Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Well, well, well...... what did I tell you about not knowing what life has in store for you!

You are moving to a new home in the Mt Edgecombe Golf Estate at the end of the month.  How wonderful for you and your parents!  It is a gorgeous place to stay, safe, secure, leafy roads to ride your bike on, a swimming pool, great restaurant and I'm sure you will make new friends there too!
All the houses have green roofs and are painted white.  
They don't have burglar guards, security gates or alarm systems.  

We attended the 3rd grade parents and grandparents assembly this month. You had to go up for the trophy for taking the most newspapers to school.  You saved 5 trees!  Well done Emily!

While your Dad was in England, you and Mom had a sleep over at our house and we went to sundowners next door.  You took this photo of Oscar with sunglasses on!

The next day we went to the new Farmers Market at Shongweni.  It was a lovely morning, looking at all the stalls and patting all the dogs.  We had breakfast there too.

Mom sent us this photo of your maths test.  Well done Em!

 On Saturday 24 February, Greg and Sharon, Gumpie and I helped you to move boxes from Anthony Mews to your new home at 18 Ryder Drive, Mt Edgecombe Golf Course 1

We all had a turn on your swing that hands from a high branch.  Even Sharon had a turn!

Mark went to the local SPAR and bought sandwiches and drinks for everyone. There were no chairs so we sat on the 'stoep' and had lunch outside. You sat on your drum stool.
You slept at Anthony Mews on Sunday and the removal lorry moved all your furniture Monday 26th February.  You came home on Monday and did your homework at the dining table in your new kitchen.
I know that you are going to be happy in your new home.  When Dad has to go away overseas, he will feel much happier knowing that you and your Mom are in a secure and safe place.

Lots of kisses and hugs!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Hello my darling Emily!

It's a New Year and the last few months of your first decade.  We never know what exciting things a New Year has in store for us.  New friends, visits to different places, family moving to Durban, more get-togethers and holidays.  A new teacher and a new year at school.  You must embrace them all

Playing in the snow at the Ice Show

You love being a part of the family sundowners at Greg and Sharon's on a Friday night.  Everyone brings a plate or two of snacks and we all share.  You won't remember, but we used to get together at Patty's house for family bring-and-share.  It is wonderful to be a part of a family with aunties, uncles, grannies and grandpas.  And, also with our furry family like Leo and Oscar, and Muffy.

You had a fund day at Elizabeth's birthday party at Hazelmere Dam

Mom and Dad decided to surprise you with tickets to the Katy Perry concert in Johannesburg in July.  Mom cut up pieces of a puzzle and hid them with clues to where to find all the pieces.  When you found them all, and put the pieces together, it spelt 'KATY PERRY'!  

You went back to school on 17 January and this year you've got a lovely 
teacher - very kind and who likes to give praise and hugs!
 Your Dad had to have go to the hospital to have a small procedure on his elbow

You were fine until you got to school but then you burst into tears.  Awe, my darling - your lovely teacher gave you a hug and let you phone him using her phone.  What a kind teacher you've got this year.  Dad was out of hospital by afternoon and then a week later he flew to London for a week's conference.

Usually I am the one who plays dress-up with you but this time 
Gumpie put on your Egyptian hat for fun!

Em - Gumpie and I love you very much and we are wishing you a wonderful year, lots of loving, lots of friends, lots of fun and a good year at school.  We know that you always do your best.  Big hugs darling.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Hello my darling Em,

You had a wonderful December holidays and did many fun things.  Jeff and Gail were able to stay in their house in Simbithi (which they have been renting out but will move into in June/July next year).

 Brian and Richard were also there, and Tibby.   Jackie, Mason,Trevor and Christina also stayed for a few days so you had lots of family to play with.

 You and Christina doing each others' make up
 On the beach with Christina and Tibby
 Poor Tibby was stung when a big blue bottle (Portuguese Man of War) 
wrapped itself around her body, arms and legs.  The blue bottles usually appear 
when the wind is north-easterly
 Cute 'Babes'
Face painting at Bot Gardens Trail of Lights

 The talking tree

Trail of lights
We had Christmas day at our house and you got the biggest surprise of your life when, after we had all opened presents, Mom and Dad took you outside to show you your main present - a beautiful pink and blue tricycle!
 Christmas at the 'Welcome Inn' aka Granny and Gumpie's house

 Three pretty elves on Christmas day

 Emmy, it is usually at this time of the year that add in a few Time-Line bits of information for the year.  This was a big year for you because you repeated Grade 11 and have been promoted to Grade 111 next year - well done my darling!

Around the World in 2017

  • On 20 January Donald Trump became President of the United States of America
  • February:  Joost van der WestHuizen, one of the most beloved Springbok rugby players, died at age 45 after a long struggle with MND
  • A veteran of the struggle in South Africa, Ahmed Kathrada, died in March
  • The Gupta Leaks and President Jacob Zuma's involvement with them reveal massive corruption.
  • A devastating fire in Knysna destroys home, farms, animals and forests
  • The 8th motion of No Confidence in President Zuma fails
  • President Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years of ruling Zimbabwe
  • The ongoing drought in Cape Town leaves people with severe water restrictions
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is the new ANC president

And finally, Emily Nilsen grew 4cm in 2017!!

Love you baby-girl and wishing you a wonderful, peaceful, happym healthy, prosperous 2018.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


My darling Emily-Ann,

We went to your dancing concert last month - it was fabulous!  Mom sent me this photo of you which I wanted to include in this post.

 We also went to your drama concert at the Durban Technikon.  You were part of a scene doing a belly dance and you also told your jokes in between scenes!  At the end of the show you received this certificate.  We were so proud of you we gave you a bunch of red roses - and one rose to the little girl who was the princess in the play.

We've had a braai at Dennis and Rita's home in Kloof.  You and I play and draw and sometimes we just sit and talk.  You are becoming quite the little lady and enjoyed sitting on Dennis' bar stool.

We also go to Sundowners at Greg and Sharon's on a Friday night.  
On this night you and Gumpie had a Grandpa-Grand-daughter special moment!

 By the way, Mom sent me this photo a bit late.  This is 'Lucy' the talking, singing, dancing doggie you bought with your birthday money.  She can do rock n roll, hip hop and other dances.

At your school you were awarded a certificate

And this is your art corner in your class.  I think I'm going to make a poster of these and 
frame it to hang on the wall in my office!

Christmas is coming and you are going to have a sleep over when your Mom and Dad go to the Derivco Christmas dinner.  I'm really looking forward to that!  

Love you lots like Jelly-Tots - much much more than Smarties!

Granny Syl ♥