Life in Botswana was great. We were all very settled and we had made lots of new friends. Vil had enjoyed living at Bemcoville and playing with the other children. Lots of time had been spent around the swimming pool and there was also a tennis court that we enjoyed playing on.
Willem was really enjoying his work and was given a promotion. With the promotion we were given a new home with its own swimming pool. We were all very excited about the move as our house in Bemcoville was very small and we had our own very small private garden.
We had a fence put up around the pool so that the boys could not swim without being supervised. We had a large garden that the boys could play in and now we were able to entertain and have dinner parties and get-togethers in our own home.
Having a work permit and being on a contract in Botswana gave us free housing, a car and schooling. All we had to pay for were our groceries, home expenses and petrol.
Our new home was much closer to Willem’s work. Willem was now able to come home for lunch and so we always sat together as a family, for our main meal of the day.
Vil’s play school was near the new house and we were also within walking distance to Northside Junior School, where Vil would be attending the following year.
Hughan was always very content at home and he loved sitting in his bouncy chair and watching me while I was busy.
One of the special times of the day, was story time. Vil loved having a story read to him and Hughan enjoyed sitting on my lap or in his bouncy chair while they listen to the story.
Vil was already counting and enjoying reading his own little books. Hughan enjoyed looking at the pictures and at this stage I was unaware that he could not hear the story being told to them.
Hughan seemed to be a much more floppy baby and he was not really making any effort to sit by himself. When Vil was the same age as Hughan, he was much more active and determined to get going.
Vil was always very good with his brother and enjoyed doing things for him.