Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Skyye fall...

With my new awning up at my office to shade my new "Skyye" car, I was worried that the Skyye might fall, hence the caution warning signs.. ha ha. No really, the shadeport juts out into our building driveway and we need to caution drivers to look out for the reduced height if they are in delivery vans and also mind my car as they come around the bend. My car registration promotes our new Flight School which opened at Virginia Airport last week - Durban Skyye Flight School.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Durban Sky

Waking up this morning at 5.50am presented a beautiful Durban sky with night lights which gradually changed as the sun peeped further up. Each few minutes presented a different vista. And now its time to get up and ready for work...

Our Durban Stadium at 5.50am

Durban sky at 6.05 am

The morning sun at 6.30am this morning

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microlight Flight with Durban Skyye Flight School

I launched our Durban Skyye Flight School this weekend having received our Civil Aviation Aviation Training Organisation approval certificate on Friday (CAA ATO 0253). Llewellyn and I were among the first to go up into the Durban Skyye in our microlight Aquilla trike ZU-CCL with the rushing wind in our faces and breathtaking close-up views of the beachfront as our Chief Flying Instructor Brad expertly guided the aircraft returning to Virginia Airport, our home base. Join our Facebook Group.

Llewellyn (rear) and Pilot-in-Command Brad, our Chief Flying Instructor 

Durban Skyye appears prominently on our microlight wings

A spectacular view of Durban Stadium from the plane

The Umhlanga Lighthouse from ZU-CCL

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cherry Festival

I am loving the pics of Kate coming out of Busan, Korea, where they are enjoying the cherry blossom festival.  I have uploaded a short video clip to YouTube and you will see the falling blossoms look like snow falling. In other places there is a thick carpet of blossoms on the floor as they only last for a week and are gone again till next spring.

More photos are on Kate's Facebook album here.

Kate trying her pancake flipping skills on a Korean omelette?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the swim

Nice pics of my son Mark and Lisa, as well as Kate and their friends in the pool.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Korean delights

The food in Korea looks pretty amazing with a variety that bedazzles... although Kate says she often has no idea what she is eating..

Kate's school canteen lunch, eaten with chopsticks and spoon

Cherry blossoms in Korea

Just an update on my daughter Kate-Lynn's adventure in Busan, South Korea... apparently the cherry blossoms only appear for a week and she made a mission to capture some of the incredible sights..

Kate (right) and colleague teacher at Dalmagi Hill

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Reaching for the Skyye

I took delivery of my new car on the 5th March - a Volvo V40 cross-country and have just received my personalised registration SKYYE - ZN, in keeping with our new Durban Skyye Flight School office we are opening at Virginia Airport.

My new Volvo outside Virginia Airport

Our Durban Skyye Flight School Kiosk in the main Concourse at Virginia Airport

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flying tour to Botswana and Vic Falls

We have returned from an incredible tour in our plane to Botswana and Victoria Falls leading the Sling Africa Tour 2014 supported by The Airplane Factory, manufacturers of our Sling aircraft.

Victoria Falls in full flow.. something like 500 million litres per minute

James (left) Director of The Airplane Factory with me and Dr David Livingstone

The bridge over the Zambezi between Zambia and Zimbabwe

The view of the bridge and the spray from the Falls from the Victoria Falls Hotel

Dave and Llewellyn at the Victoria Falls Hotel

We crossed the bridge to Zambia and visited the Royal Livingstone Hotel where we visited the top of the Falls and were treated to a scrumptious colonial lunch under a tent on Livingstone Island at the edge of the Falls

Mates Marc and Lee with us in the boat to Livingstone Island

What more can I say

The spot where David Livingston first viewed the Falls

Swimming in the Zambezi at the edge

You can see the full set of pics on my Flying blog - click on the link here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Durban Rocks!

And just in case you thought I was showing bias in favour of any overseas city, here's a lovely pic of Durban beachfront.. and a link to my favourite Facebook group on Durban.

 There are few cities in the world that have what I am looking for and Durban definitely rates right up there.. perhaps one of the more compelling reasons I haven't wondered off in the world. The beach and ocean.. I don't think I could ever live in a city without one. The next best reason to live or visit is the relaxed lifestyle and absence of any real traffic. Just a day-visit to Johannesburg puts me clean off.. I have better things to do with my life than sit in traffic. In Durban you can criss-cross the city in 10 minutes.. beat that!

Kate gets her Honours degree in Special Needs Education

Kate-Lynn is in Busan, South Korea on the south east coast - a city that appears from the photo to be positioned a little like Durban... a mountainside (our Berea) looking down at the seaside city with the Bluff on the other side of the bay.. we're still waiting for our bridge across the bay though!!

Tarryn and Kate in Korea
Congratulations to Kate-Lynn (right) and her friend Tarryn who both achieved their Honours degree in Special Needs Education with distinctions. Wow, incredible hard work and well-deserved.

They both lectured at Embury Institute, a college of Education in Durban, where they got their B.Ed degrees two years ago and have just resigned to take a "gap" year teaching English in Korea.

Here's a YouTube video clip that gives a great idea of what the city looks like. And here's the Jangsang Mountain on the outskirts of the city.

There's also a fabulous beach in Haeundae where Kate is based, although it seems it can get pretty crowded when the weather is good.

Haeundae Beach - they have "cars" on the beach?