The evening routine (from about 17h00) goes something like this….
Grace explaining what will happen when Keren arrives for a visit….
I'm definitely not a neat freak, but I am also not a hoarder. I can throw / give away things, or recycle, without feeling a sense of loss, but I do tend to pack things away / shove things into cupboards, because maybe it will come in handy one day. The result is messy cupboards, messy desk etc. It eventually really frustrates me and I throw things away. Anything I haven't needed / used in the last year tends to go.
Yesterday was Donné’s monthly get together with her friends from digs and they were at Mel’s family’s egg farm. When they came home Grace told me all about the machine which packs the eggs into the egg trays – she had even made up her own sign for the machine. She also told me all about the chickens that lay the eggs and about the dogs and their tails. I was fascinated by how much the egg machine had made an impression on her, and that she had developed a sign which shows how the egg machine works – and the sign demonstrates the action quite well. We were all on the farm again today, so a visit to the egg machine was a must (but unfortunately it is not in action on a Saturday afternoon).
It was also encouraging to hear Grace saying some new words today – sock and chair – along with putting some sounds together in different ways and more complete pronunciation of some words (actually saying dog rather than gog).
Taking the tractor for a drive
Grace learnt to blow a whistle today. Whistles aren't really the type of thing that I would think to buy for a child, but there is method in this madness….
Municipal election voting day…I have been quite excited in the build up to today's voting. I don't think that there is going to be a big shift in the voting numbers, but I do think there are going to be some small shifts which signal a turn in the tide. I'm not sure that I am not ideologically aligned with a particular party (I don't know enough about each of them to be able to say with certainty), but there are a few things which I am for. I am for the balance of power – it makes everyone work harder to secure their positions, and in the end the people and areas they govern over benefit. I am for good governance, and I feel that the DA has proved themselves in this regard in Cape Town. So I am hoping for more municipalities where power hangs in the balance and everyone has to work hard to keep the voters happy. I am also hoping that at least one more metro is governed by a DA led coalition which will give them the opportunity to prove that their policies can work anywhere. I am quite keen to see the results….