Friday, September 30, 2016


Hello my darling Em,

Whenever you come to our house we try to go for a walk around the block before playing all sorts of indoor games.  Sometimes we play camping and we have sleeping bags and make a tent using the chairs.  Other times we play dress up games.  You like to put on a sparkly top and a long scarf, an Egyptian green box hat with a chiffon scarf.  I follow you around as your sister or servant!
When you came a couple of weeks ago you wanted to paint my face so we did face-painting before going for our walk.

September 16 was the Sunflower bandana day.  You looked gorgeous in your purple bandana which you were allowed to wear to school.  The Sunflower Fund raises money and awareness for a bone marrow registry for people suffering from illness like leukemia (a type of blood cancer) so you did your part to help the fund.

Mark works for a company called Derivco.  He's been there for 10 years and on 20th September they had a wonderful 20 year anniversary celebration at Crusader's Sports Club.  You can watch a video here.  We saw you and your Mom and Dad briefly in the video.

In the September holidays you and your Mom and Dad went to Johannesburg to spend time with Jeff and Gail.  Here you are with Abby and come lovely cupcakes in Gail's kitchen.  It is Gail's birthday on 5th October so you had a little celebration for her in Johannesburg and we had a braai for her in Durban.

You and Craig at the restaurant near Gail's house

You love being out on the river on Jeff's barge.  You looked great in this pirate's hat

Mark left on Monday to fly home but you, Tammy and Gail flew back two days later.  Gumpy and I fetched you from the airport and took you home.  It was my turn to meet you with a 'Welcome Home Emily' poster with hearts and rainbows!  I also bought you and Gail a balloon - a pretty girl balloon for you and a Happy Birthday balloon for Gail.

It is your 8th birthday next month and this year your favourite is My Little Pony.  I'm looking forward to your birthday next month!


Saturday, September 17, 2016


Hello my darling Em.
When you came to our house the other day you had to practise your poem for a Speech day at school.  We took a video of you doing the poem and I must say that you did it wonderfully! 
At school, the adjudicator gave you this report with an A !!  Well done my darling!
It was my birthday on the 6th August.  We booked a table for lunch at the Chez Nous restaurant in the Westville Junction.  When we arrived we were taken to a table that was beautifully decorated with pink serviettes, sparkles, flowers and party masks.  You and your Mom had gone there earlier to decorate the birthday table!  Thank you so much - it made it a very special birthday lunch for me.

Tammy bought me a red velvet cake which we had as dessert. 
You helped me to blow out the candles.

You had a play-date with one of your oldest friends - Tayla.  You and Tayla have known each other since you were born and when Patty was living in Cowies Hill you had many play-dates together.


They held a cultural evening of music and poem at your school.  I was sad that we didn't go to it but Mom sent us these lovely photographs of you during the concert.

You and Muffy have fun!  Gail has a pram for her little Abby and you put Muffy in this pram and walk her around the house!

Oh dear Em!  You were playing with Mark on the bed when you fell off and caught your big toe, cracking it from underneath.  You had to wear a moon boot for a while and when you came to visit us we put you in Patty's old wheelchair s that you could move around the house. 
Muffy enjoyed the ride as well!

It didn't take you long to start walking on the moon-boot and then in takkies.  You were able to help me plant seedlings in the vegetable garden. You are such a brave girl Emily - an inspiration to us all.

We went to the bottom of the garden to visit Jenna and Carling.  You were very upset because the heavy rains had covered the stone over Carling's grave with sand. 
"I have to get the sand off, granny" you said, and started to dig away the sand with your hands.  I'm sure that, wherever they are, Jenna and Carling are watching over you!

 Mhwaaaa ... love you!