Getting Used To The Idea


Today was the day…

We spent a goodly amount of time trying to get the data off my dead laptop. The delightful off-spin was a drive through to Claremont to see Joe and Lenore – where Joe bravely agreed to try his methods. Knowing the terminal illness of the laptop and the complexity of getting information off it, I reassured him I had very low expectations. It was great to catch up with them and even though the computer stubbornly refused to cooperate, I left feeling sure to have them over once we have settled up our 80 steps.

I got home just before Mike who had been out doing building buying. After coffee, he went off to find a way of taking the hard drive out of the computer. I meantime, contacted my company’s IT guy and he took over my new laptop and put my working life back together. I am now all set up for work tomorrow, which is a relief.

Mike returned with a modicum of success. He had the hard drive out and in a cradle and it was in due course attached to my laptop and I could see some of my stuff. The fact that messages came up saying it was corrupt was not encouraging, but Mike is now trying something else. I meantime, am doing the blog on the little blue notebook I took to Egypt with us in December. Egypt feels like 10 years ago and not 10 months. That’s the nature of 2020. It seems to have gone on forever

Meantime, I’m getting used to the idea that we are moving soon. I don’t know what to make of it really.  How will it be walking up 80 steps every time I go out? We’re moving over with minimal stuff. There still looks like a lot of things need to be done. Back here, I’m looking up photos of the house…


Lounge…through to piano room

Kitchen bay window…

This house holds so many memories. I was 24 when we arrived here. I’m now about to turn 56. That’s a lot of years under one roof.  31 very happy years. I leave so grateful for this home. When we moved into a tiny little three bedroom, one bathroom very ordinary Sun Valley house, I was ecstatic. It gave me so much security. We owned our own home! Now after so many years, we are moving and it’s to a home with a view that I could only have dreamed of enjoying if I were on holiday. The idea that I will wake up to this view is mind-boggling. We do not deserve this and yet it is the road that has been chosen for us.

My heart strings are tugged at leaving these four walls. But this tender moment is superseded by what I am moving to. Yes, the house on the hill is, in the light of eternity, just a grain of sand – a place that we will enjoy for the time God gives us and then that tender moment of pleasure will once again be superseded by moving onto an eternal dwelling – one that is beyond our comprehension.

And now I need to leave for the airport!

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –  111 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Tue 6 Oct – 1027 new cases – 87 deaths (616857 recoveries/49282 active)
  • Wed 7 Oct – 1913 new cases – 145 deaths (618127 recoveries/49780 active)
  • Thur 8 Oct – 1736 new cases – 160 deaths (618771 recoveries/50712 active)
  • Fri 9 Oct – 1461 new cases – 139 deaths (620081 recoveries/50724 active)
  • Sat 10 Oct – 2544 new cases (ouch) – 126 deaths (622153 recoveries/51070 active)
  • Sun 11 Oct – 1575 new cases – 107 deaths (623725 recoveries/50926 active)
  • Mon 12 Oct – 888 new cases – 83 deaths (624659 recoveries/50837 active)

Total cases: 693359   Total deaths: 17863

Psalm 86:12-13

With all my heart I will praise You, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your Name forever, for Your love for me is very great.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


1 year and 335 days

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