Cutting it fine for a Thursday !!! We’ve been without power for hours today !!! Grabbing time on the computer was difficult
Jeanette was in Matric – last year of high school … Carl was in his first year of high school ….
January : girls sharing secrets
… and building towers …
February : Poor child .. only had a basin as a sandpit ! But it was genuine sea sand .. with shells!
March : “a day out at Sun City with my cousin Daniella”
My Mum and Dad were visiting for a few weeks around Easter time …
Yummm choccie Easter eggs …
May : Out for a breakfast to the Riviera Hotel on the banks of the Vaal River … (the era of the bright baggy jerseys !!)
There’s no child that doesn’t like playing in crunchy autumn leaves
Jeanette ready to go to her boyfriend’s Matric Dance. Dress made by me – (open all the way down the back) Wild bushy hair was very ‘in’ then 🙂
July : Our first, of many, Ballito holidays ..
A day out in Durban … at the beachfront …
Our gorgeous Jeanette (new bikini .. not tanned yet ;))
This is the only photograph I have of our morning tea/rumpus on our bed – sun streaming in the bedroom in the unit at Ballito. Morning tea in ‘mom and dads’ bed was a ritual while they were growing up … every morning!! I miss those days 😦
Japanese Gardens in Durban …
August : Elaine’s 3rd birthday. This is the only photo I have of Sina, our home/family helper, who joined us in 1977 and retired six months ago !!
Elaine didn’t have any little friends .. how sad is that 😦 .. so Daniella was the only one at her birthday. The following year she went to playgroup to interact with kiddies of her own age, instead of always been with adults
Yay .. birthday prezzie .. a new piano ..
September : A brand new baby cousin – Kevin
Jeanette’s Matric Dance … blind date (she didn’t like much at all) .. heels digging into soft wet ground … body language not good !! 🙂 But she had a ball that evening! Ditched the guy and had fun !!! She looks gorgeous!! (dress made by me)
October : My Mum and Dad were visiting again that year. Major decisions for them – they were in the throws of deciding whether to come down to South Africa to live. My Mum flew down to Cape Town to look at housing etc, leaving my Dad with us. In this photo he was drawing our house. He was in a bit of a tizz about the whole move and this helped to keep him calm. The decision to leave Zimbabwe was a bad one as it turned out. They in fact did move about 6 months later. By that time my Dad was spiralling down with depression. We were all hoping he’d be ok once settled in Cape Town but it didn’t happen. He went further and further into depression. A very difficult time for them and all of us. A long, long story
November : Kevin’s christening .. with Kathy’s Dad …
Our family, with our dog Dennis
December : Boxing Day : Kathy and Kevin
The cousins are growing …
Last piccie for 1989 – Elaine and ‘goldie’ the first of several goldfish!! Each one ending in a watery funeral down the loo to meet up and swim for forever more with all the other goldfish!!!