Thursday, 16 August 2018

Spring Blossoms


The spring blossoms are all over bursting into life, as the weather warms up. Although there is usually a cold snap round about the 1st of September which heralds spring into season, it feels sure like spring is already here with temperatures reach 27°C.

Ahhh spring is in the air, with the birds and the bees, well they are doing what they have to do.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Minky Winks


Coming home after a long day at work and a visit to my mentor Tom afterwards, I just collapse onto the couch. Lynda was finishing up with supper so it wasn’t long before a scrumptious plate of wors on cauliflower mash and roast vegetables. A healthy supper to finish the day, except for Minky.

"Say what?" Minky perched on the arm of the couch while I wound down, waiting for supper to be served. Minky Winks just turned to me and gave me this air of authority type look, as if asking me "what you looking at look?"

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Strelitzias and Strawberries


 It was a beautiful spring morning, when I stepped out of my garage while preparing to mount my Vespa and slice through the rush hour traffic towards work. Then it caught my eye, a brightly coloured strelitzia, in my garden. Not just one but a number of them all flowering orange and purple.

And now this, Monique arrived at Connect group still eating her lunch of fresh fruit. And she pulled this super large strawberry out of her supper box of fruit.


Monday, 13 August 2018

Graham's Apple


I must have yawned throughout the day, not tired just that it wasn't quite a restful weekend and I overslept this morning. After hearing the 5am and 5:30am alarms, I must have fallen back to sleep as I was woken up at 6:30 with a cup of coffee and the question, "don't you leave for work at 6:45am?" Oh boy!

Anyways I got through the day alright I think expect for a few yawns. Towards the end of the day, Graham asked if it was my apple under my desk. No I didn't bring an apple to work, I looked and sure enough there was this tiniest apple under my desk. I picked it up and handed it to Graham, well it wasn't his either, must be Taleesha's. 

But why such a small apple? well Graham speculated that it could be that it was made to fit into lunch boxes. Genius idea, lunch box apples. Just the perfect size to eat as this apple was screaming for me to eat it.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Field of Giraffes


I am not sure how I am holding out, with no weekend, just non stop work but these giraffe carvings caught my eye. A field of colourful giraffes, ahhhh just made my day, the last day of Decorex for the year. I am tired that I didn't even get the stand name, oh well.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Crocodile Matt


It is late, nearly midnight, it has been a long day. I was at Decorex at 9:15am, early as the doors only open for the public but working at a stand helps get in early so that I can walk around and check out some of the stands. 

After the show, I picked up Matthew and went across to his old home to start packing up his valuables as painters are coming on Monday. Ahhh I found out that Matthew is very sentimental. He still had this crocodile toy that I bought him. It was the very first toy that I bought for him while he was still in his mother's womb. And he still has it.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Bananas in Pyjamas


Okay Bananas in Pyjamas, who has now got that song trapped in their minds, bananas in pyjamas. While you sing along to bananas in pyjamas, I will eat my banana, while I work to the sounds of Banana Brain by Die Antwoord. It is the weekend but it is going to a long working weekend at Decorex for me.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Cone Light


I love hanging light features that are different, my favourite are these hanging lights that look like jellyfish. I saw them once on the world wide wait, but never again did I find them. They were beautifully eerie similar to real jellyfish and I was instantly in love. 

I came across these hanging lights at Decorex, not quite as blown away as with the jellyfish lights but these cone lights well, the the best I've seen so far.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Drive by Shoot


What a long day. I had to pick up Matthew from Gautrain's Marlboro station after work which means I needed to take the pickup instead of the Vespa. Going by vehicle meant that I had to leave at 6am this morning and leave work at 6pm to pick Matthew up at 6:30pm.

After a long long long day at work, I arrived at Marlboro to find the station all closed up. The security guards would not even speak to me, it took a shack dweller next door to come across to tell me that the Gautrain staff are on strike. The train does not stop here any more only Sandton.

I had to phone Matthew and tell him to go past Marlboro and get off at Sandton, I'll meet him there. So off I drove back to Sandton.

Finally I had Matthew safely in the pickup and we were off towards home but on the way we past this veldt on the side of the road on fire. So we had a drive by photo shoot. I was just tired and wanted to get home and crash, so drive by would have to do.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lady V


What is this, another new person and her name too begins with a V. Not V for Vendetta but V for Valerie. 

Valerie comes in twice a week to clean the offices so that I don't have a messy desk because Val will make sure that it is speck and clean.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Vanessa


Ahhh a new face in the office, Vanessa or as Graham calls her Van. Bookkeeper Van comes once a month to tally up the books here. From the sounds, she too is from Natal. 

There is not too many people in the office here, so seeing a new face other than Graham and Taleesha, does help make the day feel a little shorter.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Have a Dummy


Trying to keep a secret this morning when Robynne sat next to me in church this morning was hard as I am not one for fibs. Oh Lynda can't make it this morning as she is busy preparing your baby shower was not my answer. Anyways when afternoon arrived the cat was out of the bag with a SURPRISE!

Here is Rebekah trying to get mommy to take her dummy, or what they call in the states a pacifier, a super sized one at that.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

First Concert


Ahhh beautiful Rebekah performing her song routine during her first concert performance. She is in front on stage on the right about to touch her toes. It was an early start to get to her school by 8am on a Saturday nogal. Really there goes my sleep in but it was worth it. Yip just to see Rebekah performing for the first time on stage.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Palm Sunrise


Now this is a sight that I haven't seen in a long time, a sunrise. I am normally still in bed having my quiet time and here I am. I just left home and this beauty of the one eyed sun peering over the ridge just made me stop in my tracks and enjoy the faint fingers of light try find me.

God in all His glory just filled me about now, my face turned to the soft warmth as the world was painted orange. It is going to be a beautiful day.

Earlier, much earlier while still in bed having my quiet time, much earlier than usual, I shared this message on my groups...

Happy Friday.  Yes I know it is the new month and everybody is running around like headless chickens. You know what, this week was the splat moment in my life when I hit the ground at terminal velocity but as I was about to go splat, a hand appeared and caught me, not the Maradona hand of god, but the real hand of God.

At the moment when I closed my eyes waiting for impact, I felt this inner peace and calmness.

For those who don't me, I am a Christian and I don't know where each one of you are so sorry for you, you getting it now. Happy Friday, yay! 

So when your world is falling apart around you, I'm going to leave you with this BOW.

B= Bow before your God. Bring yourself before the cross and know that Jesus the Messiah is God and that He loves you.

O= Offload your angst at the cross. Humbly hold each thought up to the Word of God. Take your worry, your anxiety, your fear, your unbelief, your anger and bring them to the Lord.  Lay them at the feet of Jesus. Humble yourself before Him. 

W= Worship the Lord. Fix your eyes upon Him. Let there be a new song on your lips. Praise the almighty God who is a good good father and a great God. Take your eyes off of yourself and off of your circumstances and set them securely upon your Lord. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and come into His courts with praise. Thank Him from the bottom of your heart. Humbly acknowledge that you can't see all things, but He can. Worship Him in the spirit of holiness, praising and thanking God because He knows what is best. He is all powerful. He is in control. He knows what He is doing. No one can stay His hand. And He has you in the palm of that mighty hand.

Wow that was long. Okay to finish up. I'll leave you with today's verse... 

I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.
Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 The Passion 

Enjoy your Friday and don't forget to BOW

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Back to Rush Hours


Wow, I need to get back into things again such as rush hour traffic. Thank goodness I have a Vespa, as chaos erupts due to a back log on Wilgerood. Vespa be nimble, Vespa be quick, see all you suckers on the other side.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Lunch with Taleesha


Okay first day with Websense, and I found myself diving straight into the deep end with some MySQL work to fix an Internal Server Error 500. I think today went fine. There is only 2 others in the office, Graham and Taleesa. During a break, I managed to get a photo of Taleesa having a lunch break.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Closed For Now


It is the last day of freedom before I start at Websense, and I decide to spend it waiting in the queue at City of Joburg offices, not.

Yes not my idea of fun, waiting in the queue for the city officials to finally get to me. Firstly I was there to renew my Vespa licence and also to check up on our water account to see if it had been sorted. Half a day later, I could not get my Vespa licence renewed because the Vespa that I sold a year ago was somehow still in my name. Good news is that the water issue has been solved.

Now to close this chapter of my life and turn the page to start the new chapter.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Metalcross


Here the man who started what could be stated as the top dent and scratch removal panel beaters in Johannesburg, Metal Cross. Frank started Metal Cross over 10 years ago just up the road from where they are now in between Northgate and Fourways. Next to Frank is his right hand man Laurence who is the estimator manager and between Frank and Laurence, they make sure that Metal Cross humbly remains on top.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Will you Marry Me?


Just after worship, as I was sitting down, I deep voice broke through the hum of seating bums. This chap had walked up to the front and with a rough voice introduced himself as Ren and in a broken voice told us an abbreviated story of why he was up in front. He had relapsed and had just about destroyed his family yet his beautiful wife Adele held onto the God to change Ren and safe the family. God came through in a big way. In a broken voice Ren with permission from his children went down on one knee asked Adele in front of the entire church for her hand in marriage, this time with God as head of the family. The church was ecstatic with the words "Will you marry me?" 

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Cooking up a Storm


Our Connect Group is cooking up a storm by making some Cottage Pies and Chicken Pies for future frozen pre cooked meals for those that need them. I am not sure what this ministry is called but we took up the call and got stuck into some cooking. Along with Shaun, Lynda and I; Taryn, Nicolene, Jesse, and Monique who are shown above got stuck into preparations. While Kyle, Lance joined Angie and Kerry wo/manned the kitchen.


Friday, 27 July 2018

Camo Bird


Yay Friday, can a chance to take a walk just to get away from the stressful week. Yay it is over but yet I still feel that it is not over. Just take a walk down into the gorge. On the way back walking through the burnt ridge I stopped our resident spotted thick knee pair. River Song did not even see them as their camouflage is that good even against the black burnt veldt. 


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Burnt Offerings



Since the veldt has been burnt, there is not much food to sustain the wildlife. Okay the guineafowls and the occasional scavenger can find some burnt offerings such as dead insects or any carcases of crawling animals that could not get out of the way of the flames quick enough. 

Hungry birds have been flocking to my garden looking food, so out comes the apples and seeds just to help them through this brunt spot.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Where's Mike?


Where's Mike? Well here's Mike wearing a shirt not quite un-similar to Wally's shirt the cartoon puzzle book's Where's Wally?

So here is Michael aka Mike sitting in the morning sun outside the 24/7 call centre of the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch where he does shift duty manning the OPS Room. With a membership of over 1,800 households of which there are 700 radio users, it is quite a task to operate a OPS Room for 24 hiurs, 7 days a week. And from my interaction with Mike, he is doing a good job, give the man a Bells!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Fledging


Keep watching this space as the eaglets are about to fledge. Officially we have formed the Sugarbush Ridges Coalition, a group representing the Black Eagles Project, the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Proteadal Conservation Association, and the Wild Orchids of South Africa. Here we have left to right, Bill from WOSA; Gerhard from the Black Eagles; Andrew from SANBI and Proteadal; Johann from BotSoc; Dawid the videographer and director; and Ernest from Black Eagles and photographer. Of course missing from the photograph is me from Proteadal who took this photo and Belinda from Proteadal who is away for personal reasons.

Anyway we have a new project in the pipeline so watch this space as we historically take flight.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Beak and Claws


What a noise! I woke up this morning to the guinea fowls cackling like a bunch of old hens. Stepping out onto the patio, I saw a large flock of guinea fowls foraging for food in the burnt veldt. The reason for the excited noise was that there was a cat amongst the guinea fowl, Paddington.

Ahhh so you think you are a lion hunting for prey, Paddy? You can't do it alone, you will need to get a pride of cats together and practice those stalking skills, instead of standing in the middle of a flock of angry guinea fowls who as soon as you turn your back attack you with beaks and claws.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Fire, Fire, Fire!


While we were out searching for a traditional bobotie spice mix at local super markets to use for supper, we got a call from our neighbour the there was a veldt fire heading our way, so we rushed home to find the fire at our boundary wall. 

Along with all the neighbours, we kept a watchful eye on the veldt fire, making sure that it wouldn't pose a danger to any of the residences along the edge of the veldt. While the fire moved up the valley, I took a walk down wind to seek the the source of the fire. As expected I found that the fire started from an abounded camp fire hastily dosed with water. Below is the source, the pilgrims who made this fire must have done a hasty retreat as they left a number of their belongings behind. 

This is the reason why we don't need pilgrims camping over night in the veldt. Other than a security risk, they cut down indigenous tress for fire wood such as the protected Protea tree. There is also the litter and fire risk problem associated with camping. We have also found snares in the area which could only be from the pilgrims as bush meat is a delicacy to them. Yet nothing is being done to stop the pilgrims coming into the area.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Who is your daddy?


Ahhhh Saturday. So here I am, working at my desk when Minky decides that she wants to be with her daddy. So what else can I do but allow her to curl up into my arms while I try to work.

The word is "try". How can I even work with this cat all over me. Who is your daddy? Clearly I have been owned by Minky.

Anyway, I better leave this work for now and go boldly to some binge watching of the old Star Trek series called Enterprise from the early 2000s, before the Federation began.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Pilgrim Intruders


Sitting at my desk on a Friday, the dogs start going ballistic and I looked out to check what is going on, when I saw a glimpse of a person in the veldt carrying an orange bag disappearing amongst the Protea trees. 

I rushed and put on some shoes ideal for the veldt, called River Song, and we were off in pursuit. But by the time we got out into the veldt, the intruder was gone. So called religious pilgrims trespass into the veldt to get closer to their god with an added benefit, they believe that the 3 springs below in the valley are holy waters. I don't mind them coming for the holy water and to pray. what I do mind is the overnight camping, laying of snares to catch bush meat, and the cutting down of trees. The pilgrims normally start moving in from Thursdays and stay till Sunday, cutting down Protea trees for firewood as it has been cold. Last night the valley was littered with campfires, not good at all.


Thursday, 19 July 2018

My Little Princess


At the end of a typical day, I have the supper on the go, my feet up, and I am relaxing in front of the TV with the setting sun streaming through the blinds, and my little Princess has other ideas. Somehow I am the only human other than Matthew who she allows to be touch her and not just the gentle loving touch but we play rough yet she always comes back for more.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Chilly Sunset


As the sunset on this chilly winter's day, I was on the phone with my son Matthew, having a deep one on one conversation with him. At that moment all I wanted was to be with him and to hold him tight, never let go.

Earlier Matthew had phoned me, he was lying on his bunk in Res before lectures and was thinking about his mom who past away a few months back. He was missing her and he just wanted to talk to someone. My heart felt so heavy for him that throughout the entire afternoon after that conversation, I was thinking about him and sending every now and then short prayers up to heaven. 

My personality likes to build walls around myself to protect the me, and it becomes hard for anyone to breakthrough or clamber over the walls. When Carol died, I noticed Matthew putting up those same self walls that I used to build. My heart went out to him as I could not reach out to him. All I could do was stand next to him and support him in the best way I know, which I must confess isn't the best as I myself wasn't in a good place. Anyways with our earlier chat, I felt the cracks forming in the wall and I just wanted to be with him.

I phoned him as soon as I could after his lectures and supper. It was during this very sunset, with me out in the chilly dawn on the deck just craving his voice over the phone.

No matter what happens, I know it is going to be alright, Matthew and I. God has a plan, and we are playing a big part in it. It may be a chilly sunset now, it is going to be a hot future. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ginger Beer and Beard


Two meetings this evening and I could only go to one so I decided that the neighbourhood watch meeting won over the Connect meeting. So as evening arrived the electricity in the entire area tripped so the watch meeting was postponed and I could now make the Connect meeting which was down the hill and still had electricity and brownies. 

Arriving at Connect this evening, I found Kyle and Lance proudly showing off there latest endeavour, the beard oil and balms. So here is Ginger Beard or aka Ginger Beer showing off a well oiled beard. 

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