Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Enter Hulk

Arriving at work this morning, I saw that the glass door had fallen off the door frame and a notice had been placed on the door, "Don't open door!!!"

Okay who thinks they are Hulk and rip the door off its hinges? 

There there I know you are upset that Stan Lee crossed over. It doesn't mean that you can now get upset.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Fairy Irises

The fairy irises are in full bloom in our garden. They say that when the iris flowers, it heralds the rain. Yeah come summer African rains, come. This heat is starting to get a tad uncomfortable. 

Maybe the irises are blooming for the nonagenarians who have recently crossed over. Last Friday my great aunt Isa past on at the age of 95 and now I hear that Stanley Lieber also past at the age of 95 yesterday. Better known as Stan Lee, this real life hero will not be forgotten. 

Monday, 12 November 2018


Coming out of my office after a long Monday at work, I see Victor as usual making sure that all is okay in and around the office park. I don't think I have ever not seen him on the days when I am at work.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Wasp Pollinator

I am not sure what this fella's name but this is not the first time I have seen this wasp pollinating the Protea trees when s/he comes in for a tasty sweet snack.

Walking in the veldt outside my home, it is just rocky grass covered slopes with Protea trees. Now a then, if you look carefully you catch a glimpse of colour. No wait the veldt is full of colour, you just have to open your eyes, and see.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Hear me Roar

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath. Scared to rock the boat and make a mess. So I sat quietly, agreed politely. I guess that I forgot I had a choice. I let you push me past the breaking point. I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything.

Oooh Minky's roar reminded me of Katy Perry's song "Roar" I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter dancing through the fire 'cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion 'cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!

My what big teeth you have Minky Minks. Oh Minky is such a human cat, she does not tolirate any other cat but loves hooomans. Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh you're gonna hear me roar!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Maroon Socks

Bless our maroon socks, it's Friday afternoon and feet are up in anticipation for the upcoming weekend after a long week. What more can I say other than enjoy.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

License or Lisence

Aren't there any editors or proofreaders at Caxton Newspapers anymore? I now I am not the best speller due to my dyslexia but working as a journalist one of the first requirements is to be able to spellcheck. That is what computers are for.  

So Roodepoort Record, is it license or lisence?  Sorry but you can not say it is Afrikaans as a license is 'n lisensie in Afrikaans if my memory serves me well. Caxton how could this have slipped through the cracks?

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Vespa Commute

For the next few months, things will be a little tight therefore come rain or shine I will be commuting to work and back via my trusty stead, the Baroness Scarlet. And rain it did in the last few days, and today it is clear, thank goodness. I found that in the pouring rain, if I ride at 70 to 80kph the windscreen deflects most of the rain which helps a lot but zooming past traffic that is crawling even at 70kph in the rain gets a little unsafe especially in terms of stopping capability. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Horseshoe Moustache

Movember is in full swing and my moustache is coming along quite nicely. Movember is the annual growing of a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness to men's health issues such as prostrate cancer. Somehow I would like to have a Tom Selleck style stache. 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Flattered Turntail

Looking up in the little boys room of my office complex I spotted this little chap, an Eutelia Adulatrix or a Flattered Turntail moth. This little feller look like s/he had been through the cleaners and will most likely not last long with the spiders and janitors on the prowl.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

No More a Teen

Wow I can't believe that 20 years has gone by so fast since you were a tiny weening little baby, Matthew. And now I am driving back to Varsity on your 20th birthday, no more a teenager. There is only 4 more weeks left then your 1st year of Bachelor of Computers is over with 2 more years to go. May these next few years be a blessed time for you.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Melon Rugby

With the previous week being cold, the temperature of the pool dropped from 27°C to a low 22°C yet Matthew's varsity friends still had to have a pool party. We had brought a watermelon earlier for the party and put it into the swimming pool to keep cool, and of course the boys had to play with it. Well Matthew's birthday pool party turned out to be a great success.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Cat Chillax

Ahhhhhh let the weekend begin. Dad has arrived home early with Matthew and he is winding down after a long work week on the deck with a sundowner. This is life, me stretching and chillaxing on the deck overlooking the pool with dad nearby is just what a cat like me needs other than a back rub, of course.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Broken Kreepy

If you are a South African you will know what this creepy object is. This is a Kreepy Krauly automatic pool cleaner, invented in South Africa in 1974. This model is not even a year old and it is giving me headaches. It works work like 30 seconds then stops. The suction is continuing but the triangle magochi in the main body stops working. 

So here I am, tired, headachy, cooking supper, paying the bills, and trying to fix the Kreepy. Lets hope this solution works as Matthew wants a pool party this weekend.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Kilkenny Surprise

What a surprise, arriving home and there is a lovely chilled Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale waiting for me. Ahhh time to put my feet up and do a hump day relaxation. I am even more surprised that Lynda found the ale in this country. I tried nearly a year ago and there was no stock so I gave up on the drink of gods, that is until now. Thanks babes.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

You Didn't Deserve This

I am still shaking with anger as I write this post as I have just come back dropping off the new born puppy at the Roodekruin Veterinary Clinic. Yes in this photo above, the puppy's lifeless body is in the plastic bag.

Last night someone tried to get into our yard from the veld and triggered off the alarm which got the armed reaction unit out. During the inspection we came across a small tightly closed plastic bag lying in the veld at the end of my cul de sac. There has been a number of dog poisonings in the surrounding neighbourhoods . Fearing that the poisoners might have moved into my area I used a rake to tear open the packet, and out fell a dead newly born rottweiler puppy. 

What kind of person would do such a thing? Now you can sense my anger, my utter frustration with this world. After some investigation we have our suspicion of who this person is that did this atrocious deed as their rottweiler recently had puppies. My greatest fear that the puppy might have been alive when put into the plastic bag, tied up, and dumped. Oh we have such sick people in this world. 

May the little puppy learn to run and chase butterflies with Patch and Skye at the otherside of that rainbow bridge.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Paul's Homemade Ice-Cream

Look I have licked the little box of ice-cream clean. Please sir may I have some more?

Graham arriving back from lunch, plopped a box of Paul's Homemade Ice-Cream, I mean Health Crunchy Peanut Butter ice-cream. Okay Paul we need to talk, I know I need to loose weight and all but don't make such delish treats. I am not a fan of Xylitol which you have used to replace the sugar, surely there must be something else such as stevia?

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Operation Dog Wash

Let Operation Dog Wash commence. This operation has been long in the planning and finally all the boxes were ticked especially it been an hot day, 31°C. So after church, we got all the items in place and started, first with Maxy, cleaning his wound. I am worried that I might have to say goodbye to. Then came Pup, followed by Podge, then Jade shown above. And finally it was the big galoof of a puppy River Song turn. 

Somehow we got River sitting in this tub and had to use the hosepipe to rinse her. Oh what water fun, splish splash, and we done. All Lynda and I had to do next was to jump into the swimming pool which temperature is sitting at 27°C. Ahhh refreshing. Now to plain Operation Cat Wash. 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Its Time

At first I wasn't sure if I should answer Angus Buchan's call for a National Prayer gathering in Pretoria. I am not a big crowds person and hate queuing or walking for hours and hours. But as the time got closer, I thought I felt Spirit of God nudging to go. I am not a prayer warrior, and corporate prayer is just not my thing. I like to find a quiet place and spend time close to God.

I heard from my sister Theresa that my son Matthew agreed to go with them to Its Time Pretoria, well that was the last nudge, I don't get to spend much time with Matthew and thought it would be an awesome experience to pray to God with my son beside me.

My sister, her husband Hans, and Matthew arrived very early and I organised a location pin from them without Matthew's knowledge. I got onto my trusty Vespa and headed East. There were crowds and crowds people who answered Angus' call to pray for our nation South Africa. But having the bike I got to park nice and close, and it wasn't a long walk into the vast crowds when I managed to find my family, much to Matthew surprise.

So here I found myself on my knees before God with Matthew at my side praying for the country.

Friday, 26 October 2018


The veld is alive with purple flowers, the Bobbejanstert (Baboon's Tail) or for the boffens the Xerophyta Retinervis. Arriving home early from work, with still enough daylight hours and with a missing cat, Paddington who has not been home for a few nights now, it was an perfect opportunity to take a walk into the veld. 

Having so much colour all around me was beautiful, and yet it was awesome to find a white Bobbejanstert. Yes a white one among the purple. 

No Paddy was found.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Summer Evenings

Summer is sure on its way with the first of the heat waves hitting us. On days like these it is best to sit and relax on the patio with a soft cooling breeze gently cooling us down. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, as I don't know how long I can keep this up.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Young Fig

Last year I discovered a small fig tree growing in the back garden near the granadiilas. Looking at the young fig tree this morning I noticed that it is 3 times taller than when I first discovered it and now it has a few figs. Yummy I enjoy figs and I can't wait to sample some of the figs.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Roxy in the Dark

Roxy, the mistress in Lance's life, is a original spec 1980 Honda CB750C, and this is my first viewing of her, in the dark. She is a beauty and I can't wait to go out on a run with her. Those windy roads at the Cradle are calling.

Monday, 22 October 2018

A Day in the Life of Brad

I have not much to say of Bradley's daily life schedule. He wakes up about midday, has brunch, and starts playing XBox or watches Netflix on his phone, until late at night when he goes back to bed to sleep only to repeat the process the next day. This pattern is of course broken up with supper, bathroom and smoke breaks. And that is it. Does he even know that today is Monday?

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Baby Kyle

What a change from a man to a little boy as Kyle transformed when he shaved off his red beard. I mean I don't recognise that baby face at all.He looks more like Tintin with that metrosexual kuifje that he is wearing compared to the manly Captain Haddock's beard. 

I think in english they call a kuif a quiff, and am I the only one who thinks he must get more beard oil and get that beard cultivating again?

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Polka Dot Paddy

Dark clouds gathered for the expected afternoon storm. The cats where safe inside and the dogs where buried deep inside their blankets as soon as the first rumbles of thunder rolled down the valley.

But after a few big drops of rain, nothing. Nothing!

Well that was a wet squib. Then came the reports from social, a massive storm hit Gauteng with hail and a few floods, oh well it missed us up here on the hill overlooking the northern suburbs of Jozi.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Kitten in the Mist

Oh well this is not the Friday you've been waiting for. Rosy our youngest cat has always been so fascinated when I put on the fan humidifier on especially when I disconnect the pipe that leads from the humidifier to the fan, then mist just pours out at her level, and well she sometimes puts her head ride into the middle trying to figure where the mist is coming from.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Save the Eagles and Orchids

So this is the view of the Sugarbush Ridge from Rangeview side. We are trying to save from the unscrupulous developers that just want to destroy the endangered orchid that is found here for a quick buck. Surely us humans and wildlife can exist side by side in harmony. We have started a Crowd Funding project and require your help to ensure the long term survival of the Black Eagles of Roodekrans and the Albertina Sisulu Orchid as well as the natural beauty of the Sugarbush Ridge Ecosystem that supports them.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lazy Apple

And on my boss man's desk is this lazy apple or better known as a pear. So why do I call the pear a lazy apple. Well when I was younger I thought that some apples on the apple tree were very lazy and started drooping, hence the pear shape. Well the pear certainly did not fall far from the apple tree.

Happy Bosses' Day, oh is that a day now?

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Purple Wave

This is the 2nd time this month that God has blessed us with an awesome purple sunset. I arrived home after work, got the supper on the go and then stepped out onto my patio to enjoy the beautiful sunset on this warm evening. I can just sit here all evening and enjoy but sadly I had to pull myself as I had an Neighbourhood Watch Committee meeting to attend to. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Just takes One

Yay it is Monday. The rain has gone and left a trail of broken traffic lights throughout Johannesburg. I mean Joburg Power can't even get jut one thing right. Yes I have seen cities in flood across the world and I stare in awe of a traffic light still working in a flood whereas Joburg well just a hint of rain and the robots go on strike. 


Did you say robots going on strike?

Okay what ever reason that even I can't fathom why, we South Africans call traffic lights well robots. And after it rains most of the robots well they don't like to work anymore causing endless traffic jams.

Oh well thank goodness I am on a Vespa and it is a breeze getting to work and back especially on days like these, clear blue skies and not a cloud in, oh okay just one lonely cloud had to spoil this. It just takes one to mess it all up for the others. 

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