Throwback Thursday : highlights of 1981

Seems so long ago!!  Both Jeanette and Carl now at Big School !!

Carl's first day at primary school - Jan 1981


Sept 10, 1981 - Snow in Jhb

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Christmas in Salisbury - Dec 1981Mum and Dad had farming friends who encouraged my Dad to plant maize (mealies) at the bottom of their one acre garden.  I am pleased to report that his crop was amazing!!!   Well done Dad xxx

Dad in his 'mealie field' - Dec 1981

Basket seller - Salisbury Dec 1981


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Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway : Travel Reminiscences

10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009

Looking back to my posts on Ireland,  I missed Kylemore Abbey when I wrote posts on the Victorian walled garden on the grounds of the Abbey as well as the small Gothic church

Kylemore Abbey, on the banks of the Kylemore Lough, is sheltered by the slopes of the Twelve Bens.   Stunning setting !!!


It was built as a present for his wife by Mitchell Henry (1826-1911) who was a Manchester tycoon and later Galway MP.  The Henrys also purchased a huge area of moorland, drained the boggy hillside and planted thousands of trees as a windbreak for their new orchards and exotic walled gardens.  After the sudden death of his wife and daughter, Henry left Kylemore and the castle was sold


It became an abbey when Benedictine nuns, fleeing from Ypres in Belgium during World War I, sought refuge here.  They purchased the castle and lands in 1920 and established an international boarding school and a day school for local girls

The year after we were there, in 2010, the girls boarding school was closed and the nuns have been developing new education and retreat activities

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P1090420P1090418 P1090423 P1090424Gothic Church .. (see link above)


Victorian Walled Garden .. (see link above)

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Hubby and I had tea (and I think scones – it was so long ago) !!  in the tearoom where all the yummy goodies were made by the nuns, as well as all the pottery – all with fuschias hand-painted on them

P1090509  It’s such a gorgeous setting.  I love it.  Another place well-worth a visit …




We toured this beautiful part of Ireland … Connemara …  on the full day we had in Galway.  Leaving the city of Galway the following day we made our way through County Mayo towards our one-night stop in Sligo before heading back to Dublin … still to come ;)

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Throwback Thursday : our new home .. 1979

The week has flashed by and it’s Thursday yet again … it’s nearly Friday, but I still qualify for a Throwback Thursday post as I have two hours to go before ‘Cinderella time’  when Friday begins !!!

The homes we have lived in comes to an end in this post .. we still live here!!!  We started building in Weltevreden Park in late 1979 and moved into our new home in February 1980.  Foundations marked out …

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Jeanette and Carl on foundations  … which always look so small and compact compared to a house with walls separating rooms from rooms

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The kiddies peering through the serving hatch between dining room and kitchen

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My garden changes gradually as time goes by.  Trees grow providing shade and plants have to change accordingly.  Trees die or are chopped down to make way for a garage, or are diseased or struck by lightening (which has been the case most of the time) and accordingly, surrounding plants cope with the changes or are moved to other spots


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Exploring County Galway (or part thereof) : Travel Reminiscences

10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009

Map of Galway on previous post : I may repeat some scenic pics from breathtaking Connemara as featured in the 2009 post as it’s just amazing!!!



Clifden … P1090511P1090512-ClifdenP1090513P1090514P1090516P1090519Roundstone – a village well-known for a summer regatta of traditional Galway hookers (Galway’s traditional wooden sailing boats known as pucans and gleotogs – hookers in English.  They have broad black hulls, thick masts and white or rust-coloured sails)


Twelve Bens mountain range in distance ..

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Aughnanure Castle – a well-restored six storey tower house which clings to a rocky island on the River Drimneen

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Connemara National Park is made up of bogland, lakes and mountains in the heart of Connemara.  ‘Within its more than 2 000 ha (5,000 acres) are the four of the Twelve Bens, including Benbaun, the highest mountain in the range – 730m (2400ft).  It really is beautiful !!!  Lakes like mirrors  !!

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P1090374 (4)My next Ireland post will be Kylemore Abbey which, surprisingly enough, I haven’t done

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Galway, Co. Galway : Travel Reminiscences

10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009

Two years ago I wrote a blog post on the city of Galway, and previously, soon after we returned from our Ireland travels,  I wrote posts on driving through the beautiful Connemara National Park to Kylemore Abbey with it’s Gothic Church and restored Victorian walled garden.  I absolutely loved this area .. I think that’s the reason I chose to share this region first :)

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Hubby and I stayed for two nights at the centrally situated Park House Hotel in this ‘lively’ university city.  ‘Under the Anglo-Normans, it flourished as a trading post.  In 1396 it gained a Royal Charter and, for the next two centuries, was controlled by 14 merchant families, or ‘tribes’.  The city prospered under English influence, but this allegiance to the Crown cost Galway dear when, in 1652, Cromwell’s forces wreaked havoc.  After the battle of Boyne, Galway fell into decline, unable to compete with east-coast trade.  In recent years, as a developing centre for high-tech industry, the city’s profile as been revived.’ 

I’m not repeating photos but adding to our Galway experience through my lens ;)

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I had to drag Hubby up the stairs to the ‘Christmas floor’ in the ‘Wedgewood’  building ..

P1040872The River Corrib flows down from Lough Corrib widening out as it reaches Galway Bay ..






P1040830Collages119P1040831Cathedral of St Nicholas built in 1965, of local limestone and Connemara marble ..




Lynch’s Castle, now a bank, is still the grandest 16th century townhouse in Galway.  It was owned by the Lynch family, one of the 14 ‘tribes’



We sat, every evening during our entire trip, with our map sprawled in front  .. and drinks … deciding where to go the following day.  We had a basic plan but mapped out our route


!!!!!!!!!   .. in the hotel !





On our first evening there we popped across the road to the an pucan pub for pub grub and some Irish music.   On our second evening we had dinner in the hotel and had the most delicious haddock






Just west of the city is Salthill, Galway’s seaside resort …




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Next post in Ireland … out and about in County Galway

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Throwback Thursday : 1978/79

Is the earth spinning faster ?    It’s Thursday again !!!!   … and again, I say, it is such a pity that most of my photographs from the late 1970’s are very poor.   Poor quality film and developing :(

We moved from a rat infested cottage in Honeydew to a rented house in Randpark Ridge in April 1979.  Much bigger … much healthier !!

April 1978 - Rankdoring Road

In the distance is Randburg more-or-less central and Sandton City to the left ..

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The front garden had simple chicken wire fencing overlooking lovely natural bush scattered with Sugar Bushes (small protea trees).  This area is filled with houses now with only Loerie Park left as an open space.  On a regular basis cows were herded to and from their grazing area, to a small-holding not far from the house …

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There was a building boom in Johannesburg at that time and, at last we were able to build a home of our own .. not far from this house.  I had been working full-time for two years at this stage with helped tremendously

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Palest prettiest pink

Life is pretty hectic in our household at the moment.  The Verster family are doing a few renovations to their house and needed to move out for a couple of weeks so they moved in with hubby and I.   Sitting down to do a post hasn’t always had my full attention as the boys are still on school holidays ….

Yesterday was officially Spring Day and my garden is beginning to blossom, slowly but surely.  We haven’t had our early summer rains yet but plants are nature’s wonder, bursting into bloom .. new shoots .. new growth.  Naturally a stroll around my garden, with camera in hand, is a must !!!

Here is my gorgeous pale pink Iris …

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