Wednesday, July 28, 2010
But today when my phone rang it was none of those things.
Niave has been off school for 2 days with a bad cough and went back today so I thought that the school was calling to tell me that she wasn't feeling well or was coughing a lot BUT no, they were calling to tell me that although Niave was fine and in their possession, she had in fact climbed over a fence (a high fence topped with barbed wire) and disappeared.
She had apparently liked the idea of going to play at her friends house and so the 2 of them carried a ladder to a place where there was a tiny gap in the barbed wire hidden behind some bamboo plants. They had then climbed over into the grounds of Greenfield (Abigail's school) which is on the other side of the fence.
Now this is when a set of 3 circumstances conspired against us, the back gate of Greenfield had a broken lock and so they were able to get out and walk down the driveway that leads to the road. The gate at the end of the driveway had a broken motor and so was not closed and the security guard who usually sits there was showing somebody around the premises so they just waltzed freely out into the big, wide, scary world.
They walked along, apparently hand in hand, crossed a road and were found quite a way down the road. (For those of you who know where Barkly house is, they were almost at St. Lukes Hospice.)
They had the teachers at her school and Greenfield in an absolute state searching everywhere and Niaves teacher was in tears.
Fortunately they were found unharmed but the list of possible disasters is long and rather frightening: death and abduction being right at the top.
While I went about the afternoon doing things like cook the supper, supervise homework etc. I pondered the events of the morning and wondered what had made her do such a dangerous thing and then I realised that it runs in the family and she is only following in the footsteps of her uncle who 39 years ago left home 3 days before his 3rd birthday to catch a train to fetch his new bicycle! My mother found him at the station!
So, all's well that ends well but it is a wake-up call for everyone who is in charge of children whether they be your own or somebody else's, sometimes small children have big plans and they are much more resourceful than we think. I once heard of a little boy who drowned in his own swimming pool because he propped a plank up against the fence and climbed over. Even though his parents thought they'd taken enough precautions to keep him from drowning.
By the time I got to school to fetch her I'd had a little time to calm down and when I saw her my first thought was "She kept her warm top on the whole day"!! So she can listen and she did listen to that instruction that I gave her this morning.
I am so thankful that she came to no harm and I pray that she will have learnt a very important life lesson today and have enough sense not to do it again.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Anyway, back to the post then.
Friday, July 23, 2010
This is: cheesy grin, wow that light is very bright and enough already with the bright light!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This is winter people!!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
They can enter any photo/photo's that were taken at the soccer festival.
As I had taken quite a few we printed out a collage and Abigail made a frame for it.
The enlargement was on a half price special so it ended up being really inexpensive.
We were also able to laminate it as my parents have a laminating machine!
This was her entry:
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Another amazing thing about him is his size! I have met him once when I still taught at Valley, he did some school visits and that was one of them.
He is a big man. Tall, and he has enormous hands! That was the thing that stood out the most for me that day!! He has really big hands, and seeing as he was a boxer in his youth/young adulthood, I am glad I was not on the receiving end of those fists!!
Anyway, quite a few years ago this day, 18th July became "Madiba Day" and is celebrated around the world. A couple of years ago they also started the "67 minutes" campaign.
The 67 minutes represent the 67 years that Mandela worked actively for South Africa - either as the leader of the struggle against apartheid or as the President and also includes his 27 years in prison.
- packets in hand!
It didn't take long to find something to pick up.
Some things required gloves - eeeewwww!
It was a team effort!
Niave had a little rest and surveyed her collection of trash as if it was a treasure!!
At 4pm we returned home with 5 bulging bags of litter. Okay, so we only did 60 minutes, I'm sure it's not too much of a problem!It really is quite appalling to see just how much litter there is, we didn't do a very big area and found so much. It's really so simple to hold onto whatever it is that needs throwing away until you find a bin. Hopefully Abigail and Niave will have a better understanding of this concept now and not become litter-bugs.
So, what did you do for your 67 minutes today?
Friday, July 16, 2010
This squirrel was really close, I am not zooming in! He/she loved the white bread that Abigail put down and was not frightened of us at all.
The weaver birds were very busy and not interested in food at all, it was all about finishing those nests!If you look closely at this picture you can see a white billed duck sitting on a nest. After a while she couldn't resist the temptation and left her nest to get some bread.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
A very tired girl - notice the time on the clock!
Fortunately they did not have to go to school the next day, I on the other hand did! Abigail woke up at about 9:00 and Niave at about 10:00 - unheard of in this house! Of course I was not able to take advantage of their one and only late sleep - I was up and ready before 8:00!!
So now the World Cup is over - there is no more soccer to watch, whatever are we going to do?!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Dad's can be so easily twisted around a little girl's finger!! But we have enjoyed the world cup and hopefully he will be a reminder of it as time goes on.