Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Revisited


A visit from a dear friend. I met Amanda, my special blog friend, and her daughter Heidi in 2013. I showed them around Upper Hutt and we had a lovely time together. It was as if we’re old friends. We couldn’t stop talking.

2013 Sawmillers & Stonestead

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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.


Making stars against violence

May 13 we, as Soroptimists, came together to make stars.

In the two hours, we made 40 stars.

A view ladies took ribbon home to fold some more.

At that stage, we had 110 stars folded.

Up to date, we are at 200 and there are still in the making.

South Island visit and Soroptimist Conference of NZ Clubs

I had been looking forward to the Conference and to visit Nelson in the South Island of NZ since last year. The week before I had to go, I became ill with bronchitis. I still wasn’t well on the Friday of our departure. It was cloudy and the weather report expected rain during the weekend.

I had a wonderful weekend. My good friend and I stayed in a motel about ten minutes walk from the Conference centre. We walked the Friday evening to register and a get -together to meet other members.

From the motel doorstep.


I did not attend the Saturday morning session because it was raining and I did not want to get wet.

The conference goers were taken into Nelson city by double decker bus. Nelson is known for its Saturday market.


My friend and I had a good lunch before the afternoon session.

The afternoon session was interesting.

We had a formal dinner Saturday evening.


Sunday was time for proposed remits and round off of Conference.

Sad to say that our return home did not go as we had planned. We missed our flight! Lucky for us we got two seats on a charter flight.

Goodbye Nelson


Hello Wellington!

We were glad to be back that afternoon.

Blogging from A-Z: J


Last year I had a lovely Japanese girl for two weeks

visiting one of our local Colleges.

She gave me some souvenirs from Japan.

Kasumi het dit gate uit geniet op die plaas waar sy die diere gevoer het.

Kasumi my JAPANESE student thoroughly enjoyed her stay with me.


In 2014, I had a Chinese student living with me for a whole year.

She went home to Hong Kong in a


Quote Challenge 2: Friendship

quotes Challenge

Thank you goes to Amanda at

My next quote came from

MOTHER TERESA (1910 – 1997)

‘Kind words of friends can be short and easy to speak,

but their echoes are truly endless.’

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The guidelines are simple:

  • Post three different quotes on consecutive days/weeks. They can be from any source, or your own.  All three quotes can be of a similar theme or can all be completely different/unconnected.
  • I am posting one quote on each of the three posts, one post per day, but that is my variation on this challenge.
  • Nominate 3 people for the challenge.  ( In doing this, I just wish to highlight their blog and place no pressure nor expectation that they need to accept or pass on the challenge. )

The three nominees for today are:


Blogging 101, Day Thirteen: Try(another ) Blog event

Michelle Says

It’s time to leave the confines of Blogging U. to seek other opportunities (blopportunities?). From weekly photo challenges to monthly flash-fiction events, blogger-hosted events are fun, free ways to get feedback on your work, build your audience, and make friends.

I started a whole new blogging way since the start of the new year!

I participate in some flash fiction every week.

This helped to build a new group of friends.

They are

Picture it & Write

Sunday Photo Fiction

Mondays Finish the Story

Julia’s Place

Flash fiction for aspiring writers

I can recommend the writing sessions.

It helps me to get my brain going and

improves my writing.

3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day 2

Aletta at

nominated me to participate in  3 Days, 3 Quotes. Thank you Aletta I love the idea. She has a very inspiring site. Photos galore and lots of interesting information. Hop over and have a look!

3 DAYS, 3 QUOTES :    DAY 2

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The rules of the challenge are:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post a quote each day for 3 days.
3) Each day nominate 3 new bloggers to take part.

My three nominees are:


Julia’s Place


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