I walked all day with the idea to tell how good it feels to mean something to a five-year-old girl.

Yesterday was my last,  late afternoon,  taking care of the last kids. I had been the manager of the Pre- and Post-school centre. I had to stay till six  at night. Parents are supposed to be fined if they collect their children after six. Some stretch it up to the last minute.

Well, I had to wait till after six yesterday before this little girl was picked up by her grandmother. No explanation or apology.

Fortunately, I was in no hurry to go home. Violet, was worried why her mother did not come. I just explained that she probably had to work late.

Violet is a unique little girl. Stubborn as a donkey, outspoken and very curious, cheeky too, yet very brilliant because she is most of the time in her grandparents’ care.

All the other kids were gone by  quarter past five yesterday. I, while waiting, played games on an iPad. The last two children had gone, and I stood up to see if the PlayStation was properly turned off. My iPad still on the table. When I turned my back,  Violet slipped onto my chair, and I heard her playing on my iPad.

I said, “No, no, don’t   play my game!”

She answered, “No, I ‘m playing another game.” (She quickly took another iPad and supposedly started playing) I turned around again, and she played mine again.  I did just like her and blew up my cheeks and looked angry at her. (She thoroughly enjoyed my reaction) I went back to the table and said I want my seat back. She moved on to the next  chair. We played my game because I  supposedly could not play the game and she knew how. (What adults won’t give up to make the little ones happy.) We played for a  while. Very excited Violets put one leg halfway on my lap. We enjoyed playing-she won the steps each time with a little help from me. In the end, she sat on my lap. Violet had forgotten that her mother had not turned up yet. Sy was very satisfied and happy.

This brings me to the real part of the story. Violet is a five-year-old girl, no father, the mother still very young. Her grandparents are doing their best to keep an eye on her. She feels uncertain of her circumstances. She has the cutest face, speaking blue eyes.

I feel so grateful and fortunate to be able to cherish this tiny girl. All she asks is a little bit of love and trust. She totally believes in me. She will, for example, come to me and tell me if something is wrong. How can adults hurt, harass or even kill a child like this? It’s so unfair.

Children are so fragile and vulnerable.

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Grateful for loving children



I am grateful for the opportunity to do some before and after school care.

The children crept into my heart from the first day. The school closed on Tuesday for the summer holidays. I received some small presents from some of the children and also from the school itself.

I am very grateful to be healthy and strong enough to do this caring.


This is a basket made from material which can be used as a place-mat.

It was filled with chocolate covered toffees(From Australia Said the boy who gave it to me.


A lovely tiny girl gave the following to me.

Choc chip cookies in a bottle!


All the dry ingredients are in the bottle.

I only need to add eggs and milk and

bake it in the oven.

Secret Santa gave me the following:

Coffee cup filled with chocolate and

some Manuka honey lip balm.


I also won the raffle during the Soroptimist meeting

last Thursday.


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New Japanese student arrived yesterday

I am hosting a Japanese student for only 2 weeks.

She is a pretty girl and gave me a lovely present!

Friendly girl
Friendly girl

Her mother sent me a card asking to look well after her daughter and

Thank you for hosting her.

Thank you card from mother
Thank you card from mother

Family treasure discovered

This past week I went through some old papers of my parents.

I discovered two telegrams sent to my parents while they were travelling

to South Africa in 1952 on De Waterman

from the Netherlands.

The first one is a telegram from my grand parents

on February 18, 1952.

My fathers birthday.

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The next one is my treasure.

Congratulations from my grandparents on my 6 th birthday

Febuary 22, 1952!

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Three years of blogging!

Today February 18 was my fathers birthday.

Today three years ago I started blogging as Scrapydo.

3 Year Anniversary Achievement

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Thank you I enjoy blogging with you.
I am grateful to be here.

Quilt Festival 2015

Today was the annual

Sawmillers Quilt Festival.

There were lovely quilts this year.

One that was just awesome was

Cathedrals, castles and ruins

made by Camilla Watson.

She described it:

“Each panel created from photos of our travels in 2008”



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Share Your World – 2015 Week #4

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Where did you live at age five?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

As a 5 year old I lived with my parents in my grandparents home on the top floor.

This was in Hilversum the Netherlands. I had two weeks on the ship the Waterman before my 6th birthday.  It is a whole world away from where I am now in New Zealand.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

I don’t like it to go on my own because I have gone to many functions on my own. It is not the best thing because people need to discuss events like this with each other. On your own you can’t do that.

 Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I grew up in a very small rural village which today is part of a city! I enjoyed it very much. Near nature and not very complicated.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I am an animal lover and always wanted to become a vet. Those days girls did not study for vets they had to marry and be wives and mothers. I still love my animals and did my own studies after many years of looking after my son.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I could house sit for my friend who went over seas for 3 weeks. I also looked after her two dogs and two cats. I am grateful that she payed me for it. Every cent helps. I look forward to catching up with this friend. I also hope that I could get another International student this year.

Millie and Munro on the table while Trompie also tries his luck.
Millie and Munro on the table while Trompie also tries his luck.

Sorry I put the wrong photo , There is the one where Trompie is also watching



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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

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Achievements reached 2014

Another year is gone.

Tomorrow is the last day of 2014.

I am very proud to announce that I achieved three goals this year.

1. I finished my advanced

Photography course.


2. I completed a bundle of short anecdotes of my life  in

in book form.


3. Last but not the least

I completed a course and

am a qualified Barista!


I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to reach these goals!

Christmas cards from South Africa

I received some lovely Christmas cards from South Africa via


My sister gave some small paintings and stitch work, she has done for me, to a friend who is visiting family in Australia.

This friend sent it to me because the post office in SA is in a mess.

The surprise arrived on Wednesday.

Thank you father Christmas.

My cards!
My cards!

These two cards are hand-made by my two young nieces!

Thank you Lija and Reini

Also for the lovely owl necklace!