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Easter raffle

Posted: March 19, 2016 in Erin, Family, Uncategorized

It seems I have a little bit of luck when it comes to raffles. I’ve come home, much to the amusement of my family, with whiskey, brandy, braais, the odd phone or two every so often. So when the school held the Easter raffle, Erin was determined to win it. Her rules were very simple:

  1. Only daddy can enter
  2. Only daddy can write his name (absolutely no help) on each line
  3. Daddy can only fill in the form on the last day

So imagine our surprise when an excessively happy Erin got fetched yesterday from school.. Carrying (or being helped to carry) the raffle prize.

…A serious amount of chocolate…

Now if only I can get that luck working on the National Lottery


Our little cook

Posted: August 9, 2015 in Erin, Family
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Erin went to one of her friend’s birthday party yesterday, and I was dragged along by the Minister of Home Affairs (A.K.A. .. Wife) . The party wasn’t the usual one you would expect for 8 year olds.. This one involved knives and gas !!! 

Each of the friends had their own little station, and so began the cooking lesson…


  …. Some chicken to be cut up… ” all gooey daddy” …. 


…. Chopping up some onions…..


… Shaving some mint chocolate…

And the finished product..???


A seriously delicious chicken vegetable pie… And …

And an amazing peppermint crisp tart…


Now, what shall she make us for supper tonight…????? 

Daddy daughter day…

Posted: May 9, 2015 in Erin, Family

So, with Nicole away for 2 weeks.. again!!…I promised Erin something different this weekend. 



So we headed off to the Gautrain …


Met the big man himself…

And after some serious shopping with a young 8 year old girl, who was on her element, we came across a Samsung expo.

And boy was this fun…a virtual game on the new curved TV.



..Erin suiting up..(and yes, that is a change of clothes )



…. and the attack begins…..




All in all, a great day all round

6 May 2000….

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Erin, Family, wedding

… was a starting point of a new life.  I stood on the carpeted floor with my two close friends next to me, staring down, what seemed to be a long tunnel, feeling the nerves building as the time grew closer.

In the 6 years prior to this moment, I had faced massive gunfire pinned down behind vehicles, shot in the chest at point blank (thank God for bullet proof vests) and faced angry mobs… and never felt these nerves !!

The moment of truth arrived, and a vision of beauty appeared before me ..

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… How I envisaged my future… (BOY WAS I WRONG)



15 years later… here we are, still married and happy. We been through some serious ups and downs as a couple, supporting each other through our darkest personal moments, receiving the bad news we will never have children and being blessed with a miracle baby 8 years ago who lights our lives each moment we look at her.

Happy anniversary my love, here’s to the next 15 !!

Work out with dad

Posted: April 3, 2015 in Erin, Family, Gym

While mom went to Crossfit this morning, Erin decided she would rather hit the gym and bend some iron with dad…. 


a few dumbell fly’s


some bench presses


Lat pull downs


cable presses


and a few hammer curls while dad carries on with workouts she finds too difficult


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.

The October school break is very short, so when we booked our holiday, a few non-negotiable’s were looked at. Firstly, it must be in the bush as Erin has never experienced it yet (which is sad considering we live in Africa), and two, we must be out of communication , PERIOD!!

So many searches on the Net found the perfect location, and we booked at the Seokama Lodge.

A stunning location set in the Waterberg Mountains, between Bela-Bela and Thabazimbi. A self catering luxury tented camp offering complete privacy and zero… and I mean.. ZERO.. cellular communication.

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We stayed in one of the 4 luxury tents on the game farm, with the exclusive use of the lodge and farm. With no other guests on the premises, we had the privacy we wanted, and relaxation was in order.

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Seokama is a breeding game farm and along with a large selection of Warthog, Wildebeest, Impala, Zebra and many other beautiful animals… main attraction and focus of the farm, is their breeding of rare black impala.

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So we put our feet up, went on daily rides….               ….Sitting in hides….

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took some pics……                                                       …learnt  how to shoot a pellet gun…


..learning about ” Forest Num-Num Berries”..

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….and braaing under the African night sky…                     ..on beautiful hot summer evenings..