Thursday, 17 January 2019

Back to Connect

Tonight Connect restarted for the year but before we arrived I had cooked up a storm of chicken schnitzel served with baby potatoes, sweet corn cobs, gem squash, and salad, so supper first while a storm ragged outside.

After the thunderstorm we left for Connect and arrived just as they were about to start. Timing is everything. A new comer to our family is Colin, the son of an old Joburg Photowalker friend of mine Walter. Here is Jess showing Colin how to pour chips into the bowl, as if he didn't know already.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Guitar

It is great to see Matthew getting into his guitar, singing the blues, no, not quite. Matthew was given this guitar as a gift many moons ago by a good friend Mike. At first Matthew went to lessons but after a while the guitar got packed away and gathered dust. Well that was until these holidays. The guitar came out, a new string was purchased, and Matthew started strumming away. He still has a long way to go but he is getting there.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

10 Years

10 Years of Service, well done Trish. Loyalty to one company has changed since Millennials have come along. I remember a time when loyalty was everything but now, that is the first thing that goes out the window in this dog eat dog world that we live in.

Trish doesn't like her photo taken but a photo of her hard work last night baking is for her better. 

Monday, 14 January 2019

Green Pool

So this is the result of all the thunderstorms and rain, our pool is full but green. Eish, so green you could walk on the water. Oh well green is better than empty.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

More Rain

And so more rain starts to fall. This has been a good week rain wise, in the last 2 days alone we have had over 30mm in my my rain gauge. I forgot to check yesterday, hence for the last 2 days. Wow that is a lot of water. Earlier this week it was raining even harder.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Baby Changing Pod

While down at my local mall visiting the banks, I stumbled upon this Baby Changing Pod. What a wonderful idea although it wasn't very clean inside. Maybe it was my timing yet an awesome idea, what do you think? 

Shopping with children especially babies can be quite stressful. This Baby Pod goes a long way in making it easy for mothers.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Another Week Down

Two weeks down, another 50 to go. The rain has been wonderful this week which has been good for the water level of my swimming pool. Let the weekend begin.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Challenge Accepted

This whole week has been a challenge as Lynda has been on a baking mission, from melktert to chocolate brownies, and now this delicious looking trifle. This is not going to help my lifestyle change at all, not one iota. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019


Umbhaba Organic Bananas looks like a Cavendish verity of banana which is grown in the Hazyview area of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Well so far this year I have reduced my sugar in take from 3 teaspoons to only 1 in my hot drinks. Fizz pop and starches have also been cut and more fruit has been added to my diet.

So here I am with 2 bananas on my desk and a handful of tree nuts, someone would think I am on a diet, no I am trying a lifestyle change, not easy hence the word try.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Hold the Storm

Lynda's car went in for a service today, we dropped it off last night. It has to be collected this afternoon or evening and it was forecasted that the chances of a storm is 60% to hit from 4 to 7pm. I needed to leave my pickup for Lynda, and didn't want to get stuck in traffic trying to get back home to pick up Lynda's car. So I chanced it on the Vespa.

Ominous clouds started building up from 2pm, as I watched in trepidation. On the dot of 4, I raced out to start my race for home but it looked bad. I sent Lynda a message that I was going to start my swim for home and put on my rain suit. I sent out a prayer to God, to please hold back the storm just so that I can make it home.

Wow, the wind was terrible. At first I was buffered by a side wind, and on the highway with a screen that acts like a huge sail, did not help at all. As I passed the Malibongwe offramp, the highway turns south and all of a sudden riding at about 130km/h, the sidewind became a headwind, and it was slamming into a wall of air, before I knew it I was only doing 100km/h. The Vespa and its sail was all over the road. I had to hold on to the bunking Vespa.

But it did not rain.

The mountain ahead of me was covered in black rain clouds, I needed to go up there. I thanked God that he was holding back the storm, and headed up into the mountains. 

Riding through the hilly parts of my ride home, it dropped a few big drops but no rain. I passed a few fallen over trees, but I made it home, just as the heavens opened.

God held back the storm, just so that I could make it home safely. Thank you Lord, thank you so much.

Monday, 7 January 2019


It is getting quite stressful for me as I am some major issue that needs to be resolved but the boss is back at work and here I am, disconnected. Okay for the record I am working, just that my mind is elsewhere. God has come through in a big way twice before, yet why do I find myself here fretting.  

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Terrible Trio

Okay the Terrible Trio, is not the best way to describe these 3 friends as they are not so terrible but I needed something rhyming with the word three. These 3 Kerry, Cindy, and Jon, are working hard getting ready for this morning church service and here I am taking a selfie, or that is what they thought I was doing. Sorry snap!   

What I love about this photo is their facial expressions, each thinking something totally different from the other.

River Matthew

Today was spending what little time I have left with Matthew as I don't know what the future holds. Matthew enjoys the animals, now that Maxy has crossed over River Song has become his favourite. 

Friday, 4 January 2019

Homemade Melktart

Arriving home early from work, because it is Friday, I found Lynda busy in the kitchen making melktart. Yummy 2 large trays were made which didn't last long in our home. 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Fun in the Mud

After the great flood waters subsided, the dogs were slipping and sliding in the mud. I had to start going back to work from today, don't know why as it was dead at work with everybody else still on holiday until next week Monday except the 2 kippes sitting at work.

On arrival back home, River Song was so happy to see me, "Come play with us, daddy. Look at all this mud."

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Wave Goodbye

Lynda had to go down the mountain to babysit, so I got Matthew out of bed and spent a father son day at the movies. At the mall we went to, the movie I wanted to see was only was only in the Prestige cinema which is triple the price of the other movies, oh well Bohemian has to wait.

We were a little early for the showing, so we ambled around the mall and somehow found ourselves at one of Matthew's favourite stores, Typo. It was this store that we found the interesting 1 finger salute waving goodbye to 2018. 

Hello 2019!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Blessed Start

A few days ago the water in our swimming pool was over 30cm low and below the weir so we had to turn off the pool pump because municipal water is expensive and we didn't want to add to our expenses. 

Yesterday, the last day of the year it started raining, and raining. Firstly we were happy that the pool was finally getting full and secondly the rain would put a damper on Old Year's Eve firework celebrations which happen in the suburbs so much that all the local pets are terrified and a few even die.

We went to bed only after midnight just in cause some arsehole decides that fireworks in the rain would be fun. Once our dogs and cats were safely tucked away, we crashed only to crawl out of bed about 11 in the morning to find our garden flooded and pool overflowing. 

What a blessed start to 2019. This year is going to be way better the last horrible one.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Last Hurrah

It is the last day of the year 2018, a very hard year for me and most people that I know but it is finally over. Goodbye cruel year.

My cellphone is warm from all the happy New Year wishes that I have been receiving that little Princess lay on top of it to gleam off the heat while it has been rain continuously outside.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Wearing Raincoats

The temperatures have dropped much to the appreciation of everyone, and the rain has arrived in time to put the damper for any New Year celebrations. 

To our family we had to say goodbye to Maxy today as his cancer is getting too much. Maxy has been eating for the cancer his body has just withered away. This morning he was so weak, and could not eat any more, so that was it. In the rain we took him to the vet and gave him a tearful goodbye.

So as tears fell from heaven, we saw that even the traffic police's speed cameras were wearing a raincoat to keep the system dry. 

Okay this has been a hard day for me, so I have only a jumble of words to write as the rain continues to fall.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

One Year

Little Kamden is now 1 year old and we joined Kyle, Nicolene, and Kaylen to celebrate his first year. Happy birthday little Kamden, may you live long and prosper.  

Friday, 28 December 2018

Sleeping Beauties

It is wet rainy Friday morning and my 2 sleeping beauties are having a wonderful sleep in. The year is about over and catching up on sleep hours is all important. Lynda and Rosy are enjoying the cool air after the first 3 days of this week as searing heat sapped our energies.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Need of a Haircut

Ahhh I think it is time for a haircut for Matthew but he is very reluctant. I must come up with a plan, uhmmm it is not going to be easy cutting his hair, such as Samson. 

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Walking on Water

Bradley's birthday was yesterday and because we were too busy celebrating Jesus' birthday so we held the family get together today, Boxing Day or Family Day as it is now called. Everyone had fun, as can be seen by Rachael walking on water. 

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmas Wrap

I'm impressed. I am not very good in wrapping presents as you can see from some of my efforts at the back. Matthew wrapped Lynda's Christmas' gift and he did it to such perfection that even the stripes lined up. I am not worthy!

Monday, 24 December 2018

Super Heroines

Super Heroines do wear capes and well masks too. We had an early Christmas dinner and Rebekah received a purple mask and cape from us or should I say Santa Claus. Rebekah was running up and down whooshing wearing her new super gear. 

Dakotah enjoyed watching her elder sister that she too waned to wear the super heroine mask and cape.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Oprah Jon

A gift for you, and a gift for you, wait there is a gift for everyone, says Oprah Jon on this Sunday's service at Centre Church. It is the summer holidays and the roads are clear yet the church was quite full, all here to listen to Jon. Preach it Oprah Jon!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Last Night's Crash

It all started with a phone call from Andreas, since its the holidays the RNW is asking for patrollers to help out with traffic control. Seven hours later here we were still directing traffic.

A truck carrying wine was coming down Doreen Road and its breaks failed. At the first set of traffic lights at the bottom of the hill the truck collided into a BMW and Mercedes, pushing the Mercedes over 50m past the lights before rolling on its side trapping the driver of the Mercedes. Not to mention that the truck went over an electrical box which caused extra problems. 

Matthew and I crawled back home after 3am this morning, duty done. 

Friday, 21 December 2018

Millennial Thank You

As a Generation X, I get on well with most people, that is until now. I am battling to understand  a Millennial who is not socially connected. Because of our clashes in the past, my millennial problem has given me a Thanks. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Tired Tyre

On Friday, I discovered my rear tyre of my Vespa flat and I had to leave it at work due to it being a long weekend. Yesterday I finally got round to replacing the tired old tyre. Strange my Vespa has been very heavy on rear brakes and tyres. I have never replaced my front tyre or front break pads since I got the Vespa about 5 years ago, not once BUT I have changed my back tyres and break pads about twice a year, that is a lot. 

This is the first morning that I am riding on this rear tyre. I'm not sure about this brand from China but it was at a good price and I got good reviews from it. Well lets see how long this tyre lasts.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Unhappy Banana

Warning this post contains nuts. Truly this is the season to be jolly... not. 

Well you too would also be unhappy with sitting in an office with the heaters on instead of air con on a hot day. A colleague, not to be mentioned, doesn't like the air con yet does not want to move from the air con and make all our lives a sauna. 

So here I am sweating, trying to do my work, and not succeeding very well. I have asked to turn off the heat and put the air con on but said colleague doesn’t want to budge and if I push the subject, I am annoying said colleague and get reported in the gossip circles. 

I need a dip in the pool asap.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The Gift

This afternoon I received our first Christmas gift from my mentor and his wife. Thank you this was not expected at all but I am most grateful. I can't wait for Christmas day itself so that I can open this gift.

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