There and back again…

There and back again…

It’s been a long time… and I deeply wish that I had more pc access to blog more as there is so much that goes on and has happened.

In a nutshell, I can’t find a job here in Ladismith. I have decided to go back to Durban and find a job there, in order to get independant for my boys and I. So in 2 weeks we leave, per bus… which is an adventure entirely on it’s own!

As much as I’m keen to see Durban and my friends and family again… Ladismith has a piece of my heart which will be here forever. It is here in Ladismith that I found myself once again, parts of me that had been buried. Here in Ladismith I healed and found my strength and my purpose and my will to keep going in life. I also found that I wanted to give life the best shot I could.

This beautiful little town is little, that’s for sure, but as I walked twice daily through it I came to know the people and the scenery. Where in Durban can you take a stroll towards snowy mountains in clean fresh air?

I shall miss you Ladismith, and I hope to come visit again soon. A piece of my heart lies here. *mwah* xxx

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A huge move

A huge move

Hi all, and sorry I haven’t made any blog entries is so long. On 1 June my boys and I moved to Ladismith in the Western Cape to live with my mother and younger brother. The reason for the move is a personal one, which I will go into detail about in a few months time.

Ladismith is a tiny little town with not much in it, but the people are friendly and it’s "healing". We’re situated right next to the Swartberge (Black Mountains) which are at the moment white as they are covered in snow. So yes it’s very chilly and quite an adjustment from the warm weather of surf-city – Durban (where I grew up).

I will try my best to post some pics and do some more blog entries.

Take care all, much love xxx

Sing your life, South Africans

Sing your life, South Africans

South Africa became a democracy in 1994. I was in Standard 9, aged 16 years old. I couldn’t vote yet as I was not 18 years old at the time, but it didn’t phase me much as I was just enjoying the change that our country was experiencing. In my matric year (1995) we learnt about apartheid in our History classes, something that I am immensely proud of, as years of history matriculants before me didn’t get a chance to learn that.

One thing however that I missed out on being taught at school, was the new South African anthem, Nkosi Sikilele. We were still singing Die Stem when I left matric in 1995, I think they started learning the new anthem the year after that, or in 1997. So here I sit, 16 years down the line from South Africa becoming a democracy, and I STILL do not know how to sing the whole of our new South African anthem… shocking!

What’s even more shocking, is that my 6 year old son can sing the entire anthem from beginning to end. On Freedom day, 27 April 2010, Matthew stood proudly swinging his South African flag and sang the anthem in our living room. We all stood and listened and watched with huge proud grins on our faces. So here is the South African national anthem and I am going to learn it, because as a citizen of your country you should know your national anthem. It should be imprinted on your brain like your shoe size, bra size or whatever size you are.

The anthem comprises of 5 of the official languages:

(Xhosa) Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,

(Zulu) Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

(Sesotho) Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa, South Afrika, South Africa

(Afrikaans) Uit die blou van onse hemel, Uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes, Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

(English) Sounds the call to come together, And united we shall stand, Let us live and strive for freedom, In South Africa our land.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is our national anthem. *proud grin*

Durban this morning & weekend plans

Durban this morning & weekend plans

It is an absolutely perfect and beautiful morning in Durban. Perfect to go sit at at a little restaurant on the beach and eat breakfast while the boys play in the sand. Summer is at it’s peak here in South Africa now and it’s HOT as HELL! LOL! I really hope the weather holds out for the weekend. 🙂

Tonight Riaan and I’ll watch a dvd when the boys go beddy-byes. Then tomorrow morning we’re cleaning the flat, need to wash the carpet in the lounge. The boys are always messing food on it and it needs a thorough cleaning.

Joshie has a swimming lesson at 10h30 which Riaan will take me too and I’ll swim in the pool with Josh. It’s a heated pool which feels so odd as it’s already so hot outside, then you climb into this HOT pool, feels wierd. Heheh 🙂

Joshie is learning well though and really enjoying his lessons. I’m very proud of him. Last week they took underwater photos at the lesson and he went under the water SO nicely, smiling and eyes wide open. 🙂

On Sunday we’re supposed to go to Ushaka Marine World with the Browns, however I think it’s going to rain. I have a Platinum Pass so I get in for free, so does Joshie as he’s under 3. And they have a special on now – half price combo tickets, so Riaan and Matthew are R125 to get in (combined). I think it’s going to pour though. *sulk*

Durban Skyline

Durban Skyline

Just sharing a photo that Riaan took with is cellphone a few days ago from his office window. It shows a bit of the Durban skyline and the new soccer stadium that is being built for the FIFA World Cup 2010. The new stadium has the most beautiful arch from one end to the other, that meets high up in the sky, it’s truly something amazing to see in real life.

2010 Fever is hitting the country now and we’re all getting quite excited. The tickets are going on sale soon and Riaan and I are hoping that perhaps we can try and attend one of the games, preferably a South African game, but at the end of the day we’ll be happy to attend any game. Even if we attend a non-South African match, we’ll be sure to rock up in FULL South African supporter gear!! 😀