About me

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I was born in the Netherlands and migrated with my parents to South Africa. I lived in South Africa for 57 years and am now living in New Zealand.  In March it is going to be my third year in N Z. I love it to be here, save and sound. I studied to become a teacher and have  more than 36 years teaching experience. Wow, sounds like a lifetime.

I have a best friend and mate here. His name is Trompie and he is a miniature Schnautzer.

Here he is with me , about 9 months.Trompie and me

133 comments on “About me

  1. Oh, what a stunning photo of you and Trompie! He is so adorable!
    I must just thank you for all your lovely comments and I am so glad we met on WordPress. 🙂

  2. good morning, nice to meet you and Trompie. i’ve enjoyed to look around your blog, and thanks for the follow.. ; )

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  4. Good Morning, Ms. Scrapydo. I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Check it out: http://monahoward.com/2012/03/25/kreativ-blogger/

    When I wrote this, I forgot to include directions: 1) Include the image of the award on your post, 2) acknowledge the person who nominated you & link back to his/her blog, 3) write a list of things about yourself [usually it’s 7], 4) nominate 7 or more bloggers.

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  6. Hello Scrapydo,
    Kan ek in Afrikaans praat: Ek mis dit baie, om net te gesels oor dit en dat. Ek was ook vir 50 jaar in Suid Afrika en het baie stories wat nog diep in my hart bly; jou hondjie is oulik. Jou beste vriend, ne?
    Jy kan sien ek is nie Afrikaans , maar ek probeer om te onthou!

    • Hi, jy is meer as welkom om afrikaans te skryf. Ek smag party dae daarna om myself te kan uitddruk in afrikaans! Engels bly maar n aangeleerde taal vir my. Ek sit ook met die hoop ondervindings wat ek kan deel met ander dis hoekom dit nou n uitlaat klep vir my is om te blog. Het baie fotos om te deel ook.

  7. To tell the truth it is easier for me to write in English, which is my home language. From your blog I presume you trained and taught in Cape Town? I have never lived there but know it well.

    I will make time between days out at work to read your blog more thoroughly. I know we are safe, me in Uk, you in NZ, but I still yearn for the bits that you can never replace from old SA.
    The old SA.

    • I also don’t mind the English. Ek was nie in Kaapstad nie maar in Pretoria omgewing en het in Potgietersrus gebly vir jare! Daar skool gehou . I am a Transvaler or Limpopian!

  8. You have such a lovely blog! I discovered it while writing a post for my own blog. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading some more. Please keep posting!

    Warm regards,
    Mary from the Philippines

  9. What an interesting life you have led, and so many interesting places you have lived in. Trompie is very adorable! I loved New Zealand, and I think it would be a great place to live. I hope that you were not affected by the earthquakes there.

    • Thanks Naomi, it sure is very different than S A. I love it here in NZ. I am near Wellington the earth quakes are/were in Christchurch in the South Island.

  10. Awww, beautiful picture of you and your pup!! ❤ I have a bullydog Rikki myself. My avuncular older friend Michael is an American-born New Zealander, he loves it there so much…I'd love to go some day…*sigh*

    –Love and Liberation–


  11. Sounds familiar. Me and my dog. Thanks for checking out my blog. I love the way that blogging connects people who live on opposite sides of the world. Your schnauzer is a real cutie.

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  13. Trompie is adorable!!! Our best friend is also grey… but avian 🙂 Kuno, an African Grey parrot. He (and we) have lived with miniature schnauzers for many years, though none at the present. Kuno still calls the latest one, “Brew!” and barks and whistles. And says “dawg” whenever he sees one.
    Give Trompie a big hug for us!

  14. I have granted you the Most Influential Blogger Award. I hope you enjoy it. I can totally understand if you do not wish to participate. Please don’t be offended if yours an award free blog…I just wanted you to know that I think your blog is great.

  15. Dit is so interessant dat jy in Hastings bly! My seun werk daar en hulle bly in Napier. Ek sal seker so teen die einde van die jaar weer kom kuier en wie weet dalk kan ons vir ‘n koppie koffie ontmoet. Ek was ook ‘n onderwysers vir so 30 jaar en is mal oor handewerk, doen scrapbooking en hekel.

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  17. Eerder laat as nooit 🙂 Kom inloer om te sien wie is die vrou agter die “hondegesiggie” en nou verstaan ek!! Jy bly in ‘n poskaart; hoe lekker moet dit nie wees nie…. alhoewel ek in ‘n vorige blog geskryf het ‘n mens kannie in ‘n poskaart bly waar alles om jou net mooi is nie.

    • Dankie vir die inloer. Nou het ek darem geglimlag oor die poskaart! Daar is darem n agterkant ook wat nie te “lekker” is nie. Meer as driekwart is egter werklik n daaglikse belewenis. Om op te staan, te gaan stap en net rustig te bly is heerlik

    • Oorspronklik was dit nie bekend gewees todat Tina uitgevind het dis ekke. Nou sus sy my in die openbaar sodat almal weet ons is susters.( Het in begin lekker gespeel met die idee dat sy nie geweet het nie!)

  18. Reading through the comments I have a lovely sense of you as a warm person. Sounds like you have seen a lot in this world! I came to say thank you for the lovely comment you left today. It was one of the nicest I have ever received. I feel a little like I have a guardian angel on my walks now 🙂
    I was also looking for a name to address you by, but I guess Scrapydo will have to do. You’re a former Scooby fan? 🙂

  19. Hi Ineke,
    Iris from Wandering Iris invited me to be part of a Virtual Blog Tour, which I agreed to and will be posting on Monday, July 21. It is also my turn to extend an invitation to one or more people who’s work I’d like to introduce my readers/followers to. There are four questions to answer and you can also add your photos to the post. I would like to invite you to join the Virtual Blog Tour. You post would be on Monday, August 4 th. Please say yes, I love your blog and would like others discover your wonderful blog.

    • Wow, thank you for the invitation. I accept it with pleasure and will see how you do it. Have to say, that weekend is my sons wedding but I hope to be home that Monday to do the post!

  20. The Virtual Blog Tour is a relatively new project for bloggers. The rules are fairly simple:

    Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)

    What am I working on?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write/create what I do?
    How does your writing/creating process work?

    Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.
    Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post. Yours is August 4th

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