Hello, there! My name is Victoria Dühring.
(You pronounce our German-heritage surname/last name like: “to get up ‘during’ the night.”
Just pretend there isn’t a weird umlaut or an ‘h’! =D )
The Short Version:
(Gettin’ down to the nitty-gritty)
Wife, Mama to 2, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Niece, and Friend.
Elder Millennial and 90’s baby.
Huntress and firearm enthusiast.
Novice Cyclist and Archer.
Foodie and traveller.
Texas born and bred; former resident of South Africa.
Afrikaner deur huwelik.
Macintosh product and software advocate.
Lover of all savory foods, and a big glass of sweet iced tea on a wrap-around porch.
Firm believer that grapes don’t belong in chicken salad, and not an aficionado of red wine or cucumbers.
(But give me all the white wine and pickles.)
I blog about all, some, or none of the above.
The Long Version:
I am a native born, proud Texan; The Hill Country is my home. I grew up on a large working ranch in Southwest Texas near a small agricultural town with a great atmosphere and strong community.
The Texas Counties of Uvalde, Kinney, Real, Edwards, Zavala, Medina, and Val Verde make up the region that raised me.
When I was 18 and just finishing up my first semester of college, I met my now husband, Siegfried “Ziggy”, a professional hunter visiting from South Africa, through a mutual friend in the teeny town of Brackettville. After he received his J-1 Student visa, we both attended college together for two years. Afterwards we moved to South Africa, got married there, and resided there for three years before moving back to Texas at the end of 2015.
(Whew. Let me tell you – moving internationally and all the paperwork that goes with it is a chore!)
I truly delved into the South African culture while living there, and love it immensely. If I had not had the experience of living in South Africa I do not think I would be who I am today, or know so well what makes my husband tick since I can actually understand how he grew up and all the differences between our upbringings.
And now that we are raising two beautiful sons, ages 3 and an infant, that understanding is even more important so that we are able to be a good parent team and partnership.
We are extremely blessed to have the family we do and to have the opportunity to raise our boys in Texas.
We live on just under 5 acres and are further blessed to both have our own businesses and work from home.
While we may be surrounded by Mesquite trees and Guajillo brush outside our windows,
our home life consists of a melded blend of South Africa and Texas always.
We play a mix of country music and Afrikaans, and likewise the food I make is just as varied – some nights we have fajita tacos, others I make bobotie, geel rys, drie boontjie slaai, en melktert. ;) (And of course we BRAAI…)
I still sometimes have to restrain myself to say the ‘Texas words’ instead of the British/South African slang English words, such as ‘Dust Bin’ and ‘Robot’… some things have just stuck.
We greatly enjoy the life we lead, which sometimes takes us all over the world, making friendships with many different people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
In our free time, we enjoy being active participants in IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competitions, spending (lots of) time at the shooting range, travelling, sightseeing, fishing, riding our mountain bikes wherever we can, and being frequent movie-goers.
I am always up for hearing comments of encouragement, the general ‘hello from _____’, or whatever question you may have. Feel free to contact me by going to the “Contact” page.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you stay tuned for all to come!
Welkom by my lewe, ‘n hoe gaan dit met jou?
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