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The beach and other cold places…

13 Sep

The 1st of September is Spring day. In typical fashion, it rains on that day as a welcome committee…

However, the 11 of September was a very hot day. So at 5pm (!!!!!!!!) we decided to go visit the beach. As I opened the car door, a gush of freezing wind flooded the car and turned me into a cold blooded creature. I wished I had taken along my lamb wool winter coat, but what the heck!!! It’s our first beach outing for the year and we shall enjoy it!!!

We stayed no longer than a full hour. I sat down and tried to warm myself up, while Phillip exchanged a few throws; the kids of course had the most fun. They played with their friends until their lips turned purple; at which point, they dashed to the warm car to change into dry clothes. After literally sand-inundating my car with half of the beach , they were dressed and we headed home!

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It’s a mix of Hayes and van Blerks’ kids as you can see. The blond little guy is not ours!!!! It was too cold to get up and take close-up pictures and Micah was the only one staying close by!!!

Summer is coming, just not at 5pm yet!

Oh and today, the car wash is on strike! On strike? Yes, on strike!

An evening of musical decadence…

3 Sep

44836_423077747154_609012154_5473777_1686585_n.jpgDerek is a legend… Ok not like the Beatles are a legend but Derek is our legend!

And we are ready for his launch. A whole bunch of new songs, mixed with old favourites and here’s a smooth cocktail for an exciting evening.

If you’ve heard Derek’s music, you know you want to be there. If you haven’t, just know you have to be there. The evening is bound to be filled with the unabridged atmosphere of the Labia theatre. For the historian lovers, the Labia Theatre is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in the country. It was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom and was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theatre for the staging of live performances.

For your taste buds, go to Derek’s My Space and listen to a few of his songs.

Book your ticket! It’s in only 2 weeks time!!

Ooops, on the flyer, the email address has a mistake. It should read!

Becoming Mrs Craye…

18 Apr

This had to be the most beautiful wedding.

Not because it was the most expensive! It was a morning wedding.

Not because it was the most advertised one on Facebook with daily love messages! Some people barely knew she was engaged.

Not because it was the wedding awaited for years and years! They met last year on a mission to Namibia, got engaged and got married

Lisa and Johan tied the knot on this beautiful autumnal morning at the N.G. Kerk in Wynberg, a beautiful little church on top of a hill. If there was a price for the ‘most smiley’ bride, Lisa would have won it. Lisa is always smiling – that is true, but on Saturday 10 April, she was beaming. She has been waiting for 30 odd years, for the right guy that God would send her way. She has remained pure, she has remained faithful and if getting married was something we deserved, Lisa would have deserved it.

The wedding was filled with emotions as the loss of her parents was recalled. To see all 4 siblings looking after each other, loving each other so much and protecting their younger sister (Lisa) was a beautiful picture, even if tainted with sadness. I do not know Johan much – in fact almost not at all – but I trust Lisa’s judgment on him and he seems like a great man who will love and cherish her just as Christ loved the church (Much less perfectly of course being sinful and all!).

I am so overjoyed and thrilled for my sweet Lisa.And I wish both of them a very blessed marriage.

The groom anticipating his bride,


The beautiful little flower girl,


Lisa led to the altar by her brother,


Leaving as Mr and Mrs Craye!!


Another flower girl, called Happiness 🙂


The married couple leaving in the Land Rover!


This is such a Lisa-expression!!


Fashion Frugalista

18 Apr


On Thursday I got 4 new dresses, one new tee-shirt, one new top and amazing black heeled shoes. For nothing!

And where did I find all these new clothes? At my house! No, not at the bottom of my cupboard!

On Thursday I attended a clothes swapping party. Eleven of us, girlfriends, got together and instead of eating muffins and exchanging books, like we do once a month, we drank wine and exchanged clothes!!!

The brain behind the idea is Renette, who’s been trying to organise it since end of last year but we were all too busy. It worked out well because summer comes to an end and winter is showing its face and what a better time to empty your old cupboard and renew some of your garments!!

Renette came in the afternoon and we set up the place so nicely. It looked like a french boutique, ah!! The open plan of my house, the creativity of Renette and un-certain-je-ne-sais-quoi made the place very ouh-la-la!! A mirror here, some fairy lights there, strategically well-placed flowers, beautiful envelopes with a number from 1 to 11 and special shopping bags with the label Fashion Frugalista… and voila!

The setting up in the afternoon,



Kaira browsing 🙂


We were ready to welcome our guests!

When everyone was here, the first 3 guests started to browse and try a few items. Then the second team could go and so on. Even if we all started a bit shyly and sheepishly, soon it was the same buzz as the first day of sales at Woolworths. “Try this, it’s totally you”, or “oh dear, no, that’s not you at all”, and “mmh, maybe with a tee shirt underneath”, and “eish, maybe not with a black bra”…

Opening their magic numbers to determine who would go first,


Kirsty satisfied with her sparkling shoes!


Me trying my new super heeled shoes!


Aaaah, there was much discussion around a gel-bra!! No comment!


Good laughs around the table about the evening,


By the end of the evening, not much was left, apart from empty corners, half-empty wine bottles and completely shopped-out women!!


But what am I left with? Much more than a few new items of clothing.

I’m left with a great evening with friends. It’s amazing how quickly intimacy is built when you’re half naked in a room with other half-naked women – and trust me, there is nothing sexual in that statement!!

I’m left with the satisfaction that someone else can enjoy clothes that don’t fit me anymore.

And I’m left with the desire to have another one at the dawn of the next new season!!!

PS: For a different perspective on the evening, you can go on Renette’s blog or Taryn’s blog 🙂

A potjie for Quarter Lifers

30 Mar

Two posts, two potjies 🙂

Wednesday we finished off our first term of Quarter Lifers around a Potjiekos! If you still don’t know what a Potjie is, read the previous post!

Etienne arrived super early to prepare meat, veggies, pots (did I mention he has quite a few?) and Chris arrived quite early to lend him a hand. As for the rest, they arrived just in time to enjoy company and food!

See, that’s us, in the new kitchen – yes I know I must post pics to show off the new kitchen…

And that’s the meat,


And that’s the (big) pots,


And that’s the small pot.


Etienne had made plans to make a delicious chocolate potjie – can you imagine – but we already had too many desserts, if there can be such a thing!

Here is only one of them,


Even with the focus at the wrong place, it looks pretty mouth-watering!! Courtesy of Kirstin H. 🙂

And that’s the reason why Killian loooooves Etienne!


And so the evening came and went, we had great chats, funny chats, serious chats… nothing earth shattering. Just a good time to end up the term.

I only have a few pics of the evening,






…and that’s it 🙂

Not much, I always mess up the group pics. Those I have are not blog-worthy đŸ˜Ļ

Memories, nothing else but memories

1 Mar

Looking through pictures, I was reminded of those ones that were taken just a few days before Craig and Kerry left for Australia. We went out for dinner and in true fashion, had to have a photo shoot, even at past ten in the evening, in a badly lit shopping mall! But memories are memories and I quite like these pics 🙂

Ok Kerry looks like a ghost and I look like an old grandma with oily skin and teary eyes, but who cares, right?



We can actually look normal 🙂

Missing you tall friend 🙂

When Tom turns 8…

16 Dec

Long overdue is sweet Tom’s birthday party. It was a sport party and all the friends came dressed appropriately, even the few girls.

Organised Caren had a list of 10 games for the morning and went through them to the letter. The kids had a total ball and they were exhausted by lunch time, always a good sign that they had FUN.

Pics pics pics…


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Karen brought her puppy and her baby and this is my favorite picture 🙂

I don’t know who’s the cutest…


It was a lovely party for a very special boy. happy birthday Tom. You are by far, Killian’s favorite 8 year old!!

When the end is really the end…

15 Dec

In a previous post about Busy Kids, I had implied that it was the last one… but I lied. This one was the last one, for real, the very last last of the last of Busy Kids.

It’s sad because:

1. Next year, there will be no more Busy Kids

2. The Tubmans are not on the picture.

3. The Newills will be out of the country.

4. The kids are growing up.

But it created many memories, and many crafts and many friendships formed…


Who can resist these smiles?

Les petits rats de l’Opera

2 Dec

Today was the last day of ballet.

It was Lea’s first year of ballet, as well as her two friends, Kiera and Katie. Lea really adored going to ballet each week, a bit less in winter when it’s FREEZING cold in that hall and the mere thought og removing your warm jacket is a killer, but as the days get warmer, so does the enthusiasm…

Sadly it seems that Kiera and Katie won’t be carrying on next year but amazingly Lea is very keen to carry on, on her own. For me, it shows how much she has grown this year in confidence in her self.

Last week she went to watch a little friend of hers doing her end of year concert at her ballet dancing, or so we thought. In my mind, I thought that maybe she’ll enjoy going to ballet with this little friend and since it is much closer to home, the better for me. But it turned out that the ballet dancing was in fact modern dancing. Well… as much as I like modern dancing – after all, this was my choice of sport for 10 years – the flashing red ankle-long leotard is much less attractive to the eye than the little tutu with the pink ballet shoes and the pink alice band and the pink rounded bun on the head. I sighed a sigh of relief when Lea vividly announced that she really wants to carry on doing ballet with Mariah, her teacher.

I did manage to get the first and only picture (well I have three in fact!) of the three ballerinas in their last attempt together to defy les petits rats de l’Opera




Heat wave and other disturbing events…

1 Dec

Saturday was the hottest day! A day where even the mummies swim! We have proof 🙂




I know! It’s scary stuff!!!

The Falconers were here for the afternoon and since James was trying to break a record of some sort, I can say with confidence that the kids swam from 3.15 until 6.30. They had such fun. I loved how they organised a little team game, where Lea, being the only girl, was still able to act like one 🙂








That meant that Caren and I had to stay by the pool for a good portion of the time, but it’s a good excuse for not doing anything else! The guys watched their very disappointing rugby (which by the way, no mention was made of it at church this morning…) and braiied a very delicious fillet. Caren even had a bite – maybe a slight attempt at rising her iron level – and enjoyed it!!

A very good day that ended with a mosquito flying in my ears at night, and three children quite tired the next morning 🙂

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