Scary stories from a lovely place


My name is Kim. You can read about this blog here.

I live in Brixton, Johannesburg. Kids play soccer in the street all day. 

I am married to Stephen.  He is a clever architect. We used to have a cat, Kitty who was pretty bizarre. Now we have a son, Silas, he is pretty cool.

I’m a housewife; I knit, I bake, I drink tea, I clean, I get sad if I’m alone at home for too long and I’m getting more confident on a Singer sewing machine. I have an honours degree in English literature and hope to use it someday. Lately I’ve been working in Christian ministry; mainly reading the bible with varsity students at the University of Johannesburg and The University of the Witswatersrand, both being conveniently in walking distance from my home, sort of.

My home is right beneath the Sentech Tower, the smaller of two spectacular towers that grace the skyline of Johannesburg.  It’s so beautiful here.

I grew up in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia and have lived in various places between Sydney to the north and Kiama to the south since then. The best place to live was Wombarra, just north of Wollongong. I want to try and get back there someday. It is peaceful and blue and breezy and very sandy. But right now, Jozi is a fine home.


9 comments on “Who?

  1. Miriam
    August 25, 2009

    Hi Kim,
    I think your blog is great so far. Definately not pretentious =) Looking forward to reading future posts.

  2. eneferri
    March 23, 2010

    hi I’m also a trained ‘Literary appreciator’ now uni lecturer….. and architect’s wife. Used to live in Gerroa not far from Kiama so know that part of the world fairly well.
    Lovely blog – nice to hear about your 1950s style life!

  3. Bill Rogers
    May 12, 2010

    Hi Kim,

    Good blogs, I enjoy them and have now subscribed so I won’t miss any.

  4. Sine Thieme
    May 19, 2010

    Hi Kim,
    just came across your blog and like it! I just started my own blog about Joburg after moving here from the US recently, and I especially liked your post about crime and people exaggerating a ton, maybe because of feeling guilty for having left or wanting to leave. It drives me nuts, so I always appreciate the rare voice of reason, like yours!

  5. Jan
    March 7, 2011

    Hi Kim,

    I´ve never read a blog before, so yours is my first.
    I am German and used to live in Twickenham Guesthouse down there in Auckland Park for 6 months in 2008, working at SABC.
    Looking for variety while running, I started running up the hill instead of running to my beloved Koppies and Northcliff Hill. Afterwards I was warned, never to run that direction again, unsafe area… But I started exploring Brixton and Westdene my way and don´t want to miss it, it is the real Joburg much more than Auckland Park. Some day I will have a look down to your house from the tower, working actually hard on the permission at Henley road.
    Now I am in Joburg once a month for week, working for a swedish company, again with clients like SABC and Sentech, selling Broadcast IT.
    Whenever I am asked about Joburgs meaning to me, I answer: This is my favorite place on earth! and after having not been there for 30 months, I now know much better why.
    Thank you for your great texts in that blog, very honest words.
    See you up the hill maybe!

    • kimlovesjozi
      March 7, 2011

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for reading my blog and commenting. I am so glad you discovered Brixton and enjoyed running here! It makes me sad when people say that it is too dangerous to come to. It’s no more dangerous than Auckland Park (much less so in my opinion). I often walk in AP, because I go to church there, and I feel much more comfortable in Brixton. There are actually other people in the street!

      Have you actually been up in the Sentech tower? That must be amazing!

      Love Kim.

      • Jan
        March 7, 2011

        Hi Kim,

        I am actually waiting for the opportunity to be confirmed by Sentech…
        Stayed the week before at Tower Lodge, the building below the House owned by
        , named Zietsies on the wall, right beneath the tennis courts.
        Very atmospheric when musicians training classical singing up there.
        I don´t care about crime while running having nothing of substance with me, I enjoy my kind of sightseeing. Hope to be in town again soon, 3 weeks, will see!
        My wife is an architect as well, used to work in Chicago but not willing to remove to Joburg with the kids, so our base remains Munich:
        Could be worse…
        Looking forward to meet you and your family one day!

  6. KT
    September 12, 2011

    You recently commented on my page regarding Christian education. Are you a regular follower or did you just read that one blog? Sounds like you have a very exciting life- little Silas looks gorgeous, you must be very proud.

    • kimlovesjozi
      September 12, 2011

      Hi, I just found your blog today and have read, or skimmed all your posts.

      My life isn’t that exciting really and yes Silas is awesome.


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