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The dilemma when to replace a dead pet

Tragedy struck our home recently and rather eerily our chickens lived up to their names. Lucky and Angel joined our family in 2016 as fluffy chicks. They had a beautiful bond and were inseparable. A dog got into our yard and chicken cage. Angel was killed and the children pray that she is clucking in the choir invisible. Lucky lost ... Read More »

Pick and Paint, painting ceramics in Boksburg

Recently my friend Abbey arranged a fun Mum’s and kids workshop at Pick & Paint Ceramics in Parkrand, Boksburg.  Before going we selected items to paint from the catalog.  Acacia chose an elephant and Fjord a frog.  I didn’t join in as pottery is my passion and I love decorating my ceramics with glazes. Pick & Paint have a wonderful ... Read More »

11 Books / authors for 10 year olds

I believe that the best thing that we have done for our children is reading to them.  A story at bed time calms children, offers time to bond with them and is a foundation for all future learning.  Although Fjord (age 10) sometimes listens in on Acacia’sn (age 7) bed time story he is now an avid reader.  I’m always ... Read More »

mixed emotions that my daughter emigrated to Canada

I’ve been putting off writing this post since my eldest daughter left on 10 Dec, because it’s so bloody hard to articulate the range of emotions when your child leaves her home country.  Last Thursday made it a whole lot easier, I’m glad she’s gone.  I’m glad to know that she’s got a future worth looking forward to.  Being held ... Read More »

Aim, FalconFire, Play

Fjord (10) and Acacia (7) never showed much interest in toy guns until their aunt gave them each a Disruptor Nerf gun.  They were an instant hit. Fjord very excited to get the most accurate #Nerf gun #falconfire A post shared by Sula (@sulaskimmingstones) on Nov 14, 2017 at 3:40am PST When a FalconFire was delivered to me I knew ... Read More »

Spurt Swimming Gear is awesome

A few hours before the children’s swimming lesson on Monday an exciting delivery arrived from Spurt Swimming Gear.  Perfect timing!  Their existing caps and goggles were overdue for replacement.  I can’t remember where the old goggles came from but Fjord’s had badly scratched black lenses which he struggled to see through and Acacia’s had a single strap which didn’t hold ... Read More »

Slime Baff and Gelli Baff, an awesome kids gift

When I received a package of Slime Baff and Gelli Baff from Zimpli kids to review, Fjord couldn’t wait to try them out.  If you think this stuff is just for little kids you’re wrong, Fjord is 10 and I couldn’t get him out of the bath either time.  I wish that I’d timed it, but I’m certain that on ... Read More »

Growing African Violets – a lesson in nurturing

When I was 8 years old I went on a trip to Cape Town for surgery on my cleft lip, we stayed at my great aunts home.  In one room she had many African Violet plants, with no flowers.  During my stay I talked to those plants every day.  When I left my aunt phoned my mother to tell her ... Read More »

Piano and Violin lessons with music teacher John Skinner in Boksburg

I’m a very reluctant resident of Boksburg, I don’t like the town and a disturbing percentage of the general populous have a penchant for vulgarities like fins on their cars, plastic flowers and Cruella de Ville hairstyles.  Still in the same breath I must say that I have encountered some beautiful souls in this dirty old town and among those ... Read More »

Educational fun at Sci Bono in Jo’burg

For years I wanted to take the children to Sci Bono but didn’t get around to it.  This school holiday I found out that they were running a Space adventures holiday program.  It looked like something that Fjord and Acacia would enjoy (and they did). The first session was a craft activity where the children made Kaleidoscopes using mirrors and ... Read More »