What I… Nerine from Girl with Cake

Last week I came across a beautiful blog – not only in it’s appearance but it’s heart too! The blog was called Girl with Cake and as I read a few of the posts the tears just started rolling down my cheeks – in a public place!!

Anyway the concept behind this “sweet” little blog is for it to be a place where Nerine Gardiner documents her crusade to take cake to the cakeless and in so doing spread a little love and kindness in her world, well the world on the street corner or at the robots or digging in the bin or lying ill in bed.

Yes she bakes a cake for no-one in particular and then heads out to find someone to give it to – not just a slice but the entire gorgeous creation that she has painstakingly made with love! It is SUCH a wonderful concept and one that we can all get involved with too (find out how here) Naturally I wanted to find out more about this “girl with cake” so invited her to take part in my blogger interview series…


What I…

I know not to force life. If it’s not going in the direction you’re pushing, it’s not supposed to.

I also know that plan B (or C or D) sometimes works out better than you could ever have planned of plan A.

My always-singing, full-of-puns, wraps-me-in-his-arms-and-hides-me-there-when-I’m-overwhelmed, is-the-only-person-who-can-be-on-a-30-seconds-team-with-my-mother husband.

My cat, who is bigger than most small dogs, but gentler than most kittens.

The smell of leather; racing down an open farm road on horseback; cuddling; dinners with my parents; my parents; my big and very overprotective brother; good coffee; Bouché chocolate (the little elephants); dipping cookies in condensed milk; red wine with good friends; the smell of rain on hot tar; eating off of other people’s plates (only family people. Except my brother. He doesn’t share food.)

Mostly silly chick lit (I can’t help it, it’s a love that will never die.) Sometimes history (I’m a history major, so Stalin and The Boer Boy have also found their way into my bookshelf). Also, anything on the back of a bathroom door.

Selfish things: a bigger oven. Mine is a baby, which makes baking massive layered cakes an all-night affair.

Selfless things: I want people to have hope. Hope for the world, for the state of mankind, for themselves.


In summer, I wear dresses. Lots of dresses. I think I dress a lot more girly in summer. Winter is a bit more… strict. In general, lots of high collars, high-waisted pants, pointy shoes and dainty boots. And too much white. Can’t. Stop. Buying. White.

I need more time. I feel like it’s been running away from me.

I need to live closer to my brother. He moved to Europe nearly three years ago and I miss spending time with him.

I need to go to Joburg, Pretoria and Vrede (in the Free State). There are friends I haven’t seen for months… I need them.

Images: Nadine Gardiner

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!


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