Wednesday 10/04/91 – Visiting Family In UK


Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town, knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone, so she could track Hughan’s progress.

We arrived at Heathrow airport at about 7am. We caught a connecting flight to Plymouth which arrived at about 11am and my Dad was there to meet us.


It’s great to be with the folks in UK and the weather is quite good.

Since we arrived in UK we have all had a bit of hay fever.

Hughan is not responding to us as well as before we left home.

We are doing auditory training work with him and hopefully he improves.

We have been on long walks, boat rides and visits to the shops.



My sister and her husband are also at my folks house with there daughters. They are seven and three years old so the children all played well.

We have bought a swing which is in the garage so we can swing Hughan any time – his balance seems to have improved a lot.

My folk’s house is situated at the entrance of a harbour and built into a cliff so we watch ships, boats and yachts going in and out all day.


We also get to see jets flying low and helicopters.

Hughan has got four of the ‘Spot’ books and also one of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. We got him the Thomas torch and a toy train which he loves.

On our walks we see sheep and cattle grazing in the fields.

The birds are also always flying about and all the spring flowers are out.

Hughan likes walking with Willem and will walk for miles.


It is great being together as a family. Willem has spent a lot of time with the boys. Hughan is still trying to say new words all the time.

Take care. Thanks

Sue (will be returning home on 12 May)

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

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