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Great Uncle Alexander Keay

What a surprise I got when, during our gym ladies Christmas lunch in November last year, November 11th to be precise, I received a cellphone call from my UK cousin Peter,  who was at that very moment awaiting the start of the ceremony … Continue reading

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Grizzly MacDuff

He doesn’t look all that grizzly, but he’s a look-alike to Grizzly MacDuff in the delightful series of Hairy Maclary books written for children by Lynley Dodd …          ” Grizzly MacDuff with a bottlebrush tail leapt out of his … Continue reading

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The Junction at Nottingham Road

The weather forecast for the Drakensberg, where hubby and I were off to for the last two nights of our holiday, was similar to what we experienced in the Midlands .. chilly and rainy.  Hubby needed another book and we … Continue reading

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Ladybird books are 100 years old

2015 saw the centenary anniversary of the Ladybird books.  I was under the impression that it was this year as I’ve recently seen related posts on Facebook and elsewhere, but in fact the first book was published in 1915.  “In 1940 … Continue reading

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‘The Wine Kingdom: Celebrating conservation in the Cape winelands’

It’s a book.   It’s a beautiful book.   And my first published images are in this book 🙂 🙂 🙂 A short intro ….   In November last year, when hubby and I were visiting family in the Cape, we decided to do a … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday : Memories and highlights – 1997

Sooo   …   let’s go back to some memories and highlights!   My last post on 1997 was Jeanette and Lance’s wedding in January.  After the wedding, we took my Mum, for a few R&R days, to the Mont-aux-Sources in the Drakensberg.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Reading homework with Connor

Connor’s reading today was about Biff, Chip and Nadim spending the half-term week with their Gran, but their teacher put a spanner in the works by giving them homework which was to write a nature diary.   Disappointed children said they … Continue reading

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