No longer in Kenya (aaah!) but still a Kenyan at heart...

Friday, 27 February 2009

We're all going on a Summer Holiday...

Well, not all of us, but I am, so there!

Will be away from 'civilization' for 10 days relaxing with my family. Should be fun. It's the first time since Dawie's death that I'm able to switch off a bit and I'm thinking this will be good. Also good that I'm surrounded by people that love me and loved Dawie...

See y'all in a few days,


Thursday, 26 February 2009

Souf Efriken Airways...

I just thought that some of y'all might enjoy this. If you did not know - recently, on two seperate occasions, crew members of South African Airways (SAA) were arrested at Heathrow for possesion of illegal substances - Coke and Wackey Tabakkey...

Gotta love this country!


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The Garden.

Promised a few pics, so let's see how long this lasts...

While the going is good - this is the 'pot garden' at the back door. We've planted Lemon Verbena, Coriander, Rocket, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, a Bayleaf Tree, parsley - flat leaf and normal, mint, Chives, wild garlic and origano... Looking forward to a nice herb salad soon! (From two angles)

The front of the house. As I'm traveling most of the time it had to be low maintenance. This is what we came up with...

More of the front. Have to give the new lawn some time to settle down but sure it will look great in about two to three weeks.

That's all for now folks, hope y'all have a really pretty day!


PS: The garden layout was Dawie's ideas. He was such a creative soal. Just another thing to remember him by.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


What is it with Blogger? Why 'she' does not want to allow me to upload some pics? Honestly...

But enough 'bitching' - it's a crazy week that (thankfully) ends with me going away for a few days. Then, on my return, I'll be going to Nairobi for a few days - business trip, but at least I get to see my 'beloved' Kenya again. Also planning to spend the weekend there instead of flying back on the Friday, so making arrangements with friends at the moment... Fun! So, going to be 'away' from the office for just on two weeks - imagine the Email inbox when I get back.

It's my and Dawie's aniversary this weekend - the 28th. This too shall pass.

I miss him. A lot. All the time.


Monday, 23 February 2009

A quick update.

Would love to just quickly post a pic or two here on the progress on the garden, but 'dear' Blogger won't allow me...

As the cave men said - UGGER, UCK. (Apparently those were the first swear words ever spoken!)



Friday, 20 February 2009

Dancin' shoes.

Last night we (Me and a very dear friend) went to see Spirit of the Dance at the Joburg Civic. I was invited as a guest of ABSA (One has to get concerned if the banks are trying to 'buy' their customers to stay with them) and this, dear reader, is my recomendation:


I know (Think I know?)they're touring the US next and will be performing in Las Vegas, so make the effort, go and see them. There is a sequence at the end of the show where they sit on the edge of the stage and 'dance' with their hands - I was gobsmacked! Oh, and the boys are pretty cute too - too small for me (I'm 6'4 for cying out loud), but really cute and toned. But you would be too if you jumped around like they do every day...

The garden is coming along swimingly and I'll take some pic's this weekend - so y'all can see them on Monday. This weekend we're going to see Nataniel on Saturday and then it's only 5 days to my holiday in the Kruger... Can't wait! It will be good to just relax for a while, spend some time in nature just think (or not) and get myself back into a clear mind space...

Enough drivel for one day, hope y'all have a really pretty weekend now!


Tuesday, 17 February 2009


The first bit of achievement is this:

Your Quit Date is: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Test Time Smoke-Free: 306 days, 14 hours, 6 minutes and 27 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 6132
Lifetime Saved: 1 month, 16 days, 20 hours
Money Saved: S1,071.00

The second bit of achievement is this:

This is what the garden looked like last night - EVERYTHING has been ripped up and the process is starting to rebuild now. Will post the 'after' pictures in about two weeks - hopefully. My doggies are LOVING their new lawn. What is it with long hair dogs and mud?

Anyhoo, hope y'all are having a pretty day!


Monday, 16 February 2009

I will survive...

Was it Gloria Gaynor who sang I will survive? If my (rapidly) failing brain is functioning correctly, she did, and I too, will survive! The weekend was rather emotional, but with the support of a WONDERFUL group op friends and my family, I got trough this as well... So, here goes a new week.

I know that all the 'first' are going to be hard to deal with - my gut tells me so (and my therapist confirmed it!) and I'll deal with things as and when they happen. Think this is a healthy process.

On another note, starting to finilize the garden and should be able to put op a few picks soon. All I can say is that the sun in Pretoria was merciless this weekend! I look like a boiled lobster. (That reminds me, time for a seafood dinner sometime.)

Only two more weeks and then I'm off on holiday for ten days with my folks. We're going to the Kruger National Park for a few days, looking forward to that. And I thought we might drive into Mozambique too as there is a place I want to go and look at - a holiday home for the future. It's only a 280km(175miles)trip one way from where we will be - a quick three hours excluding the border post. Should be fun!

Well, here I am dreaming away about the future and my work is waiting - better get started.

Have a pretty week y'all!


Friday, 13 February 2009

My week...

This week has been a total 'baaheetch' with me being so busy that I hardly had time for my 'social life', or lack thereof really. Work is crazy with me running around at the moment playing 'silly bugger' with a couple of sub - contractors and employees. Why must everything be taken personally? Honestly, when I say that you're too pedantic I mean that in the nicest possible way... (EVIL GRIN!)Anyway, the week is over (well, nearly) and I'm now settling in for the weekend, and it is going to be a bit of a tough one...

Dawie's birthday is tomorrow - on Valentine's day. He would have turned 40 this year. I'm sure that he would have insisted on inviting all our friends around for a OTT party with lots of food and beverages, but I'm going to be spending the day quietly at home with doggy school in the afternoon - weather permitting. I don't think I want a whole bunch of people around me...

So, that's my weekend.

Hope y'all have a pretty one,


Monday, 9 February 2009


The weekend was fun in a strange and (once again) busy way. Friday night I spent at my parents place, mom is very teary at the moment and seems to need a lot of support, so I'll be a good little gay son and give her lots of hugs and kisses, and cook her nice, feelgood meals. Not that I cooked, the housekeeper did, but at least I ate it with her...

Saturday was dog school - and I fried in the sun again. At least this time not in my face as I had this hidiously large straw sun hat on - looked like a caracter from a Jerry Springer show in drag I tell you! And then my doggie wanted to 'attack' this big old Rottweiler, so my screams had everybody looking in my direction. I'm such a butch thing sometimes (He says VERY red faced!). Then in the afternoon it was some gardening and cleaning up of stuff around the house...

Sunday was nursery time - spent too much money on some plants and pots. As my backyard (It's a bit of a stretch to call it that, but bear with me) is cramped, I thought that planting herbs in pots would be a good idea. So, my new projects is a 'pot garden' at the back door... Should be fun! The afternoon was spent with my older sis and her hubby - good folk they are!

So, overall quite the busy weekend - again.

Now, back to work and then face the traffic home...

Hope y'all had great weekends as well!


Friday, 6 February 2009


Life is quite busy at the moment - think the universe has worked it out that way to keep my mind of 'things', and finding time to do things I enjoy is quite the challenge... So, what's happened in the last bit that has made my life so crazy:

I've been given extra responsibility at work. Basically, due to the economic crisis (feeble excuse, but ok) they are not going to fill a position that has become vacant and I'm now responsible for those folks as well. Hey, it's not like I didn't have enough to do to start with but at least it's a challenge and I see a difference at the end of the month on my 'tip slip'.

Dawie's estate is dragging on and on and the company that is handling it is driving me nuts. I did not expect it to just 'go away' but I was hoping to get it behind me as soon as I could, but it seems this is going to take at least a year to resolve. Will take this one a day at a time, it's the only way...

I've bought a new car. The idea is basically to sell both the cars and get one to replace it. Only problem is that I now have three cars standing at home as I have not sold the other two yet... I am the king of procrastination after all...

It seems my daughter (read dog) is going to go on heat soon and then we'll try for pups... So, I gonna be a granny! Yorkies are such cute puppies - I know already that I'm going to battle with having them go to other homes - and they're not even born yet. (Never mind made yet!)

The garden is in progress - I'll post some before and after pics when we're done. It will include a potted herb garden in the back, a water feature in the front (to drive the neighbours moggy) and a special memorial corner for my Skapie. This is the one thing that I'm really enjoying at the moment. It's fun and good for the soal...

Just a quick update on what's going on in my life if anybody's interested. Sorry for not posting more often but time is really limited...

Hope y'all have a really pretty weekend!