Some are my favourite pics and some tell a story …. from 27 years ago !!
January : Daniella’s Christening (my brother Ian, and Kathy’s gorgeous baby girl) She screamed all the way through the photo ‘shoot’ 🙂 ..
My Mum and Dad with all their grandchildren … (baby Daniella, now exhausted, fast asleep in Granny’s arms)
Elaine and her Granny cooling down in our pool … (can’t believe how lovely and blue it is … it desperately needs a scraping down and new gunite)
Giving kisses 🙂
April : Elaine’s first yummy choccie Easter egg
She loved her red cart. Put all sorts of things in it, including Suzie ..
May : Feeding dolly in the warm winter sun which streams through the lounge windows (don’t think this dolly had a name – it was my old doll!)
Playing with fallen autumn leaves with big sister …
July : Mum visiting from Zimbabwe …
Feeding ducks at Zoo Lake …
July : Elaine’s first seaside holiday – we rented a house in Salt Rock and swam at Umhlali Beach every day
Love this picture …
Carl tried his hand at fishing. Was determined to catch a fish !!!! He got advice from the local fishermen as what bait to use, how to cast, where to cast etc. To no avail .. not a nibble!!!
.. and we all sat patiently watching .. and waiting … and waiting !!!
Daddy and daughter moment ..
I have blogged about ‘dad and daughter special moments’ … same daughter, 20 years later !!! … at Ballito, just a few kilometres down the coast
Our last day was cloudy and windy so we went for a drive up and down the coast. That’s when we discovered Ballito’s magnificent flat beach (as it was in those days). We were hooked !! That was going to be our next family holiday destination … and it was, for the next 20 years or so!!!! As a toddler, Elaine loved the flat sand and long gentle waves. We loved it too .. we didn’t have to hold onto her!!! Ballito was a lovely village in those days. Convenient shopping for perishables within walking distance and not jam-packed with holiday-makers were the main attractions for us. We used to take a trailer loaded with everything we needed, limiting our shopping on holiday. Holiday apartments were at a minimal with vacant land in-between. As years went by, we watched open spaces invaded with building after building, large shopping centres built further inland making it necessary for using the car to buy basics and lots more people!!! And .. the beach has never been the same as it was in those early days 😦
August : I’m holding Daniella (8mths old) Elaine didn’t suck a dummy or thumb but two fingers at first .. then just one, her forefinger. A habit that was difficult to break
Great way to begin the ‘terrible twos’ !!! Note her bandaged left hand. She burnt the entire palm with a hot iron. In a split second (as every parent knows that’s how quick accidents happen) she grabbed the iron, but as it was heavy for her, she used the left hand to hold it – on the base of the iron. It was very badly burnt but healed quickly with daily visits to our doctor for treatment and redressing. She was left with no scarring at all! Perfect left hand!
Best 2nd birthday prezzie ever !!! A plastic ‘motorbike ‘ !!!
Our beautiful children …. ages 16, 13 and 2 years 🙂
I notice she’s wearing the same clothes in many photos ! she had other clothing 😉
October : Giving our dog Dennis a big love
Elaine’s little cousin is getting bigger 🙂
November : I used to buy fresh farm veggies and eggs on a weekly basis at a farm stall on this small-holding … and extra carrots for the ponies and donkeys. This area is now built up with housing, shopping centres and office parks (Elaine still remembers going there to feed the horses and donkeys)
December : a cardboard box house !!! Ta daaa !!!
Decorating the door What concentration!!
Christmas time !!!!!!! Yay !!!