Monday, August 13, 2018

Kiki's Childhood Home Movies I Circa Late 1990 I Reading With Grandpa

Good morning my dears.


"Grandpa" William Harold Smith
b. August 4th, 1924 d. 1999

married on December 12th to

"Granny" Veronika Ortrud Heier
b. December 27th, 1938 d. December, 2010

[Heier family and Otto family genealogy]

In memory of my late Grandpa's 94th birthday month, here's one of my childhood home movies, circa late 1990. The video was filmed at our home in Germiston, South Africa shortly after the arrival of my baby sister, Gigi.

Kiki Nakita

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Memories From Summertime 1997

Good afternoon my dears. 

This week, month, year has been fluttering by. Wouldn't you agree?

Today, I thought I'd take you back in time. I recently found this is a picture of my younger sister, Gigi, and me in northern France during our summer holidays in 1997.  The picture is a scanned copy through glass, which the print adhered itself to over the past two decades. 

At that time my Nana who was with us on the trip was 66, my Mum was 36, I was 11, and Gigi was 6. I remember declaring it the best year ever, and for whatever reason, I remember being my happiest self at that time. Cue the photos:

My Mum and Me. 

11 years old and wearing a hairband and jelly shoes. 

We were staying in the countryside on a holiday home site. These were some of other children, Gigi and me got to play with. 

A few weeks after this summer holiday, I started Kenilworth high school, and at the time it felt like everyday was going to be the same. As if time would stand still forever. But as we all know life flutters by, and all we have are treasured and preserved memories. 

I'd love to know, what are some of your favorite childhood summertime memories?

Kiki Nakita

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Parent Trap

Good afternoon my dears,

There's been so many pictures of summer camp on my Facebook news feed. It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood movies, The Parent Trap. I like the 1961 version with Haley Mills, but relate to the 1998 version with Lindsey Lohan, who is the same age as me.
In the 1998 version, the girls have one parent living in the U.S and one parent living in the U.K and their experiences are much like my childhood of traveling between the two parents and the two countries. My dad also looked a lot like Dennis Quaid and my mum looks a lot like the late Natasha Richardson.
Which twin am I more like? Hallie, the hip Californian, or Annie, the proper London miss? And which movie represents a story in your life?

Kiki Nakita
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Friday, June 29, 2018

32nd Birthday in Ireland

Good afternoon my dears,

Around the same time we were planning our trip to Ireland for my 32nd birthday, we found out several other friends of our were also going to be there around the same time. Our friends Vicky & Paul, and Autumn &  Daniel. What a coincidence! Also a coincidence, author Susan Branch celebrated her seventy-first birthday in Ireland this year too, which you can read about here

Susan Branch, at Beatrix Potter's Garden in May, 2018

The Green Hen
Delicious dining in Dublin, Ireland

We were so fortunate to be in Dublin during a heat-wave, with sunny 70 degree days. 

Dublin Castle 

Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. From 1204 until 1922 it was the seat of English, and later British rule in Ireland. During that time, it served principally as a residence for the British monarch’s Irish representative, the Viceroy of Ireland. [1]

Just your average tourists. 

Clontarf Castle Hotel
We stayed in this charming historic castle from 1172. George Frederick Handel, the composer, was also a regular guest of Clontarf Castle. 

 The Dark Hedges
 Our attempt at a selfie. We need practice as you can see. 

One of our favorite places in Northern Ireland.

It is said fishermen, fishing for Atlantic salmon, first erected a rope bridge here more than 350 years ago. My maternal Welsh ancestors were fishermen, so maybe that's why I always enjoy the coastline so much. 

Cory discovered a cave to go and explore.

Giants Causeway 
40,000 basalt columns, dating back to the volcanic age around 60 million years ago.

Trying to balance.

Dunluce Castle 
Built on the dramatic coastal cliffs by the MacQuillan family around 1500. The lady of the castle was hosting a dinner party one night and noticed none of the servants had come to serve dinner. So she sent a staff member to go and check. The staff member came back to tell the lady of the castle that the whole kitchen had fallen into the Atlantic Ocean. Shaken up, the family left shortly after and never looked back. 

32nd Birthday Dinner
Dressed up for dinner at Fahrenheit Restaurant.

 Hill of Tara
The stone of destiny from the Neolithic era, is where high kings were inaugurated in Ireland. 

There's a lot of mythology and folklore surrounding the hawthorn tree, also known as the may tree. Supposedly fairies meet here, and bad things happen to anyone who tries to cut it down, so they grow everywhere in the Irish countryside.

Bective Abbey
Founded in 1147, the abbey and its estate lands were confiscated during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1530. It was also used for scenes from Braveheart. 

Trim Castle
Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle, with beautiful views of the River Boyne. It was also used for scenes from Braveheart. 

This hill may not look that steep, but our legs definitely got a good workout. This is an area of great historical importance, as its home to a group of megalithic tombs dating back to the 4th millennium BC.

The mythological and sacred center of Ireland. 

Knights Bar
Dinner on the last night at our hotel. 

You can watch our video below. 

Sending you some Irish luck 🍀

Kiki Nakita

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