Archive for January, 2013


I have received a PDF document from my sister with the words, ‘…you will be interested to follow up the links in this document and read more, as you like to write as well. I think it runs in the family.’  Well, yes, I like to ‘write’, but where is the time if you haven’t got it? I wish I had all the time in the world! When I read the following paragraph about what AP Brink said about Barend Toerien, I thought by myself, hey, but this is me too! I love mountains and hiking in the mountains – I’ve done several  trips in the Drakensberg and the Wild Coast. I am a qualified librarian teacher, who LOVES libraries and books! Last, but not least, I’ve done some translations… not really something to get excited about, but at least one poem that got published… Barend Toerien grew up in Porterville, the ‘home‘ of my Grandma.  It’s great to know about your relatives and what they have achieved, it makes you feeling better about yourself ….hehehe!! Ok, I am proud of him, to be honest. 

 Please click here to access the PDF, which is in Afrikaans only. This PDF contains a number of news articles from various newspapers about Barend Toerien and MC Toerien. Both were writers/poets. 



Uit: Momente (herfs)


Sê nou die koue maan

ruk hom los

en tuimel agter die trekganse aan?


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You will remember THIS entry of a few weeks ago about the snow and winter. Today was again a snowy day and this time, I had my camera with me!! Traffic was quite heavy on the small road I’m travelling, before I get on the main road. I couldn’t resist taking pictures, whilst sitting in the car, before moving on another car length, just to sit again for 5 min-10 min. To be honest, I didn’t mind the wait, as I could just sit – in awe. I couldn’t get enough of the beauty that surrounded me and thought to share it with you today! Enjoy with me these images and I hope you understand now why I got so excited about the views in the other entry. I loooove snow, it’s so white and pure…wishing all people on earth could be so pure.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


Please click on the images for a larger view.


Here’s a poem to enjoy! My 5000 words are done… now to hand in my assignment on Monday…hip-hip hurray! One more to go!

Wow, was just reading this entry about De Bono’s patterns of thinking again. Read what he says about creativity! 

Shakespeare… again…my favourite

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Act II, Scene 7 from As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1600)
Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember’d not.

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