Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fraser & Letta kom kuier!

Ons goeie vriende van toe ons die eerste keer in Napier gebly het, het gister hier by ons 'n blitbesoek afgele oppad SA toe. Was dit nou lekker om hulle almal weer te sien?! Fraser en Lettie lyk goed en nog net dieselfde. Lettie is nog net so kwaai en Fraser en ek het die botteltjie wyn sommer tjoef-tjaf leeg gehad. Ons sien hulle weer oppad terug (hulle woon nou in Allexandria, Suid Eiland NZ), so sien uit daarna ook.

L to R: Karla, Michiel, Sandri, Fraser, Lettie, Karin en ekke.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A weekend among weekends...

Well, how to start this entry....? At the beginning I guess. On Friday my good mate and long-time AWTA stalwart dropped a bombshell. Did it shock us? Safe to say Rob and I nearly fell of our chairs, or as close to it as "damn it" is to a swear word! Andrew is moving on to bigger and better things, but is leaving behind a void. Fortunately he will be less than 5 minutes away, and instead of the regional manager, he will now be our biggest client. I reckon he'll be a tough customer, haha! Anyway mate, jobs may change, but mate-ship remains.

How did I react? Friday night, no sleep. Saturday, complete revamp of the garden and installed new blinds for the bathroom window etc. Karin and I were totally smashed. And those bloody flies! In your nose, ears, eyes...crickey!...but we slept like babies. Sunday; very slowly got out of bed, stood up even slower and moaned-and-groaned about the aching muscles we'd forgotten we had. To relax we smoked some Salmon, Swordfish and cooked some Boerewors on the Weber (on one of them anyway :-)). Monday, who knows? Anyway, Rob's saying of  "Something big always happens in December" certainly is true again this year.

The back garden, with all the messy bush and crap removed. Some new palms, Kangaroo's Paw and Lavender plants have gone in.

Our trusty "Down Under" gas BBQ and my three Weber's. The green one was a gift from Craig Baker, the red one from a verge collection some months back
and the black one from my dad in NZ. I now need the blue and gray ones, haha!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ilCibo and first summer BBQ - Nice and warm today

So, we've been waiting for a while, and summer seems to have finally arrived. It's been warm before, but you can tell that this is the "real" stuff we're getting now. I already have sun-tanned feet for crying out loud! 

Eugene really enjoys Phoenix Organic Cola, which ironically is from NZ. Tastes great and keeps mister-Gene quiet for a minute or two :-)
He still has the sniffles, and it is most likely hay-fever. Luckily Karla and I seem to not be affected. We were down at ilCibo, a cool coffee shop in Freo, doing our usual Saturday morning chill-out. I worked arvo-shift last night, so we ran a little late.
Our brown-eyed girl, all grown up...
I reckon Karin loves these outings, just to relax, watch people go by and think about nothing in particular (same as me). In fact, I spend a lot of time just looking at her; why wouldn't I ?
So, when the temperature hit 32 I quickly threw some snags and Boerewors on the barbie. Were heading down to the Swan River (Point Walter) at about 3pm. Great spot; will post some pics later. Check the sprinkler going in the background.

The view down to the Swan River (at Pt Walter); just a beautiful spot.

Karla and her friend,Jess, with the river in the distance..

...and a closer-up picture of the buddies...

One of the many picnic areas at Pt Walter

...and one of the play-parks for the kids.