There was great excitement for the whole family moving to Gaborone in Botswana.
When we first arrived in Gaborone, we stayed at Bemcoville. This was an expatriate compound where the employers of Bemco, Willem’s new company, lived.
It was very different from our house in Harare. Our house and Harare was a bungalow on an acre of land. We had our own swimming pool and Vil enjoyed having friends to play.
At our new house in Botswana, because it was communal, we had neighbours with young families that we could just meet up with on the grounds of the estate.
The swimming pool was a short distance from our house. Vil had a great time at the swimming pool with all the other children. This was a great way of meeting new friends.
When we arrived in Gaborone, because of was August, the weather was fairly warm. I always remember that the colder months don’t have and “r” in them. So winter starts in May and finishes in August and the summer starts in September and finishes in April.
I had my own car so I was able to get out and meet lots of new people. We settled in very quickly and we were made to feel very welcome. It was great having tea parties, Tupperware parties, playgroups, flower arranging classes, knitting groups and lots more excuses for get-togethers.
The days soon got hotter and hotter. Because of the heat the house were all air conditioned and so were all the shops. Everywhere with dry, hardly a blade of grass in sight and all the trees were thorn trees, because of the harsh climate.
Hughan was a very good little baby and was putting on weight and growing quickly. He seldom cried and was soon sleeping through the night and enjoying our outings during the day.
What a great new way of life!