Alcohol- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-alcohol/

I ride the Argus Cycle race around Table Mountain every year, (missed this year’s race for the first time in 20 years!)  And over the time I have developed some traditions of my own.

After finishing the 110 km race, I usually go to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront of CApe Town, where I usually park my car.  On my way from the finish line to the parking lot, I stop at Ferrymans Tavern- one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. A pub with some old history behind it…

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I see I actually don’t have many photos of Ferrymans… I am usually so very tired after that Cycle race…

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But one of my favorite beers in the world resides here. Ferryman’s belongs to Mitchells Breweries. And one of their brews is the Bosun’s Bitter. It only contains about 4% alcohol, but it is really a tasty, grainy beer…

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There is another story behind the Bosun’s Bitter. I drink it as a toast to my dad.

We did not always have a great relationship. After I finished university, I had to go to the army as all white young men in South Africa had to do.  When I finished Army, I had a temporary post at a congregation in the Free State. In that time my uncle was murdered in Durban. This uncle was a real mentor for me since a very young age. We met as a family in Durban, and went to my uncle’s funeral. That evening, my father and I went to a pub, just us two. We sat down in a pub, and had a beer or two together. Mitchell’s Bosun’s Bitter. And we talked like real men to each other, and we had a very constructive father and son experience.  The next day we all went home- he and my mother to Newcastle, me and my 7 month pregnant wife to Kroonstad.

I never saw him alive again. Two weeks later he died of a massive heart attack at the age of 54.

Mitchell’s Bosun’s Bitter is a rare beer to find these days in South Africa. The Keg franchise of pubs kept it for years, but I don’t see it there anymore. In Cape Town, I find it at Ferryman’s and at my other favorite watering hole… the Blue Peter Hotel in Bloubergstrand (where I had my honeymoon 24 years ago…)

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This is also a beautiful place to see the sun setting over Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, and over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Each time I drink a Bosun’s Bitter, I think of my dad. Sometimes with great regrets. For now I am 7 years younger than he was when he died. I understand much better these days… and I try to connect with my sons in meaningful ways, that they may have memories of me one day to treasure. Hopefully more than one beer…

 

Related articles: https://mitchellsbreweryct.wordpress.com/tag/bosuns-bitter/

 

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The letter L- Sunday Stills

Back to normality- Ed has set the challenge of photos beginning with the letter L for this week.  http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-the-letter-l/

Let’s try…

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Lantern- my photo, I made it a bit old…

 

 

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Lifeguard Seat- Melkbosstrand, Western CApe, South Africa

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Lily, more specifically a Day Lily

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Lamenting wife statue

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Loftus, the hallowed rugby stadium in Pretoria, home of the Blue Bulls rugby team… and my three sons with me there one Saturday afternoon…

 

 

 

Barns in Black and White- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-barns-in-black-and-white/

Ed has set us a difficult challenge- we don’t have beautiful barns in our region, so I never ever thought to photograph one. So I had to delve deep into my archives, and came up with a holiday we had as a family in 2005. These are some of the activities around a barn, sorry, that is the best I can do…

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The youngest feeding the sheep/goats

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Second youngest trying his hand at milking a cow…

Much more recently- we drove 250 km to an Agricultural School for our children’s sport last Saturday (that is why I didn’t blog!) where two of my sons played the gentleman’s game of rugby… Between games I walked about. In a shed I would expect to find:

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A Tractor- even if it is a very old!

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And a plough…

On the roof of a shed I would expect to find some pumpkins in South Africa, maybe to dry out, maybe to keep the tin roof in place. This is not a genuine pumpkin, otherwise it is very loaded with iron…

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And that is the nearest I get to a Black and White Shed at the moment- let’s call it deconstructed or something like that!

 

 

Bad Weather- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-bad-weather/

We live in a region of South Africa that is really blessed with good weather. We don’t have any bad weather around here!

There is no snow EVER around here, and my wife has never seen snow in person! We don’t have tornados (only a little one some years ago…)  We don’t have huge floods. (Only a little one some years ago.) We had our first earthquake ever in December, a very small tremor.  A thunder storm don’t last long, and the worst thing that does happen around here is some hail every now and then.

So- this is the best I could do about bad weather- some stormy weather we experienced in the Cape province near Franschhoek last June…

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At a coffee shop in Franschhoek, the sun shining briefly through extremely dark clouds…

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The most beautiful farm workers house in the world for me- outside Franschhoek

The only bad weather photo of our own Bushveld region I have is this little flood on Good Friday in 2010:

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“F”- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-the-letter-f-2/

Ed asked us this week to Focus on the Fantastic letter F…

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Flying Machine- an old Harvard from our Air Force Museum…

Fish- the largest one we caught in years! He was released...

Fish- the largest one we caught in years! He was released…

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Fishing boats at Hout Bay Harbour near Cape Town

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Flower- the Cosmos variety

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Fly on the Flying Machine’s tail…

 

 

Happiness is… Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-happiness-is-2/

Spending time with the people that I love...

Spending time with the people that I love…

Sharing a glass with an amazing friend...

Sharing a glass with an amazing friend…

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Staring into the fire on a rainy night…

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Seeing my people enjoying themselves…

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and a little bit of German engineering…

These are some of the things that makes me happy…

And… my 500 th Post…

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Congratulations on writing 500 total posts on The Rider.

Bridges- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-bridges/

When thinking on the theme of bridges, I decided to post a few bridges I crossed on the Camino de Santiago in Spain… Bridges are quite useful to help you continue your journey and reach your destination…

The world famous bridge at Hospital de Orbigo, where knights used to joust in the Middle Ages- I would not like to fall off a horse here…

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High above Ruitelan…

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Just before o’ Cebreiro

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Portomarin

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Into Melide

You see- we’ll just cross that bridge when we come to it…

White- Sunday Stills

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-white/

In 2013, I did not get to go to one single Motorbike Rally. The previous 3 years I managed the Poison Rally, because it is in the first weekend of December, when I can easily get a whole weekend off.

So keeping in touch with my RIder theme, I share a beautiful white Custom Suzuki Hayabusa from 2012’s Poison Rally Concourse…  “The King… ”

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