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An Unwanted Guest November 27, 2008

Filed under: family,Motherhood — natalian @ 7:26 am
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Hubby departed for Germany last week Sunday and I was all ready to fly solo with the kids until I was alerted in the early hours of the Monday morning that I had an unwanted guest – the flu bug! I became the ‘poster child’ for every flu and cold medicine!  It wasn’t pretty and it came at the worst time! High fever, watery eyes, a ‘festive’ red snozz and a voice that started with a ‘husky’ sexiness and ended up sounding like a cackling hags!

How I wished I could have buried myself deep under the covers but since becoming a mother I have had to take the “I” out of “illness”.  Swallowing down some paracetamol I managed to strap my little guys into the car and slowly drive to my Homeopath to aquire the right herbals to get me back on track.  Let’s just say it was a long week.

Hubby has since returned from Germany bearing gifts and Christmas goodies – I have enough Marzipan to last me till next Christmas –  and I, due to the copious amounts of Vitamin C I consumed with the added herbal remedies, have managed to obliterate the “Flu Bug” but my wee still glows in the dark!  So this week life has fallen back into a more normal pace and hopefully so will my blogging!


Diving In! November 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — natalian @ 7:40 pm
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I have been exposed!  Yes, I would like to introduce myself, I write under the name Natalian and I am a ‘Blog Recluse’!

I started blogging as a way to start writing again and unearth the creativity that got buried somewhere inbetween disposable nappies and “Spiderman“.  I have enjoyed my little moments of blogging but I have realised that I have not really been participating in the ‘Blogosphere’.  Maybe I have been too scared to put myself out there and thought I would get nasty little comments about my horrendous spelling and grammar! 

 I came across Charlotte’s Web by chance when out of desperation I typed “South African living in Germany” in my search engine and found a writer who not only gave me an insight into the scary prospect of living as an expat in Germany but also someone who I enjoyed reading.  I was so excited to be tagged by Charlotte to do a meme and then I realised I couldn’t actually participate!  I don’t have 10 commentators on my blog! Oh the shame! I have been standing at the waters edge, dipping my toe in every now and then, while watching everybody else have a good time! 

Well ‘Blog Friends’ whoever you may be, whoever reads my blog and to those I am yet to meet, stand back I’m diving in!  Thanks Charlotte for the push!


When Talking Is Not Good Enough! November 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — natalian @ 7:05 am
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The world economy is on a bit of a roller coaster ride, banks are bungee jumping with government ropes in an attempt to pull them back up before they snap and fall into oblivion and we, your regular “Joe Soap” are counting our rands and cents and buying cheaper brands of coffee.

This post is not going to debate the looming financial Armageddon but as I walked through my supermarket this morning I was still given a choice on what I could spend my money on.  I want to highlight the plight of the Zimbabwean. Since the National Elections of March 2008, the Zimbabwean people have been living in a political limbo and while they wait for a government power sharing deal to be agreed upon, they are unable to gain access to enough money to buy food, which is also in short supply, and hospitals do not have enough medical supplies to help the sick.  Worst of all many children are losing their parents sooner than they should to HIV/AIDS as the medication which is needed is in short supply or unaffordable.  Without enough food to feed themselves and keep healthy, their immune systems are weakened, leaving them at the mercy of the virus.

I follow the “Letters” of Cathy Buckle, a writer and single mother, who lost her farm to the war vets and her job as a reporter when the government closed down the newspaper she wrote for.  By following her ‘blog’ she has given me an insight into the daily struggles of living in Zimbabwe but also her deep love for her country.  It is scary and frustrating to read. 

How has the world allowed this to happen to a country?  I feel such rage when I hear African Leaders making the statement, “Africa must be allowed to solve Africa’s problems.”  So while they are talking, flying back and forth between continents and countries the people of Zimbabwe are suffering?  All we hear on the news is how “power sharing” talks are in deadlock.  By the time these “power sharing” talks finally come to a workable agreement they will have nothing to exercise their newly founded powers over!  The land is dust, the people are starving and dying and their currency is worthless!  Every day these “power sharing” talks are deadlocked, the ropes are getting tighter around the necks of the Zimbabwean citizens.

We wait in the hope that this round of talks at the latest SADC meeting will bring the results the Zimbabwean people are entitled to!  This ‘problem’ can no longer go unsolved!


Political Alphabet Soup November 7, 2008

Filed under: South Africa — natalian @ 6:02 am
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The race for “America’s Next President” has ended and the world has embraced the new President Elect – Barack Obama!  I listened to his speech as he addressed the Nation and I must say for a brief moment I wished I was an American.  Americans have been playing the political game for a long time and they make it look good with all the bells and whistles! It was incredible to watch!

Africa can learn from American Politics.  Your Presidential Candidate should inspire a nation, embrace it’s people by putting their needs first above yours and your parties and lastly the biggest lesson, should you not win, be gracious in defeat like McCain.

South African politics in the ‘Demorcratic’ sense is still very young and at the moment the maturity of our governing political party is being put to the test as a breakaway splinter group is about to form to challenge them at the polls in 2009.  

There is concern with what is been cooked up in the political kitchen of the ANC, under head chef Zuma, especially with his assistant chefs of the Tripartite Alliance, Zwelinzima Vavi of COSATU and Blade Nzimande of the SACP throwing in their generous pinches of salt on the way.  Some chefs like Lekota and Shilowa have thrown down their spoons and are currently starting to cook in another kitchen.  They will soon be launching their new party, once they agree on a name!  As the saying goes “Too many cooks spoil the broth”.

This weekend we, as South Africans, are called to ‘register to vote’ for the 2009 elections and I will be queuing with my bar coded Identity Document once again. With a range of political parties like the ANC, DA, IFP, UDM,ID,ACDP and “?” party of “Shikota”, I will have to wade myself through this political alphabet soup before making a decision where I want my vote to count.  My only wish for the 2009 elections is that the political parties will exercise civility towards one another and that voters will respect each others democratic right to vote.

When Democracy is understood and practiced correctly it is a beautiful thing to watch – this week America showed us how it’s done.


(Recently announced: The Party formed by Lekota and Shilowa is being called, “Congress of the People”.)