Winter is coming. 

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

We are thrilled that our annual Twitter Blanket Drive #TBD2017 will be hosted by Live Arts Little Theatre on Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 19h00. It is impossible to find a warmer reception!

#TBD2017 

Please bring a new or previously loved blankets (any size) as entry fee. Enjoy the hospitality of the Little Theatre that could, with snacks and entertainment provided. All ages welcome! Cash bar.

Blankets may be dropped at the Theatre should you sadly,  not be able to attend.

Other collection points will be shared in the next couple of days,  as well as the beneficiaries for Jozi #TBD2017.

Please contact me: wenchy@mweb.co.za for additional information or should you feel led to assist in any way. 😉

With huge gratitude, I wish you enough,

Wenchy

Twitter : @JoziTBD / @LALT_JHB / @NocturnalWenchy

Hashtag : #TBD2017

Please share and spread the love!

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From one Legend to another…

20170410_134416Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

My son, @liamjamescadger and I recently attended a rooftop party (nothing like a Wench on the town with her son who is legal!) at The Copper Bar, where we got down to doing The Salty Dog... we didn’t learn about THE Tom Collins until much later, so we had to skip.. even if he did arrive with a cherry on top!

Wikipedia has this to say about “this liquid legend“:

Gordon’s is a brand of London dry gin first produced in 1769. The top markets for Gordon’s are (in descending order) the United Kingdom, the United States and Greece.[1] It is owned by the British spirits company Diageo and is made in Scotland (although flavourings may be added elsewhere). It is the world’s best selling London Dry gin.[2] Gordon’s has been the UK’s number one gin since the late 19th century.[3]

The recipe for Gordon’s is known to only twelve people in the world and has been kept a secret for 250 years.[11] Triple-distilled, the gin contains juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice, orris root, orange and lemon peel.[2] It takes ten days distillation after receiving the wheat to create a finished product of a bottle of Gordon’s Gin.[12] Gordon’s recipe differentiated from others at the time in that it didn’t add sugar, which other distillers had used to disguise impurities.[7] This made it a “dry” gin.[7]

In terms of clear spirits I’m usually on the vodka side of the bar, but I was pleasantly surprised with Gordon’s. It was subtle, not overpowering and mixed well with my standard favourite, orange juice. Yes, I will sip and try all things but may not necessarily finish the entire glass. I was thankful I had Liam James waiting in the wings to try all combinations with ample feedback! We really had a smashing afternoon.

The venue was ever so upmarket, beautifully decorated, stylish and refreshing, with platters of food that just kept appearing. All that was missing was a Palm leaf. I really do believe life might just be a tad more legendary with #GordonsLegends @GordonsGinSA . Especially when shared with people you love and wonderful memories are made!

Thank you for the invitation, it is an afternoon neither I, nor my son will soon forget. Sophisticated we sipped our gin, watching the sunset over the City Of Gold. Snacking on salmon… as one does.

PS.

A salty dog is a cocktail of Gordon’s gin, or vodka and grapefruit juice, served in a highball glass with a salted rim. The salt is the only difference between a salty dog and a greyhound. Vodka may be used as a substitute for gin; nevertheless, it is historically a gin drink.

As for the THE Tom Collins … google him. He has a history. #wink

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

oh #HelloBlackFriday 

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Happy Thanksgiving to all,  but especially to my friends and family living in the United States which is where this tradition was born.

Vicky and I met at school and have been friends since I was 12. Vix came to live with us a year or so later, and it was tremendous having my best friend become my sister! It has been a gift of friendship, love, support, loyalty, forgiveness, compromise, humour, affection, devotion that keeps on giving, for over 30 years. I love Vicky an intense amount.

Vicky and her husband, Russ and my gorgeous niece, Alex and nephew, Drew became proper America citizens last year. They residential on Marco Island in Florida and love the sea and sailing lifestyle.

Russ and Vicky with Drew and Alex.

This was the first election they could vote (ha ha ha!!), today is their first Thanksgiving as America citizens … and their first, smack people out the way #HelloBlackFriday as proper Americans tomorrow.😆

I asked Vicky who has been living  in the land of the free, and going out on #HelloBlackFriday, which appears like where the brave comes in, to tell me more about what #HelloBlackFriday is really like.

Ok Black Friday! You can go line up at most shops from late on Thursday night – Thanksgiving until the shops open on Friday and the shops open at 1:00am in the morning but you would be able to get all sorts of stuff at really special prices!

People has been trampled trying to get into Walmart and now they issue tickets and have a limited amount of the items for sale in the stores…. like you can buy a 60″ TV for a tiny amount but there is only 5 in the store.

Also what is happening, is more and more shops have started offering  sales online as well as have there specials start early e.g. from today (Thursday).

But then if you think you have special deals on Friday….  they also have Cyber Monday! 😀 Bigger and better!

Anyway living here, I have been keeping off buying anything because everything goes on sale on Friday. I have 25 items in my basket for Amazon that I will only buy on Friday, and it’s the best time to buy Christmas gifts!

– Vicky Stephens

Vicky is a yoga fanatic with some amazing moves. Follow her on Instagram. You my just try a pose… #justsaying

I will be checking out #HelloBlackFriday at @RosebankMall who is offering a lucky winner a R200 voucher to spend at @RosebankMall!

I will have some additional #HelloBlackFriday giveaways on my blog tomorrow, so remember to check it out.

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#HelloBlackFriday

Please answer the following question (and make sure to leave your email address for notification of the winner!) in the comment section of my blog.

On which day of the week does #HelloBlackFriday traditionally fall on?

The winner will be announced early on #HelloBlackFriday. 

I wish you enough,

Wenchy 

There is no great divide.

Dear friends, family and other interesting creatures,

It’s cold. The shadow creeps deeper into the black hole of a non existent shelter. The wind has no boundary and freely flows into every available space. There is a plastic sheet picked up from a delivery bay held tightly in an effort to provide warmth.

This could be me.

This could be you.

If we be truly honest, there are many of us who live from payday to payday. Take away the lifeline of your monthly income and perhaps no family or friends willing or able to help, where do you go? There is nothing that leaves you above ending up on the street … with nothing. Nothing.

People living on the street are no different from you or I. They feel hunger, love, dislike, just like us. Woman have periods. Their digestive system did not conveniently shut down because life hit them hard. There are very real issues. All people have hopes and dreams. We all want to be loved, respected and feel we are special.

Every person born, will die. Did you aid your fellow man in his journey between the beginning and end?

I was introduced to the Twitter Blanket Drive in 2013. It was the second media event I ever attended. This year I was approached to take on the role of National Brand Ambassador.

#TBD2016 needs a boost in Johannesburg as it is well established in Cape Town.

We would be grateful if you would hop over and “like” the page and stay informed. Jozi TBD Our Twitter account is @JoziTBD. We are using the hashtag #TBD2016 nationally.

Twitter Blanket Drive was started by @MelanieMinnaar ‘s single tweet. We are all influencers. We can choose to touch the lives around us. Each one, reach one.

Please join us at 6pm tonight, 26 May 2016 for soup, song and smiles as we donate blankets. Our drop in the ocean.

This could be you. There is no great divide.

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I wish you enough,
Wenchy