Friday, August 24, 2012

54 Today

I decided that as you get older it is more difficult to remember all of the things that went before so I'm going to try and make each birthday memorable. Taking loads of phtotographs also helps and the advent of the digital camera has changed everything. I have precious few photos of my childhood and youth, largely because cameras and photography were not that popular, or maybe only in my family, and I was the only one I remember who ever bought a camera. Processing of films was expensive and I also recall coming back from holiday to find my spools had got overexposed and heat-damaged in the car and the photos ruined. You also never knew whether a photo would come out ok, until you completed the spool and took it in for processing at the local chemist.
Remembering this birthday, turning 54, was made a little easier in that my flying school, Ayre Aviation held it's first Awards Ceremony for students and I received my PPL Certificate and wings.
My amazing daughter and Llewellyn always help to make my birthdays special and I am enjoying a margarita mixed in my new cocktail shaker and having a laugh at the awesome cards Kate-Lynn always puts together for me. Lynn also baked me a birthday cake and I enjoyed slices at both the Bluff and Toti offices. After the evening awards ceremony we all had a braai at the Virginia Flight School's poolside. A great evening and a great birthday... thanks everyone for making it special and memorable.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mom's 80th Birthday Invitations

It's my amazing Mom's 80th Birthday on the 18th October this year and we are putting together a luncheon in her honour that weekend, Sunday 21st October 2012, and Rob and Ros Galway, her brother and sister-in-law have kindly agreed to host the luncheon at their home in Alverstone. 

Kate-Lynn made the invitations which I have sent out today. It is a bit shameful as one used to print things like this and post them to people, but I have instead emailed the invitation to most of the guests who have email addresses and will need to follow up somehow for those who don't, to try and close the gap. If you feel you should have received an invite, please let me know and I will include you.  - Dave 083-7033329

Monday, August 13, 2012

August Birthdays

August is a hectic month with a spate of birthdays.. here enjoying a birthday lunch for the twins (now 12) are myself, lauren, Caitlin, Llewellyn, Calvin, Kate-Lynn and my mom.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gold for Durban

The news of the month has been the Olympic Games 2012 in London which is finishing this weekend. South Africa scooped 6 medals and Durban's own Chad Le Clos walked away with Gold and Silver for his butterfly successes. We are so proud of you Chad!

The Olympic Games is close to my heart too as I served on the Durban Bid Committee for the 2004 Games competing with Cape Town and Johannesburg for the National Nomination when South Africa put forward it's bid city for the Games. Cape Town finally won this bid (I believe by default, as Durban has the space and infrastructure) and then lost to Athens who then hosted the 2004 Games.