Our first glamping experience

When I was a child, my parents enjoyed taking us camping and whilst I never really enjoyed it I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. To be honest camping was never really my thing, and back in the day there was no such luxury as air mattresses so sleeping on the ground was a killer. Coupled with wind and sand, camping does not sit well with me. My husband on the other hand simply loves camping.  He has fond childhood memories as camping was a family tradition for them during the December holiday period.  Having our own children we realised that we want them to experience camping and it would be for them to decide whether they like it or not.  Their school introduced the camp-out fundraisers, and it was an instant hit with them.  Even though the school camp-out was just a one-nighter, they loved the idea of sleeping in a tent. I made a deal with them, I would only go camping if there would be some comfort in it for me.  I don’t want to struggle with setting up a tent for more than an hour, I don’t want the schlep of packing in bedroom- and kitchen essentials.  I want it to be a stress free experience.  Just pack in what is needed and head off.  So in March this year my family and I discovered the pleasures of glamping. For those who don’t know the term glamping is more like glam camping with all the essentials and a few luxuries thrown in. Our first experience was at Ou Skip Resort  in Melkbosstrand.  Their bush camp tents are fully equipped with beds, bedding, bar fridge, two plate stove, kettle, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.

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Whose stress is it anyway when it comes to exams?

Exam time – whose stress it it anyway and is the stress getting to the parents

exam stress

It is that time of the year again when learners are sitting for their mid-year exams. This is a very stressful time. But whose stress is it anyway when it comes to exams.

Last year when my eldest daughter was in Grade 4 she wrote her first exam in June.  What a stressful experience it was; I suppose more so for the parents than for her or so we think.  And of course it doesn’t make it any easier when your child has this willy-nilly, “I will sit with my books in my own time” attitude. She received a study timetable from her teacher more than a month before the actual exam dates.  There was enough time for her to revise and to be well prepared for the exam. However it was a constant check up on when she was going to sit and study and what she needs to study as she did not see the seriousness in the matter.

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Embracing the Storm

The much anticipated storm has finally hit the Cape Peninsula at exactly 22h00 last night as forecasted. With the Western Cape Education Department making a decision yesterday to close all public schools today, 7 June for safety concerns – there were a few debates on whether the storm will really hit the Peninsula and what the big hype was all about.  (more…)


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The Intense Demand for School Space

 Intense demand school space

Finding space for your child at a school can be a daunting and stressful experience

You have applied before the closing date in March. Now you are frantically waiting on a call from your preferred school. Gone are the days when we could just get an application form from our local public school and enroll our precious beings to start their scholastic path. Now the intense demand for space is beyond stressful. Parents go through all sorts of lengths to get their children into a good quality school. They purchase property in the catchment areas. Place their child’s name on a waiting list since birth. Getting themselves into debt to pay high tuition fees.

For some this thought only crosses their mind when their child nears the age of entering preschool.  When your journey of finding the perfect school for your child starts; brace yourself for a halluva of a ride.  The demand for finding space at a good quality private or public school can be intense, challenging and outright stressful. (more…)


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Advice to a 21 year old!

Advice 21 year old

Things I wish I knew at this age – advice given to a 21 year old

My god-daughter recently celebrated her 21st birthday. I was asked to make a speech at her birthday celebration.  Although notice was given in advance, finding the correct words for my speech deemed a difficult task.  After contemplating on whether I need to talk about her character or just give her well wishes for the future, I then decided to give her some fruitful advice.  So below are snippets of my speech and the advice I gave to the 21 year old.

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