Léa in September

24 Oct

In the past few weeks where it seems that I have disappeared from wordpress, life has actually carried on. Fast. And busy. And my poor family is complaining.

So this is what Léa has been up too.

Léa has ridden horses. By herself. Her birthday giftS were all combined to get her some horse riding lessons. She was delighted to get up close and personal with different horses. I realized that she is actually a bit scared of these big and tall creatures but loves being near them and groom them. During one of her lesson, she went on a ride with her teacher and her horse tripped, making her fall off the horse. Without me there,she had to be brave and get back on the horse (literally). And she did.

Life lesson 1. (the hard way) Perseverance.

Léa has taken part in the choir festival organized and hosted by Sweet Valley, including 2 other schools. Many rehearsals later, we enjoyed a fantastic evening at the Great City Hall. Beautiful venue but unfortunately neglected due to a lack of money. The choirs though were great. Beautiful singing does bring joy to the heart. Léa once again had to go out of her comfort zone. It’s a big group of kids, it’s very loud and it’s without me. She did very well. I so wish I could make her understand that she is such a great little girl, that she doesn’t have to worry so much but that is another life lesson that will take forever for her to completely grasp. In the meantime, we were so proud of her and she felt quite good about herself too 😉

Life lesson 2 (in progress) Confidence.

Summer came and winked at us for a few days; days during which Léa had her first swim, and her first beach outing of the season!

Life lesson 3. Summer is more fun than winter 😉

Now that days are longer and warmer, a friend of mine – whose daughter is great friend with Léa – motivated us to go run with them. Her 3 girls and my 3 kids started to run together, not more than 20 minutes, just in our neighborhood. We’ve only done it twice but the excitement is grand.

Life lesson 4. Exercise is good for you but it hurts less if you don’t moan while you do it.

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5 Responses to “Léa in September”

  1. Ingrid October 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm #


    Please tell Lea that I also performed in the City Hall with choirs – more than once. Once with our High School Choir and once with the University Choir. It is indeed a great honour and comes close to performing in Vienna. She must never ever stop singing because like with books, even in your loneliest times, nobody can ever take it away from you. Now that I am a grown up, and living in a small town, it is difficult to find a GOOD choir to sing in and I really miss it. I heard our University Choir singing on the radio on Sunday and I sat there crying, longing for the times when my voice, so insignificant, formed part of a huge sound that could fill a place as huge and imposant as the City Hall in Cape Town.

    The thrill of singing the first and last (especially in a church or cathedral/hall with a good acoustic) notes in any concert must be the same as it is for someone who completes the Comrades. I once heard a boy soprano sing Mozart’s Requem at a funeral in a small church in Germany with a boys’ choir and I will never forget it.

    Please let her watch the movie ‘AMADEUS’ – she may be too small and not understand completely but the music is superb.

    Lots of love.

    Her loving aunt xxxxx

  2. nicoledecooker October 25, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Such a precious little girl! I love her lots! 🙂

  3. craigandkerry October 25, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Love the city hall pics. So sad to hear it’s becoming run down. I had so many choir recitals there. Happy memories. And so glad to hear you’re getting fit. Can I ask in three weeks time if you’re still doing it?

    • Ingrid October 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

      Ah Kerry, you must definitely ask me in three weeks time! Fortunately the friend I’m running with is an excellent runner: she has the fitness and more importantly the determination!!!
      But I’m not doing it to get fit (the pace at which we go doesn’t allow that!)
      🙂 See you soon!

  4. Marraine October 25, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Merci encore de me faire partager votre vie. Bravo à Léana pour sa montée. Je te le dis c’est comme si j’y étais.mille gros bisous.

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