Blue and white

I love blue and white ..  from décor to flowers

Plumbago auriculata (blue – variety ‘Royal Cape’) and plumbago auriculata alba (white) .. in my garden

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Throwback Thursday : snippets from the 1960’s !!

I haven’t had time to go through all of the next year, being 1992, in my sequence of TBT.    Each year my photographs increased in numbers.  I thought of putting up one or two, but that’s as far as it went.

My cousin Peter, and his partner are out here from England, on holiday.  We haven’t seen each other since we were both in high school .. around 40 years ago!!!!!  It was wonderful seeing him and meeting his partner, even though we only had a few hours over a cup of tea to reminisce and catch up.  Definitely not long enough!!!    My parents, brothers and I often went down to the Natal coast on holidays, from Rhodesia, and always spent family time with our Aunt, Uncle and cousins.

Having touched on ‘the old days’ briefly, I took out my old photograph album today – my very first one (!)-  as I remembered I had a few photographs of our Natal cousins which I had taken with my very first camera, a Brownie 127 !!!    (which my children played with for many, many years and sadly ended up in the bin :(  )




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My other cousin, Gavin, and I grew up together in Bulawayo (he is on my mum’s side whereas cousin Peter is on my dad’s side).  We both were given our first cameras for Christmas 1961 so naturally as children do, we took photographs of each other with our brand new cameras !    And we clicked at exactly the same time !!!

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Must add this photograph of our home, Craigo, in Bulawayo, from my first page of the album .. also taken in 1961.   That’s my Mum’s car – a Morris Minor Traveller Station Wagon – it was dark green with a wood trim.  As children, we loved that car especially when we sat at the back with back doors wide open and legs dangling over the edge while in motion!!!!!!!  Horrors when I think of it now!!!!!  Even though Mum drove very slowly!!!   Bulawayo has large humps in the roads and we used to love it when she drove up and down the humps !!!!  We had to hold the back doors open and hope our fingers didn’t get squashed!!!   I grew up with boys – brothers and cousins – and had to do what they did!!!    (I think the dips were for rain water as another memory is of us getting stuck, in this car, in the middle of a dip with rain water up to the doors!!! – not with our legs dangling!!)

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Getting back to cousin Peter.  On this particular holiday, in 1964, we stayed at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, north of Durban.   In those days the hotel was a lovely family establishment, unlike now –  54 years later – it’s a luxury five-star hotel.  It was originally built in 1869 as a beach cottage and retained its name when it was converted into a hotel in the 1930’s …


Iconic lighthouse still operates today …


On Umhlanga Rocks beach .. my Mum and Dad in the middle, Auntie Marjie and Sally, Peter and Michael and our Granny (mother to my Dad and Marjie)

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Lastly in this group of photos, I am adding a photograph of the Rhodesia Castle docked in Durban harbour.   I remember feeling so excited to see a ship named after our country !!!

Rhodesia Castle (Union-Castle Line) built in 1951 – scrapped in 1967

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Wonderful memories !!!!

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Strange bedfellows !

Look what we found lurking on our bed this morning !!!   Yikes !!!!   Next to our pillows !!!!

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He must have come in for shelter last night out of the strong, swirling wind.

Sends shivers down my spine ~~~~~~~~


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Carl’s 40th birthday

My son turned 40 on Saturday !!    He wanted a casual relaxing day with friends and family.  It was perfect!   The venue:  Kaya Beach in Kempton Park.  We live in Johannesburg, nowhere near the sea but there is this amazing venue with white sand and benches.  You take your shoes off :)  … you relax … you enjoy … you eat … it’s fun … it’s differentes

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I found the glare from the white sand and cloudy skies was tricky for photos – if there’s a solution I don’t know it – hence the bright cake !!

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Carl is a Freemason and asked me to make a Freemason cake.   Googling toppings was daunting as most were in detail, some intricately so, and way beyond my capability.  I go for simple!!!    I want guests to eat and enjoy the cake (my usual choccie cake never fails!!!)   So this was the result … it was the first time I’d tried cut-outs made with fondant.  He was pleased .. he loved it :)

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Ian and Kathy flew up from Cape Town especially for his birthday.  Very special indeed :)

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Love this one of Carl and Nicole ..

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There is even a resident Springbok which has been hand-reared by the owners since she was born.  She thinks she’s a rooster though and follows them all around the large enclosure ..

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Bradley took a liking to the homemade bread …


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Carl and his ‘little’ sister …   (I took a photo of the two of them 10 years ago on his 30th – see previous blog post)

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Erin wanted one trick candle ..

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Helping hands for cutting the cake  ..

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Family photo time !!!!

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A rare photograph … hubby and I with our three children

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Love this one – also a very rare photograph – we never seem to take a photograph of our  three children together.  In fact the last time was at Carl and Nicole’s wedding 15 years ago !!!!

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Throwback Thursday : Ten years ago

My son, Carl, turns 40 on Saturday !!!   Forty!!   Four-oh!!   I will then have two children in their 40’s  !!   Holy moly!!

Ten years ago, Carl and Nicole were living in Durban and Nicole organised a surprise 30th birthday party for him.    Hubby, Elaine and I drove down for the weekend and stayed at a lovely B&B in Kloof.   Nicole’s parents also drove down for the weekend staying with friends so as not to give the game away.  Carl had no idea at all!

We all gathered at a restaurant in Durban and waited for the birthday boy :)    Both Carl and Nicole are paramedics and unbeknown to him, Nicole had organised for him to be on night shift  .. a long night ahead .. on his 30th birthday!!    Not the best way to celebrate a birthday, especially a 30th!!    The call centre was ‘ in ‘ on the evenings events and called his response vehicle to respond to an emergency at the restaurant.    Response vehicle outside with Carl leaping out and grabbing his medical kit to attend the ‘emergency’

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Surprise !!!!   No heart attack patient … friends and family instead  !!!

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I remember him being a little taken aback and it took a while for the penny to really drop.  There was no emergency.  He was NOT on duty.   He was NOT on night shift.  Nicole had a change of clothing.   He could relax and enjoy his birthday !!

Still a little stunned, he bid goodnight to his crew ..

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So pleased to see and hug his little sister ..

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Nicole’s Mum and Dad, and me, with Tanith .. Nicole’s partner in crime :)

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Sadly, those are the only photographs we have of that evening.

But, let me elaborate on the weekend.   We stayed in a wonderful B&B run by a super couple.  He was a tea taster and a very interesting chappie to chat to.  About a year or so after this, they sold their home and B&B

Our room was above the garage and Elaine’s attic room was in the main house ..

Collages171 Stunning view from the patio ..

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Next morning we drove to the other side of the ravine – B&B marked by *** ..

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The old Kloof Station where we had lunch on our arrival  ..



The day after Carl’s party we joined Carl, Nicole and her Mum and Dad for tea and birthday cake at C and N’s  house in Hillcrest, before spending a couple of hours at Ushaka Marine World in Durban ..

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Ushaka Marine World ..

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Feb 2005 - Carl's 30th

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Majority of the photos are taken with our first digital camera

Great memories my boy !!!    … and in two days time you’ll be turning 40 !!


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Connor turned 8 today!!

My youngest grandson is eight today !!  How time is flying!  Even though I am making his birthday party cake .. the party being on Sunday .. of course I cannot let his actual birthday go by without the usual ‘Granny speciality choccie cake’ with candles :)

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Happy Birthday my gorgeous boy xxx

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Throwback Thursday : 1991 highlights and favourites

Best of the bunch for 1991

January :   Picnicking at Hartebeespoort Dam (with Mum and Dad)

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Love this photo.  Carl was still determined to catch a fish!!   (he didn’t :() Elaine kept him company

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March :  Easter egg hunt !

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All looking rather satisfied with egg hunt!   Jeanette had a weekend student job in Woolies, hence the uniform …

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May :   My first carrots !!!

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June :    Jeanette’s 19th birthday

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Elaine and our lovable Dennis …

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July :  Elaine and Scampy

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Our family holiday in Ballito – July  :

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Elaine loved her cousin, Daniella!    She always wanted to take her by the arm or hand :)

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Kevin enjoying the wet sand …

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Keeping hubby fit .. either playing with a frisbie or bat and ball with Carl, who would rather play beach games than swim in the sea  …  hubby had to keep up !!!

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Littlies joined in the fun ..

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Maritime Museum – Durban Harbour

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At the wheel of the tug boat ..

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Carl on a mine sweeper ..

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Sea World at Durban’s beachfront.  Long since gone.  It’s now, Ushaka Marine World,  in another location in Durban …

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Rock climbing on rocks between Ballito and Thompson’s beaches ..

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Celebrating hubby’s birthday at Mike’s Kitchen, Umhlanga Rocks …  (he often had his birthday on our holidays)

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August :   Elaine’s 5th birthday

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Her birthday party with her playgroup friends ..

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September :   first time growing pretty poppies !!!

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December :    Elaine always decorated our Christmas tree.  She has passed the baton onto the Bradley and Connor :)

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Traditional ‘photo with prezzies at the tree’ – Christmas Eve …

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Christmas lights in Commissioner Street, central Johannesburg .. (a tradition no more sadly, I am certain.  We seldom venture into the city centre, especially at night)

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Christmas Day at Ian and Kathy’s … (Mum and Dad came for Christmas this year too)

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Father Christmas brought Barbies for the two girls ..

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Fun at Gold Reef City before the year comes to an end ..

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