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Greetings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast

#1 Post by Deborah » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:52 pm

Hi! My name is Deborah, I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to America as a teenager in 1981. I have three children, all teegagers born in America; however, recently my 15-year old son informed me that he is my "klein boertjie" in his southern drawl. Very amusing. In helping my 17-year old daughter with her history project on South Africa, we discovered Bok van Blerk on YouTube. He is now one of our favorites and I have 2 teenage boys listening to, and trying to sing along to, "Del la Rey" and "Africanerhart". Breaks my heart - that longing for the red earth and smell of the rain as the storm approaches. We have a lot of thunder stroms here, but you never smell the rain like that.

I was a member of the group "Homesick South Africans" as "tuppence991" and remember participating in many very enjoyable conversations around 2002 & 2003; but then some people joined who seemed to just want to insult everyone and start dissention in the group so I just stopped posting and, in fact, did not even know that the group had changed to this one until I bought myself a food dehydrator for Christmas and was looking for a biltong recipe.

I still have family in South Africa and my roots go deep, decended of Nels, van Wyks, etc. so stll get homesick often, even though I have lived most of my life in the USA. I was raised as a bi-lingual but mostly english speaking South African so my Afrikaans is rusty - ek kan nog die taal verstaan, maar, net so bietjie.

Groete almal.

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#2 Post by aris » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:02 pm

Welcome to the group. We have some pretty heated discussions here sometimes - but in all the people here are OK. Hope you enjoy it.

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#3 Post by tamris » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:19 pm

Greetings and hope you enjoy yourself. A thick skin is a benefit
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#4 Post by Deborah » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:21 pm

Thank you. It has been awhile. What happened to the photos that were posted on the old website. I wanted to show my kids the photos posted by Mr. Theron from the Boer War.

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#5 Post by Daxk » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:39 pm

Hi Deborah, welcome and Geseende Kersfees!
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#6 Post by aris » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:40 pm

Most of te photos Ray posted were off-site. We havea few experts on the Boer war here on x-za.

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#7 Post by Deborah » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:46 pm

I remember printing a photo of Danie Theron and his commando that Ray had posted on the site but lost it in "Katrina". Its a shame. I hope Ray looks in from time to time.

Thank you for the welcoome Daxk. I hope you also had a good Christmas. A good New Years to all. I have done my bit and bought some South African wine - just waiting for it to get late enough to try some. Hope its good. Our local liquor store only had 3-choices. I bought one of each.

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#8 Post by Daxk » Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:07 pm

You might enjoy this, its one of the first uses of propaganda as the Boer wars had Photographers reporting back, there are no dead bodies in these pics, only fake ones in case your kids are impressionable.
http://www.goldiproductions.com/anglobo ... oviews.php
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#10 Post by Deborah » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:29 pm

Thanks guys

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#11 Post by born2run » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:37 pm

Welcome Deborah,

I have written extensively about the boer wars on this forum, most of it inspired by writings from another esteemed blogger (Rensburg) that used to be active on another forum.

I wish I could get hold of him again, he certainly changed my perspective on a lot of events, and having followed his writings up with some research of my own, I do regard hima s a but of a guru.

You will no doubt have some interesting conversations on here, including some forumites with really off-the-whack opinions, one such forumite postulated that the boers were terrorists - no doubt that discussion will surface again and he will have a chance to state his opinion to you.

Anyway, welcome!
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#12 Post by Chuckwoody » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:09 am

Welcome to our forum Deborha, I hope you have fun posting here. :laughing7:
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#13 Post by frank » Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:02 pm

welkom deb!...1981? ag toe./..baba... :laughing7:
ek is 1962.......
Ole Miss, eh? Lived in Hattiesburg for awhile...
now in norff caroliner....'n egte tarheel!

cheers
and yes, exercise that thick skin here..u will need it! ha!

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#14 Post by Deborah » Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:45 pm

Thanks for the welcome everyone. I don't think I am a thin-skinned person anymore - left all that behind when I entered my teen years, and that is way too long ago to remember. I forget quite a bit. Like this year, I didn't remember to do my new year's resolutions until I had to go Christmas shopping, by then it was too late. So, I have decided to start now on making my 2014 resolutions and I am planning to print them and post them on the fridge on New Year's Day. I am posting this as a reminder to all those other procrastinators like me.

Aaah yes! while I am still on vacation I need to pop off to find a biltong recipe.

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#15 Post by Daxk » Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:47 pm

These days I just make up a mix of Black pepper, coriander,dried garlic,course sea salt and grape vinegar, my pine blanket box turns it into Biltong in about a week in wet Ireland
South Africa broke my heart once too often.

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