Dark in the parks

This is another thing you get used to living in SA, power outages. Been gone since 4pm and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon. Not only is the house freezing, it is going to be the coldest night in the parks they say. I’m not looking forward to this night.

Funny actually, every evening when I go to bed I have one little thing I really look forward to. My electrical blanket. I dare say, I tend to go to bed earlier just because I know how nice it is to lye there and snuggle. Well tonight no blanket and a alarm beeping every 5 second telling me it has run out of power. Thanks I could have guessed that.

Let’s just hope the power is back on tomorrow morning. Pleeeeeas!

Please be careful!

So suddenly it happens, the thing you dread the most. Your child has put his life in danger. Five seconds and the world turns. Five seconds and he is right in front of you but you don’t get it until it is too late.

V managed to crawl under a bench in our back garden. He found a bottle with some kind of transparent liquid and put it to his mouth and drank. The panic I felt, seeing my child coughing and crying holding this bottle in his hand. I had never seen the bottle before, I had no clue what was in it.

My head went blank, what do I do? Do I throw him into the car and drive as fast as I can or do I call someone? How much time do I have? I looked at him, trying to see what my options were. I took the bottle, read the label and smelled the liquid. I tried to make him vomit (which is the last thing you should do). I gave him milk, I don’t know why, it felt right at the time. By the time I got through to the emergency service, V had calmed down and looked quite ok. A bit shaken, but ok.

After discussing with emergency, my paediatrician, my GP, poison centre, the hospital, I decided to take him to the emergency room just in case. Even though he looked and acted  fine, I wanted to be sure. After 20 min we got to see a doctor and she did all the checks. He stayed for observation another hour and then we were ok to go. I felt completely safe when I took him home.

This was a wake up call, I still have some electrical sockets that are not plugged even though Andrea crawls and his finger fits perfectly. I have some washing stuff under the sink in the kitchen, thinking V is too old to do anything stupid. HOW WRONG I WAS. He is 2,5 years – everything is an adventure, everything is interesting.

Today I did a full security inspection of the house. I see this as a warning and I hope you do too…

Good to know

The poison centre SA: 0216895227


  • Do not give an unconscious person anything by mouth.
  • Do not induce vomiting unless you are told to do so by the Poison Control Center or a doctor. A strong poison that burns on the way down the throat will also do damage on the way back up.
  • Do not try to neutralize the poison with lemon juice or vinegar, or any other substance, unless you are told to do so by the Poison Control Center or a doctor.
  • Do not use any “cure-all” type antidote.
  • Do not wait for symptoms to develop if you suspect that someone has been poisoned.

more info 


I didn’t know…

So I have discovered the following. It is very nice to have a fire place in the living room close to the kitchen. It is also a plus that it’s on gas…10 sec to light. A Nespresso milk frotter is a must have! Having the radio with in a good range, easy to turn on and off…well makes u do just that. And the kids…well if you want to have them at safe distance from the fire place and your hot coffee, just use the security door.



So I have been up since 04:00 yeay! I’m so tired I’m dizzy. But I promised myself that I had to go to my tennis lesson no matter what. And I did.
Rafa has decided to whip me into shape. My weakness – I think I can rest while the ball is still in play. I also believe that my feet should not move to much and the back should do most of the bending. Well R has not given up on me and today we had some really good rallys. But it broke me totally and I have been living on coffee the whole day. I’m just going to watch the Argentina – Suisse game and after that I’m done. Already longing for the electrical blanket…



No energy left. I’m sittning watching the after talk after the Nigeria – France game. Love the after talk, a glass of good red wine and pull up my feet in the sofa. I love checking all the angles in slow motion. Debating if it was offline or not. Getting upset over “filming” and wrongly given penalties.

I have not been that lucky this WC. All the teams I have been cheering for have left so far. Italy, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria…well yes I like underdogs. They play with more hart and soul. I want a underdog winner, I want a team that no one believed in, I want a miracle.

So now you wonder why this picture, where does Vs swimming lesson fit in. Well it doesn’t, I was supposed to write about something else…

Going from 12th to 10th

So I’m not Gabi on 12th anymore…I’m Gabi on 10th and eventually Gabi on 14th.

Moving is exhausting, packing up 2,5 years, two kids, two dogs and yourself. The hard thing is not the big sofa or he TV, the hard thing is the drawer in the kitchen filled with thing that are “good to have”. Pieces of paper, foreign money, old pair of glasses, plasters, pens. Everything needs to be sorted and thrown or put away. When it is done it feels like you are reborn. Life is easy again, no more un necessary stuff lying around. Your freeeee!

So we have stored everything (more or less) and taken our little family to a temporary house on 10th. Beautiful house lent to us by amazing friends. Then after my Swedish vacation (hopefully) we are moving in to another beautiful house owned by amazing friends. This time I hope we can relax for a while, enough to have a kitchen drawer filled with “good to have stuff”.



I think this sums it up quite well. Both me and F are in the toddler fog. We take every opportunity for a quick nap. This was F “guarding” A while I made lunch.

We are moving on Saturday, the day before the day I should have gone back to Sweden. Just realised that being a parent has taught me more than just effective planing, 5 min sleeps and patience. It has told me to accept the situation if you can’t change it. Three years a go I would have gone crazy, grinding my teeth in my sleep and woken up angry.

Wakie pakie


Going to bed at 01:00 is not ok, not if you have a 8 month old who is teething. He woke up every hour, eventuely I gave up and took him to bed with me, on me. And when you are so tired that you just want to scream, when the world spins and you don’t know night from day….well he looks up and gives you a smile. Red cheeks, drooling and super happy that he finally got his way.

At 5:30 V comes him with his big yellow car, that can play 10 different extremely loud songs. Everything from marching music to lullabies. But as the car is “screaming” they all sound the same. He says “tända lampan” and before I can stop him he reaches for my bedside lamp. Then he puts the big yellow car in the bed next to Andrea and says – saring is kaing (sharing is caring) – yepp that is so true. Andrea give out a loud happy noise and starts to chew on one wheel.

Vittorio goes to fetch more toys, the elephant and the crocodile strait from the bath so they are still filled with water – yeay pool party in bed. Some of my friend tell me to ignore V when he wakes up at 5:30 – well I would if I could.



Bad mood

Thx Su for the awesome pants – love them!!!

Standing in a very cold kitchen. Trying to get some heat from the gas stove. Winter is coming, winter is here. Normally I love kitchens, but this one is catastrophic…there is no way you can get it warm.

Both kids are sleeping (at the moment) I should enjoy this but if don’t. I just want to go to bed and let this day be past. I have talked to so many people affected by this new immigration law. Friends (expats) that have had to cancel trips to see their family. Trips planed since months. Weddings, birthdays.

These trips to go home just for a couple of weeks …well they are essential for us. We need it to charge the batteries and also to fall In love with SA all over again (when we come back).
July was the light in the tunnel and now it is just black. It is truly unfair!

Shop shop shop

For quite some time I have tried to develop my own online shop….and today it is ready!

If you click on my Gabi On 12th Design link to the right on this page you will end up here…

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You find the link ” shop” in the top right corner….it will take you here…

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Please have some patience as this is my first web shop (ever) and I would love if you could give me feedback, anything you can think of from spelling mistakes to price tags.

And remember - I made the design but I give you the freedom (if you want) to choose you colour, length and material.