30 years ago ….

30 years ago ….

… hubby and I bought a quarter acre plot in a suburb in Johannesburg, South Africa …

… where foundations were marked out for our new house … (that’s hubby – young and slender!)


House built .. we moved in on 1st February, 1980 …


…. and set to work laying the foundations of our garden ….

…. the ground was ploughed .. and lawn runners were planted ….


We worked, every weekend in the garden, with the help of a once-a-week gardener …. digging flower beds ….

… and planting shrubs …

… lots of fertilizing, weeding, watering and praying for rain to get the lawn to grow so that Jeanette and Carl had a garden to play in ….

Trees and shrubs began to flourish …. those are my very first roses in the foreground (below)… and in the middle of this patch of lawn I planted a Kapok tree which grew large, and which got struck by lightening eventually and had to be removed to make way for the double garage in 2005 …

Garden starts taking shape ….

… the single garage was eventually converted into a bedroom for Carl when Elaine was born, and now is the study/playroom for grandchildren/sewing room …


Here ‘she’ is … our new home … 30 years ago !!!

Additions have been made to the house … and garden … I, personnally, me, myself .. have planted every single tree, shrub, plant and seedling ….

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