Monday, February 28, 2011

Russian in the house

It is not too often we have Russians in the guesthouse, but (middle) Lee's parents are from Latvia, a little country which used to form part of the USSR and is now independent.

Co-incidentally my daughter flew into Riga, the capital of Latvia last week en-route from Oslo to Rome. Lee, an industrial psychologist, now works in Johannesburg and is fluent in Russian.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The end of 27 years

It's our 27th birthday at Mc Naught and Co and 1st March we go forward into our 28th year.

Thanks to all for the tremendous support over the years. Here's staff Tracey-Lee and Val in the top pic - Val says she has been with us 18 years, but it seems forever ha ha. Also in the photos are friends Jaco and Gail from Re/Max.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Making Guesthouse improvements

The Guesthouse Lounge

Taking the plunge to change all room TVs to new flatscreens, Dave and Llewellyn have been making some improvements to the Guesthouse putting Top TV and individual TV decoders in some rooms and DSTV with hotel suite in others, DVD players and new shelving and tables.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hard at Work

Not much happening on the home front.. mark is back in Stellenbosch, kate-Lynn is having an awesome time in Norway and has just got to Rome for a few days break before heading back to the snow and her next month in Trondheim.

At work, I have been running Seminars for Estate Agents, and today just released my new Seminar on the Consumer Protection Act as well as our Newsletter dealing with the Transfer Duty cuts announced in the Budget yesterday. Check out my company blog for more details.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A few days away in Cape Town

Was great to escape for a few days to Cape Town and catch up with friends in Tullbach, visit Ceres and join Mark for his 19th birthday in Stellenbosh.

Here's a few more pics.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mark turns 19

My "little" boy turned 19 today and we were there to celebrate with his mates in Stellenbosch.

We had lunch with Mark on Sunday and visited his mate MB at his res nearby and also took the opportunty to register Mark to vote in his first election which happens in a few months.

On his birthday on Monday we did some shopping for a braai and his housemates shared a few beers with us while we cooked till late, then returned back to Cape Town to the guesthouse we were staying at. We also shopped for some shirts and socks for Mark.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mark takes to the road...

So do you learn from your mistakes? let's hope so as this is a little costly... Mark's car in hospital in Somerset-West.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bluff office party

It was the Bluff office party and an opportunity for staff to socialise and meet with some of our "old" friends and associates... it's been a while since we have had a party at the Bluff, preferring our new Toti offices for this purpose. But Bluff is our main office so it was great to see our local friends.

In the top photo are our staff complement Molly, Val, Bobby, Patrick, myself (Dave), Sharon, Mark and Tracey-Lee. We are joined (second photo) by Ronel and Llewellyn, and 3rd photo by Rob and his girls from Seeff. In the 4th photo Lorraine and Dee from Eagle Estates join Dave's Mom Molly who works part-time at the Bluff office since she retired from her full-time job there several years ago.