So Many Of Us Were Raises By African Mothers- At Times I Find A Story That Resonates – And Have Too Share It

Thank you firstly to Catherine Treki who penned this.

Thank you for the tears, the laughter, the memories and the joy.

I grew up like this but was lucky enough to have two moms – My African Momma and my own – yet Christina (my momma number two) was most definitely exactly this to me – A mom.

Not only were we blessed to have her, but her 4 daughters became our sisters.

Always remember that no one is born hating another … it is taught. And wouldn’t it rather be amazing to allow your kiddies two families instead of one?

So many of us were raised by African Mothers

Strong African women


Often not even our own.

Bread winners

We were carried on backs, tightly swaddled with a well worn towel

Soothed by sweet songs we maybe didn’t even understand the words to

Swayed to sleep

Given tasters of pap and sous and drums and dance

Taught to receive with hand to wrist

We were blessed with warm sunshine smiles and heartfelt hugs



We were raised with love

This is the difference…

In a country where so much fear and hatred and misunderstanding has been rife through difficult years

We are still rooted

To this soil

And the roots



to an African Mother….

I Was So Lucky

On nights when my heart is sore oh so sore, and the memories of you are so vivid – I thank God that I still have, and always will be able to hold onto those.

I so often lose my breath when I think of you, my first love, not being alive on earth – but Daddy I know you are so happy and in a much better place, looking down on us and guiding us, forever. Always my 911.

Pops, I was lucky 🍀 for 37 years to have you. Most don’t get that chance or a hero daddy like you.

My first love, though oh to dance with my father again.

Losing A Good Good Daddy. The Grief Is Too Real.. Everyday

I still need to write your whole story… the story of a legend in every walk of life. Most of all the story of my Pops.My Daddy.My Protector.My First Love.

It will happen, I’m just a bit scared to start as I know the tears won’t stop. For now this is just a short excerpt of a day missing you so very much.

This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.

Today you popped up on Facebook.

Pops I just wish so often you could pop up in this crazy world.
Will the grief ever end no matter how strong we try to be and how happy we know you are.

Will thinking I see you somewhere and realise I haven’t with a drop of my heart ever become a reality that you are gone forever.

Today was a day.

Tears poured.

Yet I always make myself remember YOU my dear daddy were and looking down from Heaven still are, a good good father.

I adore and miss you with an aching heart.

I love you with an infinity which we will spend together. Until then I crave you always.

Your Becky

To The First Person I Fell In Love With … Momma

“When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”….

You were the first person I fell head over heels in love with,momma.

The one I first opened up my eyes too and knew that I would be loved by, a Heavenly angel forever to take care of me.

I am not blessed to have you as a mom, I am the luckiest girl in the world. No two like you were created and I get the perfection that was.

The entire world family, friends and strangers alike would, without a doubt say; you are the epitome of everything good in this world.

Love Unconditional

You truly are the rarest of gems, God spent his time polishing to perfection.

This world would be an empty space without you as you light up and fill every room you walk into, with beauty, dignity, love, holiness and light.

Dad, was always (in his own grumpy way) head over heels for you. He would be so proud of all you are doing to keep us afloat and strong.

Momma you make loving easy.

That’s why this love can’t sit still and is so full – it’s a skip to the sun, a jump to the moon perhaps a little leap to Mars, straight up to the Milky Way and the Heavens above and right down to the depths of our incredible oceans.

YOU, Denise Bayvel are everything.

I love you infinite ♾ time infinity.


Cape Town Luxurious Holiday Rental On The Oceans Edge. 500meters from the beach

Luxury Holiday Rental or for Sale Unit 3 on The Oceans Edge at No 1 Chapman’s Peak. Paradise Awaits

Your holiday on the oceans edge! Rentals only 10 days or more!

Positioned atop the famous Chapman’s Peak road, is the last residential apartment block (newly updated); No 1 Chapman’s Peak Estate, a mere 500 meters from the beach. In this block your paradise awaits. Unit No 3 A large secure apartment completely your own– newly renovated. Fully furnished, bespoke & designer with frameless glass all around.

Unit 3 @ No 1 Chapmans Peak Drive was designed and renovated into a bespoke, sophisticated, modern apartment with a homely ambience. Stepping inside, you will immediately sense that the furnishings, finishes, lighting and artwork have been professionally selected. You will feel as if you are in a private luxurious cocoon, perched on top of some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world. Watch the sunset and the view of the entire bay area, from the large open plan living and dining room or your main room via floor to ceiling concertina glass windows, take in the beauty of dolphins playing, yachts lying anchored and fishermen’s ferry’s returning from their day’s catch. A State of the art kitchen provides everything you need for your stay and opens up onto the lounge/dining room. The bedrooms are divine as both are large with comfortable beds. A large king size in the main room and double in the second room, fitted with stunning linen. Both en suite – what a pleasure! These en suite bathrooms include 2 large separate showers and a bath. You also have a guest bathroom. As you sit right on the Atlantic Ocean, feel the tantalizing smell and presence of the ocean, the touch of a sea breeze and the wonder of a star filled sky at night. Enjoy a morning coffee and breakfast, on the oceans edge to the the sound of waves crashing onto the white sand with the beach just a few steps away. The apartment houses views of the azure Atlantic Ocean as well as the entire bay that makes up HoutBay and further up the coast.

For more/to book contact JoJo 0824619996