About

I am a 65-year-old retired bank official and grandmother of one, living a life of complete and utter stress with a demanding husband and a wonderful daughter who keeps numerous weird and wonderful pets.

I grew up in the arid, barren region of Namaqualand, which is well-known for its springtime flowers after a “good” rainy winter season.

We recently moved to a beautiful and quiet coastal town in Kwazulu Natal.

My blogs, which seem to write themselves without much help from me, is all about our daily lives, past and present:

Dis Ekke (This Is Me), my home page which contains Afrikaans and English posts, represents the rantings and ravings, and recalls the joys and blessings, of a 65-year-old retiree – Me.

‘n Geseënde leeftyd (A Blessed Life) is written in Afrikaans and is a reverie about living and dealing with an aged parent. In this blog I recall memories of the person that my mother used to be and our family life then, as opposed to the 96-year-old, withered little woman who was slowly losing her memory when I started this blog. My mother has since passed away.

Genis’s Fat Dog Diary is an English blog which I started writing from the viewpoint of The Dog Himself, to motivate my family (and especially my husband, the determined dog-spoiler) to ensure that Genis keeps to his rigorous diet which the vet prescribed.

ProfileGenis was named after a character in the Afrikaans TV series Koöperasiestories, very popular during the 1980s  (circa 1983-1987), due to his very bushy eyebrows. The little rascal, a rescued puppy adopted 9 years ago, loves to eat and will swallow anything and everything if he is not watched all the time. As a result of this lifestyle, he became grossly overweight and his health started to deteriorate. The blog documents his painstaking progress, and the trials and tribulations of a strict diet, helping him to regain his health. Genis is now a well-known dog with his own Twitter and Facebook accounts and, of course, this blog.

30 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dear Hester,
    we have an honour to invite to participate in first ETERNAMENTA AWARDS ‘Most Talented Reader’.
    Best Regards,
    Maria
    More detailed information is here: https://eternamenta.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/eternamenta-blog-awards/

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    • Thank you for the nomination, but mine is an awards free blog and for various reasons I do not deviate from this policy. I am always honored when bloggers express their appreciation fior my writing (or reading, in this case 😀 ) but my real joy comes from receiving comments and likes, and discussing mutual interests.Keep up the good work.

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  2. Beautiful pictures. I like Genis, cute one. hi-fi fellow banker 🙂 hehe You have a demanding life style, I wonder if I will be able to be as active at 65. Keep it up dear.. by the way what does your name mean?

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    • Hester is my given name and I believe it is a throwback to the Latin Esther.In true Afrikaans tradition where the eldest daughter is named for her mother, this is just a family name (one that I can trace back seven generations). Ley is my maiden name and Nel my husband’s last name. I love yours by the way – body parts made of gold!

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      • hahaha thanks dear.. My name is used to make fun by everyone. Some even want to sell me metaphorically speaking. 😉 In Indian tradition we do not name kids after their paternal/maternal ancestors but it does sound nice way to preserve some culture and be connected to your lineage. Wow, I certainly need to think about this. Thanks for the wonderful explanation dear.

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      • 😀

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  3. It has been good to read about you .

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  4. Thank you so much for following Oh, the Places We See. I’m the one who usually writes the posts, and I, too, and a grandmother of one. I know I’ve spoiled that grandchild, but what else do you do when she’s so cute and the only one! Best wishes for continuing to write and take lovely pictures. I’ll enjoy seeing what you put out.

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  5. Wat een zwaar leven heb je! En wat schrijf je daar heerlijk over! En die taal… prachtig! Je hebt er een fan bij! 🙂

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  6. Vele dank vir die “volg”… ek hoop daar wag ‘n glimlag of fyf wanneer jy ‘n draai gooi hie by my blog. Ek geniet jou manier van skryf… jy koggel en laat my lag! Dankie.
    NS – My ma se naam was Hester…
    😉

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  7. Lekker skryf!! Ek verlang na Namakwaland en die Kalahari!! En die Karoo… en baie ander plakke! 😉

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  8. Your stress is well-founded, and I don’t know anyone who can’t relate to what you are going through. Thanks so much for following our blog, Oh, the Places We See. Here’s hoping each day can bring you some comfort but also a lot to write about. After all, we all like knowing that we’re not the only ones facing life’s challenges! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

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  9. Hester,
    Your blog is fascinating. Ik wil probeert jou blog volgen, mischien ik kan mijn Hollands verbeteren 😀
    pekebun

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    • HesterLeyNel said:

      Baie dankie.

      Goeie idee. Op skool (baie lank gelede) het ons nog Hollandse boeke gelees, maar ek het alles al weer vergeet. Gelukkig kan ons Google Translate gebruik 😀 – Goed idee. Op school (heel lang geleden) hebben we nog Hollandse boeken gelezen, maar ik heb alles al weer vergeten.

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  10. Hi Pekebun, dit gaan baie goed, dankie. Yes Afrikaans is indeed derived from Dutch. The Dutch were the first European trading power to set up a permanent settlement in South Africa (in 1652). It has developed into a beautiful language. You will find quite a number of Afrikaans bloggers on WordPress and I am following their blogs as you will note from my blogroll. I live ±110 kilometers from Pretoria – today 😀 – tomorrow I am moving to KwaZulu Natal, which is on the Soutcoast of South Africa. I love your blog site and will visit often.

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  11. Hi Hester,
    Hoe gaat het met U? Afrikaans is indeed so close to Dutch. Do you live close to Pretoria? I would love to learn more about S.A. as my oma was van Indonesia & she has spoken of cousins in Den Haag en Pretoria. I will visit your blog tomorrow but I just was so intrigued reading some Africaans & understanging some words. 🙂

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  12. blondieaka said:

    Love it! HaHa and sounds like my life at times…A great read keep blogging.

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  13. God help you! Could you maybe get some foster-children? Welcome!

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