Africa formed me, filled me with many wonderful images, memories and stories. I am writing about them in Afrikaans since 2012. Now that Canada is settling in my blood, I am writing about my new experiences in English too.
We emigrated to Canada ten years ago.
Namibia is the country of my birth. My mother tongue is Afrikaans, but I am also fluent in English. I taught Elementary School learners and did remedial work there for more than thirty years. I developed my own learning materials in English, Afrikaans and German. I wrote and illustrated the English and Afrikaans series (by my own hand) and published them on my website: www.howtoreadstepbystep.com. Because we live in Canada now, I also wrote and illustrated a French phonics book for this website. (See all my e-books here.)
I am comfortable in my own skin. I love cooking, keeping my house clean and doing all the stuff that mothers and wives do. I love to paint with water colours, to sew and do needlework, embroidery etc, etc.
- In 2102 my story “Daardie dag” was in the Top Ten of a writing competition on the Afrikaans writer’s website Woes in South Africa.
- In 2015 I received a Bank Winkhoek *ATKV (*Afrikaans Language and Culture Organization) “Pluimpie” award in Namibia for my volume of short stories, sketches and anecdotes: “Die Kanniedood sal altyd bloei”.