Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yay !!

Yay, it's raining and my grass is growing. We did a revamp of the front garden recently raising the ground level after it was slowing eroding and sloping away. I planted some new grass and today we are having our first storm and the welcome rain is lashing down now.

Yay, I will be seeing my son and daughter in the next two weeks. Kate-Lynn is presently in Nepal on a hiking trip, but will be returning to Busan in South Korea where my son, flying in from Cape Town, will be going to visit her with me.

We are stopping off in Shanghai, via Dubai, first and will spend an action-packed 2 days seeing the lights of Shanghai before meeting up with Kate.

Prayer flags on the buildings in Nepal where Kate is touring

Kate's hostel/guesthouse in Nepal

Kate on her hike in Nepal
Yay, I passed my flight test today for my National Flight Instructor Rating so will now be able to train my own pilots at the flight school I started with my aviation partner Brad, operating from Virginia Airport in Durban. We handle fixed wing and microlight pilot training. Check our Flight School website here -

Airline Pilot Johnny (right) takes Dave for his Instructor's Flight Test

Dave's plane, a Sling ZU-ZDL

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend fun

I completed my last day of training for my National Flight Instructor Rating today in my plane, a Sling ZU-ZDL with the Chief Flying Instructor of our Flight School Brad.

And in other news, my daughter made it to Nepal today on her 10 days adventure to the Himalayas, landing at Katmandu.

Kate-Lynn in Katmandu

Selfie from the Instructor's seat in my plane ZDL with Brad

A bit of cloud to the right that we were avoiding

The coast around Amanzimtoti seen from the General Flying Area

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Winter in Durban

Winter in Durban is amazing.. here are some of the beautiful trees in full bloom.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mark heading for SACS

Mark and dad Dave

Whilst completing his Masters degree in Engineering, my son Mark has been accepted as a HouseMaster at the Western Cape's top government school, South African College High School (SACS), for 2015. SACS' matric results were 4th overall in the Western Cape last year and top of the government schools. The school is situated in Newlands at the foot of Table Mountain and within walking distance of the rail station so that Mark can get to varsity in Stellenbosch as well as to the location where he is doing research for his Masters in Cape Town. Well done savage!

SACS in Newlands where Mark will act as HouseMaster next year

Earthquake 5.5 Richter scale rocks us

The strange thing is the night before South Africa's earthquake I dreamed we had an earthquake and that the house I was in turned upside down. Here's the text of an sms I sent in the morning before the earthquake.. "Just woke up after a weird dream that we had an earthquake and the house turned upside down. I really thought it was real so I took some awesome pics showing the sky and the next door houses and this one with the roof on the grass". Isn't that crazy!

I was at The Airplane Factory in Johannesburg and the whole hangar building and office was rumbling and shaking. Very weird feeling and it took a while to realise what it was as I have never experienced a quake or tremor of that magnitude before.
The tremors were measured as far afield as Mozambique

The epicentre of the small quake was at Orkney in Northwest Province

Monday, July 28, 2014

New haircut @ Roots

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

Durban video

Here's an excellent YouTube video on National Geograpic about our city.. the first settlers and discoverers, to modern day cultural mix.

Durban Beachfront 

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

Taste of Durban Festival

Enjoying a pint of our local Castle Milk Stout and a Margarita at the Taste of Durban Festival yesterday. Yum!

Dave, Lee and Llew tasting cocktails at the Taste of Durban Festival this weekend

Our own SA Breweries Castle Milk Stout, a beer my dad used to drink

And happening in South Korea

Finding new things to do in South Korea, my daughter Kate and her friends watch baseball.

At a baseball game watching the local Busan team

Kate-Lynn with her class

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another week.. great photos

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

The week

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 
and on the other side of the world...

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

Lauren 18

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