NaNoWriMo: Update. Nuwe inligting

National Novel Writing Month

My first day I wrote 1869

Eerste dag van November  – 1869 woorde

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

–Dr. Seuss


"I Started a Novel"

November 2, 1965 words

November 3, 2007 words

Today                                                November 4, 1842 words

Giving me a total of                                                7683 words.

Next goal is 10 000 words!

Dankie aan al die ouens wat vir my skreeu en ondersteun. Ek hoor julle!

lekkervurig  en Cecilia Lombard

het ook uit die blokke gespringe en vorder ook fluks met hul skrywery. Hulle is my skryf buddies! Gaan skree ook by hulle asb.

Afrikaanse Tokkels: Autograph Boekie

n Stukkie uit my verlede.

Noudat ek besig is met my Memoirs kom ek op interessante dinge af. My volgende deel gaan oor my lewe op skool d w s van sewe jaar af tot my 22e jaar. Dit is dus eerste skooljaar tot en met my opleiding as Senior Primêre onderwyseres.
Frannie skryf oor haar sakkie met kaartjies wat sy in die kas gekry het. Dit was vervloë dae se kaartjies. Ek noem toe van my “Autograph” boekie waarin my oupa nog n stukkie geskryf het.
Ek wil dit graag met julle deel.

Netjies oorgetrek en bewaar.(2018)

My enigste tante(Pa se suster) het n autograph boekie gekoop en dit namens my niggie aan my opgedra.
Die eerste blaaitjie het my Oupa(van moederskant wat enigste oupa nog was)in n bewerige handskrif n mooi stukkie geskryf.

Oupa se stukkie

Dit was vir my twaalfde verjaarsdag in 1958.

Die volgende blaaitjie het my Ma geskryf.

Mamma se stukkie

Daarna het my tante geskryf en toe my niggie.

Kleinsus het geskryf en
Ousus ook.

Ek is spyt my Pa het nie ook n stukkie geskryf nie. Daaraan kan ek niks verander nie.
My Skoolhoof in Laerskool het geskryf. Hy het die laaste twee laerskool jare vir my skool gehou.


In die Hoërskool het onderwysers in my boekie geskryf.
Ek was vir twee jaar in een skool wat toe op die einde opgedeel is en ek is na die nuwe skool. In standerd sewes(die laaste jaar in ou skool) het ek al die onderwysers iets laat skryf. My trots is dat Rudi Neitz, my Duitse onderwyser, n stukkie geskryf het. Hy was n bekende sanger.

Rudi Neitz

Dan is daar my matriek jaar se onderwysers se handtekeninge. My Klasonderwyser wat Engels gegee het het ook geskryf.

Daarna het van my kamermaats op Kollege inskrywings gedoen.
My eerst hoof waarby ek skool gehou het is die laaste een wat iets geskryf het.
Heerlike herinneringe.

All done: My book is live now.

My book is on the market as an eBook and paperback.

Paperback link:

I hope you will enjoy reading about a young girl migrating from the Netherlands to South Africa. This book is about the first six years of my life.

The second volume will be About me growing up in South Africa during the early 1950s up to where I started my first teaching job late 1960s.

Baby Talk: Whohaa I can eat on my own!

I did some babysitting yesterday.

Bea shared the following with me!

After her parents were gone Bea

kept turning away from me.

I took the two material books out of my handbag.

She loved them!

The one with the numbers was her favourite.

Do you think I should change Baby Talk

to Toddler Walk?

(she is near to walking now!)

Baby Talk: Grandma made two books!

At last, it took me more than six months before completing these two typical New Zealand books.

One has numbers.



(The numbers are also written in Maori)

Also an A B C book.


Bea starting to stand on her own.



How exciting.

Last Christmas together 2004



This was the last Christmas we were all together. My son left for New Zealand July 2005 and my mother passed away in July 2006. I am glad that I have this photo to look at when starting the festive season.

I am privileged to live in New Zealand since 2009. Also near my only son and his lovely family.

Image result for Christmas photos

Cover page? Which one looks best?

At last!

I am nearly ready to print my book. It is going to be about my time still in the Netherlands. We immigrated to South Africa in the beginning of 1952. My sixth birthday happened on the ship. I remember a few snippets from my early time in the Netherlands.

I went back in 1974 to revisit my birthplace. What an adventure to see everything through the eyes of a grown up.

I would appreciate it if you could give me advise and comment on the two cover pages.

Which one looks the best?

What about the font of the writing?

Clear enough?



Baby Talk: Home sweet home

After six weeks away from home the girls had a lot of sleep to catch up on. It was summer in London and they came back to a cold and frosty New Zealand last Monday.

I visited the girls on Thursday. Beatrix was still sleeping and I did not see her.

Today I went for a cup of tea. Bea was her busy self. I could not take good photos of her because she kept on moving and watching my phone. The light wasn’t that good too.

Here she is!

One week and she will be 6 months!



With Daddy and Trompie