Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oh Mary-Anne

Well now, oh Mary Anne, she rode on her horse from Polo into the positive energy of Sunworx Solar as the Brand Development and Marketing lady. With all the darkness around us, Sunworx Photovoltaic Systems is a company well placed to provide home and business with light energy.

Oh bring out the lightsabers, today Mary-Anne spent the day with us, getting to know us, the crazy ones, here at eKayaMedia and of course making sure that we are on track with all our Sunworx work.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Hot Chocolate

Winter is coming, or so they keep saying but nothing comes. Here in South Africa, the air is starting to chill ever so closer to zero. We winterised the animals’ sleeping areas and have even thrown on a thicker winter duvets onto the beds.

This morning the New Media team managed to twist my arm and convince me that the smell of fresh percolated coffee would help get our Wednesday Catch-up meeting running more smoothly on this cool morning. So we ended up at the Mugg & Bean at President Hyper mall in Krugersdorp for our meeting.

And now for the hot chocolate which not surprising was the drink of choice for our meeting this morning. So here is hot chocolate Noma wondering which hot chocolate she should try next, Chocolate Chai, Red Velvet Chocolate, or the White Chocolate drinks. It was a hard choice but she chose the Chocolate Chai.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Walk Towards the Light

People say that no matter what you are going through is this life on earth, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It may seem hard to get to but we can do it if we just keep on walking towards the light. My problem with this is that nearly always the light turns out to be an oncoming train.

Run Forest, Run!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Young Abraham Lincoln

"The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on its accuracy" – Abraham Lincoln, 1862. Well this quote nails it on its head, ooh there is just one small problem. 1862 and internet in the same sentence. I came across this very problem during the xenophobic crisis that we are having currently in South Africa. One of the photos that started circulating this week as to show what was happening was taken by Jon Hrusa. Those who regularly follow my blog would know that I attended Jon’s funeral way back in 2011 and I am sure in spirit he would be ashamed of what was happening. Okay although I am appalled to hear what is happening, I also want you to be 100% sure that the news or image you are sharing on social is correct and current. We can’t have any falseness mixing in with the truth because that just dilutes what is happening.

Even today, the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is trying to spin doctor himself out of not saying that all foreigners must leave South Africa and thereby exciting the masses to afrophobia. He said like a true politician that his words were taken out of context. All I see is a leader who dares not apologise for the mistakes he made.

Here is Jacques from the signage team, looking like our very own Abraham Lincoln, hence I opened with his not so his quote. So I will end with one of his truly famous ones "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time" and no this not a young Abraham Lincoln nor a doppelgänger but Jacques.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Beware of Smurfs

Dear Enlightened aka Frogs,

Please be aware of trying to capture a Resistance member to indoctrinate them to your foul ways. Yes although smurfs as they are more commonly called, are normally cute and cuddly, they are known to retaliate if they feel threatened.

So if during the game of Ingress you come across a smurf in the wild, don’t try to surprise him or her, don’t even try to corner the poor smurf rather slowly let the smurf know that you there in his space and with open hands introduce yourself when asked what type of Enlightened are you. Please don’t forget this small piece of enlightened information which one day might save your life.

So beware of smurfs as here be smurfs, yes I came across this group of smurfs, meeting at the sacred grounds of the Irene Concentration Camp Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance for a Sunday afternoon hack and braai. As you can see from the following photos compared to the first two, that smurfs if met in a non-threatening way can be quite docile and of course cute and cuddly as their name suggests.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Vespa for Sale

So finally I have arrived at the place where I need to sell my beloved Vespa ET8 150. Anastasiya started life as Sophia when I bought her way back in 2009 and with all the adventures we have been through I would love to keep her forever but sadly it is time to say good bye as I hardly ride her any more now that Scarlet my red Vespa 300 GTS Super has dominated.

I can remember both the ups and the downs of our time together and we have got the scars to prove it. In 2010 Sophia was the only Vespa 150 to take on the Mille or 1000 Miles tour to the Phalaborwa, Sabie, Hazyview, and back, all to the amazement of the 250s and 300cc Vespas.

That is when the adventure started, from the mud, to the Sani Pass Vespa Adventure. It was the open road and the spirit of adventure.

Then we hit rock bottom when Sophia engine went just over 47,000km of adventures in 2012. I then bought a brand new Vespa LX150 which was involved in an accident at 2,400km and used her to do a Dr Jekyll on Sophia and Anastasiya was born.

But our time was running short as Anastasiya and I only managed to do one more adventure after that, the almighty Baviaanskloof before she was replaced by Scarlet and is now gathering dust.

It will be sad to see her go but please remember that this Vespa for Sale comes with history.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Four in the Morning Face

Getting Lynda to the airport on time for a flight down to Durban can be stressful, but I think we aced it this morning. I suppose living around the corner for the airport does help. This weekend it is her dad’s 80th birthday party and the children are gathering. So looking at Lynda photo that I took this morning, I want to know what does your four in the morning face look like.

When the cats away, the mice come out to play, in other words, this means a boys weekend of chilling and parties. Who let the dogs out?

After dropping off Lynda, I went home and finished getting ready for work. Her flight was delayed due to a crew member had a personal issue and a replacement crew member was called for. Anyway, I watched the take-off from my back door while finishing some breakfast. Then left for work. As I sat down behind my desk, the message came through that they just landed in Durban. What? 45mins, now that is fast.

So weekend is here, and the party is just starting.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Beloved Arum Lily

Oh what could be more beautiful than finding creamy white arum lilies not too far from your office window. Along with our Proteas, Strelitzias, the Arum Lily is one of the most beautiful flowers of Southern Africa.

Uhmm beauty in the midst of ugliness all around, what kind of world do I live in? I can only answer that with a "Broken one". Clouds are returning to the clear blue winter skies with news of South African fear of other Africans spreading. Yes xenophobia, black on black racism, murder of the defenceless, greedy patriotism, call it what ever you want, afrophobia is spreading its filthy fingers though out this beloved land of ours. I look towards the hills, but whence will leadership come from? Oh cry my beloved country, cry.

I read somewhere yesterday that scientists have found out that tears have little to do with sadness. They are liquid escape pods, allowing painful images to leave the eyes. Sigh! These are painful images showing the afrophobic hate that we have here in South Africa, images which are now trending on social media. Look a policeman is smiling as two human beings burn to death. A policeman who is meant to keep the peace thinks it is very funny that someone's son/father/brother is being murdered right in front of him. At first we try whitewash the past by removing the statues, and while another statue falls, we now try erase those who are even blacker than ourselves.

South Africans, have we become the monster that once stared out from the abyss? Have we learned from the racist apartheid masters to become ourselves the biggest racists around? Tears trickle down my face as I replace the sad images inside the escape pods with images of arum lilies. Cry my beloved arum lilies, cry.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

All Quiet on the Western Front

On a beautiful pre winter’s day, load-shedding well under way here, there, and well just about everywhere in South Africa,

I sit in my very quiet office. Listen I can just hear the wind in the trees over the distant hum of the diesel generator. And that “report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front.”

I had fallen forward, head lay on my desk as if I am sleeping. Listen? Listen no birds, only the wind carrying that dull hum of motor making electricity.

“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial, I believe we are lost.” I close my eyes.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Azurite or Smurfy Blue?

Well I would like to call Ella’s new baby, a blue Renault Sandero Stepway 66kW Turbo. In other words a Smurf-mobile but Ella says NO Ways, the colour is Azurite, named after a deep blue mineral of a similar colour that is produced by weathered copper crystals. Well it is still Smurf blue to me.

Allured by the deep blue Stepway, Ella is now looking forward to going on many adventures as she leaves her Tata my chance of her last car behind.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Other Side of the Tracks

On the other side of the railway tracks of the Lindela Repatriation Centre is the Railway Preservation Centre. Not easy to see from the Krugersdorp and Randfontein main road but you can’t miss the Transnet Mill Site if you do a small detour pass Lindela. In between the long veld grasses you come across these rows and rows of rusting away old steam locomotives.

I was happy as a child in a sandpit on finding this treasure horde of toys but at the same time I felt this heaviness as I walked through the gloomily looking rusting hulks. I noticed most of the steam engines are dating way back to the mid 1920s and one had an old Sappi logo on the side. Now Sappi is a large Forestry company here in South Africa.

Now I am not sure if these locomotives are destined for the scrap metal dealers or they are going to be restored. Some are way too gone and one has been spray painted on the side “FOTR” which stands for Friends of the Rail, and another had "Do not cut - Reef Steamers".

This has been an interesting find on the other side of the track, and its brought back the taste for photo walking.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cat Crash

The three week holiday is about over, Matthew has gone back to the East to do the final preparations for school tomorrow. Jade has moved back with the other dogs after a month of confinement while her broken leg healed. Thankfully Matthew was here to help nurse her while I was at work.

And the cats, well the cats have crashed after a long exhausting holiday with too many disruptions. So we bid you a good night from Minky, Princess and the rest of the family.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Back to School Haircut

Tis the last weekend of the 3 week Easter holidays and Matthew is preparing to go back to school on Monday. Sadly one of the things that have to go is his growing locks. And it weighed heavy on him but he knew that he had to get this important haircut at the last possible moment, which was today.

I must say that the Barber @ Bel Air Shopping Centre did a good job. Matthew dejectedly sat down on the barber’s chair and was asked what style did he want, he answered despondently a “school haircut”, which the barber accepted with a nod and proceeded to cut one of the best short back and sides I had ever seen, with style, I mean Edward Sissorhands stand back, this barber is gifted.

Friday, 10 April 2015

JZ in the House

I am pleased to announce a new baby Klipspringer which was born late this afternoon between my office and the Imbizo building at Mogale Business Park. And I have decided to call the wee little thing JZ.

JZ’s mother, sure had it hard, her last baby drowned about a year ago and the worst part was that her partner died when struck by a car about six months ago. She is now the only Klipspringer left in the park well until now.

The gestation period of a Klipspringer is about 214 days which is about 7 months ago. Well I am very pleased for mommy and her new baby.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hanging out with the boys

The holiday gaming marathon continues as Lingani spends a day with Matthew today. Of course I had to fetch and carry before and after work all in the service of the children having fun. The bonus for me is that while on holiday Matthew got to look after Jade.

Under strict doctor’s orders, Jade is not allowed to run or jump, but nothing was mentioned about hanging out with the boys. And you can see the joy in her face while the boys play on the Xbox One console. Who let the dogs out, wolf, wolf!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Midweek Toilet Break

Hump Day, or also known as Wednesday is the midweek point of the week when we all start freewheeling towards the weekend. In other words we on top of the hump of the week looking down towards the coming weekend. Although it is a short week coming off a long weekend, the week days have been long.

Taking breaks is what gets you through the day. Oh look what I found in the toilets during one of my breaks? Red potpourri next to the wash basin, oh how quaint.

Most of my breaks are better spent in the gardens surrounding my office. It is getting colder now that winter is on its way. How is this unusual cycad flower that I found in the garden, gorgeous. Even the daisies bring a splash of colour between the rain showers. No standing around the water cooler with all this beauty abound.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Xbox One Marathon

With the holidays drawing to a close, Matthew is trying to get the most out of the remaining days. So for today and tomorrow Justin, his old friend from Carisbrook days is staying over for a marathon non-stop console gaming session. One Night, two days, and a whole lot of fun.

Well boys will be boys and as long as they don’t keep me up at night they can continue playing Xbox One and PC games until the cows come home, then it is the chores which include milking them said cows and walking Jade.

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