Gees van die Labrador

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The book provides entertainment, especially to those who wonder about life on a farm. Country folk on the other hand may be taken back to their own days on the farm and find themselves reminiscing about their carefree times in the country. The book is based on a more simple life around a small rural town in the “Riemland” or thong country. Experience farm life as only Makkie can cook it up. More

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Published by Kameeldoring Boeke
Words: 87,380
Language: Afrikaans
ISBN: 9780987016416
About Makkie de Beer

My name is Makkie de Beer, a 76 year old widow with a love of poetry rhyme and a passion for writing stories. My home is the southern foothills of the mysterious Zoutpansberg in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

I grew up at Kareepoort near Brits, my father was a farmer, Carel van Wyk and my mother Lettie hails from the diamond fields. I married my farmer / writer husband Bertus de Beer in 1953 and went on to assist him on the farm De Kroon, downstream of the Hartebeespoort Dam. On this farm along the Crocodile River, we farmed, dreamed and brought up four busy sons. They are Jaco, Karel, Bertie and Buks. (I live with my youngest son Buks and his wife Adri in Louis Trichardt). In our retirement we first stayed at Kosmos along the Western side of the Dam and later moved to Hoedspruit where my husband passed away.

From there my life made a few other twists before I ended up here in Louis Trichardt.

I love poetry and writing and this, my first "farm novel", is now available with the name "Gees van die Labrador”, meaning Spirit of the Labrador". The story concerns the fortunes of a few families in the "Riem Land" or Thong Country. This is a gripping story of the farming community around Rietfontein in the Eastern Free State. Unusual events that affected the lives of ordinary people, drastically changing their world and their lives. Join these families and enjoy their healthy innocent lifestyle, the lifestyles of our ancestors.

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Review by: Doris Koekemoer on Oct. 15, 2012 :
Hierdie plaasstorie ruik vir my net soos my ouma se kombuis op De Kroon naby Brits. Dit laat my mond water vir die lekker kos wat op die ou koolstoof gemaak word. Ek verlang na die lang kuier op die skaduryke stoep van die ou opstal met sy dik rousteen mure en rooi gepoleerde vloere waarop die honde uitgestrek lê en slaap.

Dankie vir die geskiedenis van El Alamein en hoe dit die jong manne beïnvloed het in hulle latere lewens. “'n Duisend kanonne het dag en nag die Duitse stellings gebombardeer en “Satan se Tuin” vir hom sooi vir sooi omgespit en natgelei met mensebloed.” Hierdie stukkie uit tannie se beskrywing van die geveg, sal ek seker nooit vergeet nie. Wat egter my hart aan flarde geskeur het was die smart van die moeders en geliefdes van die jong mans wat nooit terug gekom het van die oorlog af nie. “Net 'n pakkie met sy persoonlike goedjies en haar laaste brief – is dit al wat van Jan se lewe oorgebly het? By 734 ander families in Suid-Afrika het soortgelyke pakkies aangekom van almal wat gesneuwel het by El Alamein.”

Nou swem die letters opnuut voor my oë en as ek kon sou ek vir tannie 10 sterre gegee het vir die pragtige storie van Wagter en sy baas.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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