Jy blaai in die argief vir 2010 Maart.

Stouterige grappie

Maart 25, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Van my broer gekry. Hy noem dit Randfontein-onderhandelinge.

‘n Sewentienjarige girl tune haar ma sy’ t haar period gemis. Vir twee
> maande al.
>
> Mamma freak bietjie uit en hulle bekom ‘n pregnancy test.== Positief.
>
>
> Al huilende en gillende vereis die ma dat die meisie reveal wie dit aan haar
> gedoen het.
> Die girl bel iemand. Twintig minute later pull ‘n Ferarri innie yard in.
>
> ‘n Ouer dude in ‘n Armani suit klim uit.
>
> Hy kom in – soengroet die girl, vat haar hand en gaan sit in die voorhuis
> saam met die ouers.
>
>
> “Dag Oom…Dag Tannie,” sê hy. “Julle dogter het my van die probleem in
> kennis gestel. Ek sal reguit tot die punt kom. Ek kan nie met haar trou nie
> vanweë my persoonlike situasie maar ek kan dit regstel. Ek sal alle kostes
> betaal en vir julle dogter sorg vir die res van haar lewe. As dit ‘n dogter
> is, kry sy twee besighede, ‘n townhouse, ‘n villa by die see en ‘n
> R2 miljoen rand bankrekening. As dit ‘n seun is, kry hy ‘n paar fabrieke en
> R4 miljoen in die bank. Vir ‘n tweeling gee ek elkeen ‘n fabriek en R2
> miljoen.
> Net een probleem. Wat dink julle moet ek doen as daar ‘n miskraam is?”
>
>
> Op die punt breek die pa sy stilte , ” dan spyker jy haar weer boetie!”

Paddagang’s Brulpadda (especially for Daaivark) and other pics

Maart 24, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

…who kindly reminded me of the lovely port available in the Tulbagh region.

The first pic is for you Varkvet. (For others not in the know, this is the label for Paddagang’s port):

And this pic left me with a smile. Certainly a frog with attitude:

And a reminder to motorists:

And something about the history of Paddagang’s building:

Paddagang’s frog

Maart 24, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Had coffee at Paddagang restaurant and winery today.

Skoon grappie vir die dag

Maart 24, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Jannie, Pietie en Gawie stry oor wie se ouers die bangste is.

Pietie:

My Pa is so bang, as die weer opkom dan gaan kruip hy weg onder die bed.

Jannie:

Dis nog niks, my Pa is so bang, as my Ma nagdiens werk, gaan slaap hy by die bediende.

Gawie:

My Pa en Ma is bang vir cartoons. Hulle sit die cartoons vir ons op die TV dan hardloop hulle kamer toe, maak die deur toe, spring onder die komberse in en lê daar en bewe.

Gegroet uit Tulbagh, waar ek nog lekker navors aan my boek!

Skoon grappie vir die dag

Maart 24, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Jannie, Pietie en Gawie stry oor wie se ouers die bangste is.

Pietie:

My Pa is so bang, as die weer opkom dan gaan kruip hy weg onder die bed.

Jannie:

Dis nog niks, my Pa is so bang, as my Ma nagdiens werk, gaan slaap hy by die bediende.

Gawie:

My Pa en Ma is bang vir cartoons. Hulle sit die cartoons vir ons op die TV dan hardloop hulle kamer toe, maak die deur toe, spring onder die komberse in en lê daar en bewe.

Gegroet uit Tulbagh, waar ek nog lekker navors aan my boek!

Zapiro on Human Rights Day

Maart 23, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

And with this, I’m leaving you for a bit. Off to Tulbagh for two days to do some research for my book. Will pop in, as the trusty old laptop goes everywhere.

Funny quotes about different “civilizations”

Maart 23, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Civilization… now THERE is an overrated word. Sometimes the things being done in the name of civilization is so horrendous that I think we should rather move on. Let’s not spoil this beautiful sunny Highveld morning. (By the way, Joburg is getting increasingly cooler at night and early in the morning. Winter, she’s on the way!)

Here are the quotes received via e-mail from my brother:

Americans are possibly the dumbest people on the planet. …We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing. – Michael Moore

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is. – Geoffrey Cottrell

America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top. – Charlie King

The French are sawed-off sissies who eat snails and slugs and cheese that smells like people’s feet. Utter cowards who force their own children to drink wine, they gibber like baboons even when you try to speak to them in their own wimpy language. – P. J. O’Rourke

You can always reason with a German. You can always reason with a barnyard animal, too, for all the good it does. – P. J. O’Rourke “Holidays in Hell”

The problem with Ireland is that it’s a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent. – Hugh Leonard

Funny quotes about different “civilizations”

Maart 23, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Civilization… now THERE is an overrated word. Sometimes the things being done in the name of civilization is so horrendous that I think we should rather move on. Let’s not spoil this beautiful sunny Highveld morning. (By the way, Joburg is getting increasingly cooler at night and early in the morning. Winter, she’s on the way!)

Here are the quotes received via e-mail from my brother:

Americans are possibly the dumbest people on the planet. …We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing. – Michael Moore

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is. – Geoffrey Cottrell

America is a melting pot, the people at the bottom get burned while all the scum floats to the top. – Charlie King

The French are sawed-off sissies who eat snails and slugs and cheese that smells like people’s feet. Utter cowards who force their own children to drink wine, they gibber like baboons even when you try to speak to them in their own wimpy language. – P. J. O’Rourke

You can always reason with a German. You can always reason with a barnyard animal, too, for all the good it does. – P. J. O’Rourke “Holidays in Hell”

The problem with Ireland is that it’s a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent. – Hugh Leonard

Some more pics

Maart 22, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

This time from the weekend.

I blogged about the joy I get from my work on Thursday. One of the perks I didn’t even mention is the chance to meet and interview wonderful people who often become good friends. I met my bosom buddy Cornelia this way (I wanted to do a story about breast cancer survivors). I met my writer’s friend Sophia Kapp this way. (Did a story on her debut.) Both women have since become soul sisters and best friends to me.

And of course I meet celebrities. Some nice ones, some not so nice ones. Some down to earth ones, some arrogant ones. Some honest ones, some skirting the truth somewhat.

One lovely couple that became good friends since I interviewed them, is Kobus Wiese and his wife Belinda. They are both lovely people. Grounded, sincere, giving, very funny and what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of people. This weekend we were honoured to spend with Kobus and Belinda (and Belinda’s family and some other friends) in the Pilanesberg to celebrate her 40th.

The best part of the weekend was that Kobus arranged this (since January) as a big surprise for his wife. Her sister Charmaine (a wedding co-ordinator) executed a LOVELY, very elegant dinner for Friday evening. So, when Belinda walked into the function room at Bakabung on Friday night, she expected it to be a fundraising dinner for some or other charity – and there we were.  You can just imagine her surprise.

Saturday was spent sitting around talking, laughing, watching the kids swim and play (we had about 16 kids between the lot of us). After that it was time for a 3 hour game drive in the Pilanesberg reserve, and then on to a bush braai. Once again, great fun was had by all.

Here’s a bit of what we saw:

White rhinos. An interesting fact I didn’t know, was that a white rhino can’t swim to save his life. The reason being the fact that it has this naturally droopy head. It can’t lift it’s head to keep it above water.

Zoe took this pic of a giraffe. We saw quite a few of them.

We also saw some elephant and even a little “show” by a baby that couldn’t have been more than a few months old. Mock stampede, flapping of ears, stomping it’s little foot on the ground. Another teenager made it his duty to ensure another slightly younger teenage elephant can’t cross the road in front of us. Junior simply ignored his self-appointed guard, and crossed the road behind his back.

We also saw a family of hippo’s at about 20h30, lazing away in their pool next to a little bridge we had to cross. The spotlight had to be switched off quickly, as it agitated them. One of them decided she had enough, and ventured out of the water to get away from the truck full of noisy children. (They were, of course, so exited they could hardly be expected to keep quiet.) So, the kids (and the five adults accompanying them) had a clear view of a magnificent animal scarcely 3m away!

We also saw some buck, lots of birds, and from the camp, a very happy family of warthogs frolicking in the rain.

Once again I had to marvel at the Creation. And once again I wondered how anybody can deny the existence of an Almighty Creator. Who else would create every kind of animal and the smallest of leaves with such precision?

My last week in pictures

Maart 22, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

In my previous post I mentioned driving 1000km last weekend for two stories. I can’t disclose too much about the stories yet, but thought I’ll share these pics with you.

I love the Freestate. The combination of poplar trees, cosmos, mountains, endless vistas, a clear sky… Talking about cosmos. We saw lots, literally everywhere. I’ve heard that if the wild cosmos flowers before Easter weekend, we are in for a long and cold weekend. So, folks, if that is true, unpack the jerseys and blankets and coats, because the cosmos is out there already! (Sounds like something from a horror movie: The curse of the cosmos/ Cosmos strikes again/ Beware of the flowers…) 

Pic taken in the Theunissen district

Taken just before sunset while waiting for the RY/GO-signal at roadworks between Bethlehem and Theunissen. Incidentally, the roads from Theunissen through Senekal, Bethlehem and eventually Harrismith is in mint condition. Where the roads are not wide and newly tarred, they are busy with roadworks, executed in what looked to me like a very professional way. It’s going to be a lovely road when it’s finished.

One of my stories was in Brandfort (55km from Bloemfontein). From there I had to go to Drakensville in the Drakensberge, but left way too late on Sunday to make it to Drakensville during daytime. (I didn’t know about the roadworks.) By 19h30 I had two not-so-happy-campers, a bit scared of driving in the dark with only their mother and no big, strong guy to protect them, and I saw that the mountains had some clouds. As I didn’t want to risk 55km into the Berg with the risk of fog, we booked into the African Sky Hotel next to the N3 at Harrismith. I’m quite an impulsive traveller, as I found out in the last year or two. I easily decide to extend my holiday by a day or two, making unexpected detours, stopping to sleep in a town that I never planned to even visit. And, since I’m the driver, we stop for plenty of pics. Of course the kids love this. Great fun was had by all, as it also meant an unplanned meal at the Spur right next to the hotel. (The kids LOVE Spur…)

The next morning we left early for Drakensville, an ATKV-resort on the way to Bergville. I was glad I didn’t attempt it in the darkness, as the road was full of potholes in the vicinity of the Sterkfontein Dam. There was still some fog and low-lying clouds, as can be seen in these pics.

I did a few interviews for the article at Drakensville, and then had a late night working on urgent articles. 

On Tuesday morning we went on a bit of a cultural tour to the house of a lovely Zulu man who works at Drakensville. Sibusiso showed us his home with great pride, and we had the opportunity to sit in the hut dedicated to the ancestors and hear all about the Zulu culture. How and when and why they pray, to whom, the role of the sangoma’s, the importance of polygamy in their culture. Sibusiso’s wife baked us a sponge cake on the fire, and we could choose from coffee, tea or fruit juice. He picked some sugarcane so that the kids could taste the sweet insides. They helped him feed his few goats, and Danger the Dog (not even dangerous to a flee, I guess) entertained us with his sweet antics.

The view from my stoep at ATKV-Drakensville. It used to be a Water Affairs village (whilst building a nearby dam etc). As a result, holidaymakers get a fully equiped, full size 3-bedroomed home, complete with a stoep and garage. It’s a lovely resort, with lots of rosebushes (500 in total, I think) in every colour under the rainbow. There’s a lovely wedding chapel, and all the fun and games any child can wish for: putt-putt, a hot water pool, a huge, fast slippy slide, trampolins, an eco-centre, adventures like abseiling, foefieslaaiding (?), hikes and horse riding.

The view from Sibi’s house. Sibi, as he is known, is a WONDERFULLY talented adventure guide at ATKV-Drakensville. I saw him in action on Monday with a lot of grade 5 pupils, and the man is a natural. He showed them how to abseil with confidence, taught them to take aim with a kettie (slingshot, is it??) and how to negotiate a web of ropes as part of a team building exercise. What Sibi doesn’t know about inspiring children, is not worth knowing. He is a kind, generous and friendly man with natural people skills. Here Luc is helping him to feed the goats. On the left you can see Danger.

The delicious sponge cake.

Zoe and Luc with Sibi, this time in traditional dress and armed with his shield and fighting stick.

Our somewhat shy hostess in her beautiful traditional outfit. The photo was taken on their front stoep.

PS: If ever looking for an affordable place to spend a few days, or to overnight on the way to or from Durban/Gauteng, I can really recommend ATKV Drakensville. I have spent three very happy weekends there with my kids over the last three years. Click on www.atkv.org.za and go to resorts. Then click on Drakensville. You DON’T HAVE to be a member, but membership entitles you to discount.

 

If in the area, go on one of Sibi’s cultural tours. He is the perfect host.

 

And now I MUST switch off the PC. HUGE storm outside.