The Colour Orange- Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/02/18/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-orange/

At first I thought I don’t have any photos in Orange. But then I started looking. And here is some of my ideas…

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I have no idea what this is called, it grows as a weed behind my local supermarket…

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I love the orange of a sunset behind Robben Island at Cape Town…

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The Orange of a Koi at my favourite coffee shop

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The orange nose of a Kudu military aircraft of the South African air Force, probably a Cessna 172…

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The Orange of a Red Hot Fire Poker (Kniphofia Something…)

And then we also have the Orange Free State in South Africa, but that is too big to get on a photo… 🙂

And no, we do not have the Orange Mobile Network in South Africa…

 

4 hours on a Monday morning…

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And so I landed in my doctor’s surgery, flat on my back with some kalium dripping into me for the next 4 hours. Nothing serious, but I would much rather be working. It does give me a time to reflect. I am so blessed with good health normally. There are so many things and people that add so much value to my life…
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Damn; it is hard tyPing with my left thumb! Take care!

Romance- Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme

I have the wonderful privilege to be a marriage official as well. And one of the most beautiful things for me remains when romance grows to a wedding…

At the end of November I had the honour of marrying my young colleague with his beautiful bride… I snapped a special moment between them on that special day…

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And Romance in my own life blossoms still- going for 24 years of happily married life, here is my bride on our 20th anniversary…

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http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/02/14/travel-theme-romance/

Treasure- Weekly Photo Challenge

Treasure can be defined in lots of different ways. One man’s treasure is another man’s junk. And vice versa… But treasure is something that is valued by someone…

In our church we have a much awarded musician in our country’s traditional style of “Boeremusiek”.  He plays the Concertina in a band. And here is one of his instruments, when he played for our elderly group on Tuesday…

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Back on my feet…

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Me and my younger colleague… older one took the photo, we had a teambuilding day…

Wednesday I went to Supersport Park, to see the first day of South Africa vs Australia, Test Cricket. Then I still thought we will do something worth seeing. But… at the moment I only have any respect left for two South African players- AB de Villiers for his 91, and Dale Steyn, for being a good bowler.    I gained a lot of respect for Mitchell Johnson, who took 7 wickets in Australia’s first attack.  And the Australian batsmen have made more runs in one session now that we took a day to gather yesterday.   I am deeply saddened by my team! Nearly ashamed…

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AB de Villiers keeping the wicket, who is the batsman?

But it was good to see this real life on Wednesday… They ask us politely not to call our team Chokers. Well, except for AB and Dale… you C…

Wednesday evening I slept over at my mother’s house. My wife came through to take me to the doctor yesterday. And Wednesday I had one of the worst spasm attacks yet. It really hurts a lot. Yesterday the specialist put me to sleep to do a gastroscopy. I was really out of it when I finally woke up- my wife jokes with me for all the questions I have repeatedly asked her. Including Austin Powers’ famous question, Shall we… now or later…

The report will be sent to my GP. It might be gall dust attacking me. There is a kind of infection in some parts of my stomach- I am now really too scared to eat almost anything at all…  Soon- skinny me…

I tried to go cycling this morning, turned around within 500 meters, I really do not feel that great at the moment. I must also go to my GP for 4 hours on Monday to get a Kalium drip, my k levels are nearly gone, and I feel extremely tired all the time.  I only have 2 weeks left to train for the Argus Cycle race, and am seriously starting to doubt if I will make it this year…

So  it goes with me like the Protea Cricket team at the moment- lots of things going on, no performance…

But I want to publish something uplifting: a photo from our district this month:  Sunflowers in the sun…

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David Warner was dropped at 26, 27 and 51- now he has reached his 100. Well done! Graeme Smith- your team are chokers!!! Except AB…

 

 

 

At the Cricket!

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Dale Steyn has taken Mr Warner’s wicket, it is a glorious sunny day in Pretoria, and I am so glad to be here, right in line with the wicket on the western grass banks… What a day…

I need today for tomorrow morning a gastroscopy awaits me…

And there Rogers goes, balled Morkel caught de Villiers…

Australian Sport…

There is one thing I never knew as a South African. We have no hope in the Winter Olympics. Maybe because a lot of us have never seen snow in our lives (like my wife…) So… my sister who is a UK Citizen stated how she looks forward to the winter olympics. So I decided to tune in on the dish.

I am amazed by the Aussies on the Winter Olympics. I never knew you were doing it, and sometimes good. These past couple of days I saw sports I have
never seen before. And I saw Torah Bright in action. I am amazed and impressed. Where do you guys get all the snow?

But before I head for the Aussie embassy to emigrate- I have bought my ticket for coming Wednesday, Pretoria, Supersport Park. Test Cricket day 1, South Africa vs Australia… I am going to be there on the grass banks! In the team colours with more green in it.

Australian sport does have my respect. I hope for a good test series. And hopefully a SA victory. I hope you guys bring Torah Bright with for moral support!

Since I’ve been gone…

It is now 8 days of intense misery in my life. My wifi router died last week. I have ordered a new one, but in this rural areas of Africa everything is happening very slowly… maybe next week…

Since the 31st of January, a lot has happened in my life.

  •  I had an awesome birthday. It started Saturday morning last week with a breakfast with my family all together, it is really getting to be a blessing when all the kids are at one place at the same time…  Then we went to Pretoria, where I had lunch with the ladies in my life, my mother, my wife and my daughter. And then we booked into a very nice Bed and Breakfast, just me and my wife, for a night without the kids…
  •  I had another bad experience in my health- Monday night 01h30 my doctor had to come and inject me with morphine, I was in a world of pain with some intestinal thing that will have to be identified yet. I had an ECG, my heart is still going like a Swiss clock, maybe the cycling does help a little bit. My white blood cell count is normal, thank God it doesn’t look like the big C…  It looks as if I am on my way to get a camera shuffed down my throat soon if this nonsense continues…  Well, it could be worse, they could consider shoving it up elsewhere…
  •  With all these joy my training program for the Argus Cycle race is severely disrupted. I only have 3 weeks of training left, and has done 922 km since 1 November on my bicycle.  Yesterday and this morning I did 70 km on my bicycle, but I feel quite wasted at the moment.
  •  I really really miss my internet connection and my blogging friends!  I have brought my wife to our town’s coffee shop, and I am sneaking this one in on their wifi…

I really hope everything will turn to normal some time next week!

Meanwhile, take care!

Rider