’t,  I was there. A tag team when you should have been a boy.

They don’t know your support in moments of heartbreaking pain,  when you yourself was hurting. You stood next to me when we said goodbye to those we loved. You never turned away.

They will never see the tenderness and commitment with which you have loved me. Your generous spirit in taking care of what you have claimed as yours. They don’t know our 3am.

They don’t see you holding my hand as a 14 year old during a mammogram because a doctor found  lump. Telling me it doesn’t matter,  we have each other. It will be ok and it was.

They don’t see our loud laughter at the jokes we share, or the past we attempt to make light off. They don’t see our secret world of tears, or our moments of extreme appreciation. They don’t hear you say “I love you” regardless of who is with you.

They don’t see my shouting and you respectfully just saying “Yes”, both of us knowing you totally disagree, but one never raises your voice to a woman.  Especially not your Mom and definitely not your sister.

They don’t know your thanksgiving at my sometimes royal screw ups and that you saw them as necessary to form who you are today. Lifting some of my feelings of regret and wanting to beg for forgiveness.

They don’t need to. They only need to see the man you became…. and that man, speaks louder than words ever could.

With huge gratitude, endless love and appreciation, you are my sunshine,
Nancy x


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