Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kate postpones return

Kate has reached the end of her year in Korea and has postponed her return with a new contract, new job and new apartment. That means we don't see her for more months :-(

The view from Kate's new apartment near Gwangali Beach, Busan, South Korea

Kate moved into her new apartment last weekend

Kate's new home for the next number of months

And she arrived there with one suitcase!!!

Kate unpacks in her new apartment


Madame Zingara

What a show. Incredible performers and great evening and meal. Superb.

Llew's Dad Owen and his wife Karin joined us for Madame Zingara

Llew and his daughter Lauren

Dave and Llew before the show

This talented performer did the most amazing body balancing moves and the girls and boys couldn't get enough of his powerful toned body.

Mom joling too

My mom has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand to visit my brother for 6 weeks, after long flights to Auckland via Sydney. She enjoyed a night at Madame Zingara in Durban with us just before leaving for her trip. 

At the airport getting assistance to the plane

Kids galavanting

My kids are all over the show, Kate in Busan, South Korea and taking time out to ski in the central Korean mountains, while Mark is in Haifa presenting an academic paper at an international engineering conference, and visiting Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.. wow!!

Kate at the High 1 Ski Resort, Jijang Mountain Peak, South Korea

Chris, an expert skier from his USA hometown experience teaches Kate on the slopes

Snow bears

Chris and Kate on the chair lift

Mark visits St Marks Church, Jerusalem this week

On the streets of Jerusalem

Mark lights a candle

Temperatures were warm enough for swimming

The rocky view to the Dead Sea from the Israeli side

Mark afloat on the Dead Sea.. your body just wont go down!

You haven't completed the Dead Sea experience without being covered in mud, said to be good for your skin

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mark turns 23

Hey, my boy turned 23 on Saturday. Where did those years fly by!! The birthday boy gets a free ticket up Table Mountain, so the mates went up the mountain for a sunset celebration. He's had an amazing start to the year getting engaged, a ticket booked to Israel to present a conference paper and should finish his Engineering Master's degree in September!! Go MC go!!

Mark and Lisa on his 23rd birthday

The mates atop Table Mountain for the sunset celebration

The cable car to the mountain top

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scenes of Thailand

My daughter Kate-Lynn is discovering the wonderful world of travel. Working in South Korea she is well placed to spend her holidays travelling to some amazing places and visited Thailand the last two weeks... visiting the beach where I had the best birthday party for my 50th - Koh PhaNgan full moon party. It was pretty scary though when she flew back on AirAsia, the week after the fateful crash of an AirAsia airliner en route to Kuala Lumpur where she was headed to get back to Seoul.

Kate stayed in Phuket then island-hopped before crossing the mainland from west to east and again catching a ferry overnight to Ko PhaNgan. She travelled initially with Chris then continued on her own after he had to return to work in Korea. After reaching Koh PhaNgan, famous for the full moon beach party, she had to retace her steps to catch the flight back from Phuket.

Thai cooking class on Koh Lanta island

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mark and Lisa engaged 8 Jan 2015

Been waiting 2 days to release the pics of Mark and Lisa's engagement, so that the stunning pics taken by Jono and Grace could be processed and uploaded once they all got back to Cape Town. 

The scene was set for a proposal on the romantic swing bridge over the Storms River mouth where you can hear the pebbles on the other side as the waves gently wash and roll them up and down the secret cove. They stopped for 2 nights there on the roadtrip back from Durban to Cape Town. We had shopped in Busan, South Korea, with my daughter Kate for the proposal dress which Mark left with a note on the bed for Lisa to wear as a surprise that evening. Their mates Jono and Grace had in the meantime travelled to Storms River, unbeknown to Lisa, to jump out of the bushes at the appropriate time to catch the proposal on film. Mark had also been plotting and planning weeks earlier to get a ring made in Cape Town to his design, and which had to be secretly brought with on their travels to be revealed only at this moment.

Congratulations guys, this is a special moment for a dad which I will treasure.. the first of our 5 kids to follow the marriage path!! I see dark-haired blue eyed grandchildren and maybe a blonde bombshell. Everything of the best for the path and your lives together ahead.

Mark and Lisa on the proposal swing bridge at the Storms River mouth, Tsitsikamma area of the Eastern Cape

The happy engaged couple

The moment of truth as Mark proposes

The stunning diamond engagement ring

It was YES! Lisa, you're supposed to take him by the scruff of the neck, not the collars ha ha

A photo of Lisa and Mark up Jonkershoek overlooking Stellenbosch where they have studied for the past few years

Another 2014 cameo pic of Lisa and Mark

In the pool at my house in 2014

Mark and Lisa near Pietermaritzburg

In the cool waters of the Mahai River, Amphitheatre, northern Berg last week

Celebrating their first anniversary together at Mozambik restaurant Durban, 27 Dec 2014

In the pub at my home

Dad with the happy kids

Mark's mom Lynn with Lisa and Mark