Jane Ballot

Jane Ballot in writing

The Lessons we Learn

You can learn lessons from some of the most amazing places – even from a guy stranded on Mars. Well, in a movie. Learning a lesson from a movie is, I suppose, not totally unexpected and can be quite logical actually. Depending on the lesson. We’ve just come back from watching the new Matt Damon…

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It’s my birthday…

(re 6th October. Posted 7th October.) Today is my birthday. It is also the anniversary of the mastectomy. A few times today I have thought, “This time last year.” The first time was earlyish this morning, when Paul was cooking breakfast. I started off by saying something like, “This time last year I was off…

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Dear Mum…

We are working on a production based on this blog. Part of the process has had me thinking about Mum a lot… Dear Mum It feels as though so much has happened in the last little while. And everything is overshadowed by losing you. I think that losing a parent must be one of the…

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Moving onwards

There are special moments, special things that happen for which we often will plan and of which we are very well aware. There are those moments that are supposed to be special, for which we may plan, but which (for various reasons) never quite work out as planned. Or hoped for. Then there are those…

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Take the moment

Today I faced one of my personal fears – theme park fun rides! It seems like such a small and random thing to be afraid of, but it’s all got to do with being a control freak and wanting to know that I am able to make the ‘escape’ decision, if I want to. Well,…

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In family lies strength

Yesterday I drove  Oupa to a family funeral – 400kms (give-or-take) round trip, for a short service and a short chat between various family members, most of whom had not seen each other for a long time. The whole thing brought a few things to mind. One of these was the value of family, something…

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Encouragement all the way

I just saw a button that must date from the World Cup in 2010. It has the national colours and says “One nation, one team”. Sometimes, I wonder. If South Africans parent the way in which we (well, most of us) seem to deal with our national teams, then we must (generally) be pretty poor…

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Special places, special memories

We were lucky enough to be able to spend the weekend at Mabula, which is another of the beautiful places in this country that we are fortunate to be able to visit at least once a year. Even though we only spend a couple of days there every year, it feels, in its own way,…

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The way we see things

Every time I go on a literal journey, I am reminded of the wonderful expanse and diversity of terrain and experience we have in this country. The journey doesn’t have to be that far, or even to some beautiful rural location to make me look at things around me and re-think the way I see…

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Back in the saddle…

Last night I went to the dam, mainly to fetch Sarah, but also because I felt like going to just check it out. It’s not unusual for me to be at the dam – Dani still does paddling twice a week and I have been paddling again, now that the weather is warming up. It…

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