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Have you ever offered anyone tea or coffee? Understanding their response is quite simple. It is the same for consent to have sex. I think this video from Thames Valley Police is brilliant, it is simple but very clear. If you can understand tea, you can understand this!
I know those in the Northern Hemisphere laugh at our idea of winter, a bit like we laughed at their heatwave. The problem here in South Africa is that our houses are just not equipped for winter. They are designed for the long hot summer days. Brick walls, big single glazed windows, open plan, and believe me we appreciate them in summer. Winter however is another story, we don’t have central heating. A few people might have a fire place but that is usually it.
Rachel as part of her ambassadors course with the Chaeli Champaign needs to get involved and help a charity or cause. We decided to contact the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Burns Unit and see what we could do.
I visited them on 4 February 2015, (Rachel could not go with me this time as no under 16 are allowed in the acute burns unit,) to find out what they need. I met with Chantel from the Hospital Trust who was very helpful in arranging the meeting and showing me around the hospital. We then went to see the doctor on the burns unit to find out exactly what they need.
In the ward they need:
Toiletries packs for the moms and kids. Most of the burn victims come from rural areas with nothing and hygiene is vital in a burns until to prevent infection. Each mom gets a pack of toiletries for her and her child. The moms do a lot of the help with care.
The pack has soap, washcloth, toothbrush, vaseline, body cream, toothpaste etc in it.
I am a slightly reluctant camper. I did a lot of camping as a kid with Brownies and Guides. We also went camping as as family and in university quite a lot. So I am no stranger to camping I just choose not to do it anymore. When The Geek says he wants to go camping with the kids I tell him to have a nice time, I would rather stay home and knit.
So when Karin asked me to be the camp nurse on the kids nature camp I was dreading the camping part a bit. But it turned out to be a lot more pleasant than expected.
We left Cape Town on the Saturday morning and the first stop was the shooting range. Both Karin and her husband shoot and feel it is important to teach gun safety to children and teach them respect and not fear for a weapon. Stuart gave the kids a very good talk on gun safety and especially what to do if another child tries to show you a gun. Many kids are hurt/killed when showing off or playing with a parents gun. Each child go 2 turns at the target and they all enjoyed it very much Continue reading →
I have always struggled with this question. As a child I liked Pink and then for a long time did not have a favourite. This may seem surprising as a lot of people presume my favourite is Pink. And while I do love Pink and I have a lot of Pink stuff there is a colour which has been catching my eye more and more recently.
Why do I knit? I was once told I look like I should be dancing in a night club and not knitting. Was this because I have pink hair and am not an old lady? So why do I knit?
Knitting on Table Mountain
K – Knowledge: because I can. My mother taught me how to knit as a young child. I grew up surrounded by crafts and saw their value as I watched them being created. It all starts with being taught. Sadly so many have a bad start at school and are put off for life. Find the right person to teach you. Once you have the basics, the options are limitless you can just keep adding new skills. The list of things you can make is endless. Learning and challenging our mind is said to keep Alzheimer’s and Dementia at bay – bonus.