Look who we saw on our walk!

This afternoon Trompie and I went for our afternoon walk. We went up some stairs and over the hill to the other side of the hill from where we live.

We haven’t done this roundfor  some time. I am so glad we did it.

Never a dull moment while walking.

Not only dogs, cats, birds,people but also



The lady wanted the horse to look at me but

cars were coming and she had to move on!


What can you tell about special events around you?

Fire Adventure



On my way to the Afternoon After School Session yesterday, starting at  3 o’clock, there was a hustle and bustle of cars at the turnoff. A fire engine and firemen were busy with their water hoses extinguishing a fire at the bottom of the hill.


The hill before the fire. The home on the right was in the way of the flames.

I turned right, on my way to school. Arriving at school, there was chaos.

Children were shouting and running around. I looked at the hill and saw this huge fire burning on the slopes. Smoke billowed up. The wind blew the flames up the hill. There was no stop at all. One on top of the hill was in the way of the flames. We were terrified.


Two helicopters came with their water buckets. Every 5 minutes one opened and tried their best to put the fire out.

In the meantime, I took some of the children to the swimming pool. We could see how the helicopter’s emptied their bucket. It took them three hours to put it out.

Some of the younger children were very scared. They cried and thought the fire would reach us. Luckily here is a river and a road between the school and the hill.

State Highway was closed till after six that evening. Parents had to take a back road to get to the school. I also had to use the back road. There was a real traffic jam from Te Marua into Upper Hutt.

What a dangerous adventure!

Share Your World – 2015-10-19: Week 42

I had to share my world this week!


This photo was taken late one afternoon when the rain cleared up a bit.

This is how it looks from the front door at my son’s place.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

The following questions are asked by Cee:

 Are you usually late, early, or right on time?  

I am always trying to be early. I hate it to be late and also if others don’t turn up on time.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I love to write flash fiction stories. The shorter the better. My first e-book is out called Flash Fiction!

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

I lived near Pretoria, South Africa, in a rural town called Erasmia. Not the same place and even not the same country anymore!

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

Fly is better than under water. I am not very at ease in water.

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

I am so grateful that I am healthy and have the opportunity to look after my son’s place and help him out running his small business while touring Europe for three weeks!

I also had the first lesson or session on writing short stories.

The coming week I looking forward to my second session on writing. I also look forward to finish off my book I have to complete for my “It’s Write Easy” for this year. I am doing this writing every Friday at our local library.

Thanks to Cee for hosting this challenge every week.

Depth : The Daily Post Photo Challenge


These are two photos taken at my friend’s place.  The first one is from the kitchen, through the side window. The second is just the opening cord of the blinds.

Through the kitchen window
Through the kitchen window






Wie onthou nog die TV reeks “Nommer Asseblief”?

Ek wou vreeslik graag die kenwysie gespeel het maar dis bietjie voor die rekenaar en Youtube se tyd.

Nicolas Louw  se “Nommer asseblief” moet maar doen. Hy gebruik n hedendagse telefoon.

In 1960 het ons maplotters geword. Daarmee saam het die plaaslyn gekom. Ons was 10 persone wat die lyn gedeel het.

Was die weer swaar het die telefoon een trieng gegee en dan het ons vir dae geen lyngebruik gehad nie. Dit was egter nie die ergste nie. Die mense wat die lyn gedeel het, het hulself goed op hoogte gehou met ander  se doen en late. Mens kon nie regtig ernstige dinge bespreek nie want almal het altyd geweet wat aangaan.

Elke huis wat die lyn gebruik het,  het sy eie lui-toon gehad. Die lui het jy met die slinger gedoen. Lang-kort-kort-lank of dalk  kort-lank-kort. Die  slinger wat n mens moes draai het aan die kant gesit. As jy wil uit bel, draai jy die slinger vir n rukkie om by die sentrale uit te kom. Die persoon wat daar werk sal dan vra:” Nommer asseblief?”Dan gee mens die nommer, en sy of hy skakel dit en verbind jou met die een met wie jy wil praat. Langafstand oproepe soos bv van Pretoria na Kaapstad of oorsee moes bespreek word. As dit tyd is, word jy geskakel en kon jou oproep beantwoord word.

Die lyn, wat mens gebruik het, met die tien persone, kon soms baie besig bly. Veral as dit n skinderstorie of n gevryery is. Die telefoon gehoorstuk kan dan opgetel word en jy kan netjies vra:”Is iemand besig?” of “Kan ek die lyn kry asseblief?” Hoor jy niks kan jy maar die slinger draai. As hul besig is sal hul gou se hul is besig… Party het regtig dit oordoen. Veral as dit kom by die nuutste skinderstories of familie uitlegte. Dit was ook heerlik om die slinger te draai terwyl daardie skinderbekke besig is. Dan woer-woer jy lekker in hul ore. Soms draai jy die slinger en die sentrale tel nie dadelik op nie. Dan draaaaaai jy die slinger vir die vale – asof dit nou rerig help.

Gelukkig het ons nie die telefoon so baie gebruik nie. Ons het wel gereeld geweet wie en wat aangaan.

Vandag het die telefoon so verander dat mens nie eers n telefoon nodig het met n landlyn om mekaar te kontak nie. Die wonder van vooruitgang en ontdekking!

Ai, waar gaan die wereld tog heen. Soms gaan dit heeltemaal te vinnig vir my.

Dit is my bydrae vir Toeka-Tokkel no 6.

Nou is dit jou beurt. Vertel bietjie wat jy alles ondervind het met die liewe telefoon.

BAIE DANKIE aan die volgende wat aan no 5  SPORT deelgeneem het. Elkeen het beslis n eie idee van sport!







Elke Donderdag gee ek n nuwe onderwerp om oor the kuier of te gesels. Laat jou gedagtes lekker werk en vertel alles waaraan  jy aan kan dink.

Noem my pos Toeka-Tokkel in jou stuk. Plak my skakel ook in jou pos sodat nuwe lesers kan lees waaroor dit gaan.

Plak jou skakel in my kommentaar sodat ek en andere ook jou pos kan besoek.

Ek het inlink skakel ingesit sodat jy makliker jou pos kan insit. Ander mense kan dan ook makliker by jou uitkom.

Die volgende word vir Februarie beplan

1.  Telefoon

2. Klere/mode

3.  Stoepstorie…

4. Werk/beroep/arbeid

5.  Geluk/ongeluk

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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Share Your World – 2015 Week #4