Friday, 22 September 2017

So how are you?

Gosh I haven't been here in such a long time - neither have I read blogs. It's been hectic and busy and crazy in our lives. I have very seldom been so happy to see Friday - and it's a wonderful long weekend to boot.

We have just survived enjoyed 9 performances of our big  4yearly school concert. It was tiring but a huge amount of fun and the children really enjoyed it. It is such a spectacular show - we sat there in total amazement as every child in the school played their part and had a bit of stage light on them. C jived on "Hard knocked life" from the musical Annie , L sang and danced to "Hooray its a Holiday" and A and "Everybody was Kong Fu fighting". It was a great feast of music, lights, dancing, bright costumes and enthusiasm. But we are extremely relieved that it is all now done and dusted and that we can have a good rest over the weekend.

Work is still crazy - actually the crazy is increasing as year end approach. This too shall pass.

L played his last cricket game of the season and did so well. He is truly a cricketer by heart. C still has a game this afternoon. A's hockey season is done and dusted and she already had two galas. I was very proud of C who also participated in the school house sport gala. The first dance competition of the season rewarded A with a high silver and a good start.

I feel that I am at the moment just working and working and managing kids - and maybe reading a bit. After so many months of great reading I have slowed down a bit . I am simply so tired that I fall asleep before reading more that a few paragraphs.

My wonderful MIL has been visiting us for the concert period and I honestly am so grateful. It help so so much to have her with us. To help keep all on track while H and I fetch and deliver kids in the evenings and cooking a wonderful meal every evening. Our freezer is also already well stocked with frozen meals lovingly made by her.

I hope you have a wonderful heritage day weekend and rest up, like we fully intend on doing.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Van boeke wat jou hart raak

Kyk ons het lanklaas boeke gesels! Dis hoog tyd. So die naweek sit ons met 'n toespraak wat die meisiekind moet lewer - oor 'n resensie. Sy moet een bespreek so ons kies toe 'n oulike een van Fanie Viljoen se Nova reeks se finale boek - netjies gedoen deur Mia Oosthuizen. Net daar val dit my op dat ek selde die "regte" paadjie met resensies loop - in plaas van deur al die mooi letterkundige middels gaan praat ek maar sommer hier uit die "gut" uit soos die Engelse sê. Of dalk uit die hart uit.

Daarom wil ek graag vandag gesels oor twee boeke wat my hart diep geraak het. Albei skrywers was nuut vir my en ek gaan baie beslis meer van hulle boeke lees

Helende liefde - Anna Penzhorn


Ek het dadelik van Andrea gehou - n professionele vrou wat n skybaar ideale amper idilliese lewe lei op die platteland. Na 13 jaar ontdek sy dat haar man wat sy so gek oor is, Dewald, 'n rondloper is. Die slag is nog harder toe sy uitvind wie die verleidster is. Skielik moet Andrea nie net haar huwelik nie maar ook haarself en wat vir haar saak maak in die lewe heraanskou. Selfs haar rol as dokter is nie meer  vir haar helder nie.

Vir my was Andrea se emosionele paadjie wat sy moes loop uiters aangrypend. Noem maar -ontkenning,  woede, gedagtes van vergelding, bevraagtekening van haar eie waarde en soveel meer, wat sy deur moes werk. Bo alles natuurlik die uiterse hartseer van 'n verwerpte vrou. Die verwoesting wat egskeiding saai is groter as wat mens seker besef as jy of iemand naby aan jou nog nooit daardeur is nie.

Andrea se ontwikkeling as mens en haar aanpas by haar omstandighede is eintlik vir my waaroor die boek gaan. Die insig in haar innerlike en gevoelens is baie suksesvol en raak mens se hart. So beweeg sy ook aan deur uit te reik na ander wat minder het as sy en ontdek dat deur vir ander liefde te gee jy self kan heel word - vandaar die titel "Helende Liefde".

Ek sal die boek sterk aanbeveel - dit het my werklik meer insig gegee in wat die rondom ons soms deurgaan en hoe goed hulle daardie swaarkry wegsteek. 8/10 vir n baie goeie boek.

Heiliger - Dibi Breytenbach


My tweede keuse mag dalk vreemd lyk- n krimi en ek gesels oor emosies? Later meer daaroor maar eers die res.

Heiliger is 'n warboel van gebeure - 48 uur van hel vir Hendrik en Amalia! Vroeg oggend moet hulle letterlik die dood van 'n goeie vriendin in die oë staar en daarna hou dit net nie op nie soos die lewe hulle twee bestook met dinge - als in een dag. Dis n warboel van gebeure, emosies en als in die klein plattelandse gemeenskap van Witteberg. Selfs die droogte in die omgewing is 'n karakter in sy eie reg.

Dit is baie duidelik dat die skrywer baie goed nagevors het oor regsprosedures maar ook hoe die proses in 'n tipiese plattelandse dorp sal verloop. Die details rondom selle, polisiestasies en polisiemanne. Wat my veral getref het is hoe die verhouding en spanning binne hierdie sisteem uitgebeeld word.

Die spanninglyn is amper van bladsy een daar en verslap nie 'n oomblik tot die einde nie. Soos 'n storm die uiteindelike verligting van die droogte gee ontknoop die verhaal op dieselfde manier en tyd. Dit is werklik meesterlik gedoen.

Terug na dit wat die hart raak. Die sterkste punt van hierdie boek lê in Dibi se vermoë om simpatie met karakters te skep. Van Hendrik en Amalia wat tradisioneel jou simpatie moet trek deur elke liewe karakter - selfs die lafhartige Richter se beweegredes wek simpatie. Die uitgewekenes, die ontnugterdes en die moeg vir die lewe mense - een en almal. Natuurlik ook vir my gusteling Butomncane Buthelezi - die een man wat altyd sal staan vir rede en geregtigheid. Daardie siele moet ook daar wees om die balans en teenpool te skep vir die lafhartiges.

Heiliger is een van die beste krimis of spanningverhale wat ek in 'n lang tyd gelees het - en ek lees baie! Ek het nie een van die skrywer se vorig boeke gelees nie en alhoewel daar verwysings terug is kan mens die boek op sy eie lees.

Ek gee Heiliger 10/10 vir 'n uiters uitstekende lees. Ek kan nie wag om Saliger en Vrediger onder hande te kry nie.




Monday, 14 August 2017

Boy those speeches!

Guys it is a mad rush at the moment. It feels like survival mode all the time. Work is super hectic - I hardly have time to think. The stress is immense. Evenings are filled with school stuff, more work and at least I feel I want to read just a little bit. It's my poison of the moment - well, it's always been a saving grace but now even more. To settle my mind and relax a bit.

We are having a super hectic term - it is madness. Third term is always a busy one and this year it is even worse. It is revue year - which means each and every child is participating in a huge concert - that runs over weeks of repetitions and shows. The grade 6 kids also has the yearly adventure camp next week and as the kids are not suppose to write tests the day after a show things are condensed into weeks. This week C has so may things I can hardly keep track. A has a lot to handle too and L has a speech - which for him is possibly the most difficult of all things to handle. Thank goodness our au pair nightmare seems to be over and our new one handled most of the work for this week on Friday afternoon. But honestly I already feel I had enough. (I will tell you all about the au pair thing later)

There are test and projects oh and the very worst for me - the orals! I really do not enjoy writing them and none of my kids like doing them so it always feels like an uphill battle. I hate them! Honestly.

So now that I have that off my back, how are you all doing. And what do you hate about school work for the kids the most?

Friday, 4 August 2017

Just to breathe


We spent the last week of the school holiday in the beautiful Karoo. It was an amazing experience and I am still struggling to come to terms with the constant noise on the building site I am spending so much time on at the moment. It was quite possibly one of my favorite family holidays ever. I just loved the simple quietness, the icy cold mornings and the total change of pace.

It is incredible how fast one adapts to the cold. The first morning there was -12degrees Celcius aroun 7 in the morning. It was freezing. The day and days in general got progressively warmer but funny enough, no one complained about the cold. A made a game of seeing how cold see could see a thermometer on.

We read, ate, played and just relaxed. It was a wonderful time in the company of great friends. Life is extremely tough at the moment and I am a bit of a mess in general. I think this time of repose may have saved my sanity. The kids just slipped into farm mode and had so much fun.  The heart stone below was found by Mr L and I am keeping in on my bedside table in fond memory of a great time out for us.




Thursday, 6 July 2017

I don't quite know where to start

I know it has been such a long time since my last post. The honest truth is that it is honestly one of the toughest times in my life and that I purely and simply have not found the time or energy to post. It was already tough going at work since my business partner passed away but I was left with two critical staff members with either family or health issues and days off - the one now close to two weeks (with one here in between). He honestly was sick and I feel so sorry for him but the load has been insane. I have au pair issues to add to all this - which was truly the straw to break the camel's back. I have cried and laughed and purely just disconnected in frustration. Also when I realized that my BIL and SIL will be visiting in a critical week - and was then left without the person that could help me in the office for the week.
The family visited Freedom Park amongst other places this week

They however has been the most amazing blessing to us this week. I now know that God has provided it this way as they have honestly been life savers to us. Making sure there are meals and entertaining our kids with theirs to the T. They have honestly played at being tourists in their own city. I am so hugely grateful for this. But I think it is the small things that the kids may remember most of all. Playing Lego for hours. Sharing a bed early mornings and the girls painting nails.

In other news the kids all brought home wonderful report cards - I could not be more proud of any of them.The boys spent 4 days playing cricket to start out their Winter holiday and both took more wickets than their mom could dream of. A had Lyrical dance practice and two swimming practices - so no rest for the weary. Although of course this is rest. Every single morning when I do not hear the alarm at 5:30 I crawl in deeper and close my eyes. Every evening when chores end with cleaning after dinner and not with packing school lunches is a joy. Yeah to school holidays although I am working!

So how are your school holidays going?

Friday, 9 June 2017

Five for Friday edition 29

It's been ages since I have done a five for Friday (March in fact - gosh time has flown). But let's have a quick catch up.

1. We had bookclub on Tuesday night and heavens, did Heidi that hosted go out to the full to impress! She did a variation on a Masterchef recipe - just look at the photo! The toadstool stem is a caramle siss roll, the dom is coloured white chocolate filled with chocolate mousse and with a port jelly centre and capped with a biscuit and chocolate - all on a pistachio bed for "grass". We were all speechless and totally in awe - and i

t tasted as good as it looked!


 2. The boys' rugby team won their league and there is huge excitement about that. Mr L played the game of his life on Tuesday while C had to sit out for the last game due to a course of very necessary anti biotics. They really practiced hard and a lot. Tuesdays' game was nerve wrecking - I swear worse than Springbok rugby and they only won with 14/12.

3. We are also very proud of our A - she was selected to present the school in the Top 6 academic challenge. It is a huge confidence boost for her is a year that has been rather tough for her. Growing up and dealing with bullies and friendship is hard.

4. I have a cold - and A is also struggling. I guess it is the normal Winter bugs that are hitting us in full force. This weekend apart form learning will also have some resting.

5. Pre cooked meals (mainly done by my wonderful hubby - but some by me) is saving my sanity at the moment. It is wonderful to take out a frozen meal in the morning and know you only need to make the starch and a salad or quick veggies and have a great home cooked meal.

So, what's happening in your life? Any five for Fridays out there?





Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Van genres en ander lekkertes

'n Lekker ligpunt in my lewe tans is die heerlikheid van nuwe skrywers ontdek in Afrikaans. Ek het my Afrikaanse lees baie afgeskeep deur die jare maar kyk, ek is nou besig om werk daarvan te maak. Hierdie jaar het ek meer Afrikaans as Engels gelees - seker die eerste keer in my grootmens lewe. Saam met nuwe skrywers kom ook nuwe genres en style. Vars nuwe stemme. Dit maak my altyd baie opgewonde as ek iets in Afrikaans ontdek wat 'n wêreld tendens is. Dit is nou nie dat Afrikaans nog ooit moes terugstaan nie as ons dink aan die Sestigers nie.

Ek het my grootmens lees jare begin met 'n Universiteits lys van "aanbevole boeke vir Argitektuur studente". Anders as wat jy mag dink het hierdie lys nie 'n enkele boeke wat direk slegs oor Argitektuur gegaan het bevat nie maar het  meer gegaan oor die skep van 'n goeie lees agtergrond en goeie algemene lees kennis. Op die lys was boeke soos "Animal Farm" ," Mein Kampf", "The Fountainhead", "The Unbearable lightness of being", "The Name of the Rose" en "Catch 22". Ook die klassieke werke soos "Lolita", "Where Angels fear to tread" en "Passage to India".

My grootste ontdekking was egter die werke van die Suid Amerikaanse magiese realisme skrywers soos Marquez en Allende ("One hundred years of solitude" en "The House of the Spirits") was op daardie lees lys - ai die lekkerte. 'n Hele ander wêreld het vir my oopgegaan. Daarom ook was my ontdekking van magiese realisme in Afrikaans vir my 'n hoogtepunt - "Die swye van Mario Salviatti" van Etienne van Heerden en Andre P Brink se "Sandkastele" is daarom twee van my gunsteling Afrikaanse boeke wat ek al oor en oor gelees het. Maar ek wil nie eintlik magiese realisme gesels nie - eerder boeke met 'n geskiedkundige agtergrond - soos hierdie twee ook het. Boeke met 'n geskiedkundige agtergrond is nie regtig my gewone leesstof nie maar gooi iets anders by of vertel die storie vars en nuut en ek mag dalk dit baie geniet. Ja, daar is uitsonderinge soos die poetiese skoonheid van PG du Plessies se "Fees van die ongenooides" maar ek hou van beweeg in die hede of onlangse verlede. Die toekoms is oop vir debat - ek het byvoorbeeld "Koors" baie geniet (dit was my 2016 boek van die jaar) en selfs "The Hunger Games" maar dit is nie my eerste keuse oor die algemeen nie.

In dieselfde asem hou ek van boeke wat mens uitdaag om effe anders na die wêreld te kyk - veral die mense naby jou. 'n Boek soos "Gone Girl " van Gillian Flynn en "Broken Monsters" van Lauren Beukes is miskien nie die "mooiste" boeke wat jy ooit gelees het nie" en jy mag dalk nie van 'n enkele karakter hou of aanklank by vind nie, maar jou denke word gedraai en uitgedaag.

Daarom is ek vandag baie opgewonde om oor twee nuwe Afrikaanse boeke te gesels - een in 'n relatiewe nuwe genre - Domestic Noir (dink "Gone girl" en "Girl on a train") en een waar die geskiedenis bewonderingswaardig teer hanteer word en so een van daai groot uitsonderings word in my lewe.

"Pelgrimshoop" van Ronel Nel
Dit is 1956 en Hanna haar broer Abram kom per trein aan in die denkbeeldige dorpie Pelgrimshoop. Dadelik is die leser uiters bewus van hul andersheid in die gemeenskap - hul stads maniere en klere spel dit uit. Boonop is Hanna daar om Elias Bart te onderrig en gou blyk dit dat hy ook 'n uitgewekene of eenkant persoon in die dorp is. Buiten dit is Hanna en Abram half Joods - iets wat in daardie tyd duidelik hul een kant en anders gestel het.

Alhoewel die verhaal in esensie 'n liefdesverhaal is gaan dit oor soveel meer. Die tydperk word in die mooiste details uitgelig met hoe die modes en motors gelyk het. Onder andere die verskying van Tupperware gee wonderlike kleur en detail sonder om die verhaal oor te neem. Die navorsing is duidelik deeglik gedoen en ek het selfs van die klere gaan Google en my verstom aan die kontras tussen wat Hanna en Abram sou dra en wat toe die norm op 'n klein dorp sou wees. Dit gee selfs meer insig in die andersheid wat hulle sou beleef en ervaar het.

Behalwe vir die hoof karakters is die boek gevul met pragtige vol ingekleurde karakters wat bydra tot die storie. Ek wil nie eers uitsonder nie maar die Dokter in sy wysheid en die Dominee in sy aanvanklike kortsigtigheid weerspieel elk die tipes mense wat 'n klein dorpie vandag seker steeds populeer.

In besonder het die gedeelte met die Vrouemars op 9 Augustus my geraak. Toe ek kort na die lees van die boek toevallig fotos van die geskeidkundige dag raakloop het ek myself uitgevang hoe ek na ons vier heldinne op die fotos soek. Vir my het geskiedenis tasbaar geword in 'n fiksie

Maar bo alles gaan Pelgrimshoop oor vooroordeel en aanvaarding, oor rassisme en ongeletterdheid en seksisme. Temas wat vandag steeds daar is. Die geskiedenis van die tyd word teer getoon - en daarmee bedoel ek nie goed word verskuil en weggesteek nie want die hantering van die temas is reguit maar met die nodige ontlonting wat 'n terugkyk in die geskiedenis behoort te hê.

Pelgrimshoop is nie jou tradisionele liefdesverhaal nie maar sal liefdesverhaal lesers wel tevrede stel. Alles rondom die boek is mooi en sag - en ek wil hom graag weer herlees. Dit is 'n unieke boek wat die geskiedenis laat leef en wat tot 'n baie wye leespubliek sal spreek. Ek gee die boek 'n 9/10 en beveel hom aan vir een en almal.

"Die Mense Langsaan" van Elsa Hamersma
Christine en Zebith hou saam skool met die aanvang van die boek. Albei is vasgevang in hulle eie unieke huislike situasie en steek doelbewus wat in hul lewens gebeur veilig weg van die skool en omgewing waarin hulle saam leef. Veral Christine se giftige huwelik met Frikkie het my diep geraak en verskriklik kwaad gemaak.

Hulle paaie skei as Zebith van skool verander en trek na 'n nuwe omgewing - 'n sekuristeits area waar sy gou besef dat haar bure vele geheime hou en dat die gevoel van sekuriteit bloot 'n illusie is. As dit nie was vir haar natuurlike beskerningsin as onderwyseres nie sou sy seker nooit eers betrokke wou wees nie.

Christine se lewe neem 'n groot draai na die mag in haar huweik selfs meer na Frikkie se kant toe skuif en na die nuwe bure betrokke raak in haar lewe - ten goede of ten slegte is die vraag. Die twee se lewens ontmoet weer na hulle mekaar se bure word en die aanvanklike ongemak met mekaar en die situasie is opmerklik en skep sy eie spanning in die storie.

Deur die boek is daar 'n aanvanklike amper onvoelbare spanningslyn wat opbou en opbou tot die oorkook punt. Dit word subtiel en meesterlik gedoen en ek was van die eerste sin vasgevang in die verhaal. Om die waarheid te sê ek het 'n etenstyd ontsnap by die werk om die boek klaar te lees omdat dood eenvoudig nie tot die aand kon wag om die laaste 3 hoofstukke te lees nie.

Soos met ander boeke in die genre wonder mens onbewustelik wat jou eie bure se geheime is. Wat daar agter die skanse van die tuinmuur aangaan. Ek moes diep asem haal en net eers so bietjie dink en tot verhaal kom na ek klaar was met die boek.

Die boek is in n nuwe genre en is 'n vars stem in Afrikaans. Ek het dit werklik baie geniet en meen elkeen wat van iets anders en effe uitdagends hou behoort die boek te lees. 'n 9/10 vir 'n baie genotvolle spannende lees.



Monday, 5 June 2017

Life right now


Most of you know that it has been a tough year for me. In fact I feel as if we have had a few tough years. But this one has been horrid. My leg and now having to take over a business and run it (and a super tough project that I had NO knowledge about) has been harrowing to say the least. I am exhausted and tired BUT feel that I am slowly coming into my own. Slowly starting to make sense of things. There are lots still to be done and my workload is very heavy at the moment. But I am feeling more positive and striving to make it work.

I have even been reading less but it is mostly related to being totally exhausted at the end of the day and not even reading a paragraph before sleep just overwhelms me.

All 3 the kids are writing exams as from today and the weekend has been filled with studies and cooking. My amazing husband always helps so much and we managed to fill the freezer with meals for the next 3 weeks. I also made 86 pieces of my Marie biscuit chocolate squares  - 24 pieces for each of C and A classes (the moms take turns to make treats in the exam weeks) and 24 for the church bake sale - and a few for home.

The boys have one rugby match left ( their team is top of the league but they are playing the no 2 team tomorrow). C will not be playing - he is on anti biotics but L is hugely excited. The hockey season has just started and A and some of her friends have been placed in the second team because we do not have enough under 13 girls to make a team. They are struggling a bit - and it's tough to adapt from a league winning (without conceding a goal) under 11 B team to a tean that is mostly under 12's playing teams that are under 13 - but it will make them stronger. So far they had one win, one goalless draw and one 4-1 loss. She has also danced her Lyrical grade 5 exam and did well. We are all very ready for a holiday - I think maybe me more than anyone else.

So that is my world in a few sentences - so what is happening in yours? I definitely need to get back to regular blogging because I really do need the outlet.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Poison of choice

Die Engelse het so lekker uitdrukking " your poison of choice". Om een of ander rede bring almal dit terug na drank toe - miskien is dit die oorsprong van die frase. Vir my gaan dit oor meer as jou Merlot. Ek is mal oor 'n goeie Merlot maar sal enige dag heerlik teug aan 'n lekker Pinotage, Cabernet of Shiraz. Merlot is "my poison of choice" - maar die ander is net so heerlik. Dit is nou in kontras met my liefde vir 'n lekker droee MCC soos Krone Borealis Brut Rose maar ek sal maak of ek 'n teug aan Cold Duck neem en die res verduister. Dit is nie "poison of choice" nie . Net so is Sally Williams se amandel nougat my "poison of choice" maar enige nougat is 'n heerlike bederf.

So is boeke vir my altyd 'n lekkerte - soos rooiwyn en nougat. Maar my "poison of choice" is duidelik 'n goeie krimi. Dit neem egter nie weg dat ek meeste boeke sal lees en waarskynlik geniet nie. Daarom gesels ek vandag graag oor 'n boek wat duidelik nie in die gif katergorie val nie, en een wat wel.


Vermis van Jeanette Stals 

So reg in my kraal is hierdie lekkerlees krimi! Die Londonse ouers van die talentvolle Elodie word een oggend wakker in die gastehuis in Stellenbosch net om agter te kom dat sy weg is. Alhoewel haar ma beweer sy is nie 'n tipiese tiener nie is dit tog wat jong mense doen - tree effe onvoorspelbaar op. 

Speurder Luna Joubert vermoed egter gou dat hierdie nie 'n tipiese rebelse- tiener -wat -wegraak saak is nie. Sy bekyk die mense in Elodie se lewe en die omstandighede rondom hulle kuier in Suid Afrika. Moetiemoorde en menslike handel word genoem en gou word dit duidelik dat dit krities is om haar so gou as moontlik te vind.

Die storie verloop op n lekker vinnige pas en Luna se karakter sleep jou saam met haar ondersoek. Die spanningslyn word intens na die middel van die boek en breek nooit regtig voor die verassende ontknoping nie (alhoewel daar wel leidrade vroeer is wat wys hierna).

Dieper as die oenskynlike lekker krimi is die kyk na 'n huwelik wat vergiftig is deur leuens en hartseer, goed versteek onder die oppervlakkige gewone familie beeld. Die koue en selfs so ver as haat kan sterk aangevoel word.

Vermis is 'n heerlike lees, veral vir krimi verslaafdes soos ek. Ek sou net bitter graag die eerste Luna Joubert boek "Katoog" eerste wou gelees het omdat daar wel verwysings is.Soos Deon Meyer se boeke is kan hul elkeen selfstandig gelees word en meng die storielyne nie. Vir karkter ontwikkeling en verwysing sal dit wel sin maak.

Ek beveel die boek ten sterkste aan - 9 en 'n half uit 10 vir 'n spanningsvolle en uiters slim krimi.

Na die bitterheid , bloed en spanning was dit lekker om my leesbrein met bietjie soet te spoel. 'n Lekker bitter latte is dan so perfek saam met suurlemoen meringue tert

Lemoenseison van Kristel Loots.

Ek is beslis nie 'n gereelde leser van tipiese liefdesverhale nie maar Kristel se boeke het daardie ietsie anders en dieper en is boonop stampvol heerlike humor. Ek het die boek in'n dag deurgelees oor 'n langnaweek - een waarin ontsnap in'n boek baie nodig was en waar my familie my die kans gegee het om dit wel te kan doen.

Suzy is Mevrou Dominee en 'n effe onwillige een. Sy is 'n gewone warm vrou wat mooi rokke en veral mooi skoene wil dra. Sy probeer hard maar vergeefs om haar man se aandag te kry. Ter selfde tyd is daar dinge in haar verlede wat sy net so hard en vergeefs probeer vergeet. Sy ontmoet die dodelik aantreklike Dante del Marco deur haar friend Jay Jay - so heerlike karakter wat ek kan sien en hoor in my geestesoog - en wil dadelik vir hom werk. Nie noodwendig is romanse op haar teiken nie maar wel onafhanklikheid en haar eie lewe wat nie as Mervou Dominee gaan voortgaan nie.

Lemoenseisoen is 'n heerlike ligte lees en totale ontsnapping wanneer mens dit die nodigste het. Kristel Loots gebruik in die boek die lemoen as tema of simbool vir die lewe. Net so is die boek vir my -soos 'n geurige lemoen - stroopsoet met 'n hemelse geur - maar die pitjies binne kan maar bitter wees as jy hulle raakbyt. 'n Lekker 7/10  - en ek vermoed vir die van julle wie se "poison of choice" liefdesverhale is sal dit selfs meer gee

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Let's be honest

The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult in my life. It's been hard and stressful and tough to make so many business decision on  my own. To try and take over from someone that had so much more experience in life than me. To believe that I can do this. But things seem to be slowly falling into place and there is hope on the horizon.

We have not bee away the holidays or any of the long weekends - honestly with all that was going on there simply was no scope to do that. But we had fun and some wonderful days in the mix.

Easter weekend was filled with great food , good company and lots of fun.


 We made candles and used up some of our old ordinary white candles and some of those millions of crayons every household has hanging around. It was great fun and came our really pretty
 We went to a very special little girls' 5th birthday celebration and had wonderful My little Pony cake to fill the rest of the weekend.
 I read two great Afrikaans whodunnits (with my birthday cake) - watch out for some book chat next week.
 My mom cooked us oxtail with samp and beans and peaches. She has not been able to cook us a meal in over 3 years with all the operations she had. It was a huge celebration that she was able to do this. She finished the meal off with her fantastic malva poeding.
 As per tradition in our church we took flowers to decorate the empty cross on Easter Sunday. It was a colourful celebration of our risen Saviour.

 Easter Sunday also saw the traditional Easter egg hunt - with oir great family friends. It was a day of fun, swimming and relaxation.
 While the kids devoured chocolate and spaghetti blognaise the adults ate:
 Chocolate too of course! (those ladybirds are the best)

 Lovely Dahl
 Beef curry
Great Cape Classique

And desert too (well we all had)
And we had another little celebration with the 5 year old.

It was such a great weekend!