The life and times of a home schooling mom of se7en + 1.

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All About Us

Welcome to our website… we love that you stopped by for a visit.

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We are a family with se7en + 1 kids living in the seaside town of Fish Hoek just south of Cape Town, South Africa. We blog about our life and times – the things we get up to and the projects that we are involved in. We are a Bible believing family and we blog about parenting and how we get things done with our crew. We also blog about food, we love trying new tastes and flavors, plenty of recipes and cookbook reviews. We love everything to do with traveling, but the reality is that we are mostly tourists in our own town. We love visiting restaurants and sites, not to mention some of the hidden secrets of Cape Town.


We blog about things that we love doing together… so lots about reading and the books we like reading; lots about the great outdoors and hiking with kids; as well as homeschooling. As a family we lean towards a lifestyle of learning, and though we don’t advocate a specific homeschool style we tend towards child led learning and project based homeschooling.


We are a family of keen environmentalists and we continuously try to improve our green living stand. We also believe in supporting a good cause, such as the Penguin Waddle and Greenpop’s tree planting project. With our readers, we have an annual project to create a library for underprivileged children in our region.

And let’s meet the gang:

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Hood #1: Is se7enteen and an avid book lover. He also loves photography, trumpeting and filling sketchbooks with drawings and obscure factoids. He enjoys writing and creating worlds for his characters to live in. And need I say LEGO.

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Hood #2: Is fifteen and an avid book lover. He loves everything to do with computers, gadgets and science. He is our resident technology guru and loves a good discussion.

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Hood #3: Is fourteen and an avid book lover. She is also an avid photographer and loves baking and journaling. Mostly you will find her reading… reading, reading, reading.

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Hood #4: Is eleven and an avid book lover. He is wild about the great outdoors and fitness and loves trail running. He enjoys creating comics and is always making things from recycling. He is also our champion player of all things imaginary and lives for LEGO.

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Hood #5: Is ten and an avid book lover. He loves making things and projects and he also really enjoys the great outdoors and every thing to do with our local nature reserve. He spends a lot of his free time swimming and reading.

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Hood #6: Is eight and an avid book lover. She is all about friends, and lots of them. She also loves making and creating things. Arts and crafts are her first love.

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Hood #7: Is se7en and and avid book lover. She is all about construction and homemaking. She loves building houses and homes and everything to do with them… houses big enough to play in and small enough for LEGO mini figures.

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Hood #8: Is five and an avid book lover. He is our busiest kid by miles. He absolutely loves hiking and the great outdoors. Everything to do with pirates and LEGO of course.

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The Mother Person:

I am the mom behind the kids, the writer behind the blogger and I am an avid book lover too. I am somewhat of a dreamer and firmly believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I love blogging, and I love doing stuff with my kids. My perfect day would be spent hiking in the great outdoors or an amble on the beach, not to mention reading through a pile of books with my kids.

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The Father Person:

Is also an avid lover of books. He is the technician behind the blog… and the one that keeps all our wild and imaginative projects within the realm of reality. He is also a great encourager, the one that puts some of our crazy plans into practice and the one that supports us when we do launch a project that seems so much bigger than something we can hope to achieve.

We have been blogging away since 2008, when we had only se7en kids. This post is an update to our previous home pages, feel free to scroll down and see the children grow up.


We are a homeschooling family with “Se7en + 1” kids living in Fish Hoek, a seaside town just south of Cape Town in South Africa. We love sharing our outings and photo walks in and around Cape Town, showcasing what our city has to offer families. This is a lifestyle blog, we blog about the books we read, the heaps of arts and crafts we get up to, as well recipes and parenting… organising and interesting spots around our home. We are Bible believing christian family and we blog about fun Bible based lessons as well as other lessons that we are studying for school.


Meanwhile our blog is mostly about our kids and what they get up to do let me introduce them:


Hood #1: is fifteen and is mad about reading, trumpeting, photography and LEGO. He loves writing and illustrating… and fills countless sketchbooks with drawings and epic poetry. He also loves scouring books for strange and obscure facts. He is avid about reading and loves History and Shakespeare and Roald Dahl.


Hood #2: Is fourteen and all about gadgets, electronics and computers. He loves figuring out how things work and is my resident technology guru. He fills notebooks with his inventions. He is a wild reader and reads anything he can lay his hands on.


Hood #3: Is twelve years old. She loves friends, cooking and anything pretty. She fills her notebooks with clothing designs. Her favourite thing to do is read, read, read…


Hood #4: Has just turned ten and he is the king of dressing up and really does wear a suit and tie everyday, no matter what!!! He is the champion of play and can get quite wonderfully lost in the worlds that he creates. He is a wild out door player and he loves LEGO and making up stories. He fills his notebooks with epic comic books, most pages end with “and then…” . He loves history and reading books packed with facts.


Hood #5: Is eight years old and our celebrity chef… I tell you we need one!!! He recently discovered that if you can read and follow a recipe then you can read and follow any instructions and he is really good at finding and figuring out experiments and crafts that he wants to do. He is passionate about everything to do with food and cooking and he fills his notebooks with ingredient lists. He has recently discovered that there is more to reading than cook books and is getting lost in the world of Enid Blyton.


Hood #6: Has just turned se7en. She loves people, pets and projects. She absolutely loves projects of any kind… crafty projects abound. She is the “Great How-To… Book Champion of the world!!!” She also loves the great outdoors and rescuing endless bugs and beasties. She fills her notebooks with wonderful and wacky pictures of all sorts of things. She loves books and reading… she is very selective and spends hours in the library reading carefully through dozens of books before she selects the ones that she wants to bring home and read again!!!


Hood #7: Is five years old and loves being busy… she is always off setting up something to do: Be it a cooking project in the garden or an art project at the table… paper dolls and stationary. She loves joining us for school and spends a good part of each morning creating “school projects” for herself. She fills her notebooks with pictures of the most incredible dashing and daring princesses. She absolutely loves reading and reads her way through piles of books every day.


Hood #8: Is three and a half. And busy. VERY busy. He leaps from bed in the morning to set up a new world of play… he packs it up for lunch because after lunch he climbs into bed with a mountain of books to devour… then he leaps up again to create a new world. He recently discovered gardening and there is indeed truth in the saying: “They eat what they grow…” A pinch of lettuce from his garden and he will pile his way through an entire bowl of salad to get it!!! I cannot share what he has in his notebooks apart from: eclectic!!! He has always loved mountains of books and especially books with animals in them, did I say dogs!!!

And I don’t normally include the parents in our about pages… but these are the parents…


The Mother Person: I can not fathom how I got to have such grown-up children when I still feel about nineteen… time certainly does fly, that is the truth of it. I cannot resist an opportunity – of any kind… to head out on an adventure, or try something new. I love spending time with my kids and have wiled away most of the last fifteen years reading books with and to my children. Getting outdoors and learning and doing projects with my kids is the best way for me to spend a day. I obviously love blogging… and like dozens of bloggers, I hope one day to write a book. That’s if I can ever figure out a topic!!!


The Father Person: He also loves reading and books… and is the ultimate gadget man. He is the reality check in all the amazing projects that we concoct… he keeps us grounded and prevents our projects from escalating into the realm of total unreality!!! It is not unheard of for him to arrive home and discover we have made plans… in every detail on how we could walk the length of our country or how to turn our house into a traveling tree house… nothing is too farfetched for us to conceive. He works with computers and is the technician and support and encouragement behind our blog.

This post is an update to our “About page” if you would like to step back in time and meet the kids when we began our blog… in the days when there were just se7en kids then scroll on down!!! I can’t believe how they have grown myself!!!


We are a family of “Se7en + 1” kids living in Fish Hoek, a seaside town just south of Cape Town in South Africa. We blog about the heaps of arts and crafts we get up to, as well recipes and homeschooling… We love sharing our weekly outings and showing you spots around our home. On the left hand side of our blog you can find collections of our posts – all our crafts, homeschool posts and outings in one spot. On the right hand side we have special features like our Keyhole Garden and our River Cottage Project. We also have our calendar, highlighting events and celebrations around the world for each day of the year. We love folk to stop by our blog and say hi and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Meanwhile our blog is mostly about our kids and what they get up to do let me introduce them:


Hood #1: He is thirteen and mad about dragons and trumpeting. He loves writing and illustrating… and creating weird and wonderful artworks from the recycle basket. He is avid about reading and loves Shakespeare and Roald Dahl.


Hood #2: Is twelve and all about gadgets and spying… electronics and computers. He loves figuring out how things work and is my resident technology guru. He ia a wild reader and reads anything he can lay his hands on.

Hood #3: Is ten years old. She loves friends and anything pretty. She loves sewing and clothes. And she is an avid reader. Her favorite author is Enid Blyton and she returns to her again and again!!!

Hood #4: Has just turned eight and he is the king of dressing up and really does wear a suit and tie everyday, no matter what!!! He loves history and reading books packed with facts.

Hood #5: Is six years old and our resident celebrity chef… I tell you we need one!!! He is passionate about everything to do with food and cooking and spends hours of his life reading through cookbooks!!!

Hood #6: Is five and a flittery twirly whirly butterfly girl who loves arting and crafting… and wild beasts, which she avidly collects from the garden… always bringing in stray bugs, spiders and snakes… She loves reading “How to…” books.

Hood #7: She is three years old and loves, loves, loves reading and loves reading any number of books every single day!!! There are not enough stories in the world for this girl.

Hood #8: Is twenty one months old. He is our champion player, he loves playing with cars, he loves playing with trucks and he loves dogs!!! He will read anything and everything especially books about farms and especially books that have a dog in them!!!
This post is an update to our “About page” if you would like to step back in time and meet the kids when we began our blog… in the days when there were just se7en kids then scroll on down!!! I can’t believe how they have grown myself!!!

Welcome to se7en + 1, and we hope you enjoy your visit:


We are a family of Se7en + 1 kids, we live in Fish Hoek, which is a beach town in Cape Town, South Africa. We homeschool and do lots of arts and crafts, and reading. We blog snapshots of our life that will hopefully provide some encouragement and ideas for families with young kids. I don’t blog about the nitty gritty daily grumbles, there are enough blogs about that, we try and keep our blog fun and positive and a bit of a haven to come to for some family fun inspiration.

Our blog has a weekly rhythm:

  • Monday Munchies: Recipes and cook book reviews that our family have enjoyed.
  • Tuesday Art Tasks: We do a weekly craft that is usually suitable for all ages since I can’t imagine any of my kids being willing to not participate!!!
  • Working Wednesdays: On Wednesdays I usually blog about school stuff or organizing life with kids.
  • Thoughtful Thursdays: On Thursdays we usually blog about parenting and life with more than a few kids.
  • Fabulous Fridays: We have a Fun Carnival going where we link to a couple of great posts around the blog world.
  • Saturday Spots: On Saturdays we post reviews of places we visit or show you spots around our house that we thank you would like to see.
  • Sunday Snippets: Sundays we review and link to resources that would be useful for Sunday School and Family Bible Study.

Since I blog late at night once the kidlets are in bed our posts often lag behind their relevant days… but don’t worry if you hang on a while the post you are waiting for will come around!!! Meanwhile a lot of our posts are question driven so if you have homeschool questions or “life with little kids” questions please feel free to ask away on our contact page. I will respond given time!!! I don’t claim to be an expert but I do promise to share, straight from the trenches, our experiences and what works for us.

Otherwise apart from our Weekly rhythm we have a couple of feature posts:

  • Celebrity Calendar: We blog a list of events and days to celebrate in the week ahead.
  • GiveAways and Swaps: We love these, look out for them, we usually have one on the go.
  • Practical Parties: We have a lot of parties round here and we have covered heaps of party themes and are building up a party resource list over time.
  • The Week That Was: Is a weekly post that summarizes the things we have been getting up to.
  • Home Truths: These are bits and pieces about us and life with a whole bunch of kids.

Since our blog is all about our family, lets meet the kids:


Hood #1: Age 12 and Avid Reader. Lover of Shakespeare and trumpeting. Spends his time writing and illustrating epics.


Hood #2: Age 10 and Avid Reader. Inventor of note and lover of gadgets. He is mad about electronics and kitchen science.


Hood #3: Age 8 and Avid Reader. Crafter of note. Loves stitching and sewing and anything pretty.


Hood #4: Age 6 and Avid Reader. Mad about sports. Player of note, without him we wouldn’t need toys!!! With a wild imagination he generates a whole new world every day!!!


Hood #5: Age 5 and Avid book lover, especially cook books. He is our resident chef and active partaker in meal preparation – and there is a lot of that around here.


Hood #6: Age 3 and Avid Book Lover. Mad about animals, the wilder the better. And you have never met anyone who can snip with a pair of scissors like this one… she has been snipping madly for two years straight!!!


Hood #7: Just 2 and Avid Book Lover. Has a great way of speaking, that I don’t want to forget: Whatever you say she responds with No, “and the last word you said.” Would you like something to drink? “No, drink.” Did you have a good sleep? “No, sleep” and so on… positive or negative it all starts with a no!!!


Hood #7 + 1: Almost four months and is not too familiar with books, though he does sit through a lot of stories. He is mad about arm waving and totally smothered in love!!! He has a brilliant laugh and it is well worth provoking!!!

That’s us!!! Really we hope you enjoy your visit and take the time to say “hi.” We would love to hear from you.

This is the end of our About update, and the start of our previous About page. You are welcome to scroll down and see the Hoods when they were a whole lot shorter!!!


Welcome to our blog. I hope you enjoy your visit…

Our blog is all about the life and times of a se7en kid family. And covers the things we love the most:

  • reading
  • cooking
  • crafting
  • arting
  • schooling
  • surviving

We have a weekly rhythm to our blog:

  • Monday Munchies
  • Tuesday Art Tasks
  • Wednesday Practical Parties
  • Thursday Se7en do School or Organizing Se7en or Home Truths
  • Friday The Week That Was
  • Saturday Spot
  • Sunday Snippet

But since there are Se7en Little Hoods, all blogging occurs in the early hours of the morning and often a post gets posted the day following the event… Probably the easiest way to explore past posts is to click on the sitemap button where all the posts are listed according to category.

Let’s meet the se7en hoods all over again:


Hood 1. Dragon Boy: 11 years old and avid reader. He is still mad about Shakespeare and Roald Dahl, and is busy writing and illustrating heaps of his own books at the moment. He loves making crafty goodies and blogs about them at Owl Books.


Hood 2. Gadget Boy: 9 years old and avid reader. Still inventing all sorts of gadgets. And is very handy to have around because he knows more about computers than I could ever dream.


Hood 3. Fairy Girl: 7 years old and avid reader. Loves all friends and dancing and girly girly stuff! She is very good at packing for picnics and any spot is a good one for her.


Hood 4. Artist Boy: 5 years old and avid reader. Wild, passionate artist who creates more cut-out paper-scapes in a day than you can ever imagine.


Hood 5. Celebrity Chef: 4 years old and avid reader of cook books. Loves cooking and being a chef. You can find all his posts on his own Celebrity Chef Page.


Hood 6. Wild Child: 2 years old and avid reader. Loves drawing and chopping with scissors more than most. Crazy for real live animals and since we don’t have pets she finds her own.


Hood 7, Surfer Girl: Almost one and avid page turner. Loves her siblings and anything anyone else is doing. Her favorite things are whistles and balls, not to mention surfing on the kitchen tray. She just discovered she can make it up and down the front stairs and suddenly the great outdoors is part of her every day world.

This is the end of our about update, and the start of our first about page.

This is the reason for our name: We are a family with seven kids…

Who will be referred to here as the se7en little hoodies.


And here are seven facts about us: * We live in Cape Town. * We Homeschool using Sonlight. * We are Bible believing Christians. * We have all our kids born at home. * We drive an ancient VW kombi. * We eat organic vegetables. * We live in a Blue House.

As a mom of se7en little hoods I get asked a LOT of questions: so this is where I plan to present the answers… Indeed I would like to answer all questions with: “Check out the answer on my blog…” just so I don’t have to keep repeating myself… over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Questions like: * How to homeschool 7 kids… * How to get 7 kids to bed on time… * How to parent 7 kids… * How to travel with 7 kids… * How to feed 7 kids… * How to keep 7 kids busy all day… * How to keep 7 kids quiet during the sermon on a Sunday morning…

Here are 7 things we love: * Reading * Cooking * Arting * Crafting * Traveling * Music * Chilling

Hopefully you will enjoy following the escapades of the se7en little hoods as we travel along the journey of life. Meet the Hoods:

#1. DRAGON BOY: Avid reader… Loves Shakespeare and Roald Dahl and trumpeting. Mad about dragons. Published author and artist. Inventor of “draw pets”, crafter of miniature homes and owner of his own “Owl Books Inc.” – an extremely prolific publishing company!!! He is 10 and in grade 5.


#2. GADGET BOY: Avid reader… Passionate about electronics and all things gadgety. Invented the iphone long before it was invented. Can do anything on a computer – never let him loose near your machine, it will never be the same again. A great plotter and schemer of plans. He is 9 and in grade 3.


#3. FAIRY GIRL: Avid reader… Adores Felicity Wishes, paper dolls, paper crafts and dancing. Definitely not shy and loves being around people – all people and any people. Brilliant at soccer. She is 7 and in grade 1.


#4. LOUD BOY: Avid reader… Play champion, from the moment he stirs till the moment he sleeps everyday he plays and plays and plays. Scenario builder and chief unpacker of anything and everything. Loves arting and is our potential painter. Super Action man loves riding his bike and swimming. He is just 5 and doing Pre-K.


#5. STEALTH BOY: Avid reader… Quiet and shy… but like any stealth bomber can create a whole lot of havoc before anyone notices. A chef in the making – he has never eaten a meal he didn’t help prepare. He is 3.


#6. WILD GIRL: Avid reader… Hunter of animals… has brought five little wild ducklings, a mole and a frog into our home all in one day and happily talks to wild birds – small birds (not) like crows – in the garden. Mad about fresh air and rambling around in the outdoors. Loves drawing and is fairly frantic about anything with scissors. Just turned 2.


#7. HAPPY GIRL: Avid book eater… Smiles and giggles and gurgles and doesn’t really sleep a whole lot yet! Will not part with her frog. Loves watching the laundry dry in the wind… and loves being the center of the party. (Almost 6 months).



241 responses so far ↓

  • 1 juicy tots // Oct 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    WOW! what a lovely family and what great interesting little people. Well done you. I have 3 wonderful children myself and have the utmost admiration for you. It looks like such a happy home, I have bookmarked your blog!

  • 2 Cassandra purshouse // Jan 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hi, wow, your blog is awesome…and you live in SA. I’m Cassandra, a lucky mother of three amazing children, but we’re really hoping to have three more. We live in Randburg, Guateng and have just started homeschooling through CLASS.
    I teach kiddies craft workshops, make pinatas and produce kiddies craft kits. The kids and I also grow and sell organic herbs. I am so glad I found your site, it’s absolutely wonderful. Be well and God Bless

  • 3 se7en // Jan 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Hi there, pleased to meet you too – glad you like our blog!

  • 4 Grace Lee // Jan 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Been blog hopping… and… PHEW! Amazing little … or big I should say family! Keep it up and God Bless!

  • 5 se7en // Jan 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Nice to meet you! Glad you enjoyed your visit!!!

  • 6 Marina // Feb 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    thanks for the pinata idea… i have 15 mini pinatas drying as we speak for Liam’s 7th birthday on Saturday!!

    you have gorgeous kids and i really enjoyed browsing your blog!!

  • 7 se7en // Feb 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Hi M, Your pinata’s sound fantastic, I hope you all have a great birthday together. So glad you are enjoying our blog!

  • 8 Christelle // Feb 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Hi! So glad I found your blog(by accident as I was looking for a Fingerpaint recipe!) I live in Krugersdorp Gauteng, have 3 boys and is just starting to homeschool my eldest on a trial basis as he only turns 6 this year. I feel overwhelmed though by the huge amount of curriculum choices out there! How did you decide, and could you recommend any? Needs to be cost effective as well..

  • 9 se7en // Feb 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Hi C, Glad you found us! I visited everyone I knew who home schooled and weighed up the pro’s and cons… The one that just fitted us right was Sonlight… we have used it always and loved it. People often say to me its pricey – but all the work is done for you. It comes in a box with all the directions – no preparation time for the already busy mom. And no spending ours trying to source materials. Otherwise do a google for homeschoolers in your area you should be able to find some local support groups in your area.

  • 10 Shirley Ann Vels // Feb 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I love browzing your site. I am also a homeschool mom, I live just up the road in GlenCairn. I would like to invite you to visit my blog site as I blog on faith, family and home schooling.

  • 11 se7en // Feb 12, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Hi glad you enjoyed our site and thanks for the invite to visit yours!

  • 12 Joy Murry // Mar 6, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Hi! “The father person: gave me your blog – it’s fantastic – how do you manage it! Well done! Your kids are gorgeous..I hope we get to meet them one day! Blessings to you from Joy (and Douglas and the 8)
    PS who are you using for blogging?

  • 13 se7en // Mar 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Hi J, glad you like it! We just started blogging for fun and it turns out we totally love it! Who are we using? I am not sure what you mean … wordpress is our “editor”?

  • 14 Abby // Mar 12, 2009 at 2:16 am


    Just seen you have updated the "about" section. It is great you kept the old one too so we can see how the kids have changed. Your littlest hood looks full of mischief!

  • 15 se7en // Mar 12, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Hay A, nice to have you back again… That littlest hood is definitely not one for just observing, she is in with the fray in every way!!! Hood #6 is the most mischief at the moment, my goodness she keeps me on the run… but then that would be “two” for you!

  • 16 Wendi // Mar 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Hi, I smiled when I came upon your site. We, too, have 7 children and get and answer all of the same questions on a daily basis. As homeschoolers, we are out and about during the daytime hours sometimes and get tons of looks and questions. "No school today?", etc. We have 5 girls and 2 boys ages 14, 12, 9,8,7,5,3; pretty similar in ages to yours. We live in southwestern PA. LOVED your "se7en" logo-precious. You are an inspiration to us all! Wendi

  • 17 se7en // Mar 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hay W, How lovely to meet you! How funny that we are living the same life on the far side of the world! You sound about two years down the line from me! Thanks for stopping by!

  • 18 Huisvrou // Jun 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Wish I could get “organized”!! Still wondering wether my children will ever be ready for “grown-up-world”?
    Have 4…. but definitely feel the urge for 2 more (at least), but still waiting on dad to feel the need.
    Came onto your site via our yahoo-group
    Thanks a lot for sharing – will definitely peek in some more – just wish more material in the “relaxed” and “unschooling” way were available in Afrikaans…..

  • 19 se7en // Jun 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Hi H, Glad you stopped by! I hope you find some fun stuff on our blog – it is always nice to find some local input! Take Care and Have a Good Week!

  • 20 Dawn // Jun 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! I am a homeschooling mom (of just two little girls). Love the crafty things, the party things. Too bad you live on the other side of the world – sounds like we have a lot in common. Hard to find other moms around here that are into being crafty and homeschooling. I’m looking forward to following your blog.

  • 21 se7en // Jun 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Hi there D, Nice to meet you too! I am so glad you like some of the things we get up to!!! Take Care!

  • 22 vera // Sep 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

    got your website via a fam member of yours and to my surprise when i went in found that my 13 yrl old has been on your site. hence the questions of home schooling ect what a lovely site im hooked. thanks

  • 23 se7en // Sep 11, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Hi V, Nice to meet you!

  • 24 Southern Gal // Dec 27, 2009 at 6:25 am

    OK. Obviously you don’t live near the beach that I do! I just found your about page. My daughter served on a summer mission trip with Global Expeditions to Botswana a few years ago. She had to fly to SA and then take a bus all the way to Maun. She loves that country.

    And I homeschool(ed) my children. I am using Sonlight this year with my youngest who is in second grade. Love the reading aloud. Nice to ‘meet’ you.

  • 25 se7en // Dec 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Hi Southern Gal, We live a two minute walk from Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town… beautiful family beach where everyone needs to be in the Summer!!!

  • 26 ruth browne // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hi again se7en+1 :) Haven’t seen you around much since we shared a church. Stumbled on your blog by accident, then started recognising faces :) This is a great site!

  • 27 se7en // Jan 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Hay R, That’s a surprise!!! I so was not expecting to hear from you!! Say Hi to your family with love from all of us!!!

  • 28 Trudie // Mar 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Just found your blog! Love it, I am also a Cape Town mommy who is planning to homeschool my little girl, we started already with Tot School. What a wonderful gift you are giving to your children! God Bless.

  • 29 se7en // Mar 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    HI Trudie, So nice to meet you!!! Someone who understands “local is lekker” without any explanation!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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  • 42 jade // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    what a lovely family you have! love finding other homeschool families whereever they may be in the world. We are in the UK and just wanted to say hi and blessings
    jade and family

  • 43 se7en // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Jade, How nice to meet you – I am so glad you stopped by to say hi!!!

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  • 47 julie // Oct 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Just found your site and wanted to thank you for creating it and putting so much energy, creativity and love into bringing up your beautiful kids. we have two at the moment, but you make me want to have more and home school them all :)

  • 48 se7en // Oct 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Julie, So good of you to stop by!!! Thanks for visiting, I am just so glad you felt welcome!!! Hope you have a great visit!!!

  • 49 Melody // Oct 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hey, I too live in the valley and am friends with many of the homeschooling moms in our area. I am sure our paths will cross someday. I am enjoying discovering your blog. :-)

  • 50 se7en // Oct 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Hi M, I am sure we will bump into each other!!! Though it does surprise how few people that we meet on our blog we ever actually meet in person!!! Even so, it is a small world please say hi if you see us!!! Kind of hard to miss a mother with eight kids trailing off in every direction!!! Hope you have a lovely week!!!

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  • 54 Reluctant Mom // Nov 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I stumbled on your blog and well am decidedly jaw-dropping-ago at it all. I tried to troll around for the how and the why – I am sure that seven kids do not just happen, one has one, and then thinks, mmm, nice idea, and then has another.

    At a point then one goes okay we have three/four or what ever and goes, well we cannot actually fit into a normal car anymore, or go to the Spur without getting two tables … and then life takes a bit of a different route.

    I am always interested in they why … if there is a a blog post like that, can you drop me a note with it, as I would love to read it.

  • 55 se7en // Nov 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Hay Reluctant Mom, Always good to meet a fellow South African Blogger, where you can say howzit and lekker in the same sentence and still be understood!!! We always knew we wanted kids and we eventually had our number 1 and from there we knew we were having se7en. When number se7en arrived we knew we still had a #8 between us. Now if we had more I wouldn’t mind!!! You are so right it doesn’t happen overnight… it takes years to grow a family child by little child, they are all unique and marvelous and yes there are a few things we don’t do – trips to the Spur are indeed out (not our favorite dining experience)!!! But we do love eating out and restauranteering ( is one of our favorite pastimes!!! I think our blog is not so much about the why we are a larger than your average 2.5 kids family, but more about how we live and get through our days… I hope this at least vaguely answers your question, at two in the morning it feels distinctly higher grade!!! Hope you have a fun weekend… and I loved your “Throwing the baby out with the bathwater” post!!!

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  • 62 Durban mom in Ireland // Dec 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hi there, I came across your blog a little while back while searching for a koeksisters recipe. I’m from the Bluff in Durban, but moved to Ireland 5 years ago. Got married, had kids etc etc. My husband is Irish and very rarely understands the odd South African comment or saying, but just nods and smiles. The same tends to happen when I make a traditional South African dish, but he does eat it and even though he wouldn’t be a big fan of koeksisters, he did love your milktart recipe. It has definitely become a favourite dessert in this house. I haven’t managed to convince many of the Irish, but it is their loss :)

    I admire the fact that you have 8 children and home-school them all. I’m also surprised to see how many South Africans are home-schooling now. I did my final two years of schooling through ACE, and even though the curriculum isn’t accepted by a lot of universities, I definitely preferred it to the government curriculum. I can easily study from home because of it. I don’t need a lecturer in front of me telling how to do an assignment.

    My question is (out of curiosity), what made you home-school your children in the first place? I have considered it myself, but home-schooling isn’t something that is done over here in Ireland.

    Kind regards

    PS: I’m trying your scones recipe next week 😉

  • 63 se7en // Dec 6, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Hi there Durban Mom in Ireland… Great to meet a reader from so far away!!! And I hope you feel welcome and enjoy a little South African flavor over here!!! Why we homeschool? Well after endless reading and researching we came to the conclusion that by homeschooling we were providing our kids with the very best education we possibly could and the best life-skills necessary for whatever paths they take in their adult lives. It is possible here to sign up and take part in any “end of secondary school” examination… and all tertiary institutions require an entrance examination regardless of which school leavers certificate your child may have. Hope that answers your question and hope you have a happy baking week!!!

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  • 68 Yolande Cullingworth // Dec 29, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Thanks for a wonderful and encouraging blog. We live in Table View, have 6 children and also use Sonlight. Was just wondering if you have any outside help with the house work? I’m struggling to keep up with the laundry and dishes . . . a never ending pile! Yolande xx

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  • 70 se7en // Jan 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Hi Yolande, Sorry this has taken so long – it might be the lack of help!!! I am just catching up with my New Year/Christmas comments… And I wanted to say hi and welcome it is always nice to meet local moms!!! Help: Yes, I have a lady once a week on a Thursday morning… she comes mops all the floors, puts fresh sheets on the bed and leaves!!! It is simply wonderful. Otherwise my kids and I do lots of chores together – always have!!! Usually first thing un the morning and last thing before dinner we have a bit of a rush on chores and get things back to a comfortable level. I never think of getting things done so much as long as we are making progress!!! This post may help you: Se7en chores and life skills we do. Hope you have a great day!!!

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  • 89 Michael // Apr 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Hey, it was good to have met you all and shared the Passover with you on Wednesday night – the Lord bless and keep you

  • 90 se7en // Apr 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Hay, Michael… It was great to meet you and thank-you so much for sharing… Our kids have been talking about their Passover meal for days, I think you had a great impact on them. Thanks again.

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  • 102 Zikhona // Jul 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I am so inspired by your blog. I came across it by accident while goggling about worm farm composting. Lovely little garden you have! I am wowed by you and your family, the fact that at this ages you have already identified the special gifts each of your children posses is wonderful. This just goes to show that with homeschooling, children are not just put in a mould and expected to be same as is the case with normal schooling (public and private). What a special gift this seems to be! I have 3 kids and have been toying with the idea of homeschooling but my oldest is 11 and doing grade 5, I wonder if he can easily be changed to homeschooling. Please advise if you have any idea. My younger 2 are not at school yet so I will be going that route. Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  • 103 se7en // Jul 14, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Hi Zikhona, Thanks for stopping by… I think the transition to changing to from school to homeschool or homeschool to school is a tricky one but it can be done if that is your dream. I have heard folks say it takes at least a month per year of school for the transition. I can’t really advise you, homeschooling is a very personal thing and one of the great things about homeschooling is that every homeschool is quite unique… See what your eleven year old has to say about it often my kids blow me away with their insights. Otherwise do as much as you can to learn about homeschooling, read about homeschooling, meet homeschoolers and mingle with homeschoolers. And can I say the most amazing thing about homeschooling, for me, that I never expected, was just how much I would learn!!! I wish you all the best on your educational journey!!!

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  • 110 Rashmie @MommyLabs // Sep 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I am from India and has been following your blog for a couple of months. Came across it on the Crafty Crow.
    It’s so heartening to see your lovely family and the fact that you homeschool all your kids. I was thinking of taking this path for a long time and finally did a few months back. But, here in India, homeschooling is at a very very nascent stage and very few families in this hugely populated country homeschool. Hence, though I have taken this path, I still carry apprehensions about the aspects of socializing etc for the lack of homeschooling children in the vicinity.
    Besides that, I would like to share that we recently visited South Africa and were there for 3 weeks. We did a self-drive expedition starting Cape Town, over Garden Route and all the way to Kruger. Incidentally, we also stopped by in Fish Hoek for a meal – on the way to The Top Stone Factory (Scrath Patch) in Simons Town. :)
    Now that I know you live in Fish Hoek, it makes the blog look so familiar all of a sudden!!
    I will be sharing my South Africa memories soon on my blog.
    Great to ‘meet’ you and your family! :) All the very best.
    Rashmie @MommyLabs´s last blog post ..Handmade ‘Rakhis’ for ‘Raksha Bandhan’ for the Brother

  • 111 se7en // Sep 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Hi Rashmie, How exciting to know you were just here!!! I am so glad you have been to our town, thank you so much for stopping by and telling us about your trip!!! Fantastic!!! I love your crafty, arty blog so fun and colorful. And I wrote a post on socialization for homeschoolers and you might want to take a look… but seriously our children meet so many people and probably the smallest group are other homeschoolers, and they have so much more time to interact with other children that socialization is the great non-issue in the world of homeschooling!!! All the best with your creative school and have a fabulous day!!!

  • 112 Rashmie @MommyLabs // Sep 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for your reply and for sharing that link about socialization for homeschoolers. I will go through it sometime tomorrow at leisure. :)
    Just wanted to let you know that I shared our South Africa trip through a photo essay on my blog today and also shared your lovely blog with my readers. :)
    Have a look here:
    Rashmie @MommyLabs´s last blog post ..The Mommy Lab Team’s South Africa Adventure!

  • 113 se7en // Sep 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Rashmie… I love your visit to South Africa post, what an adventure… I have so enjoyed exploring your blog, if you are ever ever ever in Cape Town again please stop and say hi!!! Meanwhile have a lovely weekend!!!

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  • 115 Jade // Oct 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hello :)
    I just want to say how much I enjoyed reading your blog, and have marked it as my favourite :)
    I am a mom with a little boy (32 months) whom I intend to homeschool (or unschool) and am really happy to know that you’re so close to me *waves from Noordhoek*
    Looking forward to return to your wonderful blog again and again.
    Have a blessed weekend :)

  • 116 se7en // Oct 11, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Hi Jade, Good to meet you – sorry for the delay in replying… we have been away fro a little while but we are back!!! So good to “meet you” and thanks so much for stopping by to say hi and introducing yourself… I love getting to know our readers better. Hope you have a great day!!!

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  • 128 domestic Goddesque // Jan 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    you totally need a ‘scroll to the top’ button for this page!!
    domestic Goddesque´s last blog post ..BritMums 2012 Meet and Greet

  • 129 se7en // Jan 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Hay Domestic Goddesque – Happy Saturday to you!!! You are totally right of course, and that is totally beyond my capabilities – so now I will have to learn something new this weekend!!! Thanks for the project!!! Have a fab weekend!!!

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  • 147 Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot // Jul 10, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Such an incredibly beautiful family! They are growing up – I so want to visit you all one day. Did you take the kids’ photos? You’re good at that.
    Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot´s last blog post ..Kluane National Park Glacier Tour: Coolest Yukon Day Trip Ever

  • 148 se7en // Jul 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Hay Annabel Candy – So thrilled to have you stop by!!! Yup they grow up!!! And you can only begin to imagine what it is like to take a photograph of a gang of kids!!! All in one spot let alone looking at the camera!!! Would love to have you and your family visit Cape Town one day!!! Have a great week!!!

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  • 162 Mary // Sep 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I stumbled on your website this morning whilst googling for places to visit using my Blackberry in bed. I just had to get up and ‘see you’ on the big screen instead. what an amazing family you all are. you have filled my soul this morning. I am surprised that you even have time to think about writing a blog! I am waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay past the children stage but I am going to pass your link on to some young woman with young children I know. I think mostly what I love is your attitude to life and pure love for your family. Thank you for a magic blog! Mwaah!!!! xx

  • 163 se7en // Sep 24, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Hi Mary, So good of you to stop by and comment!!! Sorry to get you out of bed, but I am so glad you enjoyed your visit over here!!! Hope you have a lovely week!!!

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  • 171 Helen Queener // Dec 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Hi — what a nice surprise to find a homeschooling family in Fish Hoek! I grew up in Muizenberg and am now living in Tennessee and homeschooling my littles. Mine are 10, 7, 5 and 2. Home to back for a visit next year — maybe we’ll bump into each other :)

  • 172 se7en // Dec 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Hi Helen, Good to “meet you” from the far side of the world!!! Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

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  • 188 The Week That Was…6.3 - se7en // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    […] Hood #1: Lego of course… Hood #2: Is all about the Raspberry Pie… the cutest teeniest tiniest computer on earth… Hood #3: Puzzling… Hood #4: Gave up looking for a new blazer and found this handy dandy gadget to spend his birthday money… the kid is growing out of his spy suit… and local stores don’t sell school blazers anymore – tell me folks where do you buy a black blazer for a reasonable price in Cape Town… the search is on!!! Hood #5: Is in charge of the mud kitchen… Hood #6: Is raising snails… collecting snails, watching snails… loving snails… ’tis the season… Hood #7: Is getting ready for school, writing pages and pages, line after line… of “alien…” Hood #8: Discovered he can climb the back wall and parkour training has begun in earnest… […]

  • 189 Se7en + 1 Are Reclaiming The Weekends with Operation S.O.R.T. - se7en // Jul 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

    […] for breakfast are more than enough… and lunch is sandwiches. There is work to be done. Turns out Hood #1 has wanted to learn how to make a full breakfast for the longest time and while everyone got […]

  • 190 Amy Brown // Aug 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Okay, so it brought to tears to my eyes to see the picture of the friend whom I love so dearly. You have so tenderly encouraged, helped to organize, and certainly enriched my life with your love and inspirations. You are a beloved friend and I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful face. Thank you for the many years of sharing your experiences and your family adventures. Give the family a hug from the Browns.

  • 191 se7en // Aug 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Thank you Amy, The sweetest comment ever… So glad that you enjoy following our journey through life and thrilled to hear from you!!! Wishing you all the best and a wonderful week away!!!

  • 192 The Week That Was - 6.6 - se7en // Aug 15, 2013 at 2:46 am

    […] Hood #1: Science experiments at dawn… […]

  • 193 boyschooling // Aug 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    What a gorgeous family. We’re in England. I found my teen wasn’t being pushed with the local home-ed community, so started some on-line lit courses. Maybe your two older ones would be interested? You’re only 1 hour later than we are. Have a look:
    boyschooling´s last blog post ..Training for September

  • 194 se7en // Aug 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Hi there Boyschooling, Lovely to meet you and I love your idea and thank you for the invitation, unfortunately my older kids are immersed in their own projects at the moment and I don’t to want to disrupt the apple cart, so to speak. Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comment, I do so appreciate it.

  • 195 How to Create a Stylus in Just Se7en Steps... - se7en // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    […] we live with an inventor, Hood #2 has been inventing things since the beginning of time. He is mad about electronics and has been […]

  • 196 What We Are Reading Right Now #21... - se7en // Oct 9, 2013 at 8:58 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 197 Sunday Snippet: Never Give Up on Your Dreams… A GiveAway - se7en // Oct 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    […] Hood #3 really enjoyed this book, she was inspired by Gabrielle’s tenacity. The striking difference between the Gabrielle at the beginning of the book and the Gabrielle that she became after becoming a christian is tangible and lovely. It is so good to read books about realistic children like my children, that have dreams and live in regular families with brothers and sisters. Children who like to play and compete and practice at getting better and doing their best. This is an easy to read chapter book, for readers who are comfortable with reading a quick chapter or two in a sitting, or a quick an easy read for a more advanced reader. It doesn’t read as if there is a “preachy lesson” in it, but there is a valuable lesson: Pursuing a dream at any cost is quite a different matter to following your dream and not giving up. […]

  • 198 Saturday Spot: A Vynbos Walk Through Cape Point Nature Reserve... - se7en // Oct 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

    […] Hood #1 looked even closer and took some fabulous […]

  • 199 Se7en + 1 Review the DKbooks Girls' Book of Crafts and Activities... - se7en // Oct 27, 2013 at 1:49 am

    […] Cards: Hood #7 whipped the book away and quietly produced about ten million, billion woven paper cards!!! I love […]

  • 200 Se7en + 1 Review the DK Girls' Book of Crafts and Activities... - se7en // Oct 27, 2013 at 1:53 am

    […] Cards: Hood #7 whipped the book away and quietly produced about ten million, billion woven paper cards!!! I love […]

  • 201 Saturday Spot: The Kitchen Cure... Again... - se7en // Oct 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    […] what are we using our kitchen for right now… Well Hood #3 is working her way through Yuppie Chef’s Online Baking Course – it’s free, […]

  • 202 The Many Weeks That Were... 6.18 - se7en // Nov 7, 2013 at 2:35 am

    […] Hood #1: Photographing everything… […]

  • 203 Quotable Quotes from Se7en + 1 of Cape Town's Celebrity Chefs... - se7en // Dec 14, 2013 at 12:28 am

    […] hadn’t met before, but I have a feeling that if I leave any of these books lying around then Hood #3 will transform our lives forever. In fact I may have to sneak Hood #3 off to visit the Queen of […]

  • 204 What We Are Reading Right Now... #22 - se7en // Dec 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 205 The Week That Was... #6.24 - se7en // Dec 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    […] Hood #1: Drawing and drawing… […]

  • 206 The Week That Was... #6.29 - se7en // Jan 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

    […] Hood #1: Well Tolkein… of course, and spring high-tide… […]

  • 207 Jackie Cameron Cooks At Home - A Review... - se7en // Feb 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    […] Bun Rolls: I gave these rolls to Hood #3, for her weekly baking assignment. Everyone was happy. We don’t usually make rolls with cake […]

  • 208 What We Are Reading Right Now #23 - se7en // Mar 7, 2014 at 1:50 am

    […] Hood #1: Roald Dahl’s Mischief and Mayhem illustrated by Quentin Blake and published by Penguin Books. […]

  • 209 The Week That Was... 6.35 - se7en // Mar 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    […] Hood #1: A lot of fun… […]

  • 210 What We Are Reading Right Now #24... The Galactic Edition... - se7en // Mar 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 211 Se7en's Fabulous Friday Fun #217 - se7en // Apr 7, 2014 at 12:13 am

    […] tween girls – but absolutely anybody can read and, I have to say I totally loved it. But Hood #3 really lived and LOVED it. This is the story of your typical eleven year old girl, Liv, who loves […]

  • 212 The Week That Was - 6.42... - se7en | se7en // Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 am

    […] Hood #1: Trumpeting and trumpeting and trumpeting… […]

  • 213 What We Are Reading Right Now #25 - And A Must Have GiveAway... - se7en | se7en // May 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

    […] Hood #1:Where have we been, I spotted this gem in a local bookshop and we dived into it and read it from cover to cover. For the child that grew up building houses of every single possible shape and form this book is simply a dream come true. Green housing and building and how to do it… how to do just about everything to do with greening and building your home… first project a roof top garden, we seriously have to try this… this book is an absolute inspiration and the sort of book that should be left lying on the coffee table… there is a doable project for almost everyone in the family and nearly 700 pages of inspiration. […]

  • 214 The Week That Was... #200... - se7en | se7en // Jun 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    […] Hood #1: Cartooning, cartooning, cartooning… […]

  • 215 What We Are Reading Right Now #26 - se7en | se7en // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    […] Hood #1: This year marks 100 years since the start of World War I, so I was interested to read this book myself. Turns out it is a brilliant collection of true stories, all sorts of snippets carefully crafted together to create a collection of real stories from “The Great War.” Pages of fascinating facts, photographs, maps, letters, trench songs, even a recipe. There are graphic descriptions on their fight with fleas, lice and flies… This book will give you a feel for life during World War I like no other… life in the trenches, Gallipoli, bombing raids. This book is one of those books that can really be read by any age, some of the details are, as the war was, pretty grim. This is history presented in an unputdownable way. It reads like a true-to-life-story, but the snippets and really interesting documentation placed throughout will keep you turning the pages, looking for more. Grab this book if you see it… it will bring life to your ideas on “World War 1″ like few other books can, it is a quick read… simply because it is fascinating, you will want to read on and know more. This book was given to us for review purposes by PamMacmillan South Africa. […]

  • 216 Se7en + 1 Tips for Riding the Wave of Blogging With Brands... - se7en | se7en // Aug 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

    […] as folk that want to share products with bloggers, but in actual fact it works both ways… Our brand is a family friendly lifestyle blog, who loves the great outdoors. There are some brands that are just never ever going to align well with us and others that do. […]

  • 217 What We Are Reading Right Now #27 - se7en | se7en // Aug 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 218 The Week That Was Post - #201 - se7en | se7en // Aug 17, 2014 at 2:10 am

    […] Hood #1: Is determined to create the entire world of Tolkien on the beach. […]

  • 219 #CTmeetup posts by other bloggers… Meet Robyn | The Stiletto Mum // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    […] We are a homeschooling family with “Se7en + 1″ kids living in Fish Hoek, a seaside town just south of Cape Town in South Africa. We love sharing our outings and photo walks in and around Cape Town, showcasing what our city has to offer families. For more about Seven+1 view her about page. […]

  • 220 #CTmeetup posts by other bloggers… Meet Seven+1 | The Stiletto Mum // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    […] We are a homeschooling family with “Se7en + 1″ kids living in Fish Hoek, a seaside town just south of Cape Town in South Africa. We love sharing our outings and photo walks in and around Cape Town, showcasing what our city has to offer families. For more about Seven+1 view her about page. […]

  • 221 What We Are Reading Right Now #30 - The PanMacmillan Edition... - se7en | se7en // Sep 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

    […] Hood #3: Deep Blue, the first in the WaterFire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly: Hood #3 vanished into this book, and Hood #2 was intrigued after her rave reviews. They both took a day off from the world to read it from cover to cover. I don’t know if I am dying to read a book about mermaids, per se… but I had to take a peak after they both enjoyed this book so much. This book is a mystery… and a saga, it is the first in a series of four. Serafina is a Mediterranean mermaid about to get betrothed to Prince Mahdi, of the Indian Ocean. Serafina is part of the Mer-world, a whole world invented and created just for the saga… Serafina has been having troubling dreams and as you wander into the book you discover that these dreams are more than dreams. You are in the world of mermaids, there will be magic and myth intertwined, and lots of it. This book is not nearly as grown up as it looks, so a good read for the younger teen set. A little love, but nothing untoward or intense, and lots of very capable girls or should I say mermaids directing the story. The book is also full of puns and while the story is a serious one, the puns and humorous style, keep it light. I liked the little details in the book, all the text is blue – adding to the whole “undersea effect.” If you love all things ocean, and pretty and dramatic, then this is a fabulous read… The book ends with a bit of a cliff hanger and you will want the next book in the series to be out already – it isn’t of course. […]

  • 222 The Week That Was - 202 - se7en | se7en // Oct 9, 2014 at 4:06 am

    […] Hood #1: has begun the “quadruple layer, multiple level, never static, we don’t hang laundry anymore” lego storage unit…. […]

  • 223 What We Are Reading right Now... The Pan MacMillan Edition. - se7en | se7en // Dec 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 224 The Weeks That Were... #203 - se7en | se7en // Dec 21, 2014 at 3:16 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 225 The Week That Was #204... - se7en | se7en // Jan 13, 2015 at 2:49 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 226 The Week That Was... #205 - se7en | se7en // Jan 21, 2015 at 3:15 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 227 The Week That Was - #206 - se7en | se7en // Jan 29, 2015 at 3:49 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 228 The Week That Was... #207 The Home School Version... - se7en | se7en // Feb 6, 2015 at 2:11 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 229 Trax // Feb 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

    What an interesting life! Cannot wait to meet you this Saturday.

  • 230 se7en // Feb 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks Trax, exciting times, I can’t wait either… hope you have a fab week!!!

  • 231 The Week That Was... #208 - se7en | se7en // Feb 28, 2015 at 1:54 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 232 The Week That Was... #209 - se7en | se7en // Mar 10, 2015 at 3:53 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 233 What We Are Reading Right Now - #32, A PanMacMillan Edition... - se7en | se7en // Mar 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 234 The Week That Was... #210 - se7en | se7en // Apr 14, 2015 at 2:18 am

    […] Hood #1: […]

  • 235 What We Are Reading Right Now - A Galactic List of New Books from PanMacMillan South Africa. - se7en | se7en // May 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    […] Hood #1: Has been reading The Blackheart Legacy a fantasy series by South African author Liz De Jager. The Blackheart family, live in present times and are called to protect our world from the fae. The fae are beings that range between fairies and monsters, and between good and evil. Enter the heroine, Kit, a teen that has been raised as a normal kid by her grandma and only recently discovered her hidden strengths and calling. Her family are off fighting their own battles and she has a lot to learn. She finds herself thrown into the midst of the drama and has to literally land on her feet and survive – not just survive but fight for the sake of the world around her. In the first book, Banished, Kit discovers her new skills. In the second book, Vowed, she is still learning on the job. The books are a fast paced read, the action palpable. Kit is likeable, you want to know that it all turns out well for her and the world around her in the end. […]

  • 236 The Week That Was #211 - se7en | se7en // Jun 5, 2015 at 2:33 am

    […] Hood #1: TV presenter… […]

  • 237 What We Are Reading Right Now... #34 - se7en | se7en // Aug 19, 2015 at 4:04 am

    […] Hood #4: Predators, the Whole Tooth and Claw Story by Glenn Murphy: Science Sorted just happens to be a great series of books for kids who love and adore facts and books that require interaction in order for them to keep on reading. This book is literally packed with predator facts, not just dinosaurs… don’t be misled, this book is about all predators. Presented in a question and answer format, there are lots of engaging pictures and factoid bubbles and there are activities and things to do through out the book. In fact there is so much going on in this book that “never a dull moment” comes to mind… it is perfect for the emerging reader who would be overwhelmed by a great big fat chapter book. […]

  • 238 What We Are Reading Right Now... #35 - se7en | se7en // Sep 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    […] Hood #1: Half a Man by Michael Murpurgo and illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan. This is Michael Morpurgo at his best, short, sweet and aimed straight at the heart. Poignant describes it, but it is more than that. This is the sort of book that a middle school reader will read and perhaps bounce off, but it is the kind of book you will want to read as an adult too… because it goes so much deeper. It is the story of a young lad, Michael, who is told not to look at his grandpa’s face. His grandpa was badly burnt when his ship was torpedoed during World War II and his life was changed forever. His grandpa never smiles but it was years before he realized that it was the result of the burn, rather than his personality. Michael lived almost his entire life before hearing the true story from his grandpa… How he survived and after weeks and months inhospitable he was able to return home severely disfigured, hence the title: “Half a Man.” His grandpa’s life was a shattered, and he never felt like his full self again… In true Michael Morpurgo style there is a true story behind the story and you can read more about the surgeon Archibald McIndoe at this site. […]

  • 239 What We Are Reading Right Now #36, the PanMacMillan Edition... - se7en | se7en // Oct 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    […] Hood #1: Machine Gunners by Robert Westall: As I began this book I realised that I read this book as a child, I distinctly remember it, it stood out that much. It is set in a town in Northern England during World War II, and is the kind of glorious and terrifying adventure that adults would never expect children to have. In the local school there is pressing competition and status is defined according to one’s hierarchy of war debris collected and discovered. The fourteen year old hero, Chas, believes he has “arrived” when he discovers a downed German plane. Someone else has already laid claim to that, but it leads to a bigger and more frightening discovery… the plane’s machine gun is still intact. Chas and his friends decide to detach the machine gun. All the while the pilot’s body remains in the cockpit. It is grim and terrifying. Together the friends create an air-shelter and watch for the Germans, as the story gets more and more gripping. Pick it up, it is an excellent read, years after it’s launch, the relaunch is just as epic. This book is a must read for any middle-to-high schooler learning about World War II, who want to get a genuine feel for what life was really like. […]

  • 240 Kirsti // Oct 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Can anyone home school? I am relocating to Fish Hoek in December and am battling to find space in a school for my 11 year old daughter and wondered if home schooling might be an option? How do I look into this?

  • 241 se7en // Oct 22, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Kirsti, Yes, in a nutshell, anyone can homeschool… The best place for you to start your journey on our blog would be: at this post here, about homeschooling in the South Peninsula.
    And I wouldn’t hesitate to get your hands on this book, an invaluable reosurce: The third book in this post, by Shirley Erwee and I interviewed her in this post… Her books and her website (link in post) have heaps of information regarding the legalities and registration and such like. I really hope this helps, all the best finding the information you need!!!

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