From Winter to Summer in 24 Hours…

In our part of the world, we don’t have a Spring season anymore. The one night it was still in the minus degrees below Centigrade, and the next week we started seeing days that is 31 degrees C. And we do have a long summer- going on up till about end of April…

I am using this new season wisely. I still have this dream to do my 20th Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Race (109 km) around Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa in less than 4 hours. After my operation I did not start cycling yet. I started by swimming.

The first week was pure hell on earth, it felt like drowning every step of the way.

But now, after 4 weeks, I am swimming 30 laps a day (25 meter laps).  I am starting to wonder how one of our country’s one mile swimming races will feel, and if it is survivable for someone like me… Any advice and tips on training for a mile dam swim will be most welcome!

This is my view every morning after sunrise…

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30 Laps swimming, then a hot shower at the resort, and then I am good to go for a 10-12 hour day’s work…

Humanity playing weird games…

Humanity comes in lots of different shapes, sizes, colors, emotions… One of these, very South African forms of humanity is the game of Rugby (this passion is also seen in New Zealand, and our two mighty nations will clash again in 20 minutes time…oh happy days!)

There is just nearly nothing as self assured as a winning team, running onto the field of play, and then forming a circle to just recommit to give their all…

This is our local High School’s First Team… one of these humans is my eldest son.

IMG_0758 IMG_0764And then play gets underway, and as seen in the fantastic book Asterix in Great Britain, the game without rules starts playing and the blood starts flowing…


Well- off to the television to see the Springboks beat up the All Blacks again ( I wish!!!) Top experience of the game of Rugby, played by very weird humans…


At the Cricket!


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…

Safety First… Cricket not always a gentleman’s game!

Daily Prompt: Exhale

by michelle w. on October 7, 2013

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright. 

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SAFETY.


One Day Cricket is a dangerous game.  The less overs there are in a game, the more the balls are going to fly around. And if one should hit you against the head it will feel if everything are going wrong in your life…

So- go prepared- wear your safety equipment.  Although we are wearing our national team supporters gear here, this was at a Titans game at Centurion Park, outside Pretoria…

PS. Any particular reason why my stats are falling through the floor- have I lost my Mojo?


Daily Prompt: A Bend in Time

by michelle w. on September 27, 2013

When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WAITING.


As it is his 13th birthday today: here is my take on WAITING:


Sport has so much WAITING!

  •  Waiting to get a chance to go on the field of play
  •  Waiting for the ball to come your way,
  •  Waiting for the chance to go for the goal line
  •  Waiting for the glory

But: You have your mother’s adoring look:


Whatever the score, whether you score or mess it up- she still loves you a lot!

Are YOU looking, dad? My heart rate is up, time is slowing down, I just want to be YOUR hero today!


Look, Dad, I have the ball!


The try in the game of Rugby came later…

The Lesson for today:  Don’t let your son beg for your approval. Do not let them wait to hear that you love them…  They don’t have to perform to earn your love, they just have to BE!