Afrikaanse Tokkel: Noodsein honde


Die hele week warsku die omroepers oor die radio dat die “Civil Defense” gaan toets of hul nuwe noodsein werk. Dis blykbaar gekoppel aan moderne telefone om te waarsku dat daar gevaar is, hetsy n aardbewing, tsuname, tornado of oorstroming.
Saterdagoggend half elf was dit sulke tyd; die toets sou plaasvind.
Ek loop met Trompie bo op die bult. Eers ontmoet ons twee groot honde wat buite op hul kussings lê. As ons elke oggend verby hulle loop blaf hul asof beserk agter die hek. Vanoggend het hul toe die kans om Trompie te ontmoet, terwyl hul buite die omheining is! Die eienaars roep hul terug maar hul luister natuurlik nie. Ek staan toe maar bankvas met Trompie en wag vir die aanval. Honde gryp nie mekaar sommer net nie. Die eerste een wat nie gestop het toe baas haar roep nie snuif aan Trompie. Die reun luister toe ook nie vir sy mense nie en storm ook nader. Nou was dit van kalm bly en rustig die saak benader. Beide honde se hare staan regop en die reun is nogal lus vir n hap. Trompie staan sy man. Sy ore soort van agtertoe en bene styf reg vir die terug aanval.(Asof hy n kans het teen die twee)In die tussen tyd kom die eienaar nader. Die vrou gryp die twee honde aan die halsbande net toe die reun n hap wou vat. “Vreeslik jammer!” maar hoe jammer sou hul gewees het as die twee Trompie rerig gegryp het. Daar sou nie veel van Trompie oorgebly het nie.
Nou terug na die noodsein. Ek loop toe aan en daar gaan die sirene af presies soos hul voorspel het. My selfoon is gelukkig nog n oue en het nie die app dat dit op hom werk nie. Die omgewing se luidsprekers en in huise waar fone is kon mens duidelik hoor dat dit werk.
Die sirene se geluid het my n beklemming in my bors gegee. Dit het my teruggevat na die tyd met die opstande: Sharpville en guerilla oorlog van ANC. Die aanval op Sasol II is nog helder in my gedagte. Ons het langs een van die sein torings gebly. As daar gevaar was het hy geloei en in rondte gedraai. Die mense kon ook oor die toring praat om te sê waar gevaar is en wat gedoen moes word.
Hier het ons nou weer n ander gevaar wat hanteer moet word. Die lewe is vol opwindinde belewenisse


Best Birthday Present ever!

My birthday is in February.

Due to posting issues, my sister in South Africa postponed sending

this precious present.

Two weeks ago she said:

“Keep an eye out, I’ve posted your present.”

It took less than two weeks to reach me.

I opened the envelope.

I at first stared in awe!




Sorry folks!

I have not been to the groomers.

This is how I look at the moment.


Autumn is showing it’s face!



Autumn is upon us here in New Zealand.

Leaves are changing colour.


With the warm days and lots of rain,

toadstools came out

showing off their colourful heads.

Trompie had his last haircut before the cold is upon us!


This morning everything is foggy.

From my doorstep.

We are expecting

Cyclone Cook.

It is already battering the Northern part of the North Island

and is slowly moving down south to us.

We are warned to stay inside,

have our emergency bags ready.

The next 48 hours is going to be tricky to everyone.

Winds of up to 160km p hour are expected and Lots of rain.

A day in Trompie’s life!

After the earthquake and then the stormy weather with floods we had a dry day. We (Trompie and I) walked up the hill. On our way up, we found some baby birds on the pavement. Blown out of their nests into the wetness without their parents they could not survive.


Trompie had a sniff at it.


This morning we visited Trompie’s cousins Molly and Luigi.


 We also met Lilly one of Trompie’s girlfriends on our late afternoon walk.


Three days after a 7.5 earthquake

Sunday evening(13/11/2016) after a busy day, I went off to bed at about 10:30 not knowing what the night would bring two hours later.

I woke up just after 12 o’clock. My bed was swaying, Trompie picked up his head. I felt the bed moving and the walls shaking. It sounded as if the house was going to collapse. Then Trompie gave a fierce bark. Earthquake! We jumped out of bed. I did not switch on the light and told Trompie to get out of the way. He kept close to me. I stood in the passage waiting for the worst.The shaking subsided.  I decided to go into the bathroom because nature was calling.

It kept on rolling underneath. We went back to bed. Then my border came out of his room. He got a message from his wife near Christchurch asking how he was. He told me that it had been  the worst quake he had experienced.

We went back to bed. The whole night aftershocks kept on rolling underneath. One of my pot plants had tumbled to the floor, and my books on my bookshelf moved and nearly tumbled off.

Monday morning my alarm went off. I did my usual morning rituals.  My border told me that he could not go into Wellington. The news on the radio said that no trains were running and the roads into Wellington were closed down.

Just after seven I received a call that there would be no Before School Care but the school would be open. I told the secretary that I would anyway go in case some parents had not received the message.

It is about a ten minutes drive to school from my home. I arrived just before 7:30 am. At 7:45 am a board member came to check the building. He brought his two young children with him. While he checked the school, I kept an eye on the two boys. Then a parent turned up with his little girl. He had not read the message about no Before school care. I told him it would be okay; I would look after her and keep her safe.

Teachers started to arrive just before eight.

I went home at 8:15. Aftershocks kept coming and going. I went back to After School Care in the afternoon. There were twelve children till about 4.30 that afternoon.

Tuesday morning I went back for Before School care. It was wet; heavy torrential rain kept pouring down. I was so tired and did not feel up to going back for the afternoon session. Lucky for me the school called, I did not need to come because most children were picked up before lunch time. The rain caused havoc with flooding and causing slips on the roads. Wellington was cut off. In the meantime, more earthquakes kept on coming and going. Two strong quakes shook us at 1.15 and 1.30 pm.

Now it is Wednesday evening; we survived another exciting day of tremors and a bit of dry weather. I am happy to say that I am well but tired.   Looking after children and keeping them all safe and happy for the last three days was very stressful.

Creek flooding Tuesday
Trompie having a look
Wednesday back to normal
Trompie showing no interest anymore today(Wednesday)

Meeting a new lady friend.

When my mum takes photos, she puts the end of my lead under her one foot, so I can’t escape or go too far away from her.

Once again, she was busy taking this photo


when a new girly came along. I was excited and pulled, next thing the lead was coming my way, and I could run to greet this lovely lady. At first, she wanted to snap at me, but I knew how to handle this type of behaviour!


Whoof I had a good sniff at the end


H2O : The Daily Post: Photo challenge

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water. Water comes in many different states and guises.

This morning I took Trompie for his first walk. It was raining on and off.

Puddles of water along the road.

Reflection of trees in the water.


The clouds and blue sky reflecting in a puddle of water.


Trompie enjoying the freshness after the rain.


The dog behind the black nose!

People asked to see the dog behind the macro nose!IMG_9714

Dear Millie

one of Trompie’s favourites girlfriends.


Millie loved to curl up in the cat basket although she is too big for it.

Trompie usually stood watching her up on the table in the basket.


Trompie received an award from Binky

Binky is Trompie’s   very special blog friend.

They know each other for a long time.


I , as Trompie’s mum, am going to answer the questions asked by Binky on Trompie’s blog at