Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Minky is Watching You


Leaving for work this morning, I somehow disturbed Princess Minky’s cat nap. Ahhh the life of a cat, no cares other than when you hungry you eat, and when you tired, take a cat nap in a sunbeam. Minky is a very playful puddy tat and just loves her daddy, which believe it or not is me, this iggy person.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Captain Hop Along


What is all this foot fetish things that my friends are suffering from? Last Wednesday one of my friends Jedidjah, fractured her toe, not to be left out her husband Mark tore his Achilles tendon the next day, and on the same day Desmond, from work decided to drop a railway sleeper onto his foot. Go figure hop alongs.

Here is Des, Monday morning wearing his new boot doing his best Captain Morgan impression. He was telling me that if his foot doesn’t heal correctly then he will need to get pins implanted into his foot.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Landlord from Hell


With the first of the spring rains here, our newly thatched roof leaked like a sieve just like we expected after viewing the shoddy workmanship of the so called clowns of thatches. The question that begs to be asked is where the landlord get those jokers. The numerous calls and sms’es to our landlord from hell didn’t get any response and we were left to re arrange our lounge to miss all the waterfalls streaming down from this unholy roof.

Well the spring rains herald the spring season and with our entire household in a shambles it is a perfect time to spring clean. When the landlord did arrive with the thatcher in tow, he made promises to get it all fixed tomorrow.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Steampunk Jerome


So how is this fashion statement, steampunk!

Or maybe I am not looking so good. This reminds of Van Der Merwe who saw a horse for sale from a local farmer for an unbelievable price. After looking at the horse Van couldn’t believe the bargain, so he asked the farmer, “Why is this horse going this cheap?” the farmer answered, “She doesn’t look so good.” The horse looked fine to Van, so he bought the horse. The next day after riding into a tree, Van angrily returned to the farmer accusing him of selling him a blind horse. The farmer simply shrugged and responded to a livid Van, “I told you, she doesn’t look so good.”

That is how I feel this morning, trying on this bohemian looking contraption to test my eyes. I told you I don’t look so good but these steampunk glasses are just the answer I need.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Woza Xolani!


Yes today is Friday and the weekend dawns upon us. This will be the first time we will be alone without the thatches around, let’s hope the roof holds as rain is expected. So off Xolani goes into the bright weekend passionately seeking his cave woman as he lives for the weekends because weekends live for him.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Billy the Kid Returns


It is all about getting back up onto the horse after you have just fallen off, yip the best teacher is the last mistake that you made.

With the serial killer zebras out of the way, another springbuck gave birth today and I think I shall call her Norma Jean. Today was the 10th and last day of the thatches and they cleaned up their mess. And finally it was the House Drama Competition at Matthew’s school, which meant a long trek east but it was all worth it.

Matthew was one of the lead supporting actors in his school house Oxford play called Billy the Kid Returns. And they won the drama competition, yeehaw! It was good to see Matthew enjoying himself amongst friends, where I pegged him as a reserved young man, boy was he in his element. Speaking to another of the Oxford team’s actresses, Savannah, about Matthew, she said “Oh, he is one of the popular boys”. Afterwards while Matthew was excitedly speaking to us about the drama, some parents came up to him and congratulated him on his performance, saying things like that he was such a natural. And there I was just soaking it up.

Today’s photo is of the lead actor, Luvuyo, at the opening scene of Billy the Kid Returns. During the excitement afterwards while holding up their just won drama trophy, I heard Luvuyo say to Matthew, something along these lines ”you did good tonight” and I can’t agree more. Well done Matthew, and a big well done to the Oxford Drama Team.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Baby Monday


Just over a week ago 3 springbucks were born at Mogale Business Park. The first one which I witnessed was at about 4:30 pm on the Friday the first of August, the second on Saturday morning, and the third on Monday morning, hence the name Monday. Sadly dues to the fear of lions nearby the zebras attacked the babies and two babies died before the zebras could be contained.

So here is Monday, our 12 day old baby black springbuck with his mother to the left checking me out while a young male springbuck came over to smell the youngster.

It is times like these that a point and shoot is not the best camera for the job and I wish I had my DSL with a lovely lens on so that I could get a better photo of Monday.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Little Pink Flower


I spent most of today thinking that it is Wednesday, and surprise surprise, I gained a day from somewhere. Besides the extra week day, it is Day Nine since the thatches tore into our home, the outside was finished yesterday and they got stuck into the inside today, talk about an invasion into your privacy, not to mention the mess everywhere which no doubt will take many repetitive cleanings to get all that hay out.

The ray of hope in all this darkness is that today, yes today might be the last. The last day of the thatches is the one small ray that I am holding onto. It is these small rays of hope such as this pink flower pen sitting on Ella’s desk that cuts right through the darkness and affects all of its surroundings.

This little pink plastic flower pen somehow seems intended to find solace of my dark mind.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday Induction


Day 8 and still no roof. The landlord phoned today and said that they will be finished today on the outside. Tomorrow they will be trimming the inside. He says that the thatches have done a okay job. I admire his optimism but I really don't think the thatches have done a good job and I am positive at the first serious rains the roof will leak. After telling the landlord this he said that he will leak test it tomorrow with a hose pipe. I am gob smacked and have no more words to say.

Well it is so good to be back at work and away from my home. We must not let Mondays get the better of us but we must make Mondays afraid of us. I hit this Monday running with the company blog that needed to get out like right now and then I ran straight into a speed bump. This road hazard came in a form of an Induction course run by HR which took the whole morning out of my already busy day. Oh well, Monday does as Monday wants. Remember don't hate Monday. Make Monday hate you. Next!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Mark Day 7


Day 7 and the thatching is still not complete with holes everywhere. The clowns didn’t put back the canvas to cover the remaining holes which meant another night under the stars. Thankfully the rain stayed at bay. When it does come, the rain that is, surely this roof is still going to leak as any layperson would tell you with one look that it is does not look right. Surely this entire half of the roof needs to be redone by a professional team of thatches.

The jokers didn’t return today, maybe they had to go to church and ask for forgiveness for the shoddy workmanship. Talking about church, I too had to go as I was on usher duty. I waited with a black cloud over my head as long as I could before leaving for BBC. Here is my old friend, Mark, trying to bring back a smile to my face, as this has been a miserable weekend with literary no roof over our heads. I must say Mark did try even though he works for a company based in Redmond, but he is a very good friend none the less.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

What Jokers?


It is now day 6 and ominous clouds are building up, getting heavy laden with rain, the thatches start rushing their work and tempers are flaring. Branderings are being broken and I had to step in once again when they cut down some young trees to be used as replacement banderings. I contacted the landlord told him that it was unacceptable what was happening. He went and brought new banderings so that the thatching could continue.

Halfway through the day tempers got so hot that punches flew amongst the thatches and we had to step in to separate them.

Double Sigh!

Jokers to the left and jokers to the right. Where did the landlord find these people? With no supervision this is how the thatch is looking from the inside. On the left is what the old thatch looks like and on the right is the mess done by these clowns. I think I am suffering from Coulrophobia!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Working in Dust


Yesterday I was called home to allow the thatches into my home so that they can trim the inside. Today after discussing with the powers that be at work, I stayed at home to make sure there would be no excuse not to come into the house and do the work.

While I worked remotely dust drifted down from the roof as the thatches proceeded to attempt to finish the work before the rains come which is predicted tomorrow. But alas due to no supervision by the landlord, too much talking and not much thatching being done, it is still not finished.

With rain on the way, I had to step in and organise canvas to be brought in so that the thatches could cover up and protect my home. With that I had to leave for Benoni to fetch Matthew. This is how they left my home. Sigh! They had enough canvas and sheeting to cover the entire home and tonight we have arranged to sleep here. So with a nearly full moon shining over our beds, good night.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The House the Jack Built


I feel that I am literary living in the house that Jack built out of straw, as there is straw thatch everywhere, inside and out. And now the thatches are saying that they will only be finished by Saturday. Urghhh!!! This is now costing us lots of money let alone we are stressed, the pets stressed, and I now my work is getting affected. Never, never again, although it is quaint, after this never again. My love is all gone for picturesque, warm and cozy thatch.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Musical Fountains


When it happens it all happens at once and you can only try your best to juggle and keep as many balls in the air. The surface of our thatch roof was only to be removed and replaced but now all of it has been removed and it just keeps on going.

On Monday my sister and her family down Nelspruit had their home sacked, Tuesday was my best friend’s turn down in Hilton as he and his elderly mom were held up in their home, and then there is today, another home sacked, this time a friend and his family in Kempton Park. The worst part was that they took his wife’s bible which she uses frequently. So what happens now?

Another night in a hotel room when they all start looking the same. This is starting to cost us dearly. Even the musical fountains struggled to cheer us up. When will life play another tune that this time we can joyfully sing along to? Hopefully by Friday we can return home and when my ship finally comes in, it will be just my luck that I would be at the airport.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Who stole our roof?


The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping, after setting up their tent they sat around the fire place for a while until they got tired and went to sleep. A few hours later Tonto woke up the Lone Ranger saying “Kemo Sabi, look towards the sky, what do you see?” The Lone Ranger replied, “I see millions of stars”. “What does that tell you?” asked Tonto. After pondering a bit on the question, the Lone Ranger answered, “Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?” After a few moments of silence, Tonto responds “Kemo Sabi, it tells me someone stole our tent.”

Yes I know Tonto it is an old one but it was the thought that crossed my mind when I walked into our cottage this afternoon, “Kemo Sabi, someone stole our roof!” Who?

I am all bunged up and fully medicated due to this man flu, but I knew what I was looking up at wasn’t right. Earlier today there was an earthquake measuring mb5.3 about 100km away. We felt the double shocks of the long and short P-waves as it rumbled passed but surely it couldn’t have been the earthquake that left me seeing millions of stars though what was once my roof.

Then it hit me, this medicine is making me slow, who had stolen my roof. One side of our thatch roof of the cottage was leaking during the past summer rains and now that we way into the dry season the thatchers were in to repair the roof. Only the surface rotten pieces of thatch was to be removed and replaced promised the thatches. Not this surely. After getting hold of the thatches, they told me that the thatch was so rotten through that they removed most of it, leaving me to find only what you can see above, including the stars.

So now we are staying in a hotel, while the roof is being repaired as I am not a camping type person and the stars, well there are too many of them and they are starting to intimidate me.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Lion Myth Busters


On Friday afternoon, when leaving Mogale Business Park, I had the pleasure to stumble upon a springbuck giving birth. After watching life unfold before me for a little while, I left to report it to the groundsman.

This morning I noticed some grounds staff herding the pair of zebras at the park. I went off to query about the new born baby, one of the grounds staff said that three had been born with the third one this very morning. He also went on to tell me that the zebras were on a mission to kill the babies.

Now I need to find out if this is a myth or not. From what I have been told that zebras in order to protect themselves, they will kill any baby not their own in a herd in fair of attracting lions. Now we have all seen zebras in mixed herds along with buck and wildebeests surely this can’t be true.

I am not sure if the zebras managed to kill the babies but I do know the zebra pair were darted and relocated to our other facility down the road for the safety of the baby Springbucks.

The closest lions are about 10 kilometres away. Obviously the anti-lion deprogramming didn’t work on the zebras, or maybe they know something I don’t. Myth or not, this has got me got me looking over my shoulder for lions.

Update
Two of the baby springbucks were killed by the zebra serial killers before they could be caught and relocated. Their excuse is that they heard lions roaring and were afraid. The only surviving one is the one born this morning.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

More Cat TV Channels


Sometime during Friday evening, I started coming down with some bug. By Saturday I was bed ridden but somehow managed to crawl out of bed to get to the shops. Today I just can’t seem to shake this man flu.

So while I sit on the couch watching some TV, Minky our monkey cat, too watches her TV and every now and then she circles the tank trying to catch those pesky critters.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sign of the Times


With Nicolas Cage missing the Rapture and being left behind, the Israelis dancing the horah around the Gaza bonfire while children are burning, the Economic Freedom Front already 1 year old, ebola knocking at our door, and now cemeteries are coming up for auction. Surely the sign of the times is written all over.

Anybody interested in acquiring an operating cemetery with over 25,000 graves available as one is coming up for auction in Cosmos City. Hopefully those are available grave plots and not already filled graves.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Fare Thee Well Geoffrey


It is good that today is Friday with the weekend ahead but the cherry on top of the cake is that we got to throw a surprise party for Geoffrey albeit a Farewell Surprise Party at that.

Geoff, I have only known you for a short time and I am sure that I can call you a friend so I leave you with this blessing as you go on to greener pastures.

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Fare thee well Geoff, do good work, and keep in touch.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Young Nelson Mandela


Victor Kuster is a young up and coming artist who found himself as a teenager in conflict with the law and landed up at the Bosasa Youth Development Centre in Krugersdorp. Destiny had other plans for this young man; the National Youth Development Agency has put Victor on a route to hone his creative side. Now at the age of 21 Victor has returned to the Youth Development Centre to teach art to teenagers who also find themselves also in conflict with the law just like he once did.

Victor is an inspiration to other young men and you can see by his painting that he created of the young Nelson Mandela wearing a t-shirt with two hands, one white, the other brown, and together the hands are holding a young plant, nourishing and caring for it so that it may grow tall and strong.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Patagonia Couple in Love


In trying to conform to a politically correct business park, Bosasa diversifies its animals at the Mogale Business Park, there are zebras, black and white stripes of course, but it doesn’t stop there. Along with the normal coloured springbucks there are the black springbucks, same with the white speckled black guineafowl as there are plain white ones too.

Now this racial policy has also crossed over to the swans, as we have a pair of the white Mute Swans which originate from Europe, a pair of Black Swans from Australia, and this beautiful pair of Black-necked Swans from Patagonia region of South America.

Clearly this beautiful Patagonian couple are inseparable and in love.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Peacocks on the Mashi


It seems that the cold front has finally reached Gauteng but I don't know why the Capetonians were worried about snow. Due to the temperatures dropping to the low teens, I stayed well put in my air-conditioned office looking out across the beautiful gardens of Mogale Business Park. Despite the weather the peacocks enjoyed ambling across the mashi golf course while on the lookout for the peahens which I am sure were trying to keep out of the cold.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Paballo’s Mug


Yesterday was Radio 702’s Walk the Talk which Paballo did the 20km Freedom Walk to celebrate 20 years of democracy. She is one fit cookie to do the long slog instead of the 5km or even 8km routes as I would have done. Here Pabs recuperating with her yellow and black mug filled with water.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Swinging in the Park


It is Sunday and it is about time for a picnic in the park. My dogs were way overdue for a walk but one of our favourite places was slap in the middle of the Radio 702’s annual Walk the Talk. The area was shut down traffic wise so we had to try another place and somehow we ended up at Albert’s Farm.

It was lovely having a picnic in the weak winter’s sun at the park. The dogs were running around all excited while Matthew and Lynda enjoyed the swings.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Cat Television


Finally we moved forward in setting up our fish tank. It has been in the plans for some time but today, the heater was bought and 8 small tropical fish. Minky our monkey like cat was very intrigued with the tiny critters. She tried every possible way to catch the fish. Now that Minky is hooked to this square box, we are now calling the fish tank, the cat television.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Bosasa Dzunisani Hosi


This evening Bosasa held a Power of Prayer evening at the Imbizo which is situated in the centre of the Mogale Business Park. The world is full of troubles and it is hard to see the good from the right but let everything praise the Lord. My heart is crying for the Christians in Palestine, the Lord God has heard your prayer, has seen your suffering, and has remembered your faithfulness. Soon the Messiah will return, soon.

And all we can do is pray into the situation and praise I AM as he is in control. Praise the Lord. Prys die Here. Dumisani uJehova. Bayethe Mhlekazi. Louez le Seigneur. Bokang Jehova. Louvado seja o Senhor. Kafu Afetor. Bakang Jehofa. Yabo ya tabbata ga Ubangiji, Dvumisani Simakadze, Tonu Ja, Msifuni Bwana. Mwebwe mukora. Rumbidzai Jehovha. Ka Yâwɛɛ láa maa tɛ́. Dumisani uSomnini. Mwathani Agoshwo. Shangazaleni Shukulu Kalunga. Mukama yebazibwe. Rabbiga ammaana. Hambeleleni Omuwa. Ruoth opaki. Nhyira nka Awurade. Dzunisani Hosa. The whole of Africa praises the Lord God.

I am not but I know I AM.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Falling Skies


What is happening in the skies these days? One after another planes are falling from their lofty heights albeit most by intervention of forces on the ground. We had to take Bradley to Lanseria airport this evening to catch a flight down to Cape Town. Kulula are now using the new Boeing 737-800 in their fleet. Thank goodness as those McDonnell Douglas MD82 where getting rather long in the tooth.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Itch


You know when you get that itch that drives you nuts because you just can’t reach it to give it a good scratch. So how you reach that itch that can’t be scratched?

Well researches now have found a way to fool your brain into thinking relief is at hand, excuse the pun. They have tested that by using a mirror you can scratch the opposite side of the itch and lo your mind is fooled into thinking you are scratching the itch but this Duiker hasn’t got a mirror and has to stretch all the way back just to reach that right spot.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lawrence of Bosasa


Lawrence has been with us for a few months now as a videographer in our upstairs studio and I am pleased that he is now permanent. A few weeks back my son Matthew was at Bosasa and I must say I was very impressed how he took Matthew under his wing to tutor him of what it is like to be a videographer.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Winter Fire


Winter in Africa is a dry time, well except for the Cape which is wet and cold, so dry that we have frequent grass fires or veld fires. As you know air that is hotter than the surrounding air rises until it reaches the same temperatures but in winter we often get what the weather people call an inversion layer. This occurs when the air gets warmer the higher you go and this traps the rising hot air or in our winter’s cause the smoke from the veld fires.

This smoke then sits low along the ground. It gets even worse as along with this veld fire smoke, the coal and wood smoke from the shack dwellers just thickens this smog of carbonised pollutant to such an extent that I battle to breathe.

It is times like these that I wish to be in the mountains, with icy cold streams tumbling along rocky valleys. Somewhere peaceful that you can hear a tree grow and most of all breathe fresh clean air.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Heavy Metal Emo


Today was a day to head down to the Southern Suburbs of Johannesburg. At first we dropped off Bradley at the Glen Shopping Centre and off we went to chase Ingress portals in the deep south. Later we returned to the Glen where we met up with Bradley and Shalyn for a late afternoon lunch. As you can see by their hairstyles that emo is back in fashion but this time accessorised with heavy metal t-shirts.

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