Monday, 31 August 2009

Die aap slaap

Matthew was offered an opening at Bryneven Primary School which he started today. It looks like he enjoyed his first day and has made some new friends.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Kingfisher Park

Now if you think that there is only one Italian Greyhound in Johannesburg, think again. A group of about ten iggies meet at the Kingfisher Park in Fourways. This is a lovely open piece of ground near the Fourways Highschool which is fenced off to allow dogs to enjoy themselves. Here are the ten iggies socialising with other dogs. Maxy is about to be let off the lead. You can see that he is already eyeing out the other dogs in the Park.

Saturday, 29 August 2009


Maxy, our Italian Greyhound has this lovely pose. He has this princely air about him. He trots like an American Saddler, runs like a Thoroughbred and lies down like the Sphinx. People comment about his skinniness and love to watch him run at full tilt at the park. I have heard people call him a miniature greyhound, whippet, a township dog and even a baby buck. They just not sure about him but he is our Maxy. A little dog who thinks he is a big dog.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Me, Myself and I

With so many photos to choose from today, I decided that I should put one up of me. Today was average for a Friday with the only exciting things been Daleen arriving in her new car, a silver Renault Sandero and two baby showers for the two quite large ladies from the ICT department of Metrorail.

Thursday, 27 August 2009


The weather was great this morning but by mid afternoon a terrible storm blew over. The IT guys thought it funny that I was on my bike and offered to get me a taxi. Here are some of them getting training from Patrick. From the left clockwise around the table is Theo, Khathu, Jimmy, Masilo (head down), Thabiso, Thanyani, Karabo, Brian, Lerato, Vuyo, Amukelani, Patrick and Khumbu.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

True Mergence

Thabiso, from Pretoria's ICT department is spending time here in Johannesburg working on our exchange server. We finally are becoming one department in two offices. The Pretoria plebs still have to get used to me with my camera.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Mother of the Bride

Home Cell has become more like a family where we can support one another and come long side each other in times of need. Sometimes there is cause to celebrate. Mike and Denise's (shown above) daughter is getting married this coming Saturday and the Home Cell is joyous for them. We ask for God's blessing upon the union.

Monday, 24 August 2009

My Desk Part 1

On Friday Bryaneven School phoned and offered a place for Matthew. Now this school is much closer to our home and of a much higher standard than the school he is currently in. This means double the school fees but he would get a better route towards university. So this morning was spent getting all the paper work done so that he can start soon. Back at Metrorail it is catch-up with all the work I'm missing. Here is my desk at Metrorail. I let Dexter keep an eye on things.

Sunday, 23 August 2009



What else is there to do when you have reached the end of a good innings? Here is Daphne, Carol's mom at the Serenity Nursing Home waiting for God.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Boys and PSP

It is a relaxing weekend with some major decisions to make about the future of Matthew's schooling. So while we deliberate and pray about it Brian and Matthew have some time just being boys.

Friday, 21 August 2009


It is Friday but Sundays coming. Yes it is finally weekend and this time I can relax with not much work to do. A pregnant fairy must have flown through Metrorail's ICT Department because the in last 12 months has seen every woman on our floor except one become pregnant. Here is Annah who is in her 2nd trimester, I think.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Post Delayed

As things are moving steadily forward I am looking forward to be out of the rapids and into calmer waters. Here is José and Willie from Metrorail discussing the way forward. Support non-human rights.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Back to Normal

I am getting back into the swing of things and I seemed to be getting on top of my work load. Here is Steven who used to look after Hummingbird at PRASA but now is here at Gauteng but in the SysOps section. I am not sure why he is back this side but I haven't been altogether here myself.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Nip in the air

The weather is turning cold again. Theo, our young Xhosa from Matatiele, is shown here dressed for snow. Someone must gently tell him that this is Johannesburg not the southern Drakensberg or does he know something we don't. Brrrr, it is getting cold.

Monday, 17 August 2009


Yes I am nearly halfway through my traumatic experiences these last months. Although I still have a long way still to go the summit is in view. You can see that the state run hospitals are disparately short of cash when their trauma units have to repair their wheelchairs with plastic garden chairs. I just had to take a photograph of the wheelchair as I would not have believed it if I never saw it with my own eyes.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

And the trumpet heralded

No one ever said that it would be easy. These are testing times. Up on the ridge at the University of Witwatersrand is this temple of the Latter Day Saints with this trumpeter on top of one of the spires looking over the Johannesburg. Is it playing a false note?

Saturday, 15 August 2009


Last week it was Justin’s birthday but they were away and tomorrow is Connors. They both had parties today so Matthew had a busy day. Here is Matthew with his nephew Connor.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Metrorail in Art

By the University of Witwatersrand I came across this mural depicting Metrorail trains and the Nelson Mandela Bridge with the Johannesburg skyline in the background. Enjoy.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Back to School

Long story but while Carol is not well, Matthew has to go into the main stream schooling. Here he is all dressed up for school. I have not much to say other than I am very busy trying to catch up all my work and be a single parent for a while.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

I am finished

What a day. I started at one end of Bryanston and ended up in Northcliff. All the primary schools Matthew and I went to were full. I even put Matthew's name on a number of waiting lists for next year. When I arrived at Robin Hills Primary, I was expecting another door closed in my face but after checking their computer they said that they have space for only one in Grade 4 but needed to test Matthew first. Half in tears I said go right ahead. To cut a long story short. Carol is in hospital for some time. Matthew is starting school tomorrow and I am blessed to have a large number of friends standing by to help. I thought I had crossed the line of what I could handle but with the friends I have around me I managed to cope. Thank you to all of you for coming alongside our family in this time of crisis. I can't thank you all by name as you are too many in number but here is Guy cooking some chicken schnitzel for supper.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


Yes I know I shouldn't be but I am. Just shoot me. What to do? What to do? I will leave you with Konanani from Metrorail while I go and sit in a corner to think.

Monday, 10 August 2009

A Day Off

Today is a public holiday because yesterday was Women's Day and because it was a Sunday meant that the following Monday (today) was a holiday too. Even though it was a holiday, our Malawian house keeper Francis (above) decided to work. We insisted that he have the day off but he wanted to work. It was a lovely warm winter's day which I spent outside having quality time with Matthew. In the afternoon I started catching up some of the work that I've got behind on.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Surrounded by Friends

It is good to have friends who care and come alongside in difficult times as this last month has been for me. We had seven baptisms this morning and one of them was Jordyn, my friend Leon and Ursula’s daughter which was very special. Anyway here is another group of friends from BBC, Lisa and Gary.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

The Step Pose

Here is Maxy, our Italian Greyhound, showing how the step pose is done and showing off his long legs. You must see him at the Kingfisher Park when he is at full speed.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Happy Birthday Justin

Matthew’s best friend Justin, here with Matthew, turned 11 today. This evening they joined the BBC youth group at the Northgate Ice Rink for some fun time on the ice.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

No touching sides

Today I was rushed off my feet and at the same time anxious about a number of things. Well it is out of my hands and I must live one day at a time. At Metrorail I could not focus at all and my mind was back home. Here is Refiloe with Michelle from Metrorail’s Human Resources department.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

How it is done?

Here is Theo showing how it is done while Mpho enjoys the all the attention. For me it was not so casual. I had to get all the paperwork together for Bryandale and rush around.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Not right

It is not about being right even if you feel you are. It is about doing the right thing. That is building bridges. This hits right home with me on all fronts. Back to Metrorail, Dipolelo, my friend who looks like Fiona from Shrek, came to visit (shown above). If you reading this Dipolelo, I am sorry but as a friend you do look like Fiona. She used to work for Metrorail but left to work for a political movement who are far from my liking. Anyway building bridges.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Work overload

There is so much work to catch up on plus trying to run a household is taking its toll. Here is the Gautrain Terminus construction site at Braamfontein in the morning light.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Peaceful Sunday

Yes there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Let's hope that it isn't a train. Joy popped in for a visit before her flight back down to Cape Town. It was good to see the family out from the shadow of the mountain. Here is Joy and Matthew enjoying a good hug.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Women of Excellence

The women who work for Metrorail had a special day organised for them by Metrorail at the Ubuntu Kraal in Soweto. The weather did not play its part but the turnout was great. The women were welcomed by the Regional Manager and some traditional clad Zulu dancers. While motivational speakers did their thing, ten ladies were selected for a facial and then dressed in designer outfits for a later fashion show.

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