Using the sun

The Dunkley’s have joined those South African who are using the sun to generate electricity by installing a solar geyser in the house, after a couple of initial hiccups its working great and hopefully will safe us money. Tania is now concentrating on setting up her Organic veg garden so that should also be a nice addition to the house and bring in Yummy veg as well.

Took a bike ride on Sunday to Hartenbos just outside Mossel Bay on Sunday and got back to PE on Wednesday evening, “why” you may ask………..well if you must know I had to attend an assessors course that I needed to do to be able to do formative assessments in training as well as mark the summative assessments that learners write after attending a course presented by NOSA. I must say I learnt a lot about Outcome based education as well as organizations that run education in the country.

Back to the ride, I left late on Sunday so the last 150kms was in the dark, and having nearly run out of Petrol in the middle of nowhere, my focus was more on getting there than taking in the scenes. Was frustrating though that after having crossed the border between Eastern and Western cape the speed levels dropped to 100 and 80 kms (on lekker roads)

Last time I was in Mossel Bay area was in 1986 on honeymoon, my how the area has grown, I stayed a lovely place called Dibiki just outside of Hartenbos (old fashioned hospitatlity) that has also seen a huge demand in properties and stands that once sold for R50 000 are now R750 000 - R1000 000 with some really crappy houses being on the market for mad prices (yes similar to Clarens) The course was intense so I studied harder that I did for Matric as I was up at 5.30 the one morning and 5 am the other to get in some learning, I did on a walk to the beach nearly stand on a Puff adder and saw a Whale just of the Beach near the holiday resort. hartenbos is very Afrikaans and i cant remember when i last saw Jukskei baans, never mind saw them being used. The town also has a washing and ironing museum, a must I feel for evry town in the world!!

I always miss family when I am away, its funny most guys will say heck I cant wait to get away from the ball and chain for a few days and just be by myself, but hopefully many like myself feel there is a part of me missing, so it was great to get back to see Tania and Gabby

The ride back, initially in the mist from Harties to George was better giving me a chance to see all the development that has gone on in the area over the last 24 years. What really struck me was how people have built big holiday homes in some of the crappiest areas, I mean along the highway in Wilderness there are so many homes overlooking a well lit highway that must be bumper to bumper over the festive period, does not make sense to me, if you have the R then build someplace you have a view, not just to say I live in Wilderness (but forget to tell people that you overlook the highway)

Tania’s mom has been sick this week and has been in hospital for a few days, Tania has been visiting her and checking that she is ok as has Kirsten, Mom must be glad to have her family near to go and see her and worry if she is ok. Tania’s dads car broke down on Saturday so we helped him to collect the jumping castles and Ryan towed him home on Sunday morning after the tow rope had snapped 3 times on Saturday night. Benefits of having family live close by, that you can help if needed.

Long weekend this weekend and its sooooooooooooo nice not to have to work on a public holiday for a change and I don’t feel guilty about it..

Got my EC number plate a few weeks back (sorry forgot to tell you all this riveting news)and I must say I like it I suppose now I can say I am a Baaier, that’s what they cal people living in PE due to the bay and for those overseas readers a bay in Afrikaans is a baai, so in essence I am a “bayer”

Gabby bunked sports on Thursday and weather was so nice that she could sunbathe near the pool, if yiur going to bunk you may as well do it properly, you got style Gabby.I love ya XXXx

The kitten mischief is living up to his name and is getting on well with black cat and can often be seen tearing through the house WWE’ing each other, Pepper however wants nothing to do with him. While he is sooooooooooo cute when it comes to food he goes from cute kitten to the Alien/Predator in 0.00046 seconds and will bite of appendages if you go anywhere near the food (something we will have to get him out of)

Pommie friend living on the island surprised have not slagged off the Poms and South African ex-pats for a few weeks…………Guess what I have changed my focus on the land of the long cloud, some poxy country called New Zealand and the whingers that live there especially Rob the Kiwi who thinks all white South Africans are either retards or to poor to emigrate from this crime ridden racial intolerant backwater. Well first let me say if I was to emigrate if definitely would not be to either the island of England or the two islands of New Zealand (twice the crap as Britannia) I mean what is it with people that live on small wet and windy overcast islands, does the dampness seep through the feet and find its way to the brain and waterlog it? Or is it because they are deprived of the sun for long periods at a time that their happy enzymes don’t get recharged? Anyway whatever there problem is here is what I have to say to Rob the kiwi from the land of the Big Clown.

This is what Rob had to say on a sports website
Is it true that the only white South Africans left in South Africa are the Boers to thick to get out, and the English South Africans that are to poor to get out. You talk about NZ being a cesspit. Whilst your country sinks in a Cesspit of corruption and reverse racism at every Level. People like me Theo laugh at you and your tiny little mind with a dehydrated pea as a brain. Please tell me what Islander players that have played for the All Blacks they have ever poached. You couldn't as there aren't any. There are over 400,000 of them living in New Zealand now and probably similar numbers in Australia. Interesting they didn't chose South Africa to live which is full of Afrikaans Morons like you. Most of your South Africans that have left your shores love it here or in Australia. Tell me Theo when was the last time you left your doors or windows unlocked. Tell Theo when was the last time you would let your child walk down the road alone to school or walk into town. I laugh at you crime isn't even being reported properly in South Africa as its so appallingly bad. Homes are being invaded every day, and people killed. You live in a beautiful country so corrupt, and full of sad sad sad people like you that caused the problem in the first place. Oh and for the record check this out you intellectual midget. I note that the Forbes list for the Worlds Happiest countries are out. You will be pleased to note NZ 6TH Australia 8th. South Africa came in at 73rd place and heading down. We can all tell how unhappy you lot are from the way you write on these boards. So much hatred and Venom, cant take a loss don't know how to lose gracefully. My thoughts are with you.

Well thanks for those kind words Rob, but here are a few home truths about the differences between South Africa and New Zealand, probably the biggest is that while we are a democratic independent country you are still attached to Britain’s apron strings (nothing to be proud of there). South Africa has hosted the Rugby world cup the Cricket world cup and The Soccer world cup that just in case Rob does not know is the second biggest sporting event in the world bar 1 and that is the Olympics, an event I venture to say would be given to South Africa long before they would even consider New Zealand. We also have World class stadiums (even before we built more for the SWC) In fact we have private schools in South Africa with better sports amenities and rugby fields than you have got.

I would hazard a guess (having never been to New Zealand) that we have a lot more to offer in regards natural beauty, lets see we have the big 5 (actually 6 if you include the Great white shark) we have the Kruger national park that is probably larger than your 2 islands put together , awesome beaches, majestic mountains and wide open spaces that take the breath away, talking about beaches we just recently hosted the J bay Billabong pro with surfers from all over the world competing (its an annual event oh, just in case you where wondering).

Let’s talk about famous politicians, cant think of any New Zealanders that pop into mind as I type this but we have Nelson Mandela, world Icon and Statesman of note. We also had Oliver Tambo and we had Jan Smuts who was also a revered statesman and politician in his time. South African served for 5 years on the UN Security Council, which it chaired (this is done on a rotational basis). South Africa is also a member of the G10 (don’t know what that is - It used to be called the G8 - the eight most influential nations in the world, I don’t recall the UN falling over themselves asking NZ to contribute so Rob it would seem South Africa is not irreleveant or backwards. By the way what is your biggest export?

The Boks are two times Rugby World champs (1995 and 2007) yes we know you won in ?? but that should not count as South Africa was not playing at the time, so you cannot say you played and beat the best in the world, when was the NZ cricket ream top of the world rankings in the 5 day and 1 day format ?? we have many world records and champions in various sports so I do believe that we can stand up proud in the eyes of the world

Lets chat about crime and racism…………you can honestly not tell me that there is no crime on your islands and that everywhere is safe for citizens to walk without fera of being mugged murdered or raped, and yes we do have areas of concern in SA but we are honest about it and know we have to work on those areas, why do so many New Zealanders work in Australia ?? (because of the booming NZ economy??) South Africa is the 3rd largest emerging market in the world and most ex-pats who live overseas do so because they are not happy that a black government is in control of this country, they will tell you otherwise (crime, schooling, job reservation, etc etc will be used, but they will eventually come out with the K word). To be honest mots that have left our shores to go to England, NZ, Australia etc are not that brilliant, but obviously cleverer than your guys as they easily get jobs. Is the New Zealand government not considering curbing the flow immigrants into the country, as they feel its getting out of hand?

You mention that New Zealand is rated the 6th in the happiest countries survey (was it rigged ??) if I remember correctly NZ has the highest teenage suicide rate in the world ……….(oops they where not told about the survey then or perhaps they were not canvassed for the survey?) What about the overindulgence of alcohol and recreational drugs Rob…did we forget that NZ also pretty high up in that survey and don’t get me started about domestic violence (yeah I think you had a movie about it, but it was all about the Maori’s and no white New Zealanders (a bit racist I thought)

I am South African and have many friends both black and white, Afrikaans and English and would hazard a guess that I general we get along with each other better than you and your indigenous population does. I find it ?? that you refer to Afrikaans people as Morons and black people as criminals. Perhaps you need to come to SA (unless of course your not a ex racist South African yourself) and we can show you what a great country this is.

Oh I forgot we don’t have a captain of a national tam that admits he cheats on the field and this is somebody you all adnire and think is great.

To end I would like to say ROB I live in SA because I choose to, not because I am stupid or don’t have the money to emigrate, I have a wide circle of friends, enjoy a good lifestyle and love this country. We showed the world and assholes like you that we are capable of anything we set our minds to as a country and as South Africans, I am sure you where disappointed that we succeeded. Sorry to have let you down

As for 2011 World Cup it will be the same old NZ not featuring again and the Finals will be between SA and Australia as France will have beaten you in the Semi finals again, so have fun winning everything in 2010, it’s the World Cup that matter. And lest we not forget the whinging that went on in 95 about Suzy and the food poisoning

Happy Woman’s day for all those women out there and Caster make use of it while you can. When is there going to be a full blown Mans day public holiday?? I mean why are we not that special.

Well that’s about it for this week, have a great week ahead and enjoy the pubic holiday tomorrow, I know I will.


The Village Idiot

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