The second time they went on holiday, we kitty - sat Tipsy and Topsy again. This time, four days before Rina and Dick were due to return to Tanzania, Dick was diagnosed with malaria. He was admitted to hospital and two days later, on 9/11 (2013) Dick passed away.
Two weeks later Rina's mum died after a short illness and Rina spent her birthday at her mother's memorial service.
Earlier this year, our long-time house-lady, Emily asked to go on pension. At the same time, Grant asked Rina, who was renting a house in Northern Free State if she would come and house-sit for us. On 25 July, Rina, the two cats and Rina's entire house effects moved into our house.
Rina is now settled and has made our house into a home. Grant and I don't have the time on our three-week break to do maintenance and make the house comfortable. Now Rina is there to supervise when Grant gets contractors in and she's there to re-hang and replace the soft furnishings.
Today is Rina's birthday. Yesterday she invited several ladies from the retirement village (Rina knows most of them already as she also helps us with Grant's mum who has moved in there) and also several other ladies she met in town with me and at church with our son, Angus and Amanda.
DIL Amanda arrived after 4pm and took photos. Several ladies had ladies had already left to go prepare dinner for their husbands.
From left: Rina Marie, Grant's mum, Pam, Pienkie (our former next-door-neighbor) and Myrtle. All the ladies - except Rina, are from the Retirement Village in Marquard
Rina did all the baking for her party. When the ladies left she gave them containers filled with eats to enjoy later on in their rooms at the center
Birthday girl, Rina!
A far cry from what she experienced on her last birthday
VEELS GELUK, RINA / HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINA!