2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Things that make up me…Thursday special

I did my piece of writing for

It’s write easy

last Friday about things that make up you/me

I feel I want to share this piece of writing and also an old clipping from 1973.

1.Things that make up me…


1972 – starting a new year, in an unknown town  and a whole new way of living for me.

After coming back from an awesome 3 weeks of touring South America I had to leave my parents home and start a whole new life on my own.I had been living and teaching for four years from home near Pretoria.

I got a  teaching job in Potgietersrus,starting January 1972. My first year there I had to stay in the hostel as part of my contract. Coping with teaching grade 2 in English(me as an Afrikaans speaking person) and looking after children in the hostel stretched my nerves to the full.

The hostel had two floors. The ground floor was the easy floor. Children from farmers who lived too far out of town were hosted there. They always went home during weekends.

The first floor had children from Johannesburg or Die Rand who were taken away from problem parents. They never went home during the term. They could only go home July holidays and then December. These poor children had many problems. They were from broken and poor homes.

Why I am writing about 1972 and my first year in Potgieterus has a twist!

On Facebook, I am taking part in, posting a photo a day. A topic is given for each day of the month. Monday the topic was trees. Someone posted a photo of a dead tree next to  Moorddrift monument. The camel thorn tree burned down some years back. A young tree is already growing there, very slowly There is a historical background to these trees. There were two big thorn trees growing on the side of the Nyl River. It was a good spot to camp for the group of Voortrekkers-Pioneers. During the night/day a nearby tribe came and killed the whole group. There were 6 children in the group. These childrens heads were bashed against  the two trees killing them. This is why the trees are historical importance.

May,1973 I took my std 1 class to this monument and gave them a lesson on the historical background on the moments there. A magazine, Die Landbouweekblad took a photo of us with the two big trees still growing at that time.

I told the person who posted the dead tree, about this picture. She asked me if I could show it to her.  After some digging in my boxes which I haven’t unpacked yet, I found the clipping and I sent it to the lady who posted it on Facebook.

I am very proud of myself because I first had to scan the picture and upload it to my computer, then I had to upload it onto facebook.

Now I am going to paste it onto my blog too!

Moorddrift doringboom

The one in the green dress is me!


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Daar is ‘n verre land
‘n Land van lief en leed
Waarin ons veel te veel onthou
En bitter min vergeet.

Daar is ‘n verre land
In ruimte en in tyd
En soveel wat ons daarin doen
Lei net tot selfverwyt.

Daar is ‘n verre land
‘n Land met net ons twee
Na elke uur wat ons daar was
Is daar nog steeds heimwee.

Daar is ‘n verre land
‘n Land van spieëls en glas
Die stempels in ons paspoort wys
Dat ons eens burgers was.

Na daardie verre land
Bestaan geen roete meer
Paspoort en visum het verval
En daar is geen terugkeer.


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Something NEW

I am smiling from ear to ear

and can’t stop !


on Wednesday!

Also a new cell phone!

It feels like a birthday or

like Christmas in April to me!

Here is my newbie!


Lunar Eclipse – Blood Moon

Awesome photos!



Tonight we have had solar eclipse.  Now we have a blood moon.

I don’t have a tripod which made it rather hard to get sharp photos.  As the moon got covered it also got harder to actually focus on it as well.  I ended up using a pillow on a tall fence with the zoom out to 624.  There are obviously better photos around but here is my humble effort.  If anyone has some ideas on how to improve my photos I would love to hear them.













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Final watermark for blog

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A to Z Challenge : O for Outback

This is worth seeing!

Memories are made of this

The road travels endlessly to the horizon The road travels endlessly to the horizon

2010 was a good year in the Australian Outback, the rains had fallen on the usually dry and barren land and the shimmering  silver of the Mitchel grass plains stretched to the horizon to meet the relentless blue of the sky. It is an unforgettable sight.

It was the year we travelled round Australia. Photographs cannot convey the splendour and immense beauty of this land. The emptiness and vastness, the feeling of isolation, it is a land that must be experienced.

The life giving windmill The life giving windmill

As sun sets we find a place to camp among some spindly gum trees and listen to the quiet whirring of the windmill as it draws the life-sustaining water from deep in the earth. We drift to sleep under a huge canopy of stars.

For thousands of years the Aboriginals lived in harmony with the Outback. I came across this inspiring YouTube as I searched…

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Women’s Day

Thank you!

Flickr Comments

Today, on International Women’s Day, as a father of two daughters, I want to mention that I’m sad that in some countries women are treated without respect. My two daughters, grown up, with children, yet have the ability to unfold professionally: one is a banker in Munich, the other doctorate architect in Berlin.

caring for the kids
photo above: my daughter, Dr. B.F., takes a break, singing for the kids…
The seemingly largest disregard vs. women maybe is currently in India, so once again my link to the women’s rights activist Rita Banerji in Calcutta:
flickrcomments: on India’s gendercide of women

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8 March

This gallery contains 6 photos.

Originally posted on The World Is A Book…:
For various post themes in 2013, I acknowledged three remarkable women. Coincidentally, their great contributions are spread in three different fields–Madame Curie in the sciences, Ping Fu in computer technology, and Malala…

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