Lucille, the Diva – Lucille MacGibbon

30 April 2015

The Diva, as Lucille calls herself, decided that we should have meet at the Crystal Towers Hotel for our Tea Date.  It was a special afternoon with serious discussions as well as “girlie giggles”!

Lucille, you qualify to share my desk and it is a privilege to see you behind it.

Lucille desk

A bit about Lucille

Lucille is a Human Resources Business Partner at SA Rugby and looks after the referees, rugby department, operations, finance, corporate affairs and the executive team.

          …….a hectic job with major responsibilities, but she is fortunate to (regularly) appear on photos with some great hunks 😉

Lucille’s coffee mug 

A cute mug covered with cupcake pictures;  because Lucille loves sweet things!!

 Framed mug

Our Live, Love, Laugh conversation:

 Live:  Lucille lost her husband in a hijacking in July 2000 and accepting the loss of not only a spouse, but also a marriage, has been a long, tough journey.  I know Lucille to be a chirpy lady who still loves life and wanted to know how she does this despite the very sad trauma she experienced.

Confidently, without hesitation, she answered:  “Avoid negativity, don’t listen to it.  Forget about ‘I can’t – no, it is I can’.  I believe in being positive, and yes, it is an inner battle and a conscious decision to take every day.  However, I know that positive energy and thoughts lead to positive encounters.  I also experienced my faith in God got me through the trauma.”

Love your LookLucille’s image tip:  “If you are a slightly bigger women, you can still maintain a sense of trendiness.  Do not neglect yourself – make an effort with your makeup and hair”.

                         …..I hope all the plus size ladies take this advice to heart. Lucille always looks immaculate – even when in casuals.

 Laugh:  “I was once stopped in a roadblock where the traffic cop noticed my license disk has expired.  I panicked a bit, but then told the (Afrikaans speaking) traffic cop that the license disk was couriered from Johannesburg to Cape Town as I am in the process of moving (the latter being the truth).  The cop frowned at me,  totally confused, clearly not understanding what “couriered” meant…and then told me I can go.  We had a good laugh in the car – probably more out of relief rather than the word “couriered”  not being understood by the cop”

Lucille’s secret revealed:

She can do beading!  Lucille wears the most beautiful pearls which I never knew she beaded herself.

….I tried very hard, but it seems that Lucille really don’t have any dark secrets to share (LOL).  Lucille, may we place orders for your beautiful pearls, please?

 The crazy classy gift!

Lucille travels for work and I decided to give her a travel buddy that can keep her warm;  small enough to easily fit into her suitcase.  Lucille, your buddy will have to get a name – we are waiting to hear!


What I have learned from Lucille: 

I have learned that it is “ok” to seek help when we do not cope in life.  Lucille made use of professional help and support groups after her husband was killed.  There are qualified professionals and wonderful support groups for a reason – we just need to admit that we need their help.

We also need to be aware of God’s presence in our difficult times and recognise the angels (caring people) He sends us.


Thank you for sharing Lucille!  Until we meet at the next Tea Date.







She walks her own path – Liesl van der Rede

17 April 2015

Liesl and I met at the Table Bay Hotel for our tea date.  It was a LONG tea date – Liesl and I can talk a hind leg off a donkey – but so much fun!

Liesl met all the requirements for our Tea Date and therefore qualify to share my Desk. Welcome Liesl!

Liesl Desk 2


A bit about Liesl

Liesl was a Knowledge Manager with the Competition Commission.  When her 5 year contract came up for renewal, she decided to leave Johannesburg and move back “home” to Cape Town. Feeling restless after an engagement was called off; she knew it was time for a new season – what better place to start than in Cape Town?

Liesl’s special coffee mug  (Liesl is not a tea drinker!)

A colourful Happy Birthday mug…and very important: it has a little bear on the inside!  Liesl felt the need for a “me mug” when she arrived in Cape Town and an aunt chose this as the perfect gift.

Mug photo







Our Live, Love, Laugh Conversation:  

 Live:  “I love the outdoors and am inspired by God’s work in our world; the ocean, mountain – it takes my breath away.  I also love watching little children play and enjoy life to the fullest.  As adults we have lost that ability – quite sad”.

Love your LookLiesl’s image tip:  “Dress so that for the rest of the day you do not have to think about your outfit.  No fidgeting with your clothes, pulling on it or worrying about the fit – it is distracting!”

…… it!!  Valuable advice Liesl!

Laugh:  “I am not actually a joke person, I enjoy the humour in real life situations like when the furniture shop wanted to deliver my new lounge suite – a whole 30 days too early.”

Liesl’s secret revealed:

She has a tattoo!   On her lower back and she even showed me.  Not the kinda girl I would associate a tattoo with but loved the story behind it – a true gesture of friendship signifies it.

The crazy classy gift!  Classy on the outside – crazy on the inside

Liesl has many hobbies, but the one that intrigued me the most is her love for making sweets and special cupcakes.  She shares her sweet and cupcake ventures on her own blog ( – you have to go and look!

Her gift:  A purple DIVA BRUSH for scrubbing her pots and pans.   

Liesl gift


What I have learned from Liesl:  Liesl has taught me that quality of life is more important than the amount of money you earn. She works very hard Monday to Thursday and spends Fridays doing something she enjoys…like sitting on a ‘bankie’ reading a book.  Liesl has inspired me to make more ‘bankie’ time for myself!


Until we meet at the next Tea Date!


Ps:  the caption is chosen by the Tea Date guest.