Still breathing… barely

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Hi dear friends… So I have been quiet for a while… a few months to be precise…

I always wanted my blog to be a place with a positive vibe, good news and so. So I developed a huge writer’s block.

It was a hard year for me with my eldest son working in the USA. But he has safely returned last week. The US of A has been good to him, and he really enjoyed it a lot. He thinks the people of Gregory, South Dakota are some of the friendliest people around. He was based in Hendricks, Minnesota. The Combined Harvestingvteam travelled through to Texas, Colorado, Montana, both Dakotas and over to Saskatchwan in Canada. He has seen a lot that his father would also love to see one day.  He returned to South Africa, and promptly left for Mozambique again last Friday- week ago, with his girlfriend and her family. His sister also worked until now, and her firm closed for the Christmas holidays.

The rest of the family is at Scottburg just south of Durban. We are having a good time in the Indian Ocean, swimming and suntanning. I also am planning to make a bucket list item a reality, to go shark cage diving if weather permits on Saturday. My eldest 2 children will probably join us in 2 days’ time to celebrate Christmas together.

Why I was so silent on my blog: the situation in South Africa is really getting me down. We have a very expensive clown for a president, and he and his cronies are really ruining our beautiful country. Even the New York Times says so…

In South Africa, if you are white and think the ANC is ruining the country, you must be a racist and longing for the old apartheid days. And that is really getting me down. No, I do not long for old days of racial discrimination. But I am fed up with the corruption and the way our President treats the country as his personal piggy bank. I do not long back to good old days, I look forward to a day in the future where everybody will really be treated as equals, and that I will never have to fill my race in on a form again. South Africa is in real deep… trouble. And while I still have the freedom to say that, I will.

So we are going to enjoy this seaside holiday, I think 2016 is going to be a very difficult year in our country…  we need a good rest before the next struggle starts.

So for all readers who celebrate Christmas, may it be a good time of peace. And for all the rest, may you also experience peace in these troubled times!

Gratitude…

I had to lead two funerals in the past two days. That was a bit rough on me! But since yesterday’s funeral of a young dad who killed himself last weekend, it was time for a break. I really need this one!

So since yesterday afternoon my family and I drove 10 hours in our pickup truck (bakkie). We arrived at the Indian Ocean just south of Durban this afternoon at a place called Scottburgh.

And now we as a family will enjoy 8 days at the beach. It does not look like fun in the sun according to the weather forcast. But that is ok! I do have a lot of books to read, I have my wife and all 4 kids with me. We had a nice barbeque of mutton chops and salad tonight. So I am happy… Tomorrow morning we will walk on the beach, even of it is raining. The ocean always makes me happy…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizons

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IMG_0418The horizon of the Indian Ocean at Scottburgh, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. It is getting to that time of year where we really need some saltwater on our skin to feel human again… bad if you live over 500 miles (800 km) from the sea, and really love the ocean…  There is unfortunately no such plans till March next year…