Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Penny Sparkle

Penny from Sparkle Spa came round to our offices to give us all a well deserved back, head, and hand massages. Sparkle Spa is a mobile spa, where the ladies come to us, while we work. Now I feel much better, revitalised.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Green Flowers

Forget Spring, Summer has arrived with vengeance. Okay not the summer thunderstorms, that is still to come, but the heat. Thank goodness I have aircon at the office, and on the ride home, I forgo the jacket and live for the ride not the slide.

As I arrived home after work, I noticed this flowering plant in my front garden, it had these green flowers which if memory is correct will turn to white later. Nice to be back home.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Eeek Split Ends

Monday morning, sitting at my desk, tagging my beard while deep in thought, when I noticed that I managed to pull a strand of beard out. What freaked me out the most was not that I am now loosing beard but that I have a split end, oh no nightmares. Bring on the beard oil.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Ruan and Mea

We have no electricity at home because of an scheduled power outage due to maintenance for most of the day so we had to leave the area totally just to have some civilised electricity. We ended up at Uncle Harry's Roadhouse in Randfontein for a Sunday lunch. 

It looks like we stumbled upon a Pokemon convention, as there were Pokemon Go, players everywhere including the press. And of course there was my old friend Ruan from my Ingress days with his latest addition to his family, little Mea. It goes to show that it has been over 2 years since I saw them and nice to finally meet Mea.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Unfurling Bottlebrush

The temperatures are starting to rise with the mercury just about hitting the 30°C mark. The summer rains still have to come and the flowers are all starting to prepare for the wet hot summer. Here is a bottlebrush tree's flowers starting to unfurl in anticipation. 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Just you Dare

"Daddy's Home" and Minky rushes to greet me as I crash onto the couch. Thank goodness it is weekend even if it is Friday the 13th but that doesn't excuse me trying to be rough with my cat. "Just continue and you will feel the wrath of my claw."

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Stairway to Where

This week has been far too long. Woza Friday! Woza Weekend! I am tired at work and just want to go home and sleep. The day is dragging on, and all I've got to show for it is this staircase at work.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019


The poet Emily Dickerson wrote

I measure every grief I meet
With narrow, probing, eyes

I wonder if it weighs like mine
Or has an easier size

An air of melaincholia is surrounding me. This black bile is starting to get thick. Robert Burton once wrote "he that increaseth wisdom, increaseth sorrow", wow  that is deep, me thinks. Or did he borrow this from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:18 to be exact "For much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief". Talk about the Tree of Knowledge from the Garden of Eden.

I wonder if they bore it long 
Or did it just begin
I could not tell the date of mine
It feels so old a pain

I wonder if it hurts to live
And if they have to try
And whether – could they choose between
It would not be – to die

I note that some – gone patient long
At length, renew their smile
An imitation of a light
That has so little oil

I wonder if when years have piled
Some thousands – on the harm
That hurt them early – such a lapse
Could give them any balm

Or would they go on aching still
Through centuries of nerve
Enlightened to a larger pain
In contrast with the love 

The grieved – are many – I am told
There is the various cause
Death – is but one – and comes but once
And only nails the eyes

There's grief of want – and grief of cold
A sort they call "Despair"
There's banishment from native eyes
In sight of native air

And though I may not guess the kind
Correctly – yet to me
A piercing comfort it affords
In passing calvary

To note the fashions – of the cross

And how they're mostly worn
Still fascinated to presume
That some – are like my own

When I was young and full of folly, melancholy was but a thing. Now it embraces. Oh so close.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Indigo Dawn

I just love the African sunsets, and sitting on my patio after work couldn't be better, or maybe a glass of whiskey would help. With my mood being so blue right now anything goes. Anyone wants just bring a bottle and enjoy the indigo dawn with me.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Spring Tree

Spring is defiantly in the air. The days are getting warmer and longer with the sounds of the bees and the birds everywhere. This tree is full of white blossoms and a buzz with bees, which reminds me that I would like to get my own beehive someday. Hopefully in the near future. Oh well let the week begin.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

I can eat if I want to

It was Dakotah's 1st birthday during the week just gone, and a unicorn birthday party was arranged for today, as if she hasn't been celebrating all week already. Mommy and daddy jointly made an awesome unicorn rainbow cake.

Did someone say cake? Hurry up with the singing and kisses and all. Did you know that unicorns are mentioned in the Bible? No well they are, and they are the national animal of Scotland. And unicorns poop rainbows hence the cake is a rainbow cake, so there. Talking about cake, it's my party and I can eat if I want to...

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Matthew's Lights

I had some work to do for clients this weekend so after running around in the morning, I set up my laptop at Matthew's desk and got stuck in. Quite a few hours later I realised that  I have forgotten once again to take a photo for the day, so looking around I spotted the lights above my head, okay there you go, here are the lights in Matthew's room.

Friday, 6 September 2019

For Tanya

Graham disappear during the day and after a while arrived back in the offices with quite a few indoor plants in tow. After rearranging out offices, he then took some photos to show Tanya how nice and green our office now looks.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Pasta al Jérôme

My pasta dishes are getting quite good, with this here Pasta al Jérôme being quite up there among the best. Once it was bachelor food, and now this...

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Midweek Cat Nap

It is midweek, and I arrived home mentally exhausted. I am tired, life has not been good to me. I collapsed onto my bed for a catnap only to open my eyes a few minutes later to find Minky lying next to me. Do you see what happens when you kiss the cat. Oh well I better get up and start supper.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Kiss the Cat

Minky, one of our cats, just loves her daddy, and can't wait for daddy to come back home from work to give her full attention. 

Monday, 2 September 2019

Watching over our neighbourhood

 Does anyone remember Squad Cars, a radio drama brought to our South African radios from the late 60s to the early 80s by General Motors. "The story you are about to hear is true. Details are supplied from the official case files by the South African Police. Only names and places have been changed to protect innocent people involved." These words that caused my dad to turn up the radio on a Friday evening.

Today we hardly see any police cars patrolling our streets anymore and local Community Police Forums have filled that gap of our neighbourhoods safe. Here are 3 locals we keep watch, AJ one of the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch patrollers, Marga from ER24, and Sam from the RNW Ops Room.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Baby it's cold outside

"I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside", or that is what I am sure Lance is thinking right now. Or do you have a better saying for this meme. Baby it's cold outside.

Yes the 1 September, the first day of Spring, has for most times been cold and today has not disappointed as can be seen how warm Lance has dressed. Now where is my latte?

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Still in Bed

I peep open my eyes this morning and this is what I see, Lynda on her phone with Minky on her lap still snoozing. Ahhh it is Saturday, let me turn around and go back to bed.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Under a Rock

Yay weekend is here, and Axil the bearded drogon, crawled from under the rock that has been his hiding place. Maybe it is the cold that has driven him into hiding as the last cold front of the season is about to hit us.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Martin's Meeting

I think the camera on my cell phone is getting worse as this is the result. The light was fluorescence which could be the problem. Anyways here is Martin holding our first RNW Patrollers meeting in the RNW Boardroom upstairs from the RNW Ops Room. The turn out of patrollers was good as was the wors rolls afterwards.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Lots of Lemons

Life has given me lots and lots of lemons, yet here I am. My future is a bit hazy but I know, I truely know deep in my soul that God has it all under control.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Lonely Cactus

Next door looming over the neighbour's wall near our kitchen is one lonely cactus, so lonely that no-one wants to give it a hug. In the early dawn light, looking at this cactus, my mind wonders to that old western series in the early 70s called the High Chaparral as there was these high cacti all over the place. My hero was of course Manolito, strange that I would side with him. I suppose psychologists will read  a lot into one of my first childhood heroes.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Still Burning

I am still in shock with the phone call I got just before lunch seeking a comment about a death which happened this very morning. At first I didn't know what the person was talking about, then I thought they must be lying, surely it can't be true, then I had to sit down.

The across the valley in Mordor was still burning, although today the news of the death in a tragic car accident of Nkokheli its head, shook my previous company where I worked. So while the fires still burn on the other side, the conspiracy theories begin.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Fires of Mordor

Looking across the valley into Mordor, I can see the smoke of lots of small fires burning away along the steep sides of the valley. The lands of Mordor is mentioned in the Lord of the Rings and is home to the dark lord Sauron. I call Mogale City, Mordor as it is the home of Bosasa, where I once did work. 

Standing on my deck, I watched the tiny flames causing lots of smoke and I think about the dark lands of the evil empire of Mordor.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

No Entry Andia

I had 2 things to do today, only 2 quick easy things then the day is mine. First it was to get some water and then some more dog food. Arriving at the Catbox, I found Andia busy drawing up a No Entry sign warn customers from going behind the counter. So it must be a problem.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Better Than Us

Got home after the end of a long week, flopped down in the lounge, flipped on Netflix looking for a mind numbing something to watch. It was then that I found "Better than us", a Russian made science fiction series dubbed into English. Not expecting much, I was blown away by the series that I had to binge watch.

I really enjoyed the series, sad that only 1 season has so far been released outside of Mother Russia. I have heard that there is a 2nd season, come on Netflex, make it available to us. And Yellow, Black and White please make more seasons.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Big City Glow

I haven't quite gotten over my early starts in the morning and here I am riding my Vespa at the crack of dawn into the city. This morning the sun was causing the big city to have this orange glow as it started to peak over the horizon.  

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Home Grown Tomatoes

Try focusing on the small tomato in my fingers with my cellphone in the other was not easy and as you can see I didn't get it right, out of focus, sigh.

These are home grown tomatoes freshly picked in my garden this afternoon for the spaghetti bolognese that I rustle up for the family this evening.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Better Results

As you can see my doctor is ecstatic with my results. With my blood pressure now a whole lot better than my hypertensive state last week, and along with my ticker and kidneys that are 100% the only diagnoses is that I have a pinch nerve somewhere. This means a physiotherapist is recommended. 

I think I can now sleep better just with these results alone.

Monday, 19 August 2019

BMW Sandton Auto Approved Repair Centre

17 days after the Baroness went into the panel beaters BMW Sandton Auto Approved Repair Centre in Wynburg, she came out reborn into this beautiful seductress. They had the magic touch by not only fixing the damage sections but went beyond their duty and restored my 10 year old Vespa into a thing of beauty. The Baroness now looks like she is brand new straight out of the factory.

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