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Magical Butterfly World

Butterfly world in the Paarl area of the Western Cape is a lovely outing for parents with Children.  This week we made our 2nd visit to Butterfly world and loved it again.  We met up with Joanne (Fjord’s Godmother) and spent a few hours enjoying the place.  The children were enchanted with the butterflies, Fjord was desperately hoping that one ... Read More »

Laborie Wine Farm

If there is somewhere to go for tea and cake on a Saturday afternoon in Paarl we didn’t find it.  The town is so beautiful, if I were to live in the Western Cape it would be my top choice from the areas which we have seen, but on a Saturday afternoon it was impossible to find a tea garden ... Read More »

Deon Meyer makes me a lousy wife & mother

Generally I have a clear conscience.  I gave up work and financial independence to be a stay at home Mum, my time is generally spent being a constructive parent and wife.  Deon Meyer messes up this picture of selfless domesticity.  This week reading ‘The Heart of the Hunter” (my 3rd Deon Meyer), the children were plonked in front of the ... Read More »

Our 1st Halloween party

Here in South Africa Halloween is not a tradition but it seemed like a good excuse to have fun with the kids.  Yesterday Fjord was so excited when Cliff carved a Jack O Lantern!  When he got home from school today I gave him a pack of streamers and he spent over an hour decorating the garden with them.  Cliff ... Read More »

Martin Waddell gets it right every time.

We discovered Martin Waddell at the library when Fjord was 2 the first book being ‘Tom Rabbit’.  I always choose books quite randomly but it was the Martin Waddell books which he asked for over and over.  I bought 2 packs of 10 Walker books at different times and despite the illustrators being different it was the Martin Waddell books ... Read More »

Pretoria Zoo

Over the weekend we visited Pretoria Zoo.  Whilst seeing animals in captivity is sad, I believe that zoos have an important role in education and creating an environment where compassion and knowledge are nurtured. For the 1st time we hired a toddler buggy which was easier than carrying children on the other hand it meant that Fjord was more interested ... Read More »

3D – Prohibited for Children under 5

We hung onto our little retro box TV for longer than most but this week we upgraded.  We went from one extreme to the other, now the proud owners of a 42″ LG 3D TV. The TV also has a cool function which converts 2D viewing to 3D, great novelty in that. I had read a few articles which mentioned ... Read More »

Late Motherhood

I guess it’s easier to keep up with thoughts typing but there’s something special about pen and paper.  The 2 poems below are for the poetry competition which I reblogged earlier this month, they had to contain the words dusk and / or dawn.  I’m not sure which is better so submitted both.  I struggled with this challenge for days ... Read More »

Jelly Oranges

I love tradition and keeping family traditions going.  Yesterday was my  son’s 5th birthday, one thing which I did for his party was Jelly oranges.  My Croatian Grandmother Ursula (who I was named after) made these for her 7 children, and my Mum made them for every party which she gave me as a child.  Kids love them, they are ... Read More »

Working Mum vs Stay at home Mum

One word which I would use to describe myself is independent.  I was a single mother from 1992 when my eldest son was 1 year old until I re-married in 2005.  Times were often tough but I raised my children without a husband.  I was a responsible employee and I owned my own home.  I took pride in fending for ... Read More »