Flying high with style…

When you read this, I will be in a theater for the first operation of my life…

I am really scared but should not be… So here, for your enjoyment, is some photos of one of my favorite things in life: a Biplane!

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Unfortunately it did not fly while I was there, would have loved to take some pictures of it on the go!

Enjoy your day, and think of me…

Containers- Weekly Photo Challenge

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I know, I know- I am stretching this theme A LOT! But here is my entry: an aerial container full of Russians!

At our town’s Fly Inn over the weekend, the star attraction was the visit from this old biplane- an Antonov 2. Some say ( In a Jeremy Clarkson voice) that this might be the biggest single engine aircraft in the world…

It looks extremely heavy, but I saw with my own little eyes it takes off, fully loaded in under 100 meters!

So ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment: my container full of Russians, the Antonov 2:

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For more interesting reading on the history of the Antonov AN 2- read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2

Just an update for my regular readers- the Apple Juice did not work. I had the mother of all gall stone attacks at my mother in law’s place, and no, it was not her poisoning me. I have a lovely mother in law! Really like her. So… tomorrow my wife is taking me to the big bad city, and on Wednesday I am having surgery taking out my gallbladder. I thought I would be hopping, skipping and jumping out of there, but my GP told me just now to be prepared for 2-3 days in hospital and 2 weeks sick leave afterwards.  So… the Rider might be the Shadow for the next two weeks. This is my first operation ever, really scared- you know the saying: “Any surgery on ME IS major surgery…”  So- it might be a while before I ride again!

Sorry Seegogga, ek het regtig my bes probeer met die appelsappies…

What a sexy nose!

I have seen some beautiful aircraft at our local Flying Club’s Fly Inn over this weekend. I will dish it out slowly so that you don’t get too fed up with me…

This is just one, super sexy, fast example, no idea what it is…  But I like…

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And also my friend with the VW Beetle engine…

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My eldest son and I had a great morning there! More to follow soon…

Welcome to my office…

As stated in an earlier post today, I had a wedding to officiate this afternoon. This is  the wedding venue, built on a cliff, overlooking a beautiful valley.  Remember- this is winter around here, and yesterday was the coldest day I felt in a long time!

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My view from my “pulpit”…

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And the view the bride and groom sees when they overlook my presense…

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Some days I really love my job! Today was difficult though, because I only met the groom an hour before the wedding and the bride when she walked down the aisle. I usually love to spend more time with a couple and get to know them better, to make it a more personal experience for them. But I still tried my best today…

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Decoration- Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme

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Ok, I know I am stretching it a lot today… but I wanted to share this with you guys anyway. Just outside our town there is this venue, Castle de Wildt,  where a yearly Exotic Game Auction is held- it is going on at the moment.

And when I and some friends walked through the pens where the game are kept, we came across the most beautiful of all the antelope in Africa, in my eyes…  Just look at the decoration in the form of horns on this Kudu bull!

Now THAT is decoration in my eyes. I don’t know yet for how much this bull has sold, as I had to leave early, I am marrying a couple in two hours time.  A friend let me know that a Sable bull just sold for ZAR 800 000, that must be about US$ 75000!

But dear friends, relax- these animals are not sold to be hunted. They are worth so much more as breeding stock- they will have a very safe and relaxed life ahead of them, just eating and sleeping and breeding… now that sounds like the life to have!

PS- I would have preferred to see this bull in it’s natural habitat, and shoot it… with my Canon 400D and a 55-250iS lens!

Got to hurry now to get dressed and get out to the wedding venue…

Relics- Weekly Photo Challenge (II)

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How many memories has this old ’48 Chevrolet Fleetline brought? How many miles did it travel to loved ones? How many broken hearts did it transport?

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_MG_0605 _MG_0616This old Chevy’s heart is broken, rusting in peace… May be one day someone will find it and rescue it,  like it’s brother in Knysna…

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In celebration of the Wheel- Relics from the past- WPC

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In our country’s history the ox wagon played a huge part. Today a lot of old wagon wheels can still be found, mostly as garden decorations.


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But then, being somewhat of a petrolhead myself, I could not resist sneaking in some other old wheels as well- usually relics  from our farming heritage…

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Yes, wheels brought mobility and progress, not always a good thing, me thinks…