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Holiday in Hermanus and neurologism

We had a wonderful holiday at Volmoed in Hermanus. It's a most beautiful Christian retreat center in the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley that we've been to for church camps and also for holidays from time to time, so it was so lovely to go back there. We also had an afternoon at the beach which was just lovely for James and Charis...

A visit and a holiday

Danielle's parents have just been for two weeks and it was such a precious time - full of all kinds of activities from her dad making a model boat with James, to Danielle speaking on a students camp, to visiting penguins at the beach, to having a birthday party for James and Charis with both grandparents there for the first time. We just said goodbye to them and we're off tomorrow for a week to Hermanus to stay in a beautiful place in the mountains with lots of ducks! Very exciting...

James's birthday

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday celebrating James's birthday. His bedroom and the lounge got decorated the night before with streamers and balloons; he had breakfast in bed (and we all joined him); and I took the day off so we could all have fun together.
We went to Aunty Elle for morning tea, then off to the Scratch Patch at the Waterfront where we all had lots of fun collecting semi-precious stones.
Fish and chips for lunch (although James didn't want any) and then James and Charis were both so tired they fell asleep in the car. We went to century city, put Charis in her pram and James in a trolley (with a blanket!) and let them both sleep while we had a drink together (a nice unexpected treat!)
Then we went to the Science Center which is basically a gigantic play area so that although little kids may not appreciate everything that's being taught through the activities they can certainly have fun!
Visited the Loizides on the way home and then had Gramps and Granny round for pizza in the evening - and James even ordered it over the phone! (With some coaching from mum...)
There's definitely something special about taking time out to celebrate!

Living in a new mode - no more clickety-clack

It's quite an adjustment... James being on maintenance means he's freer to do things with other people, eat more food, etc...
Last weekend was amazing - going to church for the first time together as a family - not being able to go has been hard and it was amazing being there. We also went to the aquarium, visited a few friends, and went to one of his friend's birthday parties - quite a gear shift!

How to swallow pills

A small but very helpful victory for us - for the last few months James hasn't wanted to swallow tablets so we've had to crush them up and mix them with his vitamin syrup. His steroids he has to take (for 5 days a month now) are very bitter and he hated the taste...

James onto maintenance therapy - Celebration

Haven't updated this blog over the last few months - we had to return from Japan because of James being diagnosed with Leukemia in August... and have since then been going through fairly intense treatment with him.

Japanese Maps in Romaji

Just discovered DiddleFinger which lets you use Google Maps without having to understand Kanji, etc...

Uploading photos

We've added a Photo Gallery section (using Gallery 2) and started uploading photos - so far just Leaving Cape Town and Stopping over in Joburg but more will be added soon!

North Korea and oppression

I watched a talk on linkglobal and their work in North Korea and it is profoundly disturbing what seems to be happening in that nation - and has been for many years - yet most international criticism seems reserved to things that will affect other nations. It's as though a government can crushingly oppress millions of people that happen to be in its own territory for years, and others are only worried if it may affect them. (See Liberty in North Korea for more info).

Plugging Skype and Pidgin together

After thinking about de-nuctifying the world I've started to investigate creating a Pidgin (formerly Gaim) plugin to control Skype. This means you're still using a closed network, but from an open program, which makes migrating easier (and allows people to try multiple networks from the same interface).

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