It was good while it lasted

15 March , 2018

I have a home office, and although I am on the phone more or less ALL day to colleagues, contractors and customers in our virtual environment my face-to-face interactions are really maybe 1 or 2 a week.

Subsequently I haven’t really been man down sick in more than a year! Which is big for me. I usually get hit by two proper flus at least and whatever tummy bug is doing the rounds.

Seems my streak is over though…dammit.

And to add to my reasons to feel sorry for myself, I also took a spectacular tumble at Monday’s school run. Luckily nothing broken this time. Just lots of mud, blood and embarrasment!

I have (self)pity covered, send soup! πŸ˜‰

Oh look at this pic…2nd shelf, righthand side, left item. Haha, I’d be mighty pissed off if someone prescribed me that! (I was curious so I asked the pharmacist what they “used” it for. She said it’s a asthma pump with no meds that they use to demo technique with. Did you know there was such a thing?!).


It’s that time of the year again

31 January , 2018

I think I have a mental block on this, because I always forget that beginning of the school year brings some form of family tree trauma.

And every year the questions come with more insight and less possibility of forgiveness.

TGC, your window of opportunity is closing rapidly now…and I haven’t done a thing to help it along except tell the truth.


Salt Rock Family Vacation 2018

15 January , 2018

We usually do a Ballito trip, but this year we tried out neighbouring Salt Rock instead. 

Honestly, we missed the walk way, and the beach at Salt Rock has a fierce current that you need to battle if you want to swim…but the place is beautiful and peaceful. 

We rested, we laughed, we swam, we shopped, we ate like kings…we drove to better beaches. We built sand castels, we saw dolphins, monkeys and many many guinea pigs. We did both the road trip down and back up in team colours!

Believe it or not, even I managed to sleep late-ish! It was an amazing vacation. And afternoon naps every day! (I really miss those naps today).

We took a boat load of photos! These are my favourites. Brace yourself and I hope you have uncapped internet. πŸ˜‰

Family…you don’t get to pick them, but sometimes you get blessed with the best anyway.

Stop taking photos of me mom…

One very cranky ostrich!

Stretches with Oupa.

Can you see how bloody tired I was?!

Visit from our cuzzy AndrΓ© and his Tanya.

Santorini Salt Rock sports a smallish gym…also marked as a whale watching deck! πŸ˜‚

Look at that beautiful moody sky and the stunning colours!

Let me tell you…I had to hold on to my fearless Nicola for dear life on this beach! She described it nicely, “Die see gebruik my soos ‘n besem!”.

Love, love, LOVE this photo!

Rainy day…every vacation needs one. Off to Flag Animal Farm. Well worth it, seriously. This was our first time there, but I can easily see it becoming a regular stop for us.

This photo doesn’t do this chicken’s funky haistyle justice.

Salt Rock rock pools on someone’s recommendation. Won’t be doing that again. We found it dirty and sort of icky.

Haha, ons the LAST day we discover the proper almost olympic size tidal pool right outside our complex. Can you believe it?! 

Full of sea urchins though, so we probably missed out on some injuries too and the way things have been going,the patient would probably end up being me! πŸ˜‰


Happy birthday sweet potato!

19 December , 2017

What a privilege to be your mom. You are an amazing little girl with a big heart, a big personality. With your fierce brand of loyalty and wicked sense of humour, you add a bit of magic to every day…

It has been quite a year for you, and for us. As always, you just take it all in your stride. I can’t wait to see what comes next, because whatever it is I know we’ll figure it out and make a grand adventure of it together.

Happy birthday my Nicola. I love you more than I can ever put into words. xxx



Say cheeeese!

13 December , 2017

So you know those questionnaires where they ask, what’s the one thing you wouldn’t want to be stranded on an island without?

My thing is my camera. 

I know there are a legion on more sensible things that should realistically be on that list before camera, like a lighter or a knife for instance…but my thing is and has always been, camera.

I take A LOT of photos. In fact if you want a good gage of my happiness levels all you have to do is take note of my monthly count of photos when I do my backups. The more I take, the happier I am.

What I don’t seem to have an addiction to is printing my photos. It’s actually a finance thing I guess. If I have to choose between printing photos and paying school fees, school fees are going to win every time.

And so, it came to a point where I haven’t printed photos since about 2007, and Nicola has been asking about me printing her a photo album for ages! And then as luck would have it, enter extra money stage left.

So for her birthday this year I thought a photo book might be a nice idea, only to realise that I have so many favourite photos of her that I can’t fit them all in one book! So a photo book per year then? And a firm intention to keep this up annually from now on?

Seemed like a great plan!

For my next trick I had to actually design these books and get them printed, but not for love or money could I get Qphoto’s software installed or working on my laptop…so I found an alternative out of desperation. And boy, am I glad I did!

24HourPhotobooks was such a pleasure to deal with! You can literally create an awesome photobook in about 10 minutes, provided you’ve gone through the process of picking your favourite photos already. And you get your book 24 hours after ordering and paying. Okay, I got mine 2 days later because it was a bulk order, but I still think that’s amazingly fast.
The books came out beautifully! I can’t wait for Nicola to see them. They’re all wrapped up already so I can’t show you, but I have a sneak peek of the covers that I can.

Just LOOK at this little face! I love this kid so much I could burst! 

It has really been quite an emotional experience going through 8 years of memories and THOUSANDS of photos putting these together. (2017 is just waiting for December photos and then it’ll be ordered too).


Not a bed time story

12 December , 2017

So…I just finished reading this book:

And let me tell you, it is a tale of serious woes. 

Many moons ago I made a decision not to read newspapers or watch news anymore, because I just got myself worked up into a state about things that were out of my control. Instead I wanted to focus my mental energy on positive things and good stories. You know, like the saying goes…no news is good news.

Of course you can’t miss it completely since it’s just about everywhere, but I figured I’d take my news filtered through the eyes of people I know instead of the people who sell more papers if they can induce a panic. If something noteworthy happened I’d see it on fb, blogposts, twitter or lamp poles along the roads that I travel. 

Anyhoo, it looks like I haven’t missed much. Things have indeed gone as pear shaped as told by poles and people…the biggest thing I got from the book was firstly the grand scale of fuck ups, and secondly that it has not gone this way due to incompetence but rather by systematic malicious intent by a handful of people. I did not enjoy this book, but not because it was badly written. It was a story that turned my stomach. 

Karma, when you catch up with this lot…it’s going to be epic!

I do hope that a hero with above average integrity is waiting in the wings to inspire hearts and minds and kick off a journey of recovery for our tattered democracy, but he/she really needs to work on their timing.

Also, who knew there was still such a big demand for spies in an era where just about everything is out there in the open already? 


Righteous rage

24 November , 2017

Worked myself up into a near froth!

So there’s been an unpleasant first for me…

It’s enrollment week at Nicola’s school this week (and although unpleasant between the 20 odd page contract and obtaining ID photos and certified copies of everything, that’s obviously not a first for me).

Nope, the thing that was new was that I almost had to cross swords with the admin lady to get Nicola’s form accepted because it only has one parent signature on it. 

I am team Nicola. Me, myself and I. 

I knew it was coming eventually. I kind of thought this would be a discussion had with Home Affairs at some point if I applied for a passport for her or something. I did not anticipate having it at school.

Super handy that her birth certficate only has me listed on it. 

Apparently the reason for the two parent sign off is for debt collection if you don’t pay your school fees. Also irrelevant since I’ve paid up in advance (thank you SARS refund).

I think it’s fair to say I don’t enjoy any interaction where I’m expected to produce anything certified. It kind of sets the tone for things to come.

I suppose it’s sort of remarkable that in almost 8 years, this is the first time it’s come up for debate?