Monthly Archives: May 2013

Another story

Gloria is a Xhosa woman who comes to our house on Wednesdays to do some extra cleaning and ironing. She’s painfully shy, intensely god-fearing and scarily hard-working. Which means she doesn’t say much, she is sometimes fasting when she comes … Continue reading

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Diary of a pregnancy – part I

Mid-December. Roughly 3 weeks: Wedding. Not aware that I’m pregnant. Top button pops off my wedding dress, and there are some flattering comments about cleavage. We put this down to my wonderful dressmaker. Few days later. Roughly 3 1/2 weeks: … Continue reading

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Ina May Gaskin

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Oranges, lemons and limes

It’s been a busy time around here, but also filled with abundant surprises. This is a picture of a small lemon tree that stands in a barrel at the end of the garden. The lemon tree struggles a bit: I … Continue reading

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A can of baby worms

When you’re pregnant, my mom always said, it seems like the whole world is having babies. And, indeed, it’s been a year of babies around here: all three of my sisters-in-law are currently either pregnant or nursing freshly minted newborns, … Continue reading

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Kolya’s 5th birthday

Kolya turned 5 at the beginning of May. We celebrated with a small braai with friends and family.

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One month…

Today is the 7th of May. This morning I flicked through my diary. Since 7th April, we have… sold a house, bought a house, rented an in-between house… undergone two baby scans and a slightly scary screening test that spanned … Continue reading

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