Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Everything's changing

For my daughter Kate in South Korea autumn becomes winter and the leaves on the trees are as glorious as the cherry blossoms were in spring. Just a pity the cold and snow is on it's way while we bask in our summer sun in Durban.

For my son Mark, and Lisa, they are both leaving Stellenbosch this week after 5 years in the university town. Here they went on a memory hike up the mountain overlooking the town. Mark becomes housemaster at Sacs School next year while he finishes his final year Masters in Engineering.

Mark and Lisa on top of the koppie overlooking Stellenbosch

And for me, the change is marriage. Llewellyn and I are off to New Zealand this afternoon to get married in the Bay of Islands, North Island on our 10th anniversary next week, 

Dave and Llewellyn with their plane
New Zealand is one of the countries where same-sex marriage is legal and the marriage will be registered as a foreign marriage but in terms of our own Civil Union Act, where same sex marriage has been recognised since 2006. So we're getting away from the madding crowd and will be married on the beach and enjoying a honeymoon at the same time.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bratwinks doing things

My brats are doing their things aound the world - MC in Stellenbosch and Kate in Busan, South Korea. Here's some recent pics..

Kate and Ed hiking on Jeju island off South Korea (today)

Kate doing what she does best

Friend Kate and Lisa and Mark also hiking, but in the Western cape

Mates in South Korea - with Nadia MooreKristen Den OtterCaroline Jooyoung ParkLeoni TaljardKate-Lynn Mc Naught,Aamena MahomedSusie Da Camara and Tarryn Rutherfoord.

We did it again!.. Kate on top of the world with Chelsea and Leoni
Ed, visiting from South Africa - with Kate and Leoni at my bridge - Gwangali beach with Gwangam Bridge backdrop
Ed having an amazing time in Busan visiting Kate

10 years

Stunning evening with Matt and Liesl and their family and friends to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in style. Congrats you two.

Llewellyn and I, flanked by Llew's sister Liesl and Matt. It was a black and white themed dinner with professional phtographer, chef and team of event specialists to make it an inspiring occasion with to die-for food
In the meantime I have made application for a marriage licence to get married in New Zealand on the 1st December 2014 - our 10th anniversary. What a simple process dealing with an efficient foreign government. Going to be pretty exciting getting married on the beach in the Bay of Islands, and enjoying our honeymoon rolled into one.

Teaching them to fly

I keep a separate aviation blog for my time in the air, but taking on my first students and teaching them to fly is memorable enough to put on my general blog as well, so here are the first of my guinea pigs.. ha ha.. Thanks for putting your confidence in me guys..

Bob (right) in the pilot seat with flight instructor Dave

Theuns (right) on his first lesson in the air with Dave

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Win a flight in our Sling airplane

PropCare have recently launched their mobile app which enables you to find a property specialist in your area.. from plumbers, electricians and maintenance guys to conveyancing attorneys and real estate agents. Durban Skyye Flight School and Mc Naught and Company Durban Attorneys have teamed up with PropCare to offer this competition prize of a flight over Durban in our Sling Aircraft. To enter, click on the link to their webpage here and follow the instructions.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beautiful Durban View

Although I keep a separate blog and record of my time as a pilot, this family and activities blog Durban View would not be complete without some of the magnificent photos I have been able to take of the view of Durban from the sky. Here are a few I took this weekend. You can see more on my aviation blog Do Eagles Dare.

My City Council Ward Fynnland (1988 - 1996) took in this portion of the Bluff from the harbour to Beacon Road and included Kingsrest and Marlborough Park to the left of the Bluff before the harbour in this photo

The military base still occupies the end of the Bluff 

I did a night flight on Friday and the sparkling lights of Durban were incredible. The huge bank of light to the left upper side of the photo is the night horseracing event at Greyville Racecourse, and the upper middle the lights of Kings Park Rugby Stadium where the Sharks were beating the Lions (26-23)

10th Anniversay for Matt and Liesl

It's not often one gets to dress up these days, so Llew's sister Liesl and Matt's 10th wedding anniversary celebration was a rare oppportunity and what a spectacular evening. It was held at their home in Durban with a Chef and her team arriving the prepare the table and food and serve the meal and drinks in style. The theme was black and white and the guests and table all looked splendid and the food was top-notch. Well done and congratulations guys. May the next 10 years be just as memorable and happy.

Hiking in South Korea

My daughter is excellent keeping us up-to-date with her adventures in South Korea. It was a long weekend this weekend and she and some of her mates took advantage with a hiking tour not too far from Busan where she is living. Here are some pics she sent..

The girls go hiking in Naejangsan, South Korea

Kate is on top of the world

We came from down there..

Chido, Leoni and Chelsea

Stunning view down - Korea is truly beautiful

I spy with my little eye..

Selfie with Chido, Leoni, Chelsea, and Kate 

That was a bit exhausting

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Busan weekend 6 Sept

With the autumn festival in Korea, most shops were closed for a few days, except the markets and tourist attractions so we went on a train and bus mission visiting the whole day and into evening meeting up in the park for frisbee with the mates. Kate also carted a bottle of red wine with us all day to enjoy in the park, sans a corkscrew, so we put all our tricks to good use opening the bottle by hitting the base on the tree until the cork is pressured to pop out. It could have ended in a disaster as the bottle smashed in Mark's hands and he got a few little cuts. The wine alas nurtured the tree instead and we went thirsty. Liquor is mighty expensive here and a bottled beer out cost 80 000 won or R80. A local draft beer was not too bad around R40 for 500ml. Cocktails were R80 - R120. So upwards of double/3 times our prices.

Strange things for sale to cook or eat

These were fabulous.. like mini-doughnuts, but filled with custard and shaped like fish

We took many bus and train rides whereever we went. Most places were 5 - 9 stops away or a 20 - 45 min train ride. Tickets were R13 a ride or you could buy a day pass which worked out a little cheaper

These selfie sticks were all the rage with Koreans who have shorter arms, but I got one too for larger crowd scenes at home

We took the tram/tractor to see the cliffs and the lighthouse in the national park

We walked our "gat" off each day - hundreds of steps everywhere and carrying bags with our days needs.. suntan lotion, wine, fresh shirt, snacks, water. The temperatures were perfect as it was the start of autumn, so the heat of summer was over, but was still quite warm.

The kids love horsying around

This was for Lisa

Another heart pose for Lisa

I love this family photo

The last time she was here, Kate climbed down to stand on this rock wedged between the cliffs

Saving the Rhino in Korea

The street markets were abuzz and we were hungry

A leek pancake with soy sauce

These were like sticky glutinous rice noodles with spicy sauce

Also dumplins and fish or calamari type pieces

I definitely wasn't trying these fried beach beetles

Sausage/hot dog stick

Fritters with sesame seeds, chocolate and syrup

The fish market.. must have been a kilometre of outdoors and indoor shops stuffed with live sea creatures

Dried fish in sheets or slabs like peanut brittle

Beautiful light changing fountain in the park.. Kate here with Leonie from Somerset West

The boys were hungry again

Canadian Dave joined us in the Park

Time for some frisbee in the park

The day/evening's adventure never stops. From the park we walked to a place where we could taste their frozen pudding... sort of famous like Wakaberry. It is frozen flakes/shaved frozen milk with different toppings like condensed milk, chocolate, nuts, berries or cheesecake etc and makes a delicious snack usually served in a large bowl for 2, 3 or 4 to share...

From here it was walk and train home and into bed again past 12/1am !!!