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Lazy days of summer…or is it spring…or are we flashing back to a piece of winter?

22 September , 2014

So, I guess the most surprising development of the past week has come from Home Affairs. I applied for an unabridged birth certificate for Nicola just after she was born, and paid for it. They said they would send an SMS when it was ready for collection and it seems that day has finally come. Hahaha, it only took almost 5 years instead of 12 weeks.

I’d actually kind of given up on it to be honest. I know I need one if I ever want to take her out of the country, but usually when someone asks for a copy they are happy to accept the abridged one I already have…so it hasn’t really derailed my plans in any way up to now.

Oh well, I better track down my receipt and go fetch it some time this week while it’s still available. ;-)

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These were taken laaaast weekend by T, when we visited there – aren’t they pretty. It doesn’t matter how cool your phone’s camera is, there’s just something about the quality of photos taken by a proper camera that can’t be beaten right? (I am still way too lazy to buy one and drag it along everywhere I go – but I really appreciate it when someone else does).

Thanks T! :-)

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Let’s talk about this crazy weather for a bit. Can it bloody decide if it’s hot or cold now already? Last week it was so warm, we had to stick our heads under the taps to cool down at times…then all of a sudden freezing again – just in time to ruin weekend swimming. And to top it off a kind of end of days hail storm Saturday night!

Anyway…still leaps and bounds better than full on winter, so I’ll take it – whatever it is.

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This is what is now known as a spagetti top, for the lack of sleeves obviously. How cool that she is finally happy to wear them. Last year she would have really kicked up a fuss about it, and now it’s all that she wants.

Apparently at school, anyone without sleeves gets sunblock on their arms and shoulders applied to them – and Nicola really wants the sunblock. She refuses to wear sleeves to school, other places are okay, but she doesn’t want to miss out on the sunblock. Odd right? Haha…

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Ouma very briefly had the use of her own tablet – Nicola LOVES playing games on it.

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Polka snuggles early in the morning. When it’s time to wake the pink terrorist up, I get my hands bitten. She knows once cyclone Nicola opens her eyes, all snuggles are over and it’s action packed from there on.

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On Saturday we had the first instalment of this year’s school concert – it was so cute!

It’s clear to me that the teacher who left in the middle of this year used to be the creative direction behind these things. It’s definitley very different than all the concerts we’ve had there before…but the dance numbers are in my opinion much more age appropriate and I whole-heartedly approve! :-)

Nicola has been SOOOO excited about this show, and they’ve been practising for ages. She did really great and she loved every second of it.

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I was way too far from the stage to get a good shot, but anyhoo – here are the best of the ones I did get. She was one of the three little piggies in her first scene, and then the second scene and onwards the blue class just had blue t-shirts on.

This is my favourite concert of hers yet. I am actually very excited about the DVD this year. We get it every year and Nicola loves watching them ad infinitum after the concert…this year I think I’ll be happy to watch along.

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The hail! This is taken from high-ish up, so you don’t really get a good idea, but they were HUGE. Some of them about 30mm diameter. It was a surprise, because not too long before that we were outside and there was hardly a cloud in the sky, all of a sudden it’s like armegeddon outside.

Luckily we brought all the dogs inside for their own protection, and thanked our lucky stars that we have insurance on the cars. There were quite a few dead birds under the trees the next morning, usually the trees offer them enough protection against this kind of thing, but they had no chance this time round. Diablo and Jessie ate most of them by the next morning before we noticed.

At our place, unlike at my folks, we didn’t really have much hail – but the rain obviously came through with some force. I raked up two whole bags of tree leaves on Sunday, in our teeny tiny garden, from a tree that doesn’t even grow there – you can see it over the wall about two houses down!

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Dogs inside during the storm.

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Do you want to build a snowman? ;-)

Well, no snow – but we built a hail one.

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Sunday the weather was MUCH nicer again, thankfully.

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I actually got a smile-for-the-camera photo, that’s not a funny face!

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These rocks are being put in the dungeon apparently – they’ve been naughty and Barney will guard them and make sure they don’t get into any more trouble. ;-)

Ps! I received my study material today. I am very likely going to be missing in action, or at least heavily reduced action, until mid-December. Wish me luck. This is kind of HUGE for me.

 

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J, T&J – a very social weekend

15 September , 2014

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We had an action packed weekend (haha, again!). I am definitely not the only one who doesn’t like to see people in winter?

Saturday we had a visit from Jacky, complete with chocolate croissants (is there any other kind?!). Nicola was in one of her moods where she is quite detremined NOT to let me talk to anyone but her – but somehow we managed to keep a conversation going in between all the, mamma! mamma! mamma!s 

Jax, it was great to see you in person again – I’m always joking that I only ever see her making fires on fb. I think for our next visit we probably should actually make a fire, what do you think?  ;-)

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Nicola giving Ouma some quality snuggles…Oupa has his own rugby TV there in the background, because we make too much noise! :-P

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Lizzard painting by Nicola, a special gift for T to add to her lizzard collection. :-)

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But first…lemme take a selfie!  We had a nice relaxed morning, slept late, had breakfast, lounged around a bit and then off to lunch!

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Nicola and Polka. Polka’s stitches can come out today-ish, and then she really needs a shave or something for summer…and/or a wash!  Foef! She’s very very dirty at the moment.

Oh yes…probably not blog-worthy, but I’m going to put it out there anyway. I was joking with P last week, that Polka is eating so many crayons that I’m surprised she doesn’t poop rainbows yet. Well, when I cleaned up droppings over the weekend, I spotted something unexpected – a bedazzled poop! Polka shat a rhinestone, chewed off one of Nicola’s dresses! Mwahaha. Shame, that couldn’t have been confortable at all. (Sorry, I know – TMI)

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Nails and gothy make up by Nicola. I managed to get most of that eye shadow rubbed off before we left home, haha – and I got an ear full for my troubles! I think I need to disappear some of that play make up. She loves it though. *sigh* Maybe I’ll just vanish the very dark colours.

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Tickles!

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These two and that wheelbarrow! Nicola gets SO excited when we go to visit T & J, and so do I. Although I don’t go in the wheelbarrow, but I’m 100% happy with that. Next time at our place. ;-) Poor J can put up his feet for a bit, haha – we don’t have a wheelbarrow. ;-)

I could spend all day in that garden – it just always looks so stunning.

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Bubbles!

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The very camera shy T. I have no idea why – if I was as photogenic as her, I’d be photo bombing the hell out of everyone!

It was so great to see you guys again and catch up. Thanks again for having us over. :-)

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Little things of the last week

13 September , 2014

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It seems that Polka, she of many rows of teeth, has found something worth chewing to alleviate her teething itchiness.

Succulents have had to be moved to higher ground for their own safety…jaws frequents the shallow waters. To-do…to-ro…to-do-to-ro…(jaws sound track).

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This is one of my secret place colleagues. As you may be able to tell, he is freakily double jointed!

This move is how he’s constantly stretching behind his desk during the day…the first time I saw it I almost fell off my chair!

On the upside, I bet he can reach that hard to reach spot on his back that no one else can reach for themselves, hey?

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Nicola and best friend/worst enemy L. Just love this little saunter they did down to the school gate.

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We had to pop into Builders Warehouse for a light bulb. Landlord has a “gift” for selecting non standard light fittings, so when a bulb goes it always turns into an adventure finding a replacement.

Of course there is no way we could leave before Nicola tried out EVERY chair, couch or lounger in the whole place…hahaha…it took a while, but it was fun to watch.

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Secret place is launching secret wear. We all got to attend a fashion show on Friday, of wrinkled clothes on models who not even slightly resemble anyone working in the building.

The clothes are really nice though. Since it’s not compulsory (yet), I sort of derailed HR lady’s Q&A session by asking if I could buy what I wanted in colours other than the corporate colours they showed us.

Apparently yes! :-) She said it would be for my own account. I asked if you buy the corporate colours, isn’t it for your own account too? Also yes…haha. Then I guess I buy what I want anyway. ;-)

It’s been an interesting week HR-wise…

The end result of one of these little interactions is that I’m probably going to go completely quite end November, beginning December. I’m going to be studying INTENSELY! So if you don’t hear from me then, it’s probably going pretty well.

Another thing happening at secret place is that we’ve got a couple of temporary transfers in from group. One from somewhere German speaking for three years, and two very English ones with cute accents for three months.

I am now giving Afrikaans lessons. The long term guy mentioned that he wanted to learn, and I sort of ran with it. We do a word or a phrase a day and it’s become a bit of a department initiative…I have a long list of suggestions on what to teach him next.

He’s picking it up REALLY fast, and the hard sounds people usually battle to pick up is no problem for him at all. One of the team insisted on teaching him something rude. I’ve been keeping it clean because I do actually want him to learn it while he’s here.

So just imagine what happened when he pipes up in a meeting this week telling someone, “Ek gaan jou bliksem!” Hahaha! We told him, not appropriate for the office, but one of the powers that be assured him that it’s one of her favourite words and she uses it often.

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Nicola has asked me to wear earrings, so I’ve worn a different pair every day this week. This was Friday. Super bendy colleague at the top of this post calls them chandel-ears!

My ears are not enjoying this experience, I tell you! I stopped wearing earrings when little hands tried to yank them out. To be honest, it’s not like I wore them daily even before that. My piercings were not all the way open on Monday, no big deal. I just pushed the earrings through anyway…I have done it before, never a problem. In fact I once added another piercing in more or less the same way. However they are properly sensitive now. Usually it’s a once off thing, and then weeks of rest again in between. Now, it’s every day.

I’m kind of in two minds if I should keep it up till they heal completely or just at least stop for the weekend so that I can stop pulling and rubbing at them.

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First swim of the season!

The water is still a little bit “fresh”.I think we’re about 2 or 3 degrees away from great, but this is a really good start. :-)

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A week in photos – loving Spring!

8 September , 2014

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Remember how I counted down?

So worth it! :-)

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This was on Thursday at the information morning at Nicola’s school for next year.

They planned a two hour event, but they lost about 130 little people in the audience 20 minutes in. Haha, when the principal came on, you could tell he definitely wasn’t used to being more or less ignored.

I really like the school. Obviously…otherwise I wouldn’t have stalked them online for the last three years. I do have my doubts about this new principal though…I hope he’s much more approachable in real life than on stage. Also, his one piece of advice to the parents very much didn’t suit me…apparently we mustn’t believe everything we hear because our kids all make up stuff? O_o I will always believe what Nicola tells me, unless I know for a fact she understood things wrong. Always.

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The children got to try out their new playground for next year – big hit!

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Nicola’s favourite part…this space ship! The little girl who joined her has a very unlikely name hahaha!

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Very pleased with herself. :-)

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My favourite part of the playground is this giant tree.

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Polka went for her big snip on the same day.

Cute vet asked me if I was a nursery school teacher because he heard the playground noise when he phoned to let me know that they had to pull some extra teeth while she was under and that she was doing well after the op.

Apparently the small breeds battle to lose their milk teeth. He left quite a few in…and she might have to go back for another procedure next year if she doesn’t lose them on her own by then.

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Feeling very sorry for herself…poor baby.

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Nicola and Polka, Finding Nemo while enjoying some breakfast.

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Helping Ouma make some of her famous apple crumble pies (or “tasting” big hands full of dough every time Ouma turns her back. ;-)

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It was so hot in the afternoon that I hosed down the children. They LOVED it! If all goes well, we’ll do our first pool swim of the season this coming weekend.

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Ice cream!

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More ice cream!

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More ice cream!

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I don’t know what this plant is called, but it’s putting up a great display at our place at the moment.

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I finally managed to tie up Polka’s hair. It lasted all of 5 minutes untill she figured put how to untie it again. I’ll take her for a serious trim once her stiches come out…

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The stitches…

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No small feat getting a photo of her double row of teeth…she kept trying to chew my hand off with them!

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Splashing in puddles after we planted some new shrubs at my folks yesterday.

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Watching a phone video with Oupa.

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Getting very comfortable on Ouma.

How was your weekend? :-)

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And that’s how you do a weekend…

2 September , 2014

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A little surprise left for me by Nicola on Saturday – say it with me, “Ah aweet!’ :-D

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Nicola getting BUSY with scissors, to add some love to a card we were making.

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Mmm…frozen margerita. Yumm! Seriously, I haven’t had one of these babies in aaaages – it was just what I wanted.

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Good friends, having a great time catching up. Marcia’s poor D had his hands full (of cameras)! ;-)

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Nicola and Ouma, building pizzas. Some seriously sweet conversations in this kitchen.

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Sunday family lunch. Followed by a really awesome afternoon nap for Nicola and I. :-)

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Apricot blossoms – and just in time to be my Spring header image too!

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And talking about Spring, you guys know how I’ve been counting off the days. Well this was Nicola’s Spring outfit yesterday. Somehow I forgot to take a photo of mine, but anyway – I managed to uphold the Spring day dress wearing tradition, even though it was still a bit fresh out for that!

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Yesterday was also a great fb photo day for me – haha! This beautiful photo was taken by cat on Saturday. I love it! This is definitely getting framed.

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And this one was taken a few weeks ago at my friend Ivy’s Gatsby party.

Anyhoo, this past weekend had just the right mix of fun and rest as far as I’m concerned. I could do with another, just like it – but possibly a bit warmer so that we can get our swim on already!

How was your weekend?

PS! Thursday will be a biggish day for us. We have the information day at the Primary School in the morning, and Polka is going for the great snip. Expect a more wordy update from me by the end of the week. ;-)

PPS! I need to plant something…TODAY. I’m planting out container plants and sowing a few seeds, hopefully some time this weekend we might find time to pop round to a nursery and get something pretty to add to that.

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There are some STRANGE cats “out there”

29 August , 2014

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Cold snap – hold on to your kites kids!

29 August , 2014

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Just as we all thought, aaaah…Spring is in the air… :-D …a vicious cold snap to end off the winter properly whips through. Bliksem, dis koud!

Can all the coastal provinces please get a handle on your butterflies or stop doing whatever attracts the snow? We just get the ugly cold wind up here. At least you have something pretty to look at while you’re freezing.

Asked this man last weekend if I could take a pic of his T-shirt, he said sure – but not his face. So there you have it. ;-) Obviously a very clever man.

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This was Wednesday. As you can see Nicola is quite geared up for Spring now. Just compare her outfit with her two class mates! Hahaha…

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I INSISTED on something warm over it in the morning, don’t worry – typical mom-move.

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How peaceful does she look here, right? She fell asleep in the car on the way to my folks. Poor kid. they are phasing out naps at school, and she’s really feeling it.

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Seen around: Nasty hobitses! Hahaha…

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One cool thing about the freezing weather today – I get to try out me new scarf from Marcia! :-)

Love this colour.

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Some of the smokers at secret place – hundled in the corners of balconies. Shame…I felt like torching that ash tray earlier. The wind is blowing so hard that you actually battle to open the door to get out in the first place.

I have a rant coming, but I don’t feel like posting it along with my fun and pretty things. I am actually not altogether sure that everybody should read my other post. Anyhoo, I’m going to publish, for the sake of completeness of history and so on. Feel free to skip past…or have a laugh with me (I told one of my colleagues and he almost needed help breathing after he heard the story – apparently hilarious).

*shrug*

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