My long time friend Gail Roodt is now the owner of Roots Hair Salon. Roots at Crossways, Bluff, Southlands Sun "Best Hair Salon 2014" and Mc Naught and Co "Best Legal Services Provider 2014" teamed up to give me a hair make-over, Thanks Tanya and Gail for the great new trendy style. Be sure to book your next appointment with Gail on 082-825 4778. They're a great Bluff team!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Here's an excellent YouTube video on National Geograpic about our city.. the first settlers and discoverers, to modern day cultural mix.
|Watch and come swim with the sharks..|
|Giraffe is the game parks a 45 min drive from Durban|
|Rhino near Durban - under threat|
|Durban City Hall - an almost exact replica of the Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland|
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Our weekend started off well with a fly-in to the Aloe Wildlife Estate near Pietermaritzburg this morning and yummy breakfast there for all.
|The beautiful bridge seen from Ginwali Beach in South Korea where my daughter and her friends spend a lot of their time.|
|It's winter and dry everywhere but the vineyard makes a perfect backdrop for this stunning pic of my son Mark and his girlfriend Lisa.|
Our nephew Josh, who is in his own right an amazing musician, needed some accommodation for his mates who were coming to Durban for a gig, so we were delighted to have musician and composer Glen Hartmann and Kelly Mole (sister of the successful local Matthew Mole) come stay with us.
Glen's beautiful music vid of his song "Home, I saw" has just been released on iTunes and can be viewed from this link here. Like Glen on Facebook here.
|Glen, Dave and Kelly|
|Our favourite restauranteur Jason - enjoying a shooter with us|
|Eating out at TapHouse in Durban North - excellent eisbein|
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Kate-Lynn's crew in Busan, South Korea, just won a silver medal in their Whale Boat Race. Awesome team, well done.
|Kate is the one holding the oar up of course|
|Great race to win the Silver Medal|
It was also Mark's last few days in warm Durban before heading back to the freezing and wet Cape winter. Saturday we had a family lunch to say goodbye and today I took him to the airport for the flight home to Stellenbosch where he is doing his Masters in Engineering.
|Granny (my mom), Mark and his mom|
|Mark and I at King Shaka posing for a selfie|
Monday, June 30, 2014
It's birthday time and Lauren turns 18!! My how she's grown since I met her at 8! Awesome rooftop party tonight at the Guesthouse as Mark, Calvin and I cooked the burger patties..
|Mc, Dave and dad Llewellyn|
|The birthday girl with her huge card with everyone's messages inside|
|A birthday cake deluxe!! Well done Liesl|
|Birthdays wouldn't be the same without cousins|
|Hell and brimfire in these thar coals|
|Mc and Calvin sizzling|
Sunday, June 29, 2014
We have a few pilots in our family and cousin Ian turned 21 today. He has his commercial Pilot's Licence and Instructor's rating, seen here at my Flight School scholars Open Day with Mark
|Ian 21 (left) with Mark|
|Granny Bernice, myself and Ian's mom (my cousin) Leanne. In the background are Arthur (left) and Leanne's husband Mark, and in the far background Ian.|
|Mc chilling on Kate's bed whilst she is in Korea|
|New jersey for the cold of Cape Town|
|Mc posing in Hub with a model-pic of mate Kyle Jeacocks|
|Darn it's cold in Cape Town and I left this jacket in Durban last visit|
|Taking to the skies with dad in my plane|
|We ended our Sunday evening with a Skype chat with Kate-Lynn in Korea, although it was nearing midnight there - they are 7 hours ahead of us. Great to hear your voice. Love you lots precious.|
Thursday, June 26, 2014
My son Mark (Mc) back in town from Stellies and a time to celebrate. First stop is always a lunch burger at Billy's, our favourite, followed by good home cooking and my famous margaritas.. also a chance to catch up with another good savage, mate Dain. (he's a girl but we love him!).
|Cheers at Billy's|
|Kate sent some gifts and Mark was trying them out for our trip to Korea to visit her|
|Dave, Dain and Mark|
|ReStarting Kates car after it's park in the garage for 4 months|
|Dain fooling around|
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
My kids far and near.. Kate in Korea, where she is teaching English for the year, and my son Mark who is in Stellenbosch (5th year now) and who comes home today for his winter break.. not really sure what is "home" any more as he has grown roots in Cape Town.
|Kate-Lynn after her hike in the rain and mountains with her friend Chido|
|Great pic of Lisa and Mark|
|Kate planting vegetables in Busan|
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This time in 2010 South Africa and Durban was in the grips of Word Cup fever. The opening game in Durban was Germany vs Australia and we had 7 Germans and 7 Australians in the guesthouse - including some guys who drove here from Bieleveld Germany in a landrover and a Fire Engine to get here in time for their team's first game which they won.
And yesterday Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in their Group G game in Brasil.
Here's a link to all of the fixtures and results.
In fact I started this blog to capture the spirit of the World Cup, then after the event decided to keep it on as my personal blog about life here in Durban. Here's a glimpse of what I posted about the previous World Cup Germany games, as well as the story of the fire engine through Africa.
|2014 World Cup Brasil - Germany 4 Portugal 0|
I couldn't wait for the cement to dry on our new patio area and try out the new braai - it's a gas braai on top of a charcoal braai so I can choose depending on the mood a quick braai or the traditional charcoal fire. Still have to sort the cover for the area though as the last braai "machine" we had out there rusted to pieces in our Durban sea air.