Monday, May 8, 2017

APRIL 2017

My darling, precious Em,

What a busy holidays you had this month!  You had a school fun day.

It was warm enough for you to swim and we spent some time playing on the big lilo your folks bought you for Christmas.

We went to Tembe Elephant park the first weekend in April  It was a combined birthdays and anniversaries celebration.  Gumpy's birthday is on 8th April, our wedding anniversary on 12th April, Sharon's birthday on 29th April, your Mom and Dad's anniversary on 2 May, your Dad's birthday on 15th May, Mom's on 24th, Greg's 26th and Sharon and Greg's anniversary on 30th May.  Only you and I have birthdays in different months.

You enjoyed the Game Drives, even when the elephants almost surrounded the vehicle and we had to keep very quiet and not move.  They had a tiny baby and all the adults were protecting it.

You also enjoyed the school group choir that come to give us a show on Saturday night.  You got up and danced with the lead dancer as he lead them in song.

The next day we saw lions at the waterhole.  The mother has a collar and the three cubs stayed close to her most of the time.

Tom Mahamba is the Hospitality Manager at the camp and one of the head guides.  He know every plant, insect, bird and animal you find in the park.  He can also jump very high from a standing position and you were really impressed with that!

Out in the park with Vusi, our game guide for the weekend.  He let you help with the coffee and teas.

Then you had to go for your treatment.  You are very brave and you don't even whimper when they put the port into your hand.

You and your folks flew to Johannesburg and spent a week with Gail, Jeff and the boys.  You followed Craig around the Golf course.

But you had the best time at the river with your cousins and friends.

 You lost another tooth!

 These are the neighbours' puppies

You and your Dad on the big rubber tube


On the way home you got to sit in the pilot seat

We were so happy to see you that we made you a welcome home sign
 when we fetched you from the airport.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

MARCH 2017

Hello darling Em,

What a busy month you've had!  Swimming gala, drama, dancing, fancy dress, sports, uncle Steven came to visit .... phsew, every week was something!

                              You were a girl from the country in your Wellies and straw hat.

 And then you wore the lovely ethnic Zulu outfit Gogo gave you to a fancy dress

You did well at your swimming gala

 Uncle Steven came to visit and we all went out with Jeff and Gail, Denis and Rita, 
Laura and Gavin to Chez Nous in Westville

I had a small operation to my left knee to release a tight band called the ITB.  I can't dance with you or do taining walks for a few weeks but will soon be back to walking around the block with you.

 Gumpie and I went to iMfolozi for a weekend.  While we were in the park the clutch on the X-trail came loose and we had to have the car towed to Richards Bay.  Your Dad offered to collect the car from the garage there on Saturday and you three spent the night with us at iMfolozi in a 5-bed cottage.  The next day we went Game viewing in your car.  It was fun being with you all in the park!

At the last assembly you were called up for a special certificate!  You also won the 'Teacher's Helper' badge during the term.  We are all so pleased that you are having fun this year, Em.  You have done so well that you no longer have to go to Speech or to Remedial, unless there are new things that you need help with.

Now - imagine this!! Mom and Dad want to do a family walk on the Camino next year in the July holidays!  Gail wants to go with, and Brian and Craig.  We'll wait and see how many people actually join the walk next year.  But int he meantime you are walking-training and when you come to our place we allow you to walk slowly on the treadmill, under supervision.

You will be spending a week in Johannesburg with Jeff and Gail during the Easter holidays and I know that you are looking forward to that.

Lots and lots of hugs and kisses my darling!


Darling Em,

You had a busy month with Kevin and Jacks visiting with their baby Riley, school parties, and plays.

The modern take on a little girl reading the baby a story - from your Doodle Pad!

In February Gumpie and I celebrated 50 years of going steady!  We have been married for 48 years but have been together since 1967.

You made a fabulous pirate!

And just look how cool you were for this photo-shoot!

Whenever you come to visit you always ask if you can visit the doggies - Dax, Josie and Peach - who belong to Delano and Jacques.  They live in the flatlet.   Josie is you favourite because she doesn't jump as much as Dax and Peach is inclined to keep to herself.  I also love Josie the best.  She is a submissive little girlie and loves to be cuddled.

Of course, you often bring Muffy to visit as well but she isn't really interested in the other dogs.  She likes to go out and say hello but then she wants to come straight back inside again.

I think Patty is smiling in heaven when she sees you, Mark and Tammy with Muffy and I think she is especially happy when she sees you and me taking Muffy for walks around the block.

I love you Miss Emily - I love you more than Jelly Tots!

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Happy, happy New Year Emily Ann!

I am wishing you a wonderful year, full of happiness, love, friendship, achievement and good times.

It is 2017 and this year you will be 9 years old.  When I started this blog in May 2008 I did not imagine that I would still be writing for you 9 years later!

You started school in a new classroom with a new teacher, only 3 girls and 9 boys in your class.  You have made new friends and still play with your old friends at breaks.

You will join a drama class and will also continue with dancing on Saturday mornings as well as swimming, OT, Physio and remedial so you are going to have a busy year but much of it will be during school time.  

Lucy has been you favourite 'Baby' for while now.  She has lovely clothes, can eat and wet her nappy. 

In this photograph you look like a grown up Disco-Queen!

You are looking forward to Kevin and Jackie will be visiting you guys next month with their baby Ethan.

Thank you for visiting last week.  I love having you here, playing with you and spending time with you.

Big hug my BFF!!