Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Bird on a Wire


Bird on a Wire must be one of my favourite 80s movies or was that in the 90s, oh never mind it was a favourite. I arrive home this afternoon to such a racket, the dogs were barking and the guineafowl were screeching so I went out to investigate only to find this cheeky guineafowl perched up on the fence teasing the dogs to the amusement of the cats, like a bird on a wire.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Another One


Wow, why so many June birthdays at BankservAfrica and why so many long serving employees. It seems that June a good year for financial coders and there must be something about this company that once you join they don't let you leave. Ohhh I feel a Dr Who episode can be written about these coders who once in never leave. Anyway Ashley beats Gary hands down, not just being part of the furniture but he is the furniture itself.


In 1983 Ashley joined the company as a teller in Durban when it was still know as Automated Clearing Bureau. The company went through 2 brand names changes while Ashley has been here, in 1993 it became Bankserv and then in 2010 Africa was added to the name. Today 34 years later Ashley celebrates his 54th birthday still at BankservAfrica. I say again wow to these long serving coders. Happy days Ashley, may you have many more.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Darth Gilroy Serious


This afternoon we ended up at the Ngwenya Glass Village sipping on Gilroy’s Serious Royal Dark Ale while a muso played 80s music. The Gilroy has an interesting crest, 3 dolphins representing the original Irish Gilroy family coat of arms, a beer tankard signifying the brewers, and then well what can be said about the gauntlet displaying a Hawaiian Good Luck sign, nothing much.


Later on we explored the few stores in the village that were still opened and found a Darth Vader brazier, awesome find but way too expensive.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Grind with Somizi



Walking into a super market on the West Rand, I was confronted with this in your face sight, okay now who in their right mind would put Somizi’s hip grinding dansersize dvds in this rather rude position on a cutout of Somizi. Verimark! I would never have guessed. So it seems that this pump and grind is the new dance moves in Mzansi, oh well thank goodness I can’t dance.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Part of the Furniture



Both Keegan and Gary have been with BankservAfrica for yonks. Today it is Keegan’s 35th birthday and he joined this company 12 years ago at a young age of 23. He joins Gary in being now part of the furniture. Okay Gary stills holds the record as he signed up when he was 21 years old back in 1993, 24 jaw dropping years ago. As you can see, Gary still likes photobombing Keegan on his birthday photo.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Brother to the Rescue



My brother Anthony and his wife Helene, come round to stay over on their way to Rustenburg for Helene’s birthday weekend. It was the perfect opportunity to barter trades, since Anthony needs some marketing collateral and I need a handyman to fix the mess a plumber has left us in.

First thing before it got too dark, Anthony took photographic evidence of the shoddy plumbing work, then he fixed a small leak, and connected the garden tap along with the sprinkler system onto the main water line which was conveniently not finished.

Well that is what family are for, brothers to the rescue.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy William


It was my birthday last week and today it is William’s turn to get a year older. As you can see by the photo William is a rather happy person who is always on the happy pills and being a year older is a celebration. No what am I writing; William is just a happy sort of person, no happy pills involved. Happy 39th birthday William.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Sunset Competition


After Matthew’s awesome photographs on Sunday with the sunsets in the kloof, I would be hard pressed to compete but today’s sunset just happened to present itself to me and I could not help myself.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Make Some Noise


I have been working a portal for a product which went from test to production on Friday after 3 years in development. Today a “Make Some Noise” launch to the company was initiated. With all the fanfare everyone in marketing were all rushing around getting ready to make some noise. Here is Gary who has been with this company for yonks, helping with setting up a display monitor in the foyer.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Living on the edge


Part 2 of my 50th birthday celebrations is a Photowalk into the wilds that are my back garden ending off in a Cheese and Wine Sundowner. I invited the Joburg Photowalkers and my friends to this event which was aptly called Living on the Edge and quite a number did turn up.



Since I was the host and tour guide into the kloof, I gave Matthew my son my camera and these are a few of his images that he took except the bottom one of me and my Tardis cake which was taken by my friend Zoe. The Tardis cake was difficult to cut on Friday because it was so beautiful. Anyway we did get round to cutting the cake this evening after the Cheese and Wine. More of Matthew’s photos can be seen on my Facebook album Living on the Edge.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Albertina Sisulu Orchid


Today the day in-between 2 busy function days of my 50th, a day of rest between the family braai and tomorrows photowalk incorporating a cheese and wine sundowner.

Resting but no ways putting my feet up as I had to get to a Proteadal Conservation Association’s talk at Featherbrook Estate about the Albertina Sisulu Orchid. This orchid is listed as Critically Endangered and the next step is Possibly Extinct. It was first discovered in 1918 but was only named in 1955 as the Brachycorythis conica ssp. Transvaalensis but was last seen the following year. In 2007 a group was rediscovered in Krugersdorp section of the Gold Reef Mountain Ridge. The kloof that runs past my house is part of this ridge system and about 3km south of where the orchids where found.

With just over 100 left, this last know viable population of orchid species is the reason for me being here at this talk. The conditions are the same as the Protea forested veld outside my home and I am hoping that we can find another population of these orchids here.

Interesting facts about the Gold Reef Mountain Ridge which includes the kloof is that there are 700 plant species, 200 animal species, and 22 species of birds of prey, in this area and the bonus is it is all outside my home, not that I have seen anywhere close to 1% of them.

Friday, 16 June 2017

TARDIS Braai

Nou gaan ons braai, and we did. It was my 50th birthday a few days back and today is the start of the first part of the half century celebrations, the family braai. But first the TARDIS.


Lynda had organised a Dr Who cake in form of the TARDIS on top of a 3 layered cake with an adapted Dr Who quotation "You’re getting older but not really because time is really a big ball of wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey stuff. Happy 50th Birthday Jerome".


Wow it was a huge cake that we had to somehow get home this morning. I drove very carefully with the cake on Lynda’s lap which of course wasn’t easy aiming for every bump in the road. Even getting it out of the car, I nearly toppled it but it found its home safely on the table in the dining room.


The guests started arriving in drips and drabs; a braai invitation is not to be scoffed at. We had a lovely time with family and friends at my TARDIS braai. Thank you for all who came and especially to Lynda who worked hard to organise this half century celebration.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Guardian Angel


Today my guardian angel worked overtime. To start my story let me start 2 weeks back when I first drove my pickup. I left after work on that Friday 2 weeks ago and rushed over to Benoni to pick up Matthew. As a surprise to Matthew, I had arranged to pick up his cousin Jean-Jurie in Pretoria and drove the long road home late in the evening with 2 boys in the back unbeknown to me that my guardian angel was protecting me in overtime mode.

I arrived home quite late and parked my pickup only to get back in it this morning 2 weeks later as I had to pick up Matthew for my birthday weekend and father’s day. On my usual pre-inspection before setting out to work, I noticed that the pickup’s left front tyre was flat. Expecting that I must have picked up a nail or something those 2 weeks earlier and now have a leak I slowly drove my pickup to the nearest service station and pumped up the tyre. It was on 0.4 bar of pressure but worse was that my brakes were spongy, I must have somehow gotten air into the brake system which was very strange. I carefully drove to work in rush hour traffic.

The first gap I got, I decided to take it in to the closest tyre place to where I was working. The tyre was taken off and checked for any leaks but, this is the next strange park, no leak was found. No nail or leaking valve, nada, nothing. Someone must have let my tyre down. Not thinking that it could have been my guardian angel, as my first obvious person would be the plumber contractor that I had working on my property but things between us had soured. When the tyre was put back, the fitter discovered that my entire hub was lose, hanging on by the last thread of the centre wheel nut, the brake line, and the CV joint.

Oh my word, I was in shock. The entire wheel was about to come off. If I was driving on the highway to fetch Matthew, I could have had a serious accident. Or even worse it could have come off that night when I had the 2 boys in my pickup. Who could have loosened the centre nut? It dawned on me that my guardian angel must have let my tyre down this morning to warn me of the impending danger.

In conclusion to this story is that after the centre nut was retightened and locked into place, the tyre was put back and strangely the brakes were back to normal. My guardian angel must be working overtime protecting me and my family, thank you.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Half a Century


So I reach 50 today, half a century and not out. Happy birthday to me. Okay in a way this is an important milestone in my life but why do I feel that a lot of water is gone wasted under the bridge. Oh well I have another 50 years to enjoy life. Thank you all for all my birthday wishes and to Lynda for this lovely box of goodies to start my day off just right.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Ethereum Exchange


It is the last day of my 49 years and tomorrow I turn another year older. I may be half a century; I am never too old to learn, as Gary gives me a crash course on the Ethereum Exchange. From Bitcoin to Potcoin, my head is spinning with the smoke of buy and selling of Ethereums.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dana’s Cactus


A wish to be a big cactus with a pink flower on it, Ahhh this little cactus in a bed of red stones reminds me of the Kimya song. This takes me back quite a few years back.

Here I am, sitting at Dana’s desk reviewing their new web pages on their site for the product launch in a few days time. And on that desk is a little cactus wishing it was a big cactus in a corporate world.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Carrot Life


When life gives you carrots, no was that lemons, oh never mind, look what carrot we pulled out of our garden today. Interesting shape of carrot. That is my life, oddly shaped but rather interesting, living life to the fullest.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Here's to Life


After yesterday’s high blood pressure day, I think I deserve a beer, what do you think?

And just so happen to have a Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale in the bar fridge. Here is to life all my friends out there. No complaints, no regrets. Non, rien de rien. Non, je ne regrette rien. Car ma vie, car mes joies. Aujourd'hui, ça commence avec toi.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Plumbers Hell Day


We have a plumber working to get a number of issues working like no cold water in our bathroom on suite, the guest toilet's wash basin, and the scullery but the straw that broke the camel’s back was that when I arrived home yesterday I found that the cottage and kitchen’s geyser was tripping. After phoning the plumber, he blamed me on burning out the geyser.

I don’t care whose fault it is, I just wanted it fixed. So this morning I decided to stay at home and try resolving all the issues with the plumber. I phoned the plumber at 8am to find out where he was, and in his half asleep voice he mumbled, "in bed". Let the Plumber's Hell Day begin.

The element and thermostat on the cottage and kitchen's geyser was replaced. Yay! But still no cold water in our bathroom, the guest toilet’s wash basin, and the scullery. Thank goodness we have a second bathroom with both hot and cold.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Padre Paulo


Yesterday I got a call out of the blue; Paulo is in town from Mozambique. So a dinner was arranged for this evening, and so it came to past that we met at Dukes Burgers in Greenside. It was a chilly evening and Paulo came dress for snow, in a way he looks like a Jesuit Padre.

We had a lovely evening of catching up on all the news, skinner, and crack over some delicious burgers. One burger was named My Vespa, I kid you not, I don’t know why a chicken fillet burger would be named after this iconic scooter.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Game of Thrones


It is not a game anymore, the power of who sits on the throne is real in our home. The cats try to rule as you can see the latest contender, Paddington, sitting on his throne overlooking the others. The game of thrones is not a game anymore with hisses, and claws, fur is going fly.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Gary at Work


I don’t see Gary much at the office as he is out a lot running to this meeting and then to the next one. Even when he is back in his corner cubicle, trying to focus and get some work done is not easy especially with me there. Take today for example, Gary had to eat his breakfast on the fly, too much work to do and so little time before the next meeting.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Wattle Bagworm


Serve me right for cutting down that grove of black wattle trees in the veldt outside my home, as this morning I discovered a wattle bagworm larva hanging from my garage’s lintel. Bagworms are a pest but now that there are no more wattles for this little fella, s/he has moved into my garden. I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t get out of control. My garden is home to all sorts of strange yet peculiar creatures and I would like to keep it that way.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Fathers and Sons


Somehow I was running late taking both boys back home. First I had to drop Jaen-Jurie back at his new home in Pretoria and then down to Benoni to drop Matthew off before heading across town.

At my sister and her husband’s home, I took the opportunity for my photo of the day, Fathers and Sons as Father’s Day is coming up in a few weeks so it was a perfect time.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Cousins in the Wild


It is Matthew’s weekend and I had arranged to pick up his cousin Jaen-Jurie to come over for the weekend without Matthew or Jaen’s knowledge. The surprise weekend for the cousins turned out to the 2 of them stuck behind the Xbox all weekend so an intervention was called for, a walk on the wild side.

Yes, we took the boys and the dogs for a walk into our back yard and it turned out to be the right decision as both boys enjoyed themselves. We stayed on the edge of the gorge while the boys explored the cliffs.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Stickered up Macbook


The sticker boldly states that Gary’s other ride is the Millennium Falcon. As you can see Gary is back from course and this is the state of his MacBook, covered with stickers to hide the fact that it is an Apple Mac. Well I don’t thing Gary would agree with that statement I just wrote as once a person gets an apple then you are tumbling down that dark rabbit hole never where few come back to the light.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

NCC-1701 Bunny Foo Foo


I am sitting alone in a cubicle with a presentation deadline tomorrow afternoon. Just two does to prepare something to impress.

In the cubicle in the corner, somewhat like a corner office of an open floor office, I look around and little Bunny Foo Foo was hopping through the forest, scooping up the sci-fi characters and bopping them on the head. WAIT! Wait an minute, lets rewind a bit.

How does Bunny Foo Foo and the NCC-1701 Enterprise get into one blog post?

The desk behind me belongs to my good friend Gary, not here today, goon on course, and his desk is covered by strange sci-fi items, although how Bunny Foo Foo fits in is beyond me.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Manager’s Bible


This post is for all managers, not. A rather large book landed on the desk with the ominous title of "Every Manager's Desk Reference". The pages did not have that well used look, and I can only imagine that it left out one of the most important skills of a manager, and that is people skills. Yes people skills, not that I have it, just let’s say that I am a work in progress.

This Manager’s Bible lists its chapters as Stress Management; Time Management; Getting Organized; Motivating People; Leadership; and many more, too many to list them all. Okay it is just a reference book BUT does this book get it right?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Brothers Day


Oh dear, as you can see I need way more practice doing selfies as this photo from my front facing camera is terrible but because it is the only one I took today it just has to do. I think I better clean my lens or stop shaking, not that I am improving as a photographer.

Arriving at Metalcross this morning, Frank proudly informed me that today is Brothers Day and since we were brothers from another mother, a selfie was called for.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Food Farm


Okay a punt is needed here, as the Food Farm catered for our Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch AGM this evening and as all Community Police Forums go, this Watch is run by the dedicated neighbourhood. I have just joined at the beginning of this financial year and so far I must say that my neighbours are on top of things.

Surely this food will briefly take my mind off all my issues. Yip, about 2 weeks ago we had a water leak outside our property, it is supposed to be sorted but I am afraid it is not as on Friday the day simply got suicidal with the weekend’s sleep being hard to come by.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Stranger in the Crowd

I gazed over the crowded ballroom at the Johannesburg Country Club and suddenly felt a stranger, not that it was a tough crowd but strangely there was no one in this crowd that I knew, no one at the Celebration of Kevin’s Life.


For those who never had the privilege of knowing Kevin, and why we are celebrating a life lived to the fullest today, Kevin was about to finish the last 5km of the 260km Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, within sight of the Santiago Cathedral, he had a heart attack and was in a coma until he died a few days later. The news from Spain was a shock to all who knew Kevin and his wife Genevieve.

My friend Kevin, who I met a few years back at one of the earlier Joburg Photowalkers meetups, had a friendly smile and character that a person was naturally drawn to. Every photowalk that I arrived to, Kevin was quick to come over, welcome me and catch up with his big smile. Now here I stand at the celebration of his life and I knew no one at the chapel or ballroom. No photowalkers that I knew if there were any there. Yes there were lots of family, work colleagues, beer brewers fraternity, water polo players, Delta Park runners, and many many friends but I knew none of them. If Kevin was here he would have quickly come round and drawn me in with his warm friendly way of doing things, and I will be a stranger no more.


Kevin’s requiem, The Pilgrim, a beautiful hymn that we were told that both Kevin and Genevieve loved was softly sung at the chapel in St David’s Marist Inanda by Carol while Jude played on the harp.

My soul doth long to go where I may fully know the glory of my Saviour; and as I pass along I’ll sing the Christian song, I’m going to live forever.

Live forever, reminds me a little of that Alphaville song Forever Young. Who wants to live forever, would that be the words that will remind me of Kevin, live forever. Anyways so there I was a stranger in a crowed room, with images of Kevin projected on the screen, I stood knowing that one day in the forever future, Kevin was going to come over and welcome me as if we never parted. And until that day I am going to live life to the fullest. Here's to you Kevin.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Rock Hyrax


Winter forces the Dassies or Rock Hyrax up the gorge and into the plush green gardens of the homes along the ridge. This ugly fella with upside down dracula teeth has made the storm water drain his home away from home which are right next to the houses that he considers his food parlor.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Siyabonga


Thank you very much, Mr Roboto, no sorry wrong song but thank you very much Siyabonga and Nkuli.

In December went into a Vodacom shop and tried to move a data account from an unused number to my main cell number but the assistant said that they couldn't transfer, fair enough so I cancelled my unused data account and then opened a new one on my existing number or so I thought.

I have had endless conversations between myself and Vodacom monthly up to a point that they became a little heated. Even when recordings were requested, nothing came to light to why I was still being charged for my unused data account and had no data on my existing number.

So it reached a point that I had to go to Vodacom's head office and demand I speak to someone who can help me sort Vodacom’s mess out. Nkuli called Siyabonga to help out and he got to the bottom of everything.

It transpired that I did cancel my data account in December but instead of opening a new data account someone fraudulently reopened my closed account and put the data there. So with Siyabonga’s help Vodacom are going to reimburse me since December and Nkuli is going to fix my data on my current account. Happy Days. Oh and Siyabonga’s name means "we are thankful".

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Flying Saucer


A busy week in the veldt but finally I get a chance to get to Home Affairs, the government department that deals with internal affairs.

I was here a few weeks back but nothing had been sorted so I am back and it looks like I have to come back again next week. Anyway while there I took a photo of the ceiling, of the light that was not working a few weeks back and still is not repaired and I doubt it will be.

Looking at the photo afterwards, it reminds me of Independence Day and the large mothership. Oh my word, the aliens have hidden a flying saucer at Home Affairs, maybe it is all those aliens seeking asylum here on earth.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Other Side


I always wondered what the gorge looked from the other side, well now I know. My house is over the ridge, that tree at the top right corner is in my front yard.

Other than being the deepest gorge in Gauteng, I have been doing some research in terms of this being a critical biodiversity area, and there is a chance that the extremely rare Brachycorythis conica subsp. Transvaalensis could be found on the southern slopes of the Protea wooded grassland but I can only go searching for them next year January and February when these red listed orchids are visible. Also red listed is a small fish, the Enteromius motebensis which has been found just 2km downstream from here so the chances too are high that they could be found in this gorge.

The Verreaux or Black Eagles use this gorge as their hunting ground and animals such as the Honey Badger or Ratel, Slender Mongoose, Banded Mongoose, Yellow Mongoose, Large spotted-Genet, Civet, Grey Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Porcupine, Rock Hyrax and Smiths Red Rock Rabbit are also found here. So far all I have seen are the Black Eagles, Guinea fowl, Night Adder, Rock Hyrax and the Smiths Red Rock Rabbit. It is time to put on my sleuth hat and look for these rare creatures and plants that could be at my back door.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Welding the Loopholes


While clearing the firebreak, I found that the palisade fencing at the end of our road between the veldt and the street was broken in way it appeared to be okay but can be easily opened. This is a breach in the layers of security that protect us from the criminals. Yes I know it is not the best way of living but in Africa and I suppose elsewhere home security is paramount.

To help plug the loopholes, my neighbour Pieter, came along the veldt with his welding equipment to make repairs to the fence.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Eriam


The clearing of the firebreak and alien plants continued today with Eriam joining Innocent and Joseph. Yes I know it is back breaking work but it has to be done.

This evening at 9:30 marks 2 weeks of no attempts of criminals trying to access our property from the veldt. All the hard work must be paying off.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dog and Cat Walk


Since we have moved here, Lynda has never taking a walk to the edge of the gorge and well now is a good time so off we went taking the dogs with us. But not to be left out, the cats decided that they too also wanted to walk with us.


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