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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Home, Sweet Home

We were having an awesome holiday and had been able to fit in a few field trips for the boys last week.

We took it easy on the weekend with just visits to the beach and relaxing at home. Unfortunately Daddy slipped and fell in a tidal pool on Sunday morning and hurt his foot so we took Monday off for him to rest and recover. I ended up having to take him for x-rays though because of the swelling and we found he’d broken his 4th metatarsal. They were able to supply him with a moon boot and crutches and by Tuesday he was ready to join us for a tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We were fortunate to have a private tour so Clive could hobble along slowly with his sore foot. We saw the inside of the stadium, one of the dressing rooms and received a brief overview various aspects of the building.

We also took a ride up to the top of the stadium in the SkyCar for a breathtaking 360ยบ view of Durban from the SkyPlatform. From up there all the city landmarks are visible by day. I can just imagine what an awesome sight it would have been if it hadn’t been a cloudy day.

From the stadium we headed off to Durban for a visit to Mini Town.

I was pleasantly surprised at how clean, tidy and well maintained this attraction was for an establishment that was over 30 years old. It gives a good impression of some of Durban’s most interesting buildings.

With this visit complete, we headed back to our holiday home for Clive to go rest his broken foot.

On Wednesday we took a drive to Maydon Warf for a visit to the Sugar Terminal. Once again we were fortunate to have a private tour.

The tour guide gave us a short overview the process of sugar production as well as the purpose and functions of  SASA (South African Sugar Association). Then we saw a short video presentation where after the guide took us for a tour and overview of all the different aspects of the facilities.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos inside the facility. 

From the Sugar Terminal we headed off to the Durban City hall that houses the Durban Natural Science Museum.

Although not as big and impressive as some of the other places we’ve visited, this museum houses a wide variety of stuffed insects, birds, fish and reptiles that echo evidence of their earthly existence. There are also various diorama exhibitions and plasma screens showing natural history scenery. Standing under a life size reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, can make one feel very tiny.

After the museum visit it was once again time to head back to our holiday home, but this time to pack and get ready for the long road back to Johannesburg.

On Thursday morning we were up bright and early to head home.

However, we had just one more stop to make as we came trough Pietermaritzburg. We stopped at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum just before 9am.

Of all the museums we’ve visited thus far I found this one by far the most impressive.

After 2 hours browsing the museum hit the road for another 6 hours drive home. We arrived home around 4h30pm and with that reached the end of our holiday.

This afternoon the boys were back at Junior engineering and the last 3 weeks  of our schoolyear are in sight.