If I could fly…

The word’s of Frank Duval’s song is keeping on repeating in my mind at the moment.

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Today I have been back at home for a week since the operation. I have left the house only once- to go to my doctor to get the dressings changed.

And I am slowly going out of my mind. I love to be outdoors. I love to be on a Bike. Or to go to a coffee shop with friends.

Is is normal to feel depressed and trapped a week after an operation? Or is it just my personality shining through?

Anyway, I dont want to sound like my friend Ben from Bitter Blog

I am spending the quiet time reflecting, evaluating, planning…

I have read some amazing books. Somehow I really liked Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune.  I am also into my 3rd Odd Thomas book, by Dean Koonttz, although it is a genre I don’t normally read.

I listen to Bob Dylan on my hifi, and a lot of my other, what my kids would call Old Music, I must confess, sweet gospel music doesn’t do it for me at the moment, some good Classic Rock really helps a lot. All the music we were warned against as teenagers in the 80’s…

I have seen some good movies- like the new 300, and Transcendence,  and the worst one ever- Hercules Reborn…

And now I still have to get all my financial things in order for the yearly tax return, looking forward to that like a colonoscopy….

So, while feeling trapped, today I wish I could just hop on an airplane and fly away…

I hope your day is much better. Biker friends, go for a Ride, life is just too short not to…

 

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What is going on with the world while I’m gone?

I am looking at the BBC’s web page this morning. I am taking a few weeks sick leave and what happens?

  •  Russia goes ahead and break a nuclear treaty, testing a nuclear missile! Cold War II on the horizon…
  •  Bear Grylls survives in the evening in motels… I am shocked!
  • Isaac And Ishmael are still at it… 4000 years later! That is now quite enough boys…  For brothers you sure hate each other way too much!
  •  A vet gets struck off the role for molesting his patients sexually- a VET!!! Bad news for the Horse & Hound Magazine’s front page…
  •  Airplanes gets shot down and missing all over the place… what happened to flying is safer than driving?

Now look here, people of planet Earth, I will be back in action in two 1/2 weeks, and then we will sort it all out. So please behave… Isaac and Ishmael, share the room and put away your toys. Vladimir, stop it immediately! And book a room for the Vet with a wide awake African Lioness…  Bear, Bear, Bear… I really thought SAS men were tougher than that….

Now all of you get in your lanes, and behave! I’ll be back…

Sela!

Rider…

 

Separated for Holy Service…

I posted my Afrikaans blog entry on this one by accident this morning. And the translate function usually does not convey the true meaning of words. So let me share my heart this morning in English too…

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It is Monday Morning. Half past nine. I am supposed to be out there, visiting all the sick people in our church. Afterwards I have to work hard, on the presentation of tomorrow morning’s Bible Study. I have to try and explain Romans 9- why God loved Jacob, and hated Esau. My mobile phone is supposed to be switched on, I have to answer all the complaints about yesterday’s sermon, why the music was too hard or too soft, too fast or too slow… Somewhere in the fields there are still some cattle that must be attending our church fete in September, somebody still has to ask the farmers for some more contributions to the meat section…  Steaks for Jesus!  There are still a thousand people waiting for their yearly House Visitation. A Pastor must visit them at home, so that they can know and serve the Lord, with that choice piece of baking they prepared and serve on a Royal Doulton cake plate, with their grandmother’s little golden cake fork.

It is Monday Morning  twenty five to ten. I am the sick one. My wife has confiscated my mobile phone. The doctor has booked me off for three weeks. I may not even drive my car. I am just sitting here. Three weeks is a long, long time! I miss my mobile phone…

It is Monday Morning twenty to ten. The phone does not ring. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, Opus 15, Largo is playing loudly on my hifi in my Study.  Behind the clear notes of the piano there sounds the most beautiful notes of violin and clarinet in the background.

A Silent Presence has come with me into my study. Peace. Rest…

I don’t have to do anything. I may just… BE…

And that is good enough…

Afgesonder vir diens…

Dit is Maandagoggend half tien. Ek is veronderstel om die siekes te besoek. Daarna hard te werk aan more se Bybelstudie oor Romeine 9- dat die gemeente kan verstaan waarom het die Here Jakob liefgehad, maar Esau gehaat. My selfoon is veronderstel om aan te wees, ek moet al die navrae hanteer oor die onduidelikhede in gister se preek. die klagtes oor die musiek te hard was, of te sag was, te vinnig was of te stadig was…  Intussen loop daar erens op die vlaktes beeste rond wat eintlik by die kerkbasaar hoort- Steaks vir Jesus! Daar is nog duisend wat wag vir huisbesoek, dat hulle die Here kan vind en dien…  deur die koeksistertjie vir Dominee te gee, keurig aangebied op die Royal Doulton bordjie met ouma se goue vurkie…

Dit is Maandagoggend vyf en twintig voor tien. Ek is die sieke. My vrou het my selfoon afgeneem. Die dokter het my drie weke lank afgeboek. Ek mag nie eers kar bestuur nie.   Ek sit net hier. Drie weke is darem maar hel lank! EK mis my selfoon!

Dis Maandagoggend twintig voor tien. Die foon lui nie. Beethoven se Klavierkonsert no 1 in C Majeur, opus 15, Largo speel kliphard in my studeerkamer. Agter die helder note van die klavier klink die mooiste klarinet en viole in die agtergrond.

‘n Stille Teenwoordigheid het saam met my in die studeerkamer ingekom. Vrede. Rus.

Ek moet niks doen nie. EK mag maar net… wees.

En dit is goed genoeg…

 

 

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

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/containers/

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…