Happy Heritage Day South Africa

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Heritage Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Heritage Day (Afrikaans: Erfenisdag) is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

History of Heritage Day before 1995

In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September was known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the Zulu King, Shaka. Shaka was the legendary Zulu King who played an important role in uniting disparate Zulu clans into a cohesive nation. Each year people gather at King Shaka’s grave to honor him on this day.

The Public Holidays Bill presented to the Parliament of South Africa at the time did not have 24 September included on the list of proposed public holidays. As a result of this exclusion, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, objected to the bill. Parliament and the IFP reached a compromise and the day was given its present title and seen as a public holiday.

“ …when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a “rainbow nation”. It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa(sic) ” ~ Lowry 21:1995

Celebration of Heritage Day

South Africans celebrate Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

Former Western Cape Provincial Premier Ebrahim Rasool addressed the public at a Heritage Day celebration at the Gugulethu Heritage trail in 2007 in Gugulethu.

In Hout Bay, there is an army procession and a recreation of the battle fought there.

In 2005, a media campaign sought to “re-brand” the holiday as National Braai Day, in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues, or braais.
On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his appointment as patron of South Africa’s Braai (Barbecue) Day, affirming it to be a unifying force in a divided country (by donning an apron and tucking into a boerewors sausage). At the end of 2007 National Braai Day changed its name to Braai4Heritage and the initiative received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council (NHC).

Organiser Jan Scannell announced that the aim is not to have a mass braai, but little ones with friends and family.





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Poppins Book Nook ~ Treasure Island {Part 1}

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Treasure Island (Classic Starts) By Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island (Classic Starts)
By Robert Louis Stevenson

For the next two months we are reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I decided to do a double month of this book seeing as the themes we have for June and July are “The Great Outdoors” and “Ye Old Pirates”. There are so many different activities that can be done with this book. This month we spent 99 % of our dedicated book club time reading the book and when we were done with the theme, the kids made treasure boxes with modelling clay (Fifi) and air drying clay (Koko).


Koko and Fifi are monthly subscribers of the Kidazzle Kids Craft Club and they receive awesome arts and crafts kits every month. Last month they received a modelling clay kit and it was perfect for our Book Nook theme this month. How is that for timing?

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We spent one afternoon out in the warm sun making their treasure boxes. Pixie was napping at this point and the kids could sit and work leisurely without having the little monster causing chaos.

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Koko drew the treasure map on the lid of his treasure box

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Its a little to cold here and air drying the boxes would have taken forever. Koko’s baked perfectly while this was Fifi’s box. Modelling clay CANNOT be put in the oven. This picture was taken 5 minutes after putting it into a low oven. Her new box is still drying, I will feature it next month. *face palm*

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Koko’s treasure box. He decided to leave it unpainted to make it look dirty since it was supposedly buried for a long time.

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Koko’s treasure box with treasure.

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Be sure to check in again next month to see the activities I have planned as we continue to navigate the pirate infested waters!




Previous Poppins Book Nook posts:
May 2014: How Old Jackal got the Pigs {African Folktale}
April 2014: The Story of Cars
March 2014: Alice in Wonderland
February 2014: 2014/2015 Introductory post
July 2013: Penguins
June 2013: The Amazing Machines a Truckload of Fun
May 2013: Dinosaurs
April 2013: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
March 2013: Princess Petunia and the Good Knight
2013/2014 Introductory post

Poppins Book Nook



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I’ve been absent on my blog for almost 4 months. The start of the year has been trying to say the least. We were broken into and they took our mobile devices (both tablets and my phone), then the whole family came down with a nasty bout of the flu and we were all in various states of healing and then to crown it all, the car (our only car) went in for repairs which took a week!

On the bright side, Fifi turned 5! All the photos of her actual birthday were on my phone and tablet *sob*, but we did manage to take photos of her birthday celebration with family the next day.

The birthday girl ♥
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Fifi with her best friend Jossi and cousin KK, two of her favourite people.
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The Hello Kitty birthday cupcakes Fifi and I made.
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Fifi got her first “big girl” bike for her birthday. She got to pick it out herself. She loves it!
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The kids have made TONS of new friends this year already. We have been attending a lot more of the homeschool social and educational outings and the kids have made a few lasting friendships 🙂 During the course of meeting a ton of new people, we have decided to research a new primary school curriculum for the children. The current curriculum is just not working for us any longer and Koko is incredibly bored with it. Fifi will use the Grade R (kindergarten) curriclum that Koko used and then she will go onto using the curriculum we decide on for Koko. We will, most probably do the same for Pixie in the ensuing years.

Curricula we are looking at are:
English: Learning Language Arts Through Literature(LLATL)
Maths: Math-U-See
History/Geography: Story of Our World
Art: Artistic Pursuit
Science: I’m not 100 % sure what we are going to do for Science yet. I have MANY resource books we will be working through.

Fifi is FLYING through her work for the year. I just CANNOT keep up. I have decided, with support from Papa, that she will be starting reading lessons with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner, also available in South Africa on Kalahari.com. We will be continuing with the Letter of the Week curriculum and once she has completed that, she will start Grade R! I have tried to have Fifi do two letters in one week, but it was a disaster and we now complete only 1 letter per week with supplementation to keep her occupied.

Pixie is growing like a weed! She now has a new Totschool area. She has her own desk and I have made her a little Tot tray shelf out of a shoe stand, that can be put out of reach (very important, in my opinion), with all her trays for the week. She LOVES animals and dinosaurs, so most of her trays have something related to that.
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A few random photos of the kids:
The three big kids
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Koko busy with school work
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Fifi being nebulized while she was ill
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Pixie in her little reading nook. She has pillows and a blanket in there for comfort. Its her favourite place in the house.
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The kidlets at soccer. We are in our third year of Soccer fun. Pixie has started taking part now too. All 4 kidlets love it!
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Koko, Fifi and Pixie’s vacation ~ Week 3

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The kids are finally home. This is a rather photo heavy post with everything they got up to this last week with Nanny.

Pixie fell asleep on the floor, behind my mother’s chair, drawing.
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Koko helped Uncle Giel in the garden the whole day and Pixie “supervised” after naptime.

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Pixie decided that “Unca” Giel needed a walk around the garden.
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Nanny got the kids each a lolly at the little farm store down the road. How did she keep them clean? She filled a bucket full of water for the to “swim” in, LOL.
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The kidlets got more clothes from Nanny, so they gave us an impromptu fashion show via whatsapp. Koko is such a silly boy, LOL.
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The kidlets have been treated by sleeping in the bed with Nanny. This is the scene she woke up to one morning ♥

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Pixie was stung by a bee. Fortunately she’s not allergic, but she did learn a very important lesson. Don’t play with bees.

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On the way home on Friday, they stopped by “Grampa” Uncle Neil’s house and met up with my middle brother (I have three brothers in total, I’m the second child) for dinner. They also slept over there. We collected them from my aunt’s home on Saturday.
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Fifi found snails in the garden. Ewww!

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Koko, Fifi and Pixie’s vacation ~ Week 2

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The three little kidlets are still at my mom’s (Nanna, aka Nanny). We decided to give them an extra week there so that I can have a little more time to recuperate and be in at least 80 % working order when they get home and the chaos returns. I can’t wait to hold those three in my arms again. I miss them an awful lot.

Pixie has changed so much since they left 2 weeks ago.  She no longer has a paci, sleeps through the night and doesn’t use her sippy cup during the day at all any more.  She only uses it early in the morning when she wakes up.  She has also decided that she no longer needs to be held in the pool anymore.  She is swimming with the aid of arm bands with the big kidlets and even jumps into the pool from the stairs.  I cant believe how much she has matured in this short time.  Koko and Fifi are still water babies and love their daily afternoon swims.
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Koko and Pixie were playing a memory match card game on Nanny’s iPad.  Everytime Pixie made a matching pair, he gave her a little kiss. Feel the love ♥
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November and December are Christmas Biscuit baking months here at home and the same goes for at Nanny’s. Koko and Fifi baked a ton of biscuits and Pixie was the taste tester. Pixie wasn’t interested in baking, she’s all about the dogs, or at least one dog in particular, Champ, Nanny’s Border Collie. Fifi was in her element this particular day. That girl loves to be in the kitchen.
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The girls each got new little sunhats from a friend and Nanny tried to get Pixie to pose for photos, this is the end result. Silly girl.
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On Saturday, they went to visit my dad’s baby sister. She lives an hour and a half away from my mom’s. Pixie wouldn’t look at the camera for a photo, so Aunty Christylene made her, LOL. Thankfully one of my children look like my side of the family. One out of 4 isn’t bad, LOL.
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I am eternally grateful for my mom. Taking the kids is a HUGE task in on its own, but they have all loved it. Noo leaves for a month long visit in December! We’ll only see him again on Christmas day. He gets to spend most of his summer vacation with her this year. He can’t wait to take walks on the game farm and be spoilt rotten!

We’ll be collecting the kidlets at my maternal aunt’s home 3 hours drive from here (driving to my mom’s takes 12 hours, with stops) on Saturday. I can’t wait to see them!



Koko, Fifi and Pixie’s vacation ~ Week 1

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Koko, Fifi and Pixie have been on vacation with my mom since my operation and they are having a huge amount of fun out at my mom’s in the Kalahari dessert.

They got to meet my maternal aunt and her children on the way. Fifi and Cousin L bonded almost immediately, I believe, Pixie and Cousin N were inseparable and Koko and Aunty Sha spent the whole day having fun together.
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They slept over at my maternal uncles house that night, since its half way between Johannesburg and my mom’s. They call him Grampa-Uncle Neil, he loves it and he treated them with fruit salad and yoghurt for breakfast. My kids must have been in heaven.
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On the last stretch to my mom’s they stopped for milkshakes, soda floats and fries. The fries were hot and Fifi decided to dunk them into her soda float to cool them down, EWWWW! They obviously stopped during Pixie’s nap time, she didn’t even wake up to eat, LOL.
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They have been so spoilt since they arrived at my mom’s. They have gotten so many new outfits and sandals as well as trips to the local mall which is a HUGE treat for Fifi even though she goes shopping at malls all the time, LOL
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They spent time playing with my brother. He has a mental disability.
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Fifi baked cupcakes all by herself. All my mom did was measure out the ingredients. Koko and Fifi decorated their own cupcakes too. Pixie wasn’t interested in baking at all, she’s all about the dogs, LOL.
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I’m really looking forward to having the kidlets home though, its the longest I’ve ever been away from Koko and Fifi and the first time Pixie has ever been away without us.