Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Chertsey Primary School Song

Chertsey students sing in chorus,
Honour now the blue and gold.
Follow those who’ve gone before us,
In endeavours proud and bold.

Light the land with all the splendour,
Of our children’s golden name.
Raise on high blue gold banner,
Strive and thrive and play the game.

Build the road of peace together,
Build it wide and deep and long.
Speed the slow, remind the eager,
Help the weak and guide the strong.

None shall push aside another,
None shall let another fall.
Strive and thrive in our endeavour,
All for one and one for all.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

DIARY: Kelsey's Birth Story

It is a tradition in our family to read the birthday child's birth story on the night before their birthday. Savanna's story was published in 2008 when she was born, but Kelsey's story is being published 7 years late! But at least it's here!

It is written for the enjoyment of a 7 year old little girl x enjoy!

"On the morning that Kelsey was born, I woke up feeling very tired. My body was sore, and I just wanted to see my little baby and hold her close to me. I had hurt my ankle a few weeks earlier, and had been resting in bed since then because it was sore when I walked! I just wanted to be up and about preparing for my new baby girl.

Francis was out in the garden with Savanna, and they were busy planting things, playing and kicking a ball around. I was lying down on the couch with a pillow and a blanket just reading and resting. It was my due date and there was no sign of this baby coming out to play!

I was feeling very very ready to have this baby! I was having light contractions every 15-20 minutes, and my tummy muscles were starting to hurt a bit, but my water hadn't broken, and the contractions weren't getting any stronger. They were just draining me of energy.

At about 11 a.m. I started to feel really emotional. I started to cry and I couldn't stop crying! The tears were pouring down my cheeks and I was sobbing and sobbing like a little girl. I called for Francis, and he came running into the house to see what was wrong! He was very worried because it was strange for me to cry this way! He got the phone and phoned Annie Windell (she was Annie Skea then) and Annie then phoned Cheryl Rowe (Cheryl was in Ballito on Holiday) and they both decided that my crying was sign enough that I was in labour properly.

We all jumped into action.

Now the week before, I had actually gone into the hospital because we thought that I was in labour, BUT... baby Kelsey did not want to leave my tummy a week early! Little Savanna (2.5 years old) was so very cross with her for staying unborn, and shouted at my tummy saying, "Come out to PLAY with me now Kelsey!!"  
Which was very funny, Savanna had bought two little orange monkeys at the local shop with her own pocket money. She was only two and a half, but she had bought a monkey for herself and a monkey for Kelsey (and even dressed them in Barbie pyjamas)
So again, we packed and rushed off to the hospital.

I was going to have my baby at Crompton Hospital in Pinetown, the same place that I had had Savanna. When we arrived, I didn't check-in they just took me straight down and to the birthing suite. It was really beautiful and lovely, with music playing - there was a bed and a comfortable chair, and a big bath. The bath was actually a Jacuzzi. We hung out there for a little while, and they decided that they would break my waters, that part was a little bit sore and a little bit scary, but as soon as that was done - baby Kelsey was on her way!

I was wearing my dressing gown that had pink hearts on it, white with pink hearts. I had my pyjamas on as well, and I wore a headband, with clips that slid into it - and my hair was in a bun. I felt really really happy and comfortable. We played lovely music and I walked around the room to try and help baby Kelsey (to understand that she needed to move down... down... down... to come out of my body!) then I went and sat on a toilet - to see if that would make my contractions stronger... but it didn't! I then walked up and down the passage with Francis, to see if that would make the contraction stronger, and it didn't! Kelsey did not want to come out - she wanted to stay with Mum! I then got told to sit on a big giant bouncy ball,... so I sat on the bouncy ball and nothing happened... no contractions... nothing. Kelsey was staying there!

They then put a heart monitor on my tummy to see if baby Kelsey was getting worried but she was so chilled out... she was almost sleeping! So I said to the ladies
"I still haven't started Labor, this babe she's just staying here,  I don't want to have to go to have an operation. What must we do? Must I jump up and down? do a dance?"
Annie spoke to Cheryl, and they realised that I was a little bit worried about pushing the baby out - because when I pushed Savanna out it was a bit scary for me, I didn't realise it, my body was holding on very tightly to this baby and didn't want to open up to let the baby out!

They looked in their special box of medicines and they gave me something called Sepia. I had told them before the birth that I trusted them completely and that they could give me whatever they thought would help. And so, they didn't tell me what it would do until afterwards, it was a natural medicine. Immediately I felt more powerful - like I could do anything! I wasn't scared of pushing my baby out anymore! I was so excited to meet my Kelsey Jeann, I didn't care about anything, I just wanted to hold my baby.  

Then they said to me,
"If you are OK, we would like to give you some medicine that will make labour kick off properly. But it will make it sore, intense,... and really fast!"  
So I said,
"OK that's fine!" and Francis said he was fine with it too.
They gave me a very tiny amount of medicine, not a lot at all, but the minute they gave me that medicine my stomach started to push so hard and regularly, and baby Kelsey woke up and started getting ready to be born! So much so, that in 40 minutes, yes in 40 minutes - I went from just starting to have a baby, to holding a baby in my arms!

When I was dilated enough during labour, they put me in the beautiful warm bubbling jacuzzi - and it was the most amazing feeling - I could just settle into the water, and Francis sat behind me. He sat up on the sides behind me, and he loved me, rubbed my shoulders and gave me heaps of Apple juice and he told me he was with me all the way and a part of me... and then my body told me it was time to push! So I gave a hard push - and needed to push again! I can't remember how many times I pushed - and suddenly there was this little child swimming up through the water... and holding onto my tummy. I looked down and I saw this miniature version of Savanna, she looked just like my other baby. That was that! I had a baby again! This little baby crawled up, and was just holding on to me like a little froggy... exactly the way that Kelsey holds onto me today! She hangs onto me the same way!

Everyone went,
“oh my gosh! she's so cute! she’s so beautiful!” and she had the most lovely little hands, I went “Ahh! She's got my hands!”
We noticed the cutest little “tucked in toe” on your little foot and realised “what a special kid” that she was born with it. Born with a very special thing that made her different to everyone else. She was my special little girl.

Then we cuddled you for a little while, and then they wrapped you in a warm towel. I got out the bath and then I lay down on the bed (because they had to stitch me closed, because I got a little bit torn when I pushed out your head out! They did all of my stitches, and about an hour later Grancie, Bepah, Gigi and Savanna all came to the hospital to see Kelsey. (Gangan came to spend a lovely morning cuddling with Kelsey, when Kelsey was a day or two old, and I had rested a bit) When they came walking in, they just cried and cried because Kelsey was the cutest little bundle. She was so short, and she was wearing a little yellow hoodie, and little white pants, and she had a tiny little dummy. She was so beautiful! Little Savanna asked Kelsey to play Monkey's... but Kelsey was still a newborn! So Savanna got all over all of the equipment like a Monkey instead... she climbed on the bed, she climbed on the chairs, she bounced on the bouncy ball, she jumped in the bath, (lucky there was no water inside) she stepped up on the wooden birth step, she danced under the big blue birth light, she ran up and down the corridors, she climbed up dad’s leg.

We were all very very happy to finally meet Kelsey! We took her home straight away - I didn't stay in the hospital I wanted to go home  - but listen what happened next!

I was pretty hungry (Because I had just had a baby - duh!) so Dad took me to Maccas Pinetown, to the drive-thru - with Newborn Kelsey in the car, in her car seat.  Kelsey was not even two hours old! Dad ordered my food for me, I said to Dad “I'd like the Quarter Pounder burger meal please” so Dad ordered a burger, and the lady said “What a lovely little baby!” and Shell Shocked Dad said “Yes! My wife just had her! About two hours ago!”
The lady said “No way! Are you you lying?!”
That was very funny.
Then we drove down the freeway to Durban North, Grancie, Bepah, Gigi and Savanna were in the other car. When I finished eating a burger I said,
“ok can I have the Coke now please?” and Dad said,
“Wait What? I didn't get you a Coke!” and I said,
“Well can I have the chips then!?” and he said,
“Huh? I didn't get you chips!” so I said,
“What did you get me then?? just the burger?? I've just had a baby!! I'm hungry!! FRANCISSSSSS!”
Let’s just say he went to another take-out … to the Steers in Springfield Park, and got me a Coke and Chips."

-the end-

Monday, 5 June 2017

ARTS: The Meaning of Djembe (and the story of my Djembe Twins)

Now I know why I have such a love for Djembe. I was so sad to leave my two special Djembe behind in South Africa. The name Djembe comes from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose.
Just beautiful.

The only photo that I have of the Twins.

My South African Djembe twins that I had to leave behind have a special story behind them too. As most of you know, my life is often filled with mysterious and almost magical coincidences (My new Wedding band for instance that was found by chance and has our family's initials and surname initials carved into it) I was needing the drums for a children's show, I looked at modern versions of the Djembe and the prices were ridiculous - and the sound was too "manufactured" - I wanted a specific look and feel. I saw in my mind two pale wooden drums with deep carvings in them. Just couldn't find them though. The one day I was driving down our main road Umhlanga Rocks Drive, and I saw a small second hand shop set back from the road. I suddenly saw the drums in my mind and tu rned my car

around. I parked and walked up the dusty brick steps... I walked right to the back of the store following where my gut was telling me to go... and there under a low hanging shelf... were two pale yellow wood, deeply carved Djembe twin drums. The price was exactly what I was expecting to receive in my account the next day. So I asked the owner if I could put down a small deposit and fetch them the following day. He agreed. Lovely story hey? <3 Always listen to the small voice inside your head. Like Beyonce tells you too ;)


Thursday, 4 May 2017

BREAKING: Royal Announcement from Buckingham Palace Soon

According to CNN, the Lord Chamberlain has called for a meeting, prompting speculation that there is either an abdication, a death, or another major announcement coming. The meeting will take place at 10 am (5 am ET)

The hashtag #Buckinghampalace and #RoyalFamily are trending. My guess is, with all of the incredible PR she's getting: The Queen's about to drop a wicked mixtape. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

LOOK LOCAL: Special show coming up with OKA at The Rhythm Hut

Just received this from my precious Rhythm Hut, support if you can! 

Welcoming OKA back to The Hut with a special show...
It's a special event with OKA at The Hut...
Hi Hutsers! We've been on a holiday break from our drumming and music classes, and we know you are all itching to get your bodies moving to some tribal beats, so we have a special show for you!

One of the Hut's most popular bands, OKA are returning for a special holiday break show on the evening on Thursday 27th April, 7pm.

If you haven't seen OKA before, think electronic beats, captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute & woodwinds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire. A sound & force that touches the heart & connects the soul.

Supported by local singer/songwriter Brandon Duff, who will be bringing his sounds of acoustic soul, intertwined with popular music, back to the Hut stage. OKA shows are always BIG shows - so make sure you grab your ticket pre sale to save your spot!
OKA live at Splendour in the Grass - Drifting
Also coming up at The Rhythm Hut...
Dustin Thomas (USA) with special guests Numatik & Wandering Minstrel THIS Friday 21st April

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lotta love! International artist Dustin Thomas (USA) has played Bluesfest, alongside Nahko and Medicine for the People, and now returns to The Hut to bring his uplifting good vibes, conscious lyrics, and infectious energy to Gosford. 

Supported by electro soul artist Numatik and local Wandering Minstrel, this will be one lovely night of good music and community.


The 5 Lands Band + guests Chaika, Sunday 30th April, 5pm

Having run for over 9 years, the 5 Lands Band is a well-known and popular Central Coast establishment, bringing together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle.

Special guests this month, Chaika return with their rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental Balkan and contemporary jazz. 

Our student music classes on display at KaBOOM Fri 28th April

Get ready to be wowed by the thunderous taiko, wiggle your booty to the infectious sounds of djembe, be captivated by the beautiful didgeridoo and sing along to some well-known classics performed by our singing students and ukulele club. 

And don't forget, it's SALE TIME! For KaBOOM night only, receive 15% off when you pay class fees upfront (for a full term). Gift certificates are also available so you can spread the gift of music!

Shout out to our wonderful supporters:

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo Police Statement

Media Statement from the Office of the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lt Gen Khomotso Phahlane

Baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo rescued unharmed during police action

Sunday, 12 March 2017, Pretoria:  The South African Police Service supported by law enforcement officers and scores of concerned community members, spent well over 24 hours searching for baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo who was reportedly snatched during a carjacking on Friday midday.

On Friday, 9 March 2017 the baby's mother reported to the police that her TOYOTA YARIS car had been hijacked with her 1 month old baby on the back seat when two men drove off in her car.  The car was later found abandoned in Montclair with the baby and the nappy bag missing.

The police deployed all the resources necessary to conduct a search for the missing child joined by law enforcement officers, community members and organizations with an interest in finding the missing one month old baby. The search was intensified and  further interviews were conducted with persons of interest. Too many inconsistencies emerged during the interviews especially in terms of the initial reporting to the police of how the incident developed.  Information generated from the interviews became critical in the setting up of a roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. A car was stopped by the police wherein a man, a woman and the baby in question was found with the baby unharmed. The baby has been placed under the care of Social Development. Three people including the 34 year old biological mother of the baby,  another woman and a man, have been arrested and are in custody.

Members of the SAPS and all role players involved are commended for ensuring the safe return of Baby Siwaphiwe Mbombo and the arrest of the perpetrators of serious crimes of this nature. The South African Police Service invested a lot in this case, including members working overtime, the use of vehicles and aircraft which impacted negatively on the availability of police resources in the fight against priority crimes. The diversion of policing resources by people with selfish motives cannot be tolerated at all. It is thus critical that in situations like this, those involved are dealt with during the processing of their cases by the courts of our country. A special prosecutor was appointed this morning to work with the SAPS on this case.

"We, as the South African Police Service, are extremely grateful that this innocent baby has been rescued from a dubious situation to say the least.  We thank our members, all other law enforcement agencies and security companies who stepped up to assist, as well as the civic minded members of the public who joined forces to assist in the search.  We are a wonderful, caring society and it is disappointing when people take advantage of their fellow South African's trust and belief in humanity.  False claims of crimes which have an entire nation and beyond in a state of sorrow and anxiety, should be condemned," said Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.

Those who have been arrested and are in custody, will appear in court soon.

Enquiries : Brigadier Sally de Beer 082 779 8658

Saturday, 11 March 2017

UPDATE: Baby Siwapiwe has been found. Mother Arrested.

The little girl involved in a massive missing persons hunt, has been found alive and well.

Police and community watch groups have worked tirelessly since the little girl was abducted by hijackers outside a mall in Durban. 

Following tip offs police swooped on a suspicious vehicle at the Marianhill Toll Plaza, and discovered the baby in the car. Arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

According to sources, the mother was found in the suspicious vehicle, and in possession of the baby girl. The mother and her boyfriend have been arrested. The baby's father, husband to the mother, has pleaded for his child's life. My thoughts are with him at this distressing time.

Thank you to H DeKlerk for Intel.