Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Time to get back into things

Posted: September 18, 2019 in accident, Family, Masonic

Someone very close to me commented the other day that I haven’t blogged recently. Why haven’t I? Well, my excuse is that I just haven’t got to it, or had nothing to post about, or life has been too busy to take the time to blog.

Blogging has always been my release mechanism, and making excuses merely exasperates my mental well being, which to be honest, is not in the best place. So I have been working more and more during my off time (well, don’t really have off time due to my responsibility at work, and the fact I’m on 24 hr call, and masonic lodge commitments have been taking a lot of my time in the evenings.

Personally, I feel like in an emotional roller coaster, and my masonic commitments and a supportive shoulder are keeping this time bomb from exploding, but a short fuse it is.

 

Work? well, many an hour have been spent on this incredible machine with a great team of fellow dedicated Emergency Care Practitioners and Advanced Life Supports paramedics, going out day in and day out, saving lives.

A cliche some might think or say,  but truly saving lives. Flying out to and airlifting the most critical patients and transporting to Centers of Excellence, one feels an amazing feeling of accomplishment and pride, making a positive difference in someone’s life.

                      

And so, I’ve committed myself to get my mind and body right. Back to gym, supplements, eating right, blogging frequently and getting my personal life and mind back on track.

 

Chip off the ol’ block

Posted: March 24, 2019 in Erin, Family, Photography

Erin has shown an interest in photography for a while, and before we left for holiday, asked if i could teach her on my camera. So, instead of just using mine, I gave her my old one, and we had an amazing time bonding and there is no better location than in the tranquil setting of the Drakensburg mountain range.

Her interest in photography really pleased me, and her keen eye certainly picked up great opportunities and captured them artistically.

Erin joined me at golf, and brought the camera along…

 

She really had such a great time, and something we will definitely continue doing together as a father/daughter thing.

 

 

 

Drakensburg break

Posted: March 23, 2019 in Family, holiday

After over a year, we finally managed to get away on our annual vacation. This year, we chose the mountains, and budget prevailing, we found an amazing self-catering resort in the Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve, Didima.

…our chalet, uninterrupted view overlooking the Cathedral Peak...

With my ankle still recovering from injury, major hiking was crossed off our list, however, we were able to go on one decently fairly long trek into the range. Despite being listed as a “gentle walk”, the ups and downs on rocks and narrow paths proved to be testing, and by the time we returned, my achilles and ligaments were swearing at me in every language an extremity could muster.

The outdoors offering us a host of experiences and opportunities to relax

...not forgetting gymnastics practice on the drive down…

…renewing my forgotten love for photography…

… with wild hare crossing our path…

…locusts…

 

…a few crabs challenging us…

tracking spoor…

…friendly locals waving us by…

..and of course, some golfing at the nearby Cathedral Peak golf course…

An opportunity for us as a family to reconnect and enjoy some time away from the world

all in all, a very relaxing holiday so far

 

Weekend in Dullstroom

Posted: December 2, 2018 in Family, golf, holiday, Whisky

Many friends and family head to Dullstroom in Mpumalanga Highlands, mostly for trout fishing and whisky tasting. So when Nicole mentioned her and good friends of ours were arranging a getaway there I was in two minds.. One, I’m not a fisherman so what the hell am I going to do all weekend, and two.. Hmmm, Whisky tasting..?!

Fortunately, I found a championship golf course in the area, Highland Gate rated number 15 in the Golf Digest Top 100 Golf Courses in SA.

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Each hole representing different trout fishing flies

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Beautiful 340m par 4 hole, teeing off down a 50 m drop, which I smashed a drive onto the green..

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Designed by the golfing legend Ernie Els, this was certainly a challenging round, filled with brilliant shots and disastrous ones alike.. and the odd curse or two and of course a few balls lost (and found).

We stayed in a quaint wooden cabin at elandskloof trout farm with friends and their daughter. A friendship which has strengthened with “R” becoming a Brother.

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A relaxing weekend away, braaing under the African sky, free from artificial lights, bright stars and milky way providing a beautiful canopy above our heads.

Of course, a trip to Dullstroom wouldn’t be complete without Whisky and Gin (for the ladies) tasting.

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…An incredible array of fine whisky’s from a menu to choose from…

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…in the “porn” section, as our connoisseur host described the top collectables… 

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I went for the Glenmorangie tasting, sampling 6 of their best single malts

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… umm….yea, I always knew gin was dodgy…

In the end, a great weekend away

and lets not forget the willy warmers

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A week in review

Posted: November 4, 2018 in Erin, Family, tattoo

Most weeks are hectic for me nowadays. My new responsibilities at work, combined with the old, keep me incredibly busy.. and out of mischief I suppose…In addition to the corporate world, our senior management team are always available to respond to emergency cases. This week was no exception, though, it certainly was a difficult one.

A 6 year old drowning, where we successfully obtained spontaneous breathing and pulse, sadly passed away a few days later. A massive accident in the North West Province, called for the need for both our emergency helicopters to be activated. Collected at our head office, I flew out to the scene.  A case which both made me proud and sad at the same time.. Proud.. because, having both our machines on scene certainly makes a stand.. one, no other company can compete with

…sad… because we flew a 2 month old who was sitting on her sister’s lap when their car smashed into a truck.

BMW spoiling us with their new offroad BMW experience in the heart of Midrand.

Followed by yet another tragic accident…

Which brings us to the end of the week.. today.. of which the highlight was another tattoo. Well, sort of, as this tattoo changing an original tattoo.

The original

...check that concentration out..

…work in progress..

… and the final product..

Perfect way to end the week..now the question we ask ourselves.. what’s in store for us next?

Our annual October vacation this year needed to be postponed due to various reasons, and we decided that the first week of the December holidays would be ideal. We arranged to stay at Nicole’s family’s home on Thesen Island, situated on the Lagoon in-between the Knysna Heads.

Yesterday we took a meandering drive through the beautiful old town, and found the Masonic Temple.

Directly across the road, we found 2 churches, and while walking past one made of slate, admiring the workmanship, we came across an ancient graveyard…

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Most of the head stones dated back to the mid 1800’s. One in particular we found fascinating, was the local doctor’s, who’s headstone made of sandstone was laid and inscribed by the locals, which clearly indicated their trust and love they felt for their doctor, who dies at a young age of 58 in 1874.

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“this stone is erected by friends and patients in affectionate remembrance of eternal kindness and professional skill”

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...coins laid on top of the headstone, honouring him..

In the grounds, just beyond the few gravestones, stands the oldest church in Knysna, St Georges Church, the foundation stone being laid in April 1849.

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Zip-lining in the Magaliesburg

Posted: April 29, 2017 in Family

Being in the time-demanding careers we are in, with limited finances, N and I decided when we reached our 40’s, not to buy presents, but rather celebrate experiences with our family.

For my birthday this year, N got me a zip-lining voucher for 3, which we cashed in this weekend. An experience I was fortunate to have whilst working at the Sports Illustrated “Ruff Stuff” Challenge  in  Swaziland back in 2010, one which I’ve been saying for years we should do.

We arrived early at the Magaliesberg Canopy Tours, in the Ysterhout Kloof region of the Magaliesburg Mountain Range in the North West Province of South Africa.

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After the briefing and kitting  up, we drove a short distance to the cliffs to begin our adventure

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….off our brave little one went… (with the odd squeal or two to awaken the local habitat )

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….way above the trees…

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enjoying the views…

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the smile getting bigger after each slide…

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precarious cliff face photography..

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some a little faster than others…

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Ultimately, a family adventure I highly recommend for anyone!!