Please can someone tell me how to post a video to this blog.

I have cute video of baby Emryn walking and I want to post it here.

For Footsy2 – and others

Footsy2 asked me how my little Village garden is looking now, and these are the pictures I took today.

The garden in 2013




The garden today





I have allowed the Sheena’s Gold to grow a bit wild this summer, but I have not seen any flowers on it.


 The Bleeding Heart has grown tremendously since I planted it in a pot and put it outside.



The Poinsettia has been disappointing this year. It hasn’t grown much and the leaves did not turn red.


The  “Mums”are flowering for the second time.



This palm was given to me by a school child and needs a place somewhere.


This is NOT a plant, but one of my neighbours just walking by!


A bucket full of Vygies which will be planted under the Sheena’s Gold.


The herb box is looking a bit sad, so no picture!

I will  plant new herbs in the spring.

Next blog I will show you the African Violets which I started from scratch last year.

I wish I was a Puddytat (really!)

If I was a real puddytat I would not have a problem sleeping! It’s as simple as that. Cats can curl up and sleep anywhere, anytime, come rain or shine.

I have not been so lucky lately. I wake after even 2-3 hours of sleep and then cannot get back to sleep again.

Baby Emryn seems to have a similar problem and keeps her parents awake at night.

She thinks it’s funny:

Having a good laugh

She enjoys playing with her Oma, especially when I entertain her with her toy bush baby. I need to get a picture of that face when she anticipates being tickled by the furry toy.

Emryn is now well and truly into her soft solids (made by Mommy)  and has had a taste of most foods.


Apart from the sleeplessness, me, myself and I are doing fine here at the Village.

My patch of garden is looking fine, but I need to put new herb plants in the box as the parsley has died and the other herbs are looking straggly.

After the 3 long power outages, due to problems at a sub-station in March, I checked the foods in the fridge and ended up tossing quite a bit of stuff. Such a waste and I don’t like wasting food.

In February YS decided I should get a land-line phone and a better Internet package (not Telkom, though). He applied for the phone line and we are still waiting.

Today a Telkom technician was at the Village and I way-laid him. It turns out that what YS and I thought was the reference number, wasn’t a reference number and the technician couldn’t do anything today.

So I will complete the application forms, where they ask me everything but my vital statistics and go to the Northgate mall and hand them in and get a proper reference number. Then I can phone that technician and get going with the land-line. What a mission!

There’s nothing worse for me as people who do not, from one meeting to the next, follow up on jobs that have been assigned to them.

On a regular basis, especially when occupants leave the Village, the keys to that cottage or flat need to be checked. Every dwelling must have a set of spare keys in Matron’s office to be used in case of emergency. This check has not been done in the 18 months I have been here and, as a matter of fact, my cottage didn’t have a set of spare keys when I arrived.  I had a set made.

So yours truly has taken on the job as “key-checker”. I will make a start after Easter and Matron is happy.

Recently we “lost” one of my Buddies. The lady had not changed her day card in the window and after much banging on the doors and windows and noticing that her car was still in the parking bay, we set out to find her. Her spare keys had been incorrectly labelled and we could not gain access into her cottage. we could see into her lounge and bedroom and nothing was amiss there. Before we decided to try and gain access through the roof one of the maintenance guys managed to prise open the bathroom window and the occupant wasn’t in there either. Sigh of relief. No unexpected injury or death to cope with.

Hours later the lady pitched up. She had been out with a friend!!!!! She was well and truly rapped over the knuckles by the Village manager.

My Mynah birds are getting too fat and I now only feed them twice a day instead of on-demand. They are not happy.


Can you see them?

Two little dicky birds sitting on the wall

One named Peter, the other named Paul.

Oh, those school days/daze

I know have been very quiet lately.

No particular reason.

Just not much to blog about.

Emryn is growing fast and is now 5 months old.

This picture was taken on  Christmas Day when she stood on grass for the first time.

You should have seen her face!

Emryn on grass


Today I received an email message that new photographs had been posted on a website of schools in Holland.

I found one with me in it! (1955)

6de klas bavoschool (2)

This was the last year at primary school, class 6 and I was 11 years old.

I am in the third row, from the bottom, fourth from the right.

The nun’s name was Sr Anna-Louise.


What’s Up in the Village?

No sooner had we had the robbery in our Village and we had another incident the same week.


Fortunately it wasn’t as bad as in the picture, but that was thanks to the security guards.

We were all seated in the hall for our annual Christmas Dinner when a guard came in to speak to the manager who had graced us with his presence.
Said manager came over to my table to ask for the name of the resident who lives in cottage 1509. This lady is on my “buddies-list” so I was able to give the information. The manager told me that there is a fire in her cottage!

That lady was sitting near my table and she was told about the problem. We all rushed (some slowly) to the cottage, where the guards had managed to douse the smouldering picture frame, which was the culprit, with the fire extinguisher, aiming it through an open fan-light.

The set of spare keys had also been delivered in the meantime and we were able to inspect the damage to the cottage. Beside the smoke and the powder from the extinguisher, not much damage was done.

The problem was caused by a table lamp without a lampshade, which had been left on. This lamp had a 100W globe in it. Leaning against this lamp was a picture frame with family photographs which became overheated and had started to smoulder. Phew…..that was close!


Yours truly and the security guards were praised in the newsletter for our quick reactions! The occupant was able to move back into her cottage the following day and the offending lamp has been replaced with a better, and safer, one.

A few weeks before this incident some, specially chosen, residents had to attend a fire fighting course a few days later. My name was on the list as was the name of the lady whose cottage was nearly set alight. She was teased mercilessly!

Anyhow, we all learned about types of fires and how, and with what, to extinguish them. We all had a turn at using a dry foam extinguisher as well as a regular fire hose and the BIG heavy fire hose. It was quite a laugh to see the frail holding onto the hose and backed up by another frail resident so as not to be thrown around when the water came squirting out!

fire 2

So, now you see that this Village is not for the fainthearted and there’s always some excitement!

Crime comes to the Village


Just when one thinks one is safe living in a guarded Village something happens to bring one down to earth with a mighty bump.

One cottage, just four doors down from me, was broken into while the resident was out shopping and both her flat screen TVs, one in the lounge and the other in her bedroom were stolen.

I had just stepped out from the office, where we had had a residents meeting, when this lady came up to me to tell me that her tvs had been stolen while she was out. She reported the theft to the Village manager, who called the police and told the security guard at the gate to search every car or truck leaving the Village.

14 of our cottages lie near the boundary wall between the Village and the street running alongside. Everyone who could went directly to search in between the shrubs and bushes which grow against that wall. We checked the barbed wire on top of the wall to see if we could find a section which could have been cut or flattened to gain access and/or escape. We didn’t find anything.

We cannot think why this particular cottage was “chosen” for the robbery and we are now very concerned if this was not perhaps an inside job.
Our staff cannot leave without being searched at the gate and they need to have an officially signed letter from a resident if they have been given anything by that resident to take home.

It made me rethink my insurance policy. I had thought to cancel the “content of the cottage’s” portion of my policy and just keep the insurance for the car as the premiums are getting a bit high, but now I won’t do that.

It is a very worrying situation especially this time of the year when residents will have made plans to go away over Christmas. I will suggest that the night-guard must know which cottages or flats will be unoccupied during the Christmas season, but is that such a good idea??? Maybe not.

Trying out my photographic skills

There are so many bloggers who post the most beautiful pictures, that I thought I’d try my hand at taking a few different pics as well.
We were at the local RC church in Bryanston for a Christmas lunch for the pensioners in the area.
I took a few pictures of the stained glass windows and these two came out the best.



The lunch was very enjoyable: cold cuts of chicken, ham and beef with a variety of salads and a good choice of drinks, champagne, wine or fruit juice. Desert was presented in tall glasses: strawberries, blue berries in cream with a meringue on top. It was a very festive occasion.

Each person received a small gift and the tables were decorated in the spirit of Christmas. I should really have taken a few pics of that, too. Will do so next year. ;-)