Archive for January, 2015

Artwork on a blank canvas

Posted: January 31, 2015 in Erin, Uncategorized

After years of pondering, pacing and wondering, I finally got up the nerves to have tattoo in May 2013. The decision to have a tattoo cannot be a light one. I have seen too many people having them done “for the hell of it”. 

It is a permanent feature on your body, artwork on a blank canvas which cannot be rubbed off. So not surprisingly, being a very proud Freemason, my first one was a Masonic one.


The following one I had was a design I had my eye on for a long time. A flowing image of a Phoenix, a mystical bird that has different meanings in different cultures. This colourful fiery bird is perhaps one of the most beautiful tattoo designs – it represents rebirth, immortality, grace and virtue. 


In Greek, phoenix means purple-red, which indicates that this bird is associated with fire.

In Ancient Greek Mythology, phoenix is known as a fiery bird, said to live for 500 years.
When about to die, the phoenix builds a nest from aromatic twigs and sets fire to it – then it consumes itself in flames. Three days after its death, the phoenix arises from the ashes, resurrected and reborn.

According to an Egyptian legend, after its resurrection, the phoenix carries the embalmed ashes of its previous existence to Heliopolis, the city of the sun. Once arrived, it submits its ashes to the Sun.
In both Greek and Egyptian mythology, the phoenix was known to sing very sweetly, while dazzling in its plumage of gold, scarlet and purple.

Early Christians considered phoenix as a symbol of resurrection – the phoenix’s dying and arising from the flames after 3 days had many similarities with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to Jewish legends, the phoenix was the only creature who refrained itself from eating the forbidden fruit. To do so, the bird consumed itself in flames and resurrected from the ashes after 3 days. In this sense, the phoenix represents victory over temptation, as well as sacrifice and renewal.

Ancient Romans displayed the phoenix symbol on their coins to ensure the longevity of the Roman Empire.

In Ancient Egypt, the Phoenix was considered to be the symbol of the Sun God Ra.

Together with the rising sun, the phoenix is one of the emblems of the Japanese Empire. They call it Ho-o (Ho-ou), which means the Immortal Bird. For the Japanese, the phoenix is therefore associated with immortality.

From young I have gone through many internal conflicts, not being sure where I truly belonged in this world. Drugs and alcohol playing a large part. (LOL. I still remember my mom’s reaction when my best man spilled the beans on a few things)  Internal peace for me occurred when I joined Freemasonry and discovered who I truly am. I chose the Phoenix as it represents my life  fighting temptation and becoming a better man, signficantly portraying the Masonic motive ” making good men better” 

My following tattoo is in honour of the light of my life, my beautiful daughter Erin, whom we were told we would never have

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The Phoenix tattoo, however, was unfinished. Initially I thought of flames, associating the mythology of this magnificent bird. I changed my mind as I felt the right adaption/addition will show itself, as art would inspire the artist.

And then when the inspiration occurred, I knew immediately that it will be the perfect addition to complete.

A Sunday swim

Posted: January 18, 2015 in Dogs and cats, Family

This afternoon we decided to take the dogs for a walk in the park..
1: Snowbelle is slightly on the chubby side
2: Get some energy out of the puppy

The intention, whilst there, was to take some pics of “One-Eyed Jack”. Our new rescue puppy. 4 months old, a breed of his own.. I reckon a mixture of at least a dozen !! His right eye had to be removed just after he was born.




Snowbelle ( 3 yr old Golden Retriever) however, had different ideas.. Her and Ronald ( our 11 year old Jack Russel) spotted the geese and ducks in the dam.. Took a while to gather the courage, and in they went.



Ronald didn’t venture far, jumping in and returning when the water got too deep… Snowbelle in the other hand…This went on twice more, and eventually we had to almost drag her out, she was having SO much fun.



The intended dinner slowly swam away, without a care in the world while a big hairy pooch swing vigorously to them… Eventually Snowbelle got a bit tired and headed back..



Master fitting

Posted: January 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’ve been playing golf for about 7 years and have only bought (or won) standard off the shelf clubs.

The irons have worked well with me, and I tend to change these every two years, and I’ve always kept to the same brand….Taylormade.

Why, because of two reasons:
1. They have always worked well with me
2. I’m a bit of a thick headed person, hating change (or so I’ve been told)

Golf balls are different, I’ve played with all the brands and stuck to Taylormade.

The drivers are the same as the iron, never changed nor even tried a different brand. But I find that the batteries in the driver tend to go flat VERY quickly, and severe frustration creeps in.

So, as is customary for myself, I purchased my Christmas a present from me to me, a new Taylormade driver. Well, OMW, I swear the batteries were flat within days of leaving the shop. I couldn’t hit this frikken driver straight if my life depended on it !!!!

So I figured, enough is enough, it’s time to see which driver is the RIGHT one for me. I booked a Master Fitting session at the Pro Shop in Woodmead.

Gathered all my old drivers, including the new temper flaring evil incarnate of a driver, and headed for a custom fitting.


The trained master fitter told me to keep an open mind about brands, assessed my needs, and off we started.



Countless balls smashed into a screen showing the ball flight, different brands tested with the same type shaft, same brand with different shafts..each providing very specific specs to check the correct driver customized for you. Very interesting specs shown. My average swing speed is 106 MPH producing a ball speed of 157 MPH.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or pro, the numbers show exactly what you want in ball flight and recommend the correct club with the correct adaption for you, facilitated, discussed, and advised by the Master Fitter.


Half way through the session, I started noticing that I had indeed chosen the incorrect drivers over the years, as we identified two brands, slowly being customized, coming out tops.

Once the new brand… Note, NEW brand to my absolute surprise, was selected with the correct shaft, my hand measurements were taken… And a brand new driver personalized for me was made, all while I waited. And the best part, because I traded in the old clubs… It cost me NOTHING !!!


Lesson learnt, every golfer must get custom fitted for all clubs.. You’ll be very surprised at the result.

Now I can’t wait to hit the course and test my new creation