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A Royal Affair!

My mother is a Royalist.  My gran and aunt were also Royalists Deluxe! Mums has a whole collection of magazines that were passed down to her from gran. There is one showing 1923 – Their Majesties – 1948. Then there is a London News with an illustration of Princess Elizabeth and Philip headed Royal Wedding

Lady Jane Grey?!

Birds had not played a large part in our lives. Then we moved to a farm in Blanco, George and things changed radically. Suddenly we had guinea fowl that skittered their way through the kitchen. We had Foxy, the crow, who used to sit on the chimney and hurl insults and swear words into the

Walking on Planks!

Have you ever skidded down the passageway on your bottom? As children, we used to run along the passageway in our pyjamas, and then launch ourselves onto our bottoms. We had a shiny parquet floor that was amazing to slide and skid upon. We would whoosh our way past our bedrooms with shrieks of delight

My Love Affair!

I am in love with George. I have been for quite a few years. I will tell you about this love affair – in depth. “Why don’t you come and live in George?” Mums asked. “Live in George? Are you mad? George is for old people!” was my retort. Mums took me for a long

Best Friends!

At the age of fourteen, she came to live with me. “What is your name?” I asked her gently, not expecting a response. Not meeting my eyes, she cowered from me. She was petrified. Irrespectively I pulled her into my arms. “I don’t know what was done to you beforehand, but just know from me

Dot, Dot, Dot – Dash, Dash, Dash!

Code: a system of words, letters, figures, or symbols used to represent others, especially for the purposes of secrecy. It is strange how codes have played a part throughout my life. I think back to my childhood gang and I smile in remembrance. T rest ugs!!! Bggt js yehrmdio!!! (Translation: I have a news!!! Meet

My Soup for the Soul!

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank Giving! I love receiving but it is through giving that I gain so much joy. The day before Christmas, a friend of mine took a large packet of sweets and handed them out to the children in an area of high deprivation. It gave her

New Beginnings!

I looked at all of the New Year messages that came through on Facebook. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, people want 2018 to be not only a fulfilling year but a year of change! I considered my beautiful ‘shit-hole’ country, South Africa. A diverse land made up of beautiful towns, mountains, rivers, deserts and forests.

The Christmas Tree!

We cousins were locked upstairs! The gate leading downstairs had been closed, preventing us from entering the lounge. Instead we gazed longingly at the shut door. We all knew what lay behind it. “I heard Father Christmas’s sleigh bells last night,” my baby sister, Megan, said excitedly, “and I woke up this morning and there

The Showering Angel!

There is so much need in the world. I sometimes look at the state of my town and people around me and heave a deep regretful sigh. Mark Booysen also saw the needs of those around him. He too heaved a deep regretful sigh. And decided to do something about it. Mark had been working

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