Number 8..Session 1

Posted: December 3, 2016 in tattoo
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Time for tattoo number 8. The decision for this one took a while, and I’d been throwing ideas for a while. 

The end goal? 

A dragon tattoo on my chest. 

So I searched the net for ideas, chatted to friends, even one of them drawing a few ideas for me. 


…..This stunning one drawn by a very talented  and  good friend, Natalie..  Now, I couldn’t let this go to waste.. so he’s framed. 

In the end,   Charmaine found the perfect one. The moment she sent it, I knew that belonged on my chest. And so the process began.. measuring my chest to make sure the tattoo will be the perfect size. 

I’ve have been so excited about today, I could hardly contain myself when i arrived at TattooCharm and saw my stencil, waiting for me. 


Now, I came mentally prepared, knowing that a chest tattoo will be more painful than my others.. 

 I know I’m a woes when it comes to pain (I have an extremely low pain threshold). Within 15 minutes of the needles drilling into me , the endorphins kicked in.. and man down I went. My eyes felt heavy, and dozed off and on.. 

Eventually the endorphins decided, “bugger this, we’re outa here”  and boy did they leave in a hurry. 

Probably my grimacing and scrunching face gave it away, LOL, either way, we both agreed it was time time to stop. 


I can’t wait for January to finish him up.. He’s going to look  amazing !!!


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Today we attended the Great Dane Rescue fund raising picnic, where many of  the rescues and their owners came to socialise and meet each other.  Hosted by Tanja and Louisa, the Founders of Great Dane Rescue.

These two dynamic women go out and rescue Danes from abusive homes, those that have been abandoned and some who’s owners just don’t want them anymore, all at their own cost and 100% reliant on sponsors.

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….Pluto got to meet his mom, Bonny…

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It was a great morning, watching all the Dane’s mixing with each other. Really showing their loving nature, wanting strokes and pets from everyone they could

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A Flower girl becomes a bride

Posted: November 26, 2016 in Family, wedding

On the 6th of May 2000, I watched a little 8 year old girl dressed in a beautiful pale yellow dress, with flowers in her hair,  walking towards me down the aisle in a chapel.

 

Little did we realise, that 16 years later, she would, again, walk down the aisle. This time in white with the man of her dreams.

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Yesterday we attended the wedding of Nicole’s cousin Leigh, as she married the man her dreams, Kyle, who clearly, swept her off her feet.

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It was a beautiful ceremony at a most incredible venue Galagos Country Estate. Despite the pouring rain hampering an outdoor wedding, the ceremony went off perfectly in their little chapel.

Whilst Leigh and Kyle had the photos taken…

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(photo credit to Lesley, Leigh’s mom)

… the guests were entertained by live music…

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There was a bubbling happy vibe in the reception, where excellent food and elegant decor made the night even more special

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It was a very special evening for us, experiencing our flower girl getting married.

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Leigh and Kyle, a perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.

Oh, and lets not forget the dessert plates, on which chocolate print screening thanked the guests.

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And so holiday comes to an end…

Posted: October 9, 2016 in Family, holiday

…sadly. Every year we choose a different place for our annual vacation, and this year, it was Erin’s choice. She chose, quite literally, “Aunty Kathy’s house”.. So off to Somerset West we went.

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Where we woke up to amazing views everyday…

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…beautiful beaches…

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…trips up the coast to Hermanus…

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…walking with hundreds of  Butterflies

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…exciting thrills…

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…checking out lazy lizards…

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…meeting Servals..

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…experiencing the most incredible encounters with cheetahs at the Cheetah Outreach. An experience I encourage everyone to do, to meet these most beautiful animals, and learning of the program the Outreach performs to protect them..

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…amazing foods…

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…and stunning estate wines.

Overall, a well deserved (albeit short) break away from the daily grind.

Next year?… well thats up to this young lady, who is growing up way to fast

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My journey continues

Posted: October 2, 2016 in Masonic

And so my Masonic journey continues. This time last year, I received my first appointment as an active District officer for the District of South Africa North at the 2015 Annual meeting

This year has been an awesome as a District Officer, having gone to many lodges I normally wouldn’t have gone to, and met extraordinary Brethren from all walks of life. This is one of the aspects I love in Masonry,  all men are equal, regardless of stature outside.

The 2016 Annual Meeting was no less exciting. With the English Constitution Tercentenary coming up in 2017, plans are beginning to unfold preparing for the celebrations worldwide, including here in South Africa. The Annual Meeting was an ideal place to start, by selling  shirts with the improvised emblem.

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The Annual Meeing is open for all Masons with the rank of a Master Mason and above, and an opportunity for all to buy new regalia, gloves, lapel pins and many other items…

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Before the Craft Annual Meeting, the District Royal Arch Chapter invests the officers for the ensuring year, which attracts many very senior Grand Officers from the respective constitutions recognised by the English Constitution in South Africa, being Scottish, Irish and Grand lodge of South Africa.

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..The District Second Grand Principle Officer , waiting for the proceedings to start…

 

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..The ceremony being coordinated with authority by my mentor E.Comp. Vaughn Williams…

And so it came time for the District Grand Lodge to invest the new officers for the year.

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(photo courtesy of W.Bro Epstein)

I was honoured by the Right Worshipful District Grand Master with a promotion to District Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

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I’m very excited with the new year starting, in my new position as Distr. Ass. ADC, representing the District at Lodge Installations and assisting the District ADC in conducting the installations.

A great year ahead, and congrats to my fellow Brethren with their promotions.

Farewell Uncle Bill

Posted: August 12, 2016 in Masonic

I awoke this morning with very sad news. Worshipful Brother Willis Barrie had passed away.

At my initiation in Freemasonry at Victory Lodge many years ago, Uncle Bill (as he was affectionately known) was the Tyler of the Lodge. Being exceptionally nervous, having absolutely no clue what I was in for, seeing Mason after Mason walking past me into the Lodge, only making the nerves worse.

Once all the Brethren were inside, whilst hearing the opening ode being sung, Uncle Bill came to me with a reassuring smile, and told me to change into the initiate clothing. He took me to the Lodge room door, blindfolded me and knocked on the door  with the heavy door knocker.

The door opened, and Uncle Bill announced me, as I entered, he gave me a squeeze on the arm, and whispered, “relax and enjoy” LOL, took me a few moments to realise what he said that very heavy Scottish accent.

Uncle Bill made my time at Victory Lodge very enjoyable, with his many anecdotes and Scottish antics.


I got to experience a brilliant depiction of the “address to the haggis” at the   Brakpan Burns evening, the Scottish Lodge he belonged to.

 

 

The Old Tyler
By Rob Morris

It was a happy thought
To have these gavels wrought
By the old Tyler, for the honored Craft
Though placed without the door,
To make the Lodge secure,
You know him as a bright and polished shaft.

How many a year he’s stood,
Old Schreiner, brave and good,
And guarded you while secret works went on!
How many a Brother’s dead,
Since first his honored head
Was seen amongst you in the early June.

Can you forget him? No
His earthly form may go,
His kindly smile be hidden in the sod
But when those gavels ring,
Fond memories they will bring
Of the old Tyler gone to rest with God.

Then let his gavels sound
At every annual round,
And when you hear them think of him that gave
‘Tis but a fleeting day,
And then the Craft will say,
The Lodge has joined old Schreiner in the grave!

A knock will yet be heard,
The sheeted dead be stirred,
With all that are and have been we shall rise
Oh, may each Brother come,
Thus summoned from his tomb,
And share eternal glory in the skies!

So as a final final toast to an old friend.. “happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again”

 

New blood in Orphic Lodge

Posted: August 2, 2016 in Masonic, Uncategorized

Masonic growth has been on a decline worldwide over the last few years. In my opinion, we have caused this internally, and it’s up to all Masons to re-build the Fraternity with young enthusiastic candidates in their respective Lodges.

Historically, Freemasons were forbidden to recruit in anyway, and the requirement was for those interested to approach a Mason he know well and discuss the potential of joining the Craft. Fathers would usually encourage their sons to join, however, with the strict restrictions in place, couldn’t explain too much of what Masonry was.

This has resulted in a decrease in membership in my generation and especially the current one, as our respective generations are more cautious to join something they do not understand or obtain the relevant information to make an informed decision.

Fortunately, this has been recognized with all Grand Lodges worldwide, and amendments to the respective  Constitutions are allowing recruitment and Masons being more “open” about the Fraternity.

Bringing in young blood is crucial to Fraternal growth and in line with that focus, our District have introduced ,University Scheme Lodges and active recruitment project aimed at young students.

Our Lodge have open evenings, as posted by my sister, Jeanette, A Night with the Freemasons, where we are able to explain what Freemasonry to non-masons and attract potential candidates.

Through being able to speak openly about my Masonic passion and the journey I have taken thus far, I have been honored by initiating four close friends and colleagues into Masonry as the Worshipful Master over the past few months.  Being a Past Worshipful Master, I was able to conduct the ceremony personally, which made the evening even more special.

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Unfortunately, due to a stigma attached to Masonry by ignorant/uneducated persons, family members and work colleagues, many Masons still need to remain incognito