Friday, 12 February 2016

Sunrise Friday

5:12am

Living just outside the metropolis has its perks; quietness, animals, and beauty yet close enough to earn a living from the smoggy polluted city.

5:23am

One of the best parts living out in the country are the sunrises and settings which the artist God takes a huge paint brush and makes beauty out of the canvas sky especially if there the sky is interspersed with fluffy clouds.

5:41am

And here I am, on a Friday morning waking up to this gorgeous sight peering through the bedroom window. Good morning world and yay it is Friday.

6:08am

Each time I looked out at this beautiful sunrise, it had changed as if God was consistently rearranging the clouds to make the perfect African sunrise just for me.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Mlungisi


Big changes are afoot but I can’t say much about it until it becomes public knowledge and in the meanwhile we are continuing to grow, with Mlungisi joining our family here at eKayaMedia as a Brand Co-Ordinator which is another word for Account Manager. Welcome Mlu, here is to a successful season at eKayaMedia.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Mr and Mrs Black


With South Africa colour has once again become a big issue with “F#<& White People” not being racist but the colour purple is. I am starting to feel down, no depressed about what the future holds.


Anyway my thoughts are transgressing, back to real black swans, the Cygnus Atratus. Over shadowed by the baby blue crane that was born last week, Mr and Mrs Black Swan had triplets. Now we have three little grey cygnets waddling around.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Comfort Leanne


Well the heading is a little miss leading as Leanne doesn’t need any comfort but both Comfort and Leanne have started this week working for us at eKayaMedia in the Signage Department. As I said before watch this space as we are growing and going places, ne Rob.


Comfort starts with us as a Technician and Leanne as the Process Controller. Well all the best to both of you in this awesome eKayaMedia family.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Red lipped Herald Snake


Yes I know it is a sad day to come home and find the dogs yet alone the cats have caught and killed a harmless snake.

Today started unlike any other with my wallet along with the drivers licence was left in the car which went off to Rivonia this morning and I only found out when it is nearly halfway there and I had to ride out to fetch it without getting stopped by the traffic police before setting off to work.

As I was leaving our neighbour Abi stopped me and asked for help to cut his grass on his plot as he had a close encounter with a large cobra over the weekend in his garden. He described the cobra similar to an Egyptian Cobra but we don’t have those down here in South Africa, surely not. I asked him if it wasn’t a Rinkhas as we have many in the area but he said no, he knows what a Rinkhas looks like and this one had what looked like a Chinese symbol on the back of the hood. Uhmmm after some research the closest snake which could be in the area near the river, is a sub species of the Egyptian Cobra, the Snouted Cobra, or it could have been a Mozambican Spitting Cobra. Not having seen the snake and thrown by that is described as a Chinese symbol, well your guess is as good as mine.

And now coming home, I went over to my other neighbour, Gerhardis to speak to him about the cobra issue only to be told that the dogs had killed a baby Black Mamba. Regretfully it turned out to be a Red Lipped Herald that was killed. I remember having one as a pet way back in high school. Tragic day indeed as this is one dead snake that doesn't need to be dead.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sign of the Times


Every once and a while we decide to go out to the roadhouse for some good affordable lunch. Normally on a Sunday the Burger Box Roadhouse is very packed and we have to wait for a decent lunch but today pulling into our neighbourhood drive in roadhouse we were surprised to find it just about void of cars.

Is Burger Box Roadhouse closing down, has the quality gone down that the clientele are staying away, or is it the sign of the times where the cost of everything is going up but salaries are staying the same? We are feeling the pinch but surely it can’t be salticrax time of the month already?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Takeover


And so the takeover begins. No more does this couch belong to me but to a fluffy fat furball of a kitten named deceivingly as Princess. And now my spot to stretch out on and wind down has being discovered as the best spot by this cat, sigh. Minky has the bed covered and now Princess has laid claim to the couch. I am running out of space with all these takeovers.

Friday, 5 February 2016

In Memory of Ella Paulson


It has been a very emotional day, and I am just about cried out. This afternoon friends and family of little Ella Paulson gathered at BBC in memory of this young girl who was called back to heaven just shy of her 10th birthday due to a tragic horse riding accident last Saturday. To Gwen and Francis, when we heard the news we were in shock and had no words other than tears and prayers for your loss, which is also our loss.


Now today, we all wore yellow ribbons as our eyes teared up in memory of Ella. Yellow ribbons to represent uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun, these are all the characteristics of Ella, sunshine to all around her. Now she is at the feet of God, a sunbeam in heaven, making God laugh with her infectious smile and giggles.


All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.


Until we all see you again in heaven.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Fly on the Whirligig


Yes it is a minor irritation when a fly decides to spoil my photograph a type of daisy that I never seen before. Such beautiful petals spoilt by a tiny fly, such annoyance.

So with a swot of my hand, the fly in the ointment was sent packing from this whirligig of a daisy. After some digging around on the interwebs, I discovered that this flower is called a Trailing African Daisy or Asteracaeae Osteopermum fruiticosum or commonly called the Whirligig, minus the fly of course.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Ice Chick

The Ice Chick has been born, uhmm sounds a little close to the Ice Truck Killer, oh well I better explain where the name Ice Chick comes from.


At Mogale Business Park there is a collection of beautiful wild animals roaming around, and every now and then little ones are born. It has been nearly 4 years since the Blue Cranes procreated, and we were all waiting in anticipation when a pair of Blue Cranes started sitting on a nest at the beginning of the year. With a gestation period of over 30 days, the weather did not cooperate, we had the harshest heat waves followed by huge hail storms which wreaked havoc throughout the area. Fearing the worst, the pair of Blue Cranes stuck it out.


After work I did a detour around to where the Blue Crane nest was as it was about due for the two eggs to hatch. I was horrified to see the nest abandoned and went closer to investigate. With the same anxiety as an expectant father I discovered only one abandoned egg which should mean that maybe one chick hatched. Alarmed, I called the groundsman Richard, only to discover that he was out of town, so I went in search for the Blue Crane couple, and thankfully discovered them with their little waddling chick.


I was very relieved to find the happy family, and took some photos with my cellphone and sent them off to Richard, Lynda, and posted on social. Lynda replied with the name Ice Chick, due to this little baby survived hail stones as large as golf balls which destroyed the roof of a loyal mall, the Key West, and not to forget the falling branches from the tree under which the nest was built as it was hit by the hail. Ice Chick, well that did have a nice ring to it. Mommy Blue crane is staying very close and not letting Ice Chick stray too far, whereas daddy is running interference to the other animals who wonder a little too close for comfort.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Here's Johnny

“Eyes been waiting for you. Do you think you can sneak off without say goodbye?” Johnny Bravo our friendly Grey Crowned Crane, is nearly always the first one to greet me when I arrive in the morning and most times is found waiting by my Scarlet Vespa in the afternoons for his goodbye.


Interesting, when I stroke his crop, Johnny starts making this sound which is very similar to purring as if he enjoys my undivided attention. In the mornings after saying hello, Johnny Bravo follows me down to my office, making sure that he runs interference when anyone comes close, that is if they dare. When I enter my office, Johnny Bravo gets upset and circles the building making very loud shrieking cries as if he wants me to come out and play. And dare forbid someone leaves a door open. A couple of times, while working away in my office, I hear these raptor claws walking down the passage, quite a scary sound after watching the movie Jurassic Park. Next thing Johnny Bravo’s head pops into my office, “Here’s Johnny!”


Monday, 1 February 2016

Masterful Cyril


Cyril whose name means lordly or masterful, started with us at eKayaMedia today as the new videographer. With Cyril joining us, it has set in motion our new phase in eKayaMedia of rejuvenation and growth. We wish Cyril all the best and keep the cameras rolling.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hugs and Kisses


I haven’t seen Matthew for nearly a month and it was good having him over. Plus the dogs missed him a lot as Matthew gives them lots of attention. Here is Jade, Maxy, and Podge smothering Matthew with love, hugs and kisses.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Fiery Monkey


In South Africa especially this year the monkey has became a taboo in terms of racism but the Chinese, the Year of the Monkey is about to start on the 8 February, not just any monkey but a fiery monkey.


In the Chinese calendar, there are 12 animals which are allocated a year, and associated with the animals are 5 elements, metal, water, wood, fire, and earth which means that Fire and Monkey combination recur every 60 years. So what does this Fiery Monkey mean to the Chinese, well to them this year will be an ambitious and adventurous, but irritable year.


The weeks leading up the Chinese New Year are celebrated in different places around Johannesburg with the first welcoming of the New Year tonight at the Old Chinatown which has the best fireworks display anywhere in South Africa and the only one I really enjoy because it is in downtown Joburg CBD, far far away from any animals and pets. Next Sunday will be the main event at the Nan Hua Temple Buddhist temple outside Bronkhorstspruit. The following Saturday 13 February will be New Chinatown’s turn of welcoming the monkey in.


No I am not a Buddhist but I enjoy going to Old Chinatown for the awesome fireworks display. This photo below is my favourite of the evening because there is something about it that intrigues me especially that person on the bottom right. It was taken handheld with my point and shoot Canon camera on the wrong settings. The overall affect is a blurred photo that has this eerie feel to it. Not a planned affect but I love it. To me it shows how distorted the world has become with a vague hazy view what is to come when we try to make sense of the future.


The following photo was taken with my Samsung cellphone of the same scene seconds apart as my favourite photo. This one shows that maybe we should change this Year of the Monkey and call it the Year of the Cellphone.


To see more photos of the celebrations, check out my Facebook album Fiery Monkey


Friday, 29 January 2016

Feel Like Dancing


Terrance, Velile, and I spent most of the morning assembling brand new communion trays for this evening’s Praise and Worship. Later Velile and I took the hundreds of new glasses to wash in the kitchen and what a mess did we make. During the wash process, both our partners phoned and both answered "hello babes, just washing some glasses". I think it was hard for them to believe that they found us in the kitchen, washing nogal.

In the end water was everywhere, Velile took his cellphone, put on the Leo Sayer's song "You make me feel like dancing", grabbed a mop and well, I'm a little embarrassed to say he started dancing. With moves like Jagger, Velile made short work of the wet floor. Let's hope his wife doesn't get to read this post, as she would now know his achilles heel and start playing 70s music to get him dancing around their house with a mop.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Beauty in Pain


I am not sure why, but I have a persistent headache that started in the early hours of the morning and just won’t go away. So here I sit at work trying to concentrate with a dull pain in the background.

Dealing with spam referrals in our analytical data is not helping the matter much, but somehow I am getting on top of these analytical statistics. I close my eyes and behind my left eye a throbbing pain comes to the fore. Today is not my day and when I finally open my eyes these three feathers on my desk come to focus. Ah beauty in this painful moment.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Kataboy


For quite some time now we have been having water problems on one section of the office when it rains.  It has been raining quite a lot lately that it floods in the garden just outside this part of the offices and not draining away. This rise in water levels causes water to seep through the brickwork and is starting to smell miff in Rob’s office.

The maintenance crew have tried different solutions in the past but to no avail. Today Kataboy arrived to try another solution. Well all the best Mr Kataboy, and yes that is his real name.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Breaking Bread


The table is set, and the year can begin. After last year’s free falling, which I haven’t heard any splat yet, if I ever get to hear it. This year I started with Love the Haters but after tonight I am going to forget about the splat and put my hope and trust in God to catch me and start this year as the Year of Rejuvenation instead of the Year of the Splat.

So yes the table is set as my Home Community Group break bread together for the first time this year, the Year of Rejuvenation.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Monday Sleep In


It has been raining gently through the night and who wants to wake up on a Monday morning. Well defiantly not me and the same goes to these two Klipspringers on the lawn in from of my office.

No ways this soft grass is just way too comfortable.


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Tawkin Suthern


Tawkin suthern dudn come easy but the redneck church cat’s fingers and toes just iden right. Aah can count all my fingers and toes but somethang dudn add up here. Aah reckon this pore creature must have been in a fight with a dawg or somethang. With the high walls and security consciousness of Bryanston it could even be an electric fence.

The church cat disappeared for a while towards the end of last year then returned to lots of stiches in its feet. Whatever happened to this pore thang, the wounds are healing up nicely.

Y’all now should count your fingers, count your toes and thank the Lord for His blessings.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Green Water Tank


With still lots of South Africa still gripped in a drought, water continues to fall over Gauteng. Many people have even been filling up five litre bottles and taking them to collection points so that they can be transported to areas where there is a water shortage so that they can be given out freely. With the motto Never bought, Never sold, Never sponsored, South Africans have been rallying together to help others.

With darkness hanging over our beautiful country, there is a light, as we step into the gap. Minky our cat sure appreciates our bore hole water as she looks outside from the safety of her perch towards our large green water storage tank.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Branches Out of the Way


For the last three weeks our DSTV Catch Up has not being working. Last weekend I cut down a branch that has being growing in front of the dish but it did not improved the reception. After more tests over the week it turns out that I need a bigger dish but I also noticed that some branches even higher were also in the way.

It just bad timing as after the Christmas break who has any money and with our landlord thinking about moving making matters worse.

So after work today I set up the ladder, armed with a saw, I climbed to the top most rung to the branch that I cut the week before, then I had to set up rigging and safety gear, start climbing a couple of more metres higher.

Only when I was safely down, did my Italian Greyhounds and one Jack Russell/Pug cross came out to explore what all the fuss was all about. With the branches cut away, the reception improved greatly. Now to wait and see if the catch up is working again.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Pap and Chuck

How can this be, when I am on a fast, Velile decides to bring some pap and chuck to work for lunch.


Pap is maize porridge, the staple food of many South Africans that is eaten in the place of rice. The word pap is a shorten word from the Afrikaans word mieliepap. Elsewhere in Africa it is called ugali, sadza, isitshwala, nsima, phaletshe, and banku but I can only talk about pap as it is the only word I know for it. Not sure about elsewhere in Africa, but here in South Africa, pap comes in three forms; slap pap or soft maize porridge, stywe pap or firm maize porridge, and krummelpap or phuthu or crumbly maize porridge.


Chuck steak which Velile is complaining about, is a way smaller portion than he usually gets. Chuck is a cut of soft beef steak from the shoulder blades, sometimes it has no bone but mostly it has a 7 shape bone.

On top of the pap and chuck is normally a tomato, onion and chilli sauce just to round off this traditional South African meal.

Oh well let me get back to my water before I start salivating.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Rain on a Tin Roof

As I lay in bed tonight listening to the rain on the tin roof above my head kind of appeases my senses.


In the early morning and later in the late this afternoon it rained, no it poured and I found myself at work with my Vespa. No I am not afraid of getting wet, it is the other drivers and the lightning which I can’t control, that bother me.

I send a prayer up towards the heavens and the rain stops. Stops just for a while so that I could make it safely home while lunatic drivers race on wet roads.


And now as the rain continues falling on the corrugated iron roof of my cottage, I find myself safe in my warm bed the thoughts of the day quickly fade.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Google Teddy


Oh no, lying in bed with a rather painful knee and I just realised that I have forgotten to take a photo for the day.

What to do, what photo must I take, uhmm this is a dilemma that I experience when I get caught up in the day to day work and forget about me time. I had to hobble around my cottage, in a fog of pain killers and sleep, looking for something to take a photo of before the clock strikes midnight in about 3 hours’ time.

Oh here we go, my rugby teddy bear key holder in the passage. Oh but didn’t I already take a photo of teddy already. Oh I forget when but this time he has a Google lanyard hanging from him.

Monday, 18 January 2016

AC in the Sky


Last year my air con gave up the ghost and a few weeks ago the air con next door decided to join mine in the sky with diamonds.

Last Friday the AC Technicians came, fixed mine but discovered that the air con next door was a little more serious as a control panel was not working and had to be replaced. So today they returned with a new panel in hand but struggled to get the cool air blowing again as it seems something else was kaput. Thank goodness these last few days have been moderate.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sunday Nap


Sunday afternoons are the best for lazy afternoon naps and cats, well cats know just how to exploit the best spot for these naps. Minky, our rescue cat that was found as a kitten in a truck deport under a truck has turned out to be a wonderful affectionate cat. She greets me nearly every time I come home from work and talks to us in strange tweets and chirps. Minky loves Sunday afternoon naps with her daddy.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Americano-Continental Breakfast


With rain threatening I climbed onto my Vespa and headed to BBC for a morning of training. The training for volunteer helpers kicked off with a breakfast, a corporate brown paper bag lunch, which I have renamed an Americano-Continental Breakfast. There were apples and soda pop (small bottles of Sprite and Fanta) on a side table as well. And not to forget coffee and tea.

Continental for the ham cheese croissant, apples, and water while the crisps, chocolate bar, and soda pop for the Americano. So here I was struggling to imagine bacon and eggs as I tucked into my Americano-Continental breakfast.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Legend Rockers Chess


Chubby Checker not quite but in our reception there is a chess board with legend rockers as the chess pieces.


This Battle of the Rockers chess set is very beautiful even if I can’t tell which pieces is which, the knight, bishop, king or queen although on the one side Freddie Mercury would defiantly be the queen and Elvis Presley the king.


Can you identify all the rock heroes on this chess board?


PS
More information about The Ultimate Legends of Rock and Metal Music Chess Set which was designed and sculptured by Darren Aiken. 

Okay on the black team starts off with the greatest instrumentalist in the world Jimi Hendrix as the Castle, the legendary Jim Morrison from the Doors as the Knight, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin with their Stairway to Heaven as the Bishop, Janis Joplin the ultimate flower child as the Queen, Elvis Presley the undisputed King of Rock 'n Roll as King, Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple as the Smoke on the Water Bishop, not my favourite the Beatles represented by John Lennon as the Knight, and riftest James Hetfield from Metallica as the Castle. 

And now for the white team, my favourite of my youth David Gilmour from Pink Floyd as the Castle, the reclusive Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam as the Knight, Eric Clapton and his Layla as the Bishop, big mouth Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones rocking around the world as King, Freddie Mercury the undisputed Queen of the World, the fuel for life Angus Young from ACDC as the Bishop, the californication Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers as the Knight, and finally Kurt Cobain who is in Nirvana now as the Castle.

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