Memoirs: Superpower

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Superpower is a new term for our modern times. These powers could be people with iron hands, flying people, people who are robots and what else!

My “superpower” lies in my natural consciousness of winning people over. I first would watch the cat in the tree before I would jump in and help it.

Some examples:

While still in school my parents started farming with Saanen milk goats. I began my own stud while still studying. My first two ewes/nanny goats were two wild as could be goats. Fresh from the field. Never been handled by humans.

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We lived near Pretoria on a smallholding. My Dad bought me two ewes from a farmer near Britstown. We had to go and pick them up, about a thousand kilometres from us. It was a good outing. We slept halfway and one night in Britstown, then straight back because we had the two animals in the back the UV.

The farmer brought the two ewes/nannies from the field the day before we arrived and locked them in the barn. When we had to load them,  there was no way that the two would let us catch them. My “superpower” kicked in and I approached them slowly. I talked placately to them. In the end, they came to me on their own, and I could hold them one by one so that they could be picked up and put into the back of the UV. The farmer couldn’t believe his eyes!

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The next was when I was looking for a house to buy.  The realtor agent and I got out of her vehicle. She warned: “Do n’t go in the back. There are two dogs.” She had made an appointment to meet with the owners ahead of time. They were not at home.

“We could just peek over the fence between back and front.” We did. We moved still in the front to the other side of the house.

Guess what appeared around the corner? A huge Rottweiler. He made no sound. Just walked and stood at the front door. Then all hell broke loose when we dared to go further. Dog number two stormed around corner barking feverishly.

The first dog also came menacingly closer.

The agent who was standing behind me made a beeline out the gate. I quietly stood still with my handbag as protection in front of me. As soon as I moved the dogs came closer growling. When I stopped, they’ll stop too.

The agent kept on: “Ineke, get out. Run! “

NO WAY, my  ‘super feeling’ said:” Run, and they will grab me.”

Inch by inch, I moved backwards. Each time calming the dogs.

It was a relief when I stood outside the gate, and the two were barking at us from behind the closed gate.

Afterwards, I was grateful that there had been no holes or bumps along the escape route. Can you imagine what could have happened?

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Then in today’s world, I deal with five-year-old children who don’t want to be at school, let alone early in the morning before school and afternoons too.

Sometimes, especially in the beginning, my “superpower” won’t kick in. I have to hold the child and speak in an angry voice: Don’t run after your dad or don’t go outside.

My last one at the moment is a little girl of five. She clung to her father and hiding behind him. I could see in her eyes how frightened she was. To make a long story short. My superpower won at the end. I’ve got her in my bag(pocket). She even now runs from the gate to me. Not even waving goodbye to her father. The first she’ll grab an iPad. I have to sit next to her and help her choose the right letters to make words. I have a terrible finger which frequently wants to type the wrong answers. Then it comes from her:”Naughty finger! Don’t you dare!”  She would chase him away and keep an eye on it so that it can’t be naughty again.

My Super strength is definitely in Courage, Cheerfulness and calmness of spirit.


Afrikaanse Tokkels: Towerpaleis besoek.

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Oe-la-la ons gaan n fees hê!
Soos almal weet het “Die Volmaakte Misdaad” en “Die Voortvlugtiges”, besonderse avonture opgelewer vir Blogland se profesionele misdadigers en vlugtendes.
Daar het heerlike sylyne/stories gevorm wat nog baie pret en plesier kan verskaf.
Een van die ontdekkings was/is dat Camilla, ons blonde sekskoningin met haar rooi stilletos wat nou verlore is, ontdek het dat sy van koninklike afkoms is. Sy het, soos my ma altyd gesê het: met haar gat in die botter geval. Sy het n kasteel van n paleis geërf.

Te heerlik!
Die beste van alles is dat sy ons klomp voortvlugtiges genooi het om te kom makietie by haar plek.
Vir my as die vlieënde Musk-er neem dit n tydjie om te reël om daar te kom. Toorts  het egter gesê ons moet elkeen n werkie doen daar. Ek het toe maar besluit om Trompie saam te vat sodat hy, onder my leiding, die paleis poodels kan leer om beskaafd op te tree.

Hul moet geleer word om:
1. nie so hoogmoedig te wees nie.
2. hul mag maar hul voetjies nat maak of vuil maak
3. hul moet geleer word om voëltjies te verwilder
En dan
4. Om varke skrik te maak dat mens net ronde boude sien soos hul weghol.
Ek het n groter vuurpyl moes kry omdat Trompman saam moet gaan en my partytjie klere moes n plekkie kry.
Trompie was soos n steeks donkie. Hy wou nie n helmit opsit nie. Kon glo nie goed genoeg sien nie! Gelukkig is hy gewoond om sy reënjas aan te trek so dit was nie n probleem om die vlugpak aan te trek nie. Ek het sy hare voor sy oë gekam sodat hy niks kon sien nie en toe die helmit opgesit. Hy sit toe maar die hele pad en slaap.
Ek het my troue uitrusting van my seun se troue ingesit sodat ek n deftige aankoms kan maak. Dit moet maar dien vir die feesvierings ook.


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Early morning adventure.

Early morning adventure.

Friday, April 13, my favourite day!

I usually take Trompie for a quick walk before I leave home at about ten past seven.

With all the bad weather I did not take him for these early walks. I am in the lucky position now to have a fenced garden. I let him out at half past six, but he kept on telling me he wanted to go out.

I know why he wants to go out. He loves to sniff out cat poop to eat.

I put Trompie on his lead. I told him I am already late, he better hurry up.

The road in front of my house is a double drive with an isle in the middle grown with grass.

We crossed the road and walked past the farm where there are about fifty sheep and four cows. It smelled like the farm. Trompie kept on trying to push through the fence. He wasn’t in a hurry at all.

I forced him to keep on walking. We crossed the road just after passing the roundabout.

We were back on the side where my house is. When we came around the bend,


On the middle part were two huge, white, fat pigs looking at us.

Trompie looked at them, and they looked back.

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Trompie and I slowly moved nearer

You know what these two pigs did?

At first, they stared at us.

We stared back in amazement.

They turned around in a flash, squealing and off they went, back home.

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School Stories: Wacky Wheels Wednesday Washed ‘way.

Wednesday 28 March was supposed to be Wacky Wheels Wednesday. It had to be postponed, to the 5th April, due to bad weather.

5th April and Wacky Wheels day.

One of my before school care girls and her bike.


Ice cream car.


Two decorated scooters.



I made some paper baskets for Easter eggs. We handed it out on Thursday afternoon just before children went home for the long weekend.

A and I Poetry Challenge no 2: April 2018

April Poetry Challenge and Poetry Tips


The A and I Poetry challenge is jointly hosted by Amanda and Ineke and is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018.  We will share tips, offer a monthly prompt and post link backs to your published Poetry posts.

Please scroll down to see April’s poetry writing tips.

Instructions for joining are on the Poetry Challenge Page. You are very welcome to enter.

You can write any kind of poem that you like, as the prompt is merely a suggestion. Write in any language you like; it certainly doesn’t have to be in English. As this is a joint challenge with Amanda and me (Ineke), I will also post the challenge in Afrikaans on my blog, so if that language suits you better, visit me here.

N.B. Please leave a comment here if you wish to be included in the Pingbacks for this month.

Poetry Challenge – April Prompt:

Write a poem that begins with the last thing you can remember someone saying to you yesterday. So if you can use that line two to three times throughout your poem.

Here is my Poem for April,

Same time, same place

My good friend Jan and I

Same time; same place


Tuesdays every week

For about two years now

Same time; same place


Morning tea meeting

And greeting.

Drinking, eating

Coffee and Almond cake for Jan


English breakfast tea plus

Savoury sconce for me.


Exchanging ideas

Great friendship.

Always the day before

Same time; same place

Just making sure

not to miss out.

Ineke 2018
I can’t wait to read what you come up with this month. Don’t forget to link back to this post, and leave a link and comment here so Amanda and Ineke can find your post.

Poetry Tips

  • Write poetry as often as you can.
  • Designate a special notebook (or space in your notebook) for poetry writing.
  • Embrace metaphors but stay away from clichés ( I find this especially difficult!)
  • Don’t be afraid to write a bad poem. You can write a better one later.
  • Don’t back away from your thoughts or feelings. Express them!

Poetry Techniques –  Metaphor and Simile

Whilst there are many different styles for writing poetry, you may find one or more works for you. No matter what style or techniques you use, a poem can reach people in ways that other text can’t. It might be abstract or concrete but often it conveys strong emotions. Some common techniques used in poetry are onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyming, simile and metaphor. Using metaphor and similes will bring imagery and concrete words into your writing.

The difference between simile and metaphor is explained here:

A metaphor is a statement that pretends one thing is really something else:

Example: “The lead singer is an elusive salamander.”

This phrase does not mean that the lead singer is literally a salamander. Rather, it takes an abstract characteristic of a salamander (elusiveness) and projects it onto the person. By using metaphor to describe the lead singer, the poet creates a much more vivid picture of him/her than if the poet had simply said “The lead singer’s voice is hard to pick out.”


A simile is a statement where you say one object is similar to another object. Similes use the words “like” or “as.”

Example: “He was curious as a caterpillar” or “He was curious, like a caterpillar”

This phrase takes one quality of a caterpillar and projects it onto a person. It is an easy way to attach concrete images to feelings and character traits that might usually be described with abstract words.[Credit: Relo Pakistan]

Note: A simile is not any better or worse than a metaphor. The point to remember is that comparison, inference, and suggestion are all important tools of poetry; similes and metaphors are merely one of the tools in your poetry writing toolbox that will help.

Amanda did all the writing. Thanks to her for doing the hard work.

Enjoy “testing out” the challenge.


For more info visit my March post here:

March Challenge poems

Thanks, Hester for doing the challenge in Afrikaans and English


5 April: I forgot to press publish! Sorry all!


New view from my doorstep

As you all know I moved House on the 8th of March. There are still some things left in my old place that needs to be moved. Hopefully, this come week will be the last of it. This coming weekend is a long weekend starting Friday and back to school on Following Wednesday.

I sat on the steps cutting my toenails.


I looked up and saw this!

Looking back to the front there even was a rainbow!