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Showing posts from December, 2013

journey's rest

Friday was the last day of work for 2013. Yay! That is definitely one of the best perks about South African living - many businesses close for the last two to three weeks of December, only to reopen on the first Monday of the new year. And you get that time in ADDITION to whatever vacation days you get. Not too shabby, if I can say so myself. Definitely something to be grateful for!

So, in celebration of this year's holiday season, Andrew, myself and a bunch of friends (9 of them, to be exact) drove out to the Overberg, about 2.5 hours from Cape Town, a region of the Western Cape characterised by rolling hills, farmland, big blue skye and lots of sheep. Its pastoral landscape really lends itself to the doing of lots of nothing. Nothing being relaxing, swimming, napping, eating and reading. And that is what we did. So lovely! Here are some shots of the landscape to give you idea of what I mean...

So much loveliness. From the top, a blue crane next to a watering hole; the road to Jo…

letters to our little one. part iii.

12 weeks, 3 days. 

Dearest One,

I apologise for my long absence in letter writing. I suppose life has just been passing us by! It has been nearly five weeks since my last letter, and we are going to find out tomorrow if you are a boy or a girl! So unreal to think of that. I am so excited to know more about you that I can hardly figure out what to with myself in the remaining hours till our scan.

About two weeks ago we had our last scan, at just about 10 weeks. We could see your little hands and feet moving around, kicking and squirming, and hear your heart beat again. Amazing. So magical to see you moving around like that. It's still so surreal, so unbelievable to imagine you growing inside me, your little body and soul, me its custodian.

Now that we are at the 12 week mark I am beginning to feel much a bit more energetic, not like I have been given sleeping pills throughout the day! My appetite is not so all over the place, and it seems like my cravings are a bit more tempered. My…


On Thursday 5 November just after 9pm, Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen, passed away at the age of 95. I think everyone feels at a loss for words to really describe the magnitude of his contribution to South Africa, to the world, and to each of us individually - to our own personal histories, the way we treat each other, and the way we interact with each other as individual members of a larger whole. Mandela, jailed for 27 years, emerged from prison only to forgive his oppressors, to focus on forgiveness and unity rather than resentment, anger and further disunity and division. His dream for South Africa - for the world - was one without oppression, free from injustice and inequality. We have come far, that is for sure, but there is still a long way to go - as a society, and as individuals - for us to truly embody the legacy of this great man.

Mandela's passing has reminded me of how I can work towards these values in my own life. Some of his wi…