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Bellville High School, University of stellenbosch
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Stellenbosch, South Africa · Member since April 2012
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I am an ex-teacher and mother of 2 teenage daughters. My husband is an accountant. I resigned from teaching almost 4 ears ago to have more time for myself and my family. We bought this house with 3 1 bedroom apartments that we used to rent out on a long term basis. We also built 3 new apartments and this has been such an exciting project. We have had such wonderful guests and tenants. I should write a book about all the amazing people we have had here. We also have 3 cats, the kindest Golden Retriever in the world, 2 hens and a very tame rabbit in our family. As far as hobbies are concerned, I love walking, cycling, playing the guitar or piano, doing mosaic work, paint a little, reading and of course travelling. Recently I have started to plant my own herbs and veggies.

Many of our guests stay for a month or longer and when a new one arrives, we try to arrange something so everyone can meet. This year it has become a little bit of a tradition for a guest to take over the house kitchen the night before he/she leaves. He/She then cooks something traditional from his/her own country for all of us. We have had some really nice evenings. There is no pressure on anyone and we do it on the spur of the moment most of the time because we all have our own programs and I have a family to consider.
I cannot live without being surrounded by kind, positive people and am a vegetarian.

We would love to spend more time abroad and will always consider renting out this 4/5 bedroom house also so that we can go and travel. The house can accommodate 6 people comfortably. That is excluding the 6 apartments. Two to four people can sleep in each apartment, so this is the perfect space for a family holiday. When we travel, we go with our backpacks. Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Greece are some of our favourite destinations, but we would love to travel to many more places.

A few quotes that I always keep in mind are:
Every day is a blessing.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.
Play the Glad Game (Polyanna)

Favourite books:

Embracing uncertainty, Feel the fear and do it anyway and all other books written by Susan Jeffers.
How to be free by Tom Hodgekinson
All Joel Osteen's books
The wisdom of Tuscany and other books by Ferenc Mate


Jacques Brell
Andre Rieu

Be kinder than necessary. It is more important to be kind, than to be right.