Family life 2015

A collection of posts from 2015 (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Prep School Interhouse Athletics

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Hanna and her school mates competing

Best Namibian Children

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Hope for the future

Farewell party

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Rhythmic, a bit wild and very fun!

Visit at BNC

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Nice to be here again!

Another visit at BNC

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I want to visit and visit…

Hanna farewell party

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So many fantastic children!

Last day in school for Hanna

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Emotional last day at StGeoorge’s

A journey home

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Time to leave, time to return…

BNC – the last visit

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My last chance to hand over some support

 

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Family life 2014

A collection of posts from 2014 (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Dance Showcase with Fusion Funk Dance Studio

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Saga dancing!

Namibian weekend

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Much can happen in a weekend!

Culture and Cuisine Day at St George’s

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The whole world in one sports field!

Photo Competition

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Thanks all who worked hard to help me…

anima – an african ballet

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A special Saturday evening!

St George’s Science Fair Grade 4

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Hanna and Michelle did a great job!

Green Market Saturday

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The girls are selling…

Art Exhibition at St George’s College

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Talented college students

Farewell St George’s College

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Sad to leave a good school, teachers and friends

Friday morning at St George’s

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I joined Hanna one morning at school…

Time to say farewell Saga

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Good friends invited to say goodbye…

St George’s Big Walk 2014

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Family day at school

Prep School Art Exhibition

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The younger ones are also artistic!

Windhoek Show with Hanna and Agnes

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The traditional Windhoek fun day!

A feast of choirs

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Listen!

Shakespeare in the Car Park

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Don’t know your Shakespeare? This is the quick fix!

King Midas

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Hanna’s class in theatre

Grade 4-7 Prizegiving

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I love it when grown-ups attend to kids achievements!

Christmas in Namibia

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When Christmas is a summer holiday…

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Family life 2013

A collection of posts from 2013 (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Bye, bye Johan!

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With Johan leaving I was the only Swede left in Namibia

Windhoek Weekend

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Things to do on days off…

College Of The Arts Youth Choir – 2013 is here!

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Listen!

African late summer sky

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Thunder!

Drumming circle with Ongoma

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Feel the rhythm!

Windhoek from above

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The family goes to air

Song and music evening

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Boys, you know how to sing!

Big Walk & Fun Day

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Family day at school

Prep School Art Exhibition

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Kids create

Saga 15

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Birthday!

Going North

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A visit home

Home Sweet Home

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Family and friends

Aviation in Sweden

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In the air and at work

Malmö

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In the south of Sweden

Friends from Namibia in Sweden

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Re-unions!

To Stockholm

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The capital of Sweden

College Art Exhibition

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Back in Namibia and college art

Quiz Night

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Ta-ta-ta-ta…

IWAN camping at Ongeama

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Such a nice weekend

Prep school awards at St George’s

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The children worked hard – and they are rewarded!

Christmas Market and Carol Service

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Family day at school

Lucia in Namibia

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A little bit of Swedish traditions

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Family life 2012

A collection of posts from 2012 (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Driving up the mountains

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First lessons in 4 wheel driving

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Sound of angels

World Music Day

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Grass, sun and music…

COTA youth choir goes to the USA

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Listen, listen…

A song for Namibia

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Our visitor had to express his feelings in music!

Holiday in Sweden – 1. South to North

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First visit in Sweden for a year

Holiday in Sweden – 2. Family

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Good reunions

Holiday in Sweden – 3. Visiting the ATCC

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Back to my Swedish work

Holiday in Sweden – 4. F10 Museum

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Aviation history

Holiday in Sweden – 5. Back to F5

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Memories…

Ongoma – The Natives are Restless

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Drumming is super fun!

Progressive dinner

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Food is fun!

Holiday in Sweden – 6. Two weeks in Sweden

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Sweden is also very nice…

Windhoek Saturday

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You can do this on a Saturday…

Sunday mountain driving

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…and this on a Sunday!

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Family life 2011

A collection of posts from 2011 (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Home by air

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Flying back to Sweden…

Home again

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Sweet home

Midsummer’s Eve

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More Swedish than anything…

A day on the beach

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Summer time!

Flying south again

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Returning to Namibia

Flying time

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Another visit to Sweden!

Back to the brave

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Returning after the second visit back home…

Colours of spring

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Spring time in Namibia is beautiful!

60’s BASH

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Teenager’s school party

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Flying in Namibia

Here are links to posts on “flying”, most of them from the Fly-In at Rostock Ritz (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Fly-in at Rostock Ritz

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From the Fly-In 2011

Flying over the green desert

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Aerial views of the area west of Rostock Ritz; from a small Piper

Kodiac visiting Namibia

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A new aircraft suitable for Namibia

Rostock FlyIn 2012 – the bomb drop

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Unusual things happen in Namibia

Rostock FlyIn 2012 – airfield and lodge

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This is how nice it is!

Windhoek from above

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Pictures from one of my few own flights here

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013

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Another pleasant visit at this wonderful place!

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013 – Cessnas

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Cessna pictures

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013 – Rallye, Maule and Cherokee

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More aircraft pictures

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013 – Lightweights

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Lightweight aircraft

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013 – Things to do..

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When you think out of the box?

Rostock Ritz and Westair Fly In 2013 – Cessna 170

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Nice pictures of a beautiful aircraft

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Here are posts on Hanna’s “career” in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Namibia (click on head-lines, not on photos!):

Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships – Group Dance

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Hanna’s first national competition – group dance

Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships – Level 1

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Hanna’s first national competition – Level 1

Windhoek Rhythmic Club – Year End

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Club show and rewards for 2013

To Tsumeb

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Driving to Tsumeb for competitions

Tsumeb Qualifying Competition

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Hanna did well in Tsumeb and I think she learned a lot

2nd Qualifying Competition

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Competing in the new “Blue Hall” in Windhoek

Windhoek Rhythmic Club Competition Level 1-3

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Club competition with Hanna in level 2…

Walvis Bay Nationals – Level 1

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Hanna competed in level 1 last year

National competitions at the coast – Level 2

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Now this was Hanna’s level!

Walvis Bay Nationals – Level 3

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Friends of Hanna were in level 3

Walvis Bay Nationals – Group dance

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Hanna also competed in group dance where she was the lead in her group

Walvis Bay Nationals – Level 6 and 7

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More advance dancers – one in Hanna’s school class!

Walvis Bay Nationals – High performance

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They are really talented!

WRC Year End

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A show and rewards for 2014!

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Hoanib 12 – Flying back to Doro Nawas

Lining up for take-off on the strip…

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…at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp… Hoanib_12_02

…turning right after take-off for the final view over the river bed and the camp.Hoanib_12_03

Flying over this part of Namibia is amazing. First the sand and mountains, then…
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…ever changing patterns… Hoanib_12_05

…and colours.Hoanib_12_06

In the distance a line of clouds over the Skeleton Coast…Hoanib_12_07

…while looking down shows these fantastic patterns…Hoanib_12_08

…created by rains, maybe years ago.Hoanib_12_09

A more distinct river bed and even something that is green…Hoanib_12_10

…and then we approached this area with mountains…Hoanib_12_11

…that probably were shaped hundreds of millions of years ago…Hoanib_12_12

…where the tops of the mountains represent what was once ground level.Hoanib_12_13

Our pilot was Elfrieda. She is a safety officer within Wilderness Air and we have worked together in the Inter Operator Safety Meetings that are regularly held at Eros airport in Windhoek. Elfrieda loves flying the Cessna Caravan and navigated safely in this mountainous area.
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Although many of the mountains we passed were high they all looked like “nothing” compared to Brandberg in front of us. It is the highest mountain in Namibia and its top does not show an earlier ground level. Brandberg is a huge piece of granite that was once pushed from below the crust of earth up and through it. Geology in Namibia is fascinating!Hoanib_12_15

It was another fantastic 40-45 minutes in the air with amazing views but now…Hoanib_12_16

…we had circled the field and were turning…Hoanib_12_17

…onto the final for landing.Hoanib_12_18

Thanks Wilderness Air and Elfrieda for a safe and beautiful flight!

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Hoanib 11 – The Hyena den

For our last day at the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp we had a wonderful offer! We were allowed to join the Brown Hyena researcher; Emsie Verwey on her morning visit to a Hyena Den!

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We started early that morning…
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…stopped to see “Hyena poo”; it is white because Hyena eat bones. There is something else on the picture that is hard to see and we did not spot it at first. It is a…Hoanib_11_03

…Sidewinder snake. My last day in the bush and I see a snake for the first time! I have only seen snakes from the car before. The Sidewinder is poisonous but usually not deadly. Hoanib_11_04

Ahead of us was our target and…Hoanib_11_05

…almost immediately we saw a Hyena. It is one of two cubs being raised here by their mother. These cubs are “teenagers” now and have started walking around finding their own food.Hoanib_11_06

It soon disappeared into one of several dens in this area and…Hoanib_11_07

,,,it was time for us to be still and quiet. I think we did quite well during about one and a half hour. I did not expect to see more, the sun was rising…Hoanib_11_08

…but suddenly he/she (?) was there again!Hoanib_11_09

I never thought I would think so of a Hyena, but this one was cute!Hoanib_11_10

After moving to another den it was out of sight…Hoanib_11_11

…and after a while we walked up to the den!Hoanib_11_12

Somewhere in there is a Hyena!Hoanib_11_13

We looked at the “garbage” outside and it was easy to see what was on the diet;Hoanib_11_14

Oryx, Springbok and Giraffe.Hoanib_11_15

This is the view from a Hyena den close to Hoanib river near Skeleton Coast. It is beautiful, but…Hoanib_11_16

…it was time for us to return to camp…
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…to say all the goodbyes. Goodbye Camp Manager Clement, thanks a lot to you and your kind and skilled staff.Hoanib_11_18

And goodbye Emsie, thanks ever so much for this fantastic Hyena experience. Say hi to Flip from us!Hoanib_11_19

And goodbye Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. We will not forget you…Hoanib_11_20

…and goodbye to our super driver, guide and friend Gert! You really did take good care of us!Hoanib_11_21

We had been here three nights but had experiences like if we had been here for weeks. The final experience was waiting for us – a flight back to Doro Nawas in the Caravan.

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Hoanib 10 – Mountain hike

It was our last evning at the camp and suddenly Gert turned up. After driving the car all the way back from the Skeleton Coast he had a shower and was now ready for the next activity! With another appointment later we had better hurry up.

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Gert showed us a few interesting places near the camp. It is most probably remains of earlier settlements… Hoanib_10_02

…maybe several hundred years ago. Gert believes that Amspoort once had a fountain which made it possible for quite a large group of people to live here, maybe on an almost permanent basis. These “rock circles” can have been support for some kind of huts…

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…and we saw potsherd to support the idea that people were living here. I believe archaeological research is planned for this area.

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We wanted to see the view from one of the hills surrounding the plain area where the camp is and we started climbing…

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…following the Oryx tracks…Hoanib_10_06

…until we reached the top. Beautiful!Hoanib_10_07

Looking south we saw the camp. Hi Hanna, do you see us?Hoanib_10_08

Looking north-west we saw that wide river bed…

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…and looking north  we saw the seemingly endless landscape of mountains and sand valleys.

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That river bed is fascinating! Let’s go down and have a closer look.

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Coming down we met these. Lots of scary faces…

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…and next to them this “Elephant path”. In front of the camp is a water hole and to reach it the Elephants comes up from the river bed and follows this path.Hoanib_10_13

It is wise to stay a few metres from the edge…Hoanib_10_14

…you still get a good view of that impressive wall that almost looks like it was man-made. Sun was low and it was time to start the walk back to camp, because we…Hoanib_10_15

…were promised a closer look at this! “Research vehicle – do not follow”…
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…because to the right is Philip Stander, the man behind the “Desert Lion Conservation Project“. Stander started this Project in 1998 – that is now 17 years of devoted work. This car is his third car and tailor-made to fit his needs. Behind him you see huge loud-speakers. With those and recorded sounds he is able to call for lions but also to have them move away from an area! In the picture above you also see Emsie Verwey. More about her in my next post!Hoanib_10_18

This is the office of a devoted researcher! Please click on the link above. Stander is producing a fantastic web-site, with very interesting facts and fantastic photos and the web-site is maintained daily from this car!Hoanib_10_19

Time for a drink and…Hoanib_10_20

…another great dinner at the camp with a special wine! It was our last evening here and we were well entertained!

Good night, tomorrow is another early morning…

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