Out and about adventure.


My son and his wife are interested in purchasing a small holding(farm). Last Monday we went out and had a look at a huge piece of land with incomplete houses and buildings. Too expensive and too much to renovate and complete.

Yesterday, Saturday, I got a call: “Hi mum, would you be interested to have a look at the place we had visited two weeks before?”

I am always game for an outing. This time the realtor would unlock the place so that we could have a good look inside.

We were a bit early. The realtor turned up a bit after eleven. She climbed over the wooden fence. Looked around and could not find the key. Bertus and Stella also climbed the fence to have a look for the key. They decided to put Bea’s push pram and Bea also on the other side.

Then came the best part!

I had to climb the fence too! At first, I could not even pull myself up to try and get my leg over to the other side. Then we decided that I should try the corner of the gate which was more stable. It helped. I could get up and my one leg over but I could not turn my other foot to get my other leg over the fence. I had to use my foot that was on the other side to push the other one around to get my leg over. Wow, at last, I landed on the other side. Bertus helped me from the outside and Stella from the inside.

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We walked around the paddock. The next door cattle were looking at us in interest as if they could not believe their eyes!

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I did not walk all the way around the whole piece of land. The lady found the key and we went inside. We took chairs outside and sat in the shade for Bertus and Stella to return.

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Back again after a long hot walk. I enjoyed relaxing in the shade, very tranquil and peaceful.

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English? Why? Interesting indeed


 

The English Plural

According to….

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English
 muffins weren’t invented in England.

We take English  for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write, but fingers don’t fing,
Grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,
What do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speakingEnglish

Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

We ship by truck but send cargo by ship…
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out,
And in which an alarm goes off by going on.

And in closing……….


If Father is Pop, how come Mother’s not Mop.????

School stories: Conservation week.


Show your backyards some love this Conservation Week. Get involved in protecting, growing, nurturing and caring for our nature.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/conservation-week/about-conservation-week/

Today four classes went out into the community around the school to pick up the rubbish along the roads. The other three classes cleaned up the school grounds and nearby property borderlines.

Rubbish picked up at the roadside.

 

 

Cooking Spree


The staff of the school had a wonderful evening out on Saturday.

We went to an Azian cooking school.

Everything was ready for the cooking!

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The session started 6:30 pm.

The instructor/tutor/chef demonstrated

what we had to do to make a perfect meal.

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We first made spring rolls.

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Then the main meal:

pork, lemon grass and chilli(which I did not use).

On the plate was a cup of rice and fresh lettuce.

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It was very tasteful and delicious to eat.

 

School stories: Early breakfast!


Every morning we open our Restaurant at the

Before School Center.

The table is neatly set!

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The kitchen table.

Each girl has a task.

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The customers are ready to have breakfast.

SMILE

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Start eating!

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We have the best cooks and waiters!

Afrikaanse Tokkel:Perdeby en spinnekop


EINA! Arme spinnekop is verlam en mevrou Perdeby karwei hom na haar nes teen my huis se muur uit.

Die volgende drie fotos het my dadelik laat dink aan Perdebytjie se storie met haar verlamde spinnekop wat sy aan die lewe probeer hou het vir n tydperk.

https://perdebytjie.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/spinnekopnuus/

 

Can you believe it? Chocolate!


My friend presented me with this tiny box!

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Chocolate craft at its best.

The chocolate layer is so thin it melts away as soon as you put it in your mouth.

Each one had a delicate taste,

lime, mint, raspberry, coconut, creme Brule

House Sitting no 4: So peaceful


Trompie inspecting everything,

every morning, during the day whenever he got the opportunity to go outside.

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Some photos of the place itself.

This is the last of my house sitting on top of the hills.

I am starting another two weeks of house sitting from Friday, January 27

till February 07.

We are sitting house with Millie, Coco, Munro, miss Sally and Mr Fats.

School Stories:Christmas at school


Arriving at school on Friday morning I was greeted by

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I am the first one at school and

have to unlock the door and switch off the alarm.

This is how it looked in the office.

Year six children all dressed up.

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