Thursday, November 29, 2007

Babelas! (A party or two to remember!)

Went to a great party two weekends ago. It was Rene's sister Jules 40th birthday.
Jules had arranged for all her close friends to come and celebrate with her at a B&B outside Hermanus. It was a good location and no one had to drive after the party; we all stayed at the B&B. The food was good, great people and too much to drink! (If there is such a thing ;-) Perfect! The main thing that changes with parties when you get older is that the music do NOT change and your hangovers get worse. This hangover lasted a day and a half! Perhaps one reason is that you never have the luxury to sleep in to the afternoon as you did as a student. Thank you Jules; we had a great time!

And last weekend it was another birthday party. It was Fraser's turn to turn 40. (Just kidding Fraser, it is still a few years to go ;-) Any way... Some times you (I, that is) never learn! Too many drinks again! Or perhaps it is just lack of sleep (again)!? However we had a great time, South Africa won the rugby and the braai was excellent. Thank you for everything Nicole and Fraser! Also want to say thank you to Chandre and Clinton for letting us stay with them. The breakfast alone was worth the trip!

The game of golf the next day was everything but excellent!

I am now looking forward to the Scandinavian Golf tournament which is played on Atlantic Beach on Friday. I will need to improve quickly and stop mixing pars with triple bogeys to have any chance!!!
I will also need to drink less on the following braai to avoid headache the next day. Have I learnt my lesson?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Last night everything electrical just went out!
The first thing I thought had happened was that the electricity had fused in the house.
But the whole street was out. And looking around we could see that the whole area was out.
It was Eskom that had decided that we collectedly needed to save some energy, so they switched the power off.
Could not find any information about this on their website (got a laptop with a working battery), but I got it confirmed today on the radio. Eskom had to do some maintenance and they just don't have any extra power to compensate for the loss while maintaining the equipment. This is understandable (?) but a bit of forward warning would not hurt!
We need to get some touches/flashlights to be prepared for the next time this is happening, because I am sure it will.
Thankfully we had some candles and lanterns so it was quite cosy at one point.

We got a new dishwasher: I am hoping that there will be electricity so I can try it out tonight. Yes, it got the "best" energy and water usage rating there is, so we will be as kind to the environment as we can.