Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Stonehenge, WOW!

It was built in stages over a period of more than a thousand years, and was finished around 1500BC.
To move one of the stones from the quarry 32km (20 miles) away, it took 10 000 men. Some of the stones weigh as much as 370 people. The holes that were dug for the stones to sit in, were dug with tools made of bone and deer antlers. The soil that came out of these holes were carried away in baskets by women. To shape the rock they used heavy stones. They also used these stones to carve out lumps/holes, so that each of these rocks fit like a glove into each other.
It is thought that it was used for religious ceremonies, but some experts think that the mysterious stone circle was also used as a giant outdoor calendar.
What do you think?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.
People all over the world are coming together to celebrate the natural wonders of our planet and to dedicate themselves to preserving those wonders for future generations.
In the southern Line Islands, the Ocean Now expedition is showing us just how rich and diverse our ocean can be--and what we risk losing if humans continue to pollute, overfish, and injure our planet's natural ecosystems. Precious few pristine and undamaged coral reefs remain, so it's up to us to raise awareness about the need to protect these rare gems.
We must all do our part, no matter how big or small, we can all make a difference!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Viva South Africa!!

Yes, once you have heard a lion roar in the bush in the early hours of the evening, seen an elephant majestically cross the path in front of you, looked into the eye of a buffalo a few meters away, stood at the tip of the mountain at Cape Point and watched the two oceans meet, lived and breathed in this beautiful country of South Africa, you can travel far and wide, but still know that South Africa is your home!
We have our elections coming up on Wednesday 22 April, please pray that it will be peaceful and that God's will be done concerning the future of our country.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Homeschooling and Loving it!

We only started homeschooling at the beginning of March as we ordered late and had to wait for our books to arrive. So, during the school break over Easter, we worked through. Not that it was too much of a punishment, as we are all loving the learning!
In South African history we have been learning about the Bushmen or San People. No one really knows why they did these beautiful drawings on their cave walls. Some say that it was done during story telling or braging sessions, others say it was to teach strategy for hunting the next day. It could even have just been for decoration. Whatever it was for, it tells us the story of the people who once lived there.
Jaina had to draw her own bushman art and Caitlyn had to write a story as if she were a young bushman, explaining why she did this drawing, what materials she used to create it and what her family thought about it when she was done. I must say, even though I am her mother, she is quite the story writer. One day I will post one of her stories and you can tell me what you think ....