change was adapting to the difference in lifestyle. You only have to go outside
once... at 6 in the morning... on a cold winter’s day... in your jammies... to remember
that you have to pump water regularly. You quickly learn to cope with all the
creepies and crawlies that invade your home on a regular basis. Rat poison has
to be on our monthly grocery list. And should you forget that essential item,
you have to replace various chewed items, including the wiring to the washing
pros are magnificent! We were late one morning because Rivan, then 3 years old,
didn’t want to get in the car. All he wanted to do, was look at the neighbour’s
cattle that were grazing in our field. We eventually got him in the car, only
after he was able to tell both me and my husband several times to look at the
on our way to the kindergarten, we have the opportunity to look at cattle,
horses, donkeys, ostriches and wild buck. This is normal for my children. They
have no idea what a traffic jam is, they’ve never experienced it. For them it
is a major event when an airplane flies over our house.
kids’ imaginations come to life in any situation, but my kids look for the
“cocodile” in the dam. Feeding the ducks every afternoon, fixing the old
tractor with grandpa and hitting everything in sight with a stick.
kindergarten is a typical farm school. There is a huge selection of animals on
the premises. The kids play on homemade swings and jungle gyms. There is an old
VW Beetle for them to play in, every child’s dream come true.
always sunshine and roses. Kids are the reason for grey hair and the open
spaces give them lots of opportunities for mischief. At the moment Tristan is really
working on my alternative highlights. At age 2 his idea of a fun time seems to
be disappearing down the dirt road with Tika our Great Dane the moment our
backs are turned.
seem to enjoy the bushveld living too, although we once had to rescue the puppy
Sukkel, when she hid in the house from the jackal that came for a closer
inspection. In the five years that we’ve lived here, we’ve had a lot of
visitors. A variety of birds (including the stork on 4 occasions), snakes,
frogs, turtles, hedgehogs and of course the jackals.
this even better is the quiet at night, when you can hear the jackals crying
and answering. The only time you hear a car is if you have visitors. Quite an
event out here!
Do you believe that moving out of the city is
better for kids?