|2/5/13||Rainy start to the day. Final locking, tidying etc and breakfast. Pat not 100% after being ill overnight. She claims it's mixing the wine and who am I to judge. Left at 10 o'clock and passed the Britannia Grief diggers - yes they're back. Drove to Paarl arriving at 11-45. Only one person on duty at DHA Immigration and 8 people in front of us. The complexity of immigration makes each customer ask many questions and its a bit like the doctors surgery bumping up the seats. Still it wasn't too bad and we were eating chicken sandwiches by the Berg river at one o'clock. Comfortable drive down to the airport with motorway all the way. Tried to check in on the electronic machines but no dice. Busked our way through the fast baggage drop and immigration with little problem and we're sitting here in front of the plane a Boeing 777.|
|1/5/13||No swim today as pool all boxed up. Rushed around doing bits and bobs then after breakfast left for Vredenburg to collect the car. Roads quiet as it is a bank holiday. Collected car and went to the mall for lunch. Bought pump fittings. Met Corinda and Sonnel and also saw Andrie and Heinrich. After lunch collected batteries and some yoghurt before heading home. Packed away the car and put the battery on trickle charge. Disconnnected solar pump and conneted fan. Went visiting to number 7 but no one at home. Said goodbye to Berni and Peggy and also Callie and Annimie. Started walking back home when Maggie, Grant and Pauline showed. Shared half an hour and a glass of wine saying bye. Went to spend the eveining with Elmar and Marie. It was so balmy we spend the evening outside overlooking Wit Bay. Somehow managed to drive home but good night's sleep.|
|30/4/13||Worked hard today opened the pool and cleaned it before the final swim then started to remove the grey water pump. Breakfast interrupted same. After brekky completed pump removal. Requires some fittings for next year as fatigue and corrosion are taking their toll. Put the pool to bed. Interrupted by lunch. Completed after lunch then went for walk in Lampiesbaai. Said bye to Ada. New house in Britannia Grieff being bricked. Up to halfway ground floor. They're also working on the fishermans house behind us completing the drains and plumbing. A correction to my last but one entry. Talk about walking about in a dream. The container from the fishermans house has not gone. It's simply moved to the plot with the sales hut on it.|
|29/4/13||Figured out why lamp not working. Now corrected and working. Weedkilled the drive, maintained the deep cycle battery, put all the audio stuff in the strong room. Had a great swim. Walked to Abalone Point. Still working on the inland house and the airborne wooden house opposite the tuck shop. Also, it seems that they are starting again on the house near the steel frame. Sand etc. delivered. Came back via Britannia Point. Very quiet.|
|28/4/13||Bit cloudy this morning but cleared away after breakfast. Cleared the weeds from across the road in an attempt to stop some of the windblown seeds landing on the drive. Fitted a detector to the light by the front door but it doesn't want to work in SA. Walked up to Lampies via Plot and plan (yes I know). They have installed street lights in Botterblom which is the cul de sac where the guy who sells fish is. 3 lights and 2 houses. Good investment. ! more light fitted in Blinkwater again by the man who sells fish. He now has 3 street lights shining on his rented bungalow. No wonder the rates are so high.Do the people in this municipality have any say in how their money is wasted?|
|27/4/13||Misty start to the day so after a nice cup of tea washed the car. After breakfast Pat washed the outside chairs and table while I dismantled the awning. Swam in the pool - temperature is back to normal. After siesta painted metal awning ringbolts for protection then walked up to Dyker Eiland. Water is the highest I've seen in with big breakers. Strugled to walked down the beach both here and in Cape St Martin. Minor building works taking place on the new house wiith the squiffy roof and the house with the new boudary wall. Returned via the back of Ocea Es ate. The new fishermans house behind us now has a garage door and glass in the windows (but not in the door. The container has gone|
|26/4/13||No sure if it is good news or not. Burgulars returned to our house in Portugal and as they entered the house set of the alarm. One of the features of the system is that it takes photos of the intruders so we now have images of the them. They left empty handed. As they obviously have the keys arranged for locks to be changed. Walked up Golden Mile. They have cast the base for the house across from the plot which has just a base. Had a discussion with Angelic who lives next plot but one to the boathouse. She has been broken into 3 times since October. Apparently there have been 112 breakins over that time period. She has a gun that fires plastic balls which she demonstated for me - not for the feint hearted - literally. It could easily kill or maim someone|
|25/4/13||Sunny and hot again. Summers back. Went into town for car oil change, hair do (PLB) visit to the council, etc. Saldanha road still blocked. Lunch turned into another leaving party with people all wanting to know when we are returning and wishing us well. What nice people. Dissapointed as received news that I had lost another tender - what do these people work for? Went for a walk to Abalone Point. 3 or 4 windows are now in the house by THE wall. Pavng being done at the Zanussi house. Met the man (again) from the gas fire house. Big development on the ne beach house - the toilet door has swung open!!!!! The inland house is cracking ahead with brickwork up to floor level all round.|
|24/4/13||Sunny and hot today. Remembered (after 6 months) to pay Maggie for the temporary repairs to the window carried out last October! Very embarrassed Sealed the tile cement on the upstairs terraces to reduce damp on the tile grout inside - hot work so enjoyed my swim afterwards. Pool water is now lovely. Walked up the beach to Lampiesbaai and back down the middle. Little going on.|
|23/4/13||Went into town for a leaving party today. The Saldanha road is closed outside the filling station by CTM for as trench so diverted along Main Road. Met Mr Van (Cement Products) Dyk the younger himself aka Andrie - just flown in from Dubai. Very pleasant looong lunch time. Drove home on auto pilot. Walked up to Abalone Point round the rugged rocks of Britannia Point. Met Mr Gas Fires (The house in Cape St Martin). Foundations cast in the inland house. No further action on the beach house. Sunset at Abalone Point of a very high standard. Walked back past the tuck shop. The face brick house now has a paved area in front of the garage. On the opposite side of the road they're builing brick walls under the flying wooden house. Balmy evening!|
|22/4/13||Great day AGAIN. Went walking in the morning. Had an interesting chat with the girl who manages the gardens on Lampiesbaai on behalf of the home owners. An ex-farm girl (but she doesn't look it) from inland but now living on the estate. Very pleasant chat. Not much else going on at all.|
|21/4/13||No boats today but still good weather. Went walking earlier today to Abalone Point. Bricks have been delivered to the inland job and rebar on the footings. No further progress on the beach house. Working on the house by THE wall - fitting some windows. Some of the rendering has been completed but a bit disorganised I would say. The toilet house as a new pile of bricks and piles of sand. Spoke to Mrs Dirk and their dog. Talked with Aida.|
|20/4/13||27 boats in the bay this morning out fishing. Its like watching a battle between Britain and France is the sailing ship era but few casualties (except the fish). Another great day weather wise. Managed all 72 lengths of the pool today but paid the price with cold hands for the rest of the day. Painted the gates with veggie oil to make them last another year. Walked up to Lampiebaai via the beach and OGM plot and plan and back down the beach and via the new house on Britannai Grief. Foundation cast, bricks on site but a bit messy.|
|19/4/13||Cloudless sky for the whole day today but still cool as is the pool! 16 lengths today. Waxed the garage door and remade the pool extension pipework ready for the exodus. Minor panic about some work in Jordan but resolved before lunch. After siesta went for walk to Abalone Point but little happening. The plot opposite Oce Es ate has been attacked by an excavator. It looks better but...... The house Andres built is getting a wing wall (or should I say a wind wall west of the pool. Returned via Britannia Point. Spoke to 1 woman! She was not naked.|
|18/4/13||The sun has returned and the forecast is good for the next 10 days. Opened up the pool but inly did 12 lengths as it was 'a little cool'. Went for a trip into Vredenberg then walked up to Lampiesbaai. Telkom out in force on Golden Mile and Plot and Plan (sorry On Golden Mile Plot and Plan). The Britannia Grief diggers seemed to have abandoned their tunnelling to Stompneus. At the sub station the 3 cables on the 'Fisheries' side are earthed out just inside the station. I wonder why.|
|17/4/13||Day started off OK with blue sky but then the mist came in and things got worse. Walked via Cape St. Vincent to Dyker Eiland. Working on the footings of the inland house. Nothing at all happened while I was in Dyker Eiland. Not even a car went past. After lunch the heavens opened so it was feet up and read. In the evening it cleared and when I went to put the bin up there were a pair of eagle owls on the chimney of 2 Sunset calling to each other.|
|16/4/13||Another storm today - big waves, north-easterly wind and 14degC! Walked in long trousers, coat and gloves but very invigorating!!!! The two guys at the new house on Britannia Grieff say they have no food. Kidums, I think.Guys working in the substation but not for long. Guys digging footings for new house near the foundations. Nothing much else going on. Spoke to Lester White.|
|15/4/13||Well today started off cloudy, improved to bright sunshine until a block of low cloud arrived at about 16:30 but went away again at 17:00. Very odd. Spent the morning on the roof coutesy of Coxladder repainting the gable caps (again) and the broadband antennae. Touched up rust spots around the house in preparation for winter. After lunch and siesta went walking around Abalone Point (in the low cloud). Very little activity. Inspected the foundations of the new houses in Cape St Martin and walked back through Ocea Es ate. Lovelly chicken dinner.|
|14/4/13||After a glorious day yesterday today is misty and cool so went for a walk in the forenoon. They have cleared another plot on Britannia Grieff near to where the foundations are. Further up Golden Mile it seems Telkom have been busy digging a trench on Plot and Plan (sorry, On Golden Mile Plot and Plan). Much more interestingly is that further signs have appeared on the transformer substation. The cables on the left hand side (nearest the cinder track) are labelled Stompneus which is no surprise but the other set of cables is named Fisheries. I wonder why?|
|13/4/13||Finished the extension ladder off and fitted the last part of the gutter. Swam in almost warm water as today is a lot hotter than of late. Had a final walk with George as he goes off to De Aar for a month tomorrow.|
|12/4/13||Spent part of the day making an extension to the ladder so I can get onto the roof if George's ladder is absent. Walked to Lampiesbaai.|
|11/4/13||Bad news day. Someone broke into Daisy Says and have taken Pat's jewellery but not much else althought the place is a mess. Dirk put in an alarm but we have ordered an alarm system and need to repair the damage. Temporarily made safe. Walked to Abalone point. Went to see Callie about the neighbourhood watch and the web site.|
|10/4/13||Mother's birthday today. She would have been 91. Worked on the drive clearing weeds and sand for an hour or so. Windy and cold. Went walking with George and jackets were required|
|9/4/13||Brighter today so opened the pool and had a cold swim. Corinda and Andrie arrived for lunch and we had an enjoyable meal and chat so did not leave for my walk until turned five.|
|8/4/13||Completed the 'gardening' today. All tidy for the winter now. Started to rain heavily so drove over to No 7 for birthday celebrations. These lasted until 2 and went walking at 3 up to Lampisbaai for a walk. Soup for tea!|
|7/4/13||Again a poor start to the day but took off in the afternoon. Cut back the undergrowth on the north/front/sea side of the house in preparation for winter. George came across for coffee and ivited me for a walk and us to Grant/Maggie's birthday party. Filled the gaps in the pavers infront of the garage then had my daily swim before making/eating lunch. Read until 3 then walked to Dyker Eiland with George. Chicken soup for tea!|
|6/4/13||Poor start to the day so decided to walk out after breakfast. Went up the beach to Golden Mile when the sun came out. Walked for an hour and a quarter to get back for a swim before lunch. Pool much better.|
|5/4/13||Walked round the houses and up to Abalone Point then back down the dirt road and through Oc an Es ate. Tried to break a few posts to extend my ladder but too tough for me. George's car is in the drive so he must be back from De Ar|
|3/4/13||Today's Thursday, Today's Thursday, Thirsday's shopping day, is ev'rybody 'appy? You bet yo'r life we are. Not much else to say. Got money from the bank, fruit and veg. from Food Lovers Market. Lunch at Ocean Basket and shopped in Checkers. Went out walking up to Lampisbaai and met Elmar near Infoprop so we walked up to the farm then across the field to the problem pylons then back to the Dyker Island road. Turned 19:30 met 2 policemen in Sunset after 12 Flagship. But there is no 12 Flagship. Infoprop man had reported an alarm sounding (He is in 12 Sunset) and messages were a little confused|
|2/4/13||Cable day today but went the other way for the walk. Pool was particularly cold after the poor weather|
|1/4/13||Well, No.6 turned up again last night. Soaking wet. Had some milk and then went to bed! Turned up again today and spent the day with us. Watch out for the balloon. Connected the downspout to the south of the laundry area to the waste water system and went for a walk in the sun. Talked to the Adenco supervisor. One cable goes across the main road, one is going to Miami. The other goes to the airfield. The other ducts are spares. All is clear.|
Its a bit pissy here. 9m/s northerly gale with heavy seas and intermittent rain. However the gutter is finished and its connected into the grey water collector main. All the pavers that I dropped to take away the water have been re-laid to their original level. No walks for two days now due to bad weather and labouring work. Still the forecast is good for tomorrow.
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Shot down to EA Marine to get more pins
for the guttering. The place is in a sad state with lots of empty space on
the shelves. Drove up to Britannica Heights to look at the wiring.
Suprisingly, if my conversation with tekky 2 is correct, both sets of
wires go right to the connection point. However, there is a curious
arrangement of triffids someway back towards Britannia Grieff. Maybe they
will do a two way connection there. Who knows. Borrowed Jaco’s (he has
no 4 Sunset) CellC dongle which worked OK. On the home front after we
dislodged No 6 from the abode on Thursday we have not seen her since.
Further, ‘she that must always be right’ departed the house
mid-morning with a seasonal gift, I believe for the Butler. She was not
absent for more than a few minutes and I understand that, although an
invitation to enter the cottage was forthcoming it was rejected. Sad
times. Went walking late afternoon and spoke to the occupant of the new
house in Cape St Martin (the one without a pool). They have moved in
permanently, are from Joberg, and have been renting in Smelley Point. The
fancy balanced flue we saw was for a gas fire! They have more than one.
Well, summer returned today. Sun from
early doors then a strong south easterly. Should make for a good walk on
the beach. Started work on the gutter making the brackets for the brackets
– if you know what I mean. Visit to Smelley Point pizzeria on the agenda
Foggy again. Went into town for food.
Finally got clips for the gutter from Pinro and all the other bits and
bobs to do the job. All I have to do is do it. Left Vredenberg in the rain
but it picked up a bit by the time we arrived home and had a cup of tea so
went walking up to Abalone point. Shoes suffering with the rain.
Misty start again 15C. Walked over to the
substation and talked to 3 tekkies working on the current transformers. 2
were female (1 up the ladder and claimed to be shaking with her fear of heights (3rd rung). They were setting the ratios. Asked him why the two incomers had
different controls and his answer was that the one without the
transformers was the outlet from the proposed wind farm. Now then get your
money out! Also talked to the Britannia Grieff forman. He reckons the
trench will go as far as the airstrip where the cables currently come out
of the ground. What a waste of money. No wonder Eskom hasn’t enough
power if they make rubbish investment decisions like this.
Mucking about on the computer till
breakfast. Went walking – a bit cloudy. Met Elmar out for his milk and
newspaper then onto Dyker Island. Nothing going on. Talked to woman with
dog. Returned to find Eskom arriving at Sunset Boulevard mini-sub. Looked
then left. Crap day. Started at 20C then dropped to 18. Got back made and
ate lunch. Sun shining. Swam. Went in to do some stuff. Next moment mist
then fog. 15C and long pants!
Walked up beach then through Plot and
plan. Talked to Judy. Britannia Grieff diggers still tunnelling to
Stompneus. Instrumentation tekky working in new substation. Chatted about
commissioning. He said June. I said which year. He laughed. Apparently
they are waiting for some work in Darling to be completed. Tidied up
We went visiting friends on Monday. Had lunch in Langabaan, not exactly a brilliant experience at Zizi’s. Tried to get more clips for the guttering but no one had any stock. Forgot about Pinro so went back on Thursday but closed (Bank Holiday).
We’ve had a response from the council regarding our revaluation. They’ve reduced the valuation by 140,000 rand which amounts to 4000 Rand over the valuation period – not enough so heading into phase 2 – bureaucratic madness.
On the housing front they are painting the country cottage – it’s now blue/grey. Hope it doesn’t stay that way. The house opposite Frikkie’s is about up to floor level. It’s a bit difficult to tell exactly as it looks as though it will be split level.
They restarted the house by THE wall on Friday and the plumbers there today. Zanussi’s house is looking more finished with painting well under way. The face brick house by the tuck shop has a roof but seems to sit on the ground rather than in it.
The house behind us has a roof and paint too. It must be the fastest build ever. Plot and plan house just about finished.
Walking shoes are (excuse the pun) on their last legs with holes right through the centre of the heals. Patching in progress.
The council have been continuing to ‘tidy up’. They have apparently finished cutting trees opposite Ocea Es ate leaving a water leak and a war zone. They were also working opposite my favourite plumbers house. Heaven knows what mess they’ve made there.
Berni’s mother is on her last legs at 90 odd. She has a broken hip so things don’t look to bright for her. Number 10 has a new kitchen – I think.
And the Diggers of Britannia Grief have escaped and are heading to Stompneus. Another 300m in the ground. That’s about 8 reels of cable of the 22. Wherever next!
Saturday morning brought a surprise entry into the bay. About 5 motor boats came in together. One had the RNLI flag on the front of the cabin. We presume that a fishing boat had broken down and was rescued by them.
I was wandering along one of my 5 routes westbound (new regime! 5 rotating routes east AND west) when I noticed someone was occupying one of the cottages near the house with the steel frame. I had on a number of occasions notice a short section of ‘D’ type guttering on the floor. So I asked the coloured guy washing the car if the boss was in and had a chat with a guy who was on holiday from his job as hotel manager in Bournemouth He is native South African but works there full time. Anyway the guy who owns the cottage lives in the odd shaped house next door and after a bit of tooing and froing he said I could take the piece of guttering so I now have enough gutter to cover the whole of the garage front!
The new start opposite Frikkie’s has the footings and bricks delivered. Work on the carports at the house next to the Agter Beach sign is still progressing at a snail’s pace. One bloke is working on the house next to ‘the wall’. Zanussi’s house is having a gazebo built. The house by the steel frame is stopped. The house by the tuck shop is up to truss height and they have been delivered. The house behind us now has a roof and is rendered. Plot and plan house is being beautified.
I was talking to Tourby last week. He owns the big house on the beach in Dyker Island which used to have the black swans (killed by otters!) and now has security cameras. Apparently he and his wife were subjected to an armed attack 2 years ago (hence the cameras). The perpetrator has been recently sentenced to 20 years (or so he said). Anyway, he also said that earlier this week a meeting was held by the police and 300 residents about robberies in the area. They have introduced more police and cars into the area and plan to set up a new neighbourhood watch. Also the council is going to clear their own plots of land and compel owners of vacant plots to clear theirs. SBM have been cutting trees down opposite Oce Es ate (sic) and near Michael (plumbers ) house. What a mess. And I told them so! The police plan to hold further meetings. Thirdly he said that if a property was empty for a period one could advise the police and they would visit the property regularly.
So, on Thursday we went to SHB Police Station (humming the theme tune of Dixon of Dock Green) and asked them if the above was true. Yes and er Yes. So we left our details for the neighbourhood watch and said we’d call back when we vacated
Now a short story:
On 5th March ‘She That Must Always Be Right’ had a message passed to the Butler to fetch No6. Later the Supervisor ‘discussed’ the situation with ‘She That Must Always Be Right’ and then captured No6 and took him away. After that and for a week or so nothing was seen of No6, the Supervisor or the Butler. This week No6 seems to have escaped from the cottage but we see nothing is seen of the Butler or the Supervisor. Seems like we are heading for a repeat of last year!
4 policement turned upe on Ben and Theresa' stoep at
breakfast time. New initiative is to actually patrol the area - well
Hot today 31C but walked along the beach. Cool wind off the sea. Lots of CFGs in Dyker Island for some reason.
Such is life.
No.6 was spending a great deal of time at 25 and seemed to prefer it to the bugalow with the 4 legged friend. Being part timers we didn't want to provide BB&EM so we called the butler to feed No.6. Now No.6 doesn't come any more - or the butler. Chief suspect is Supervisor.
As they say there's more than one way to skin a cat!
What else is new. No mail from De Ar. No surprise there.
Pylon workers back at the sub-station making the final connections on the last pylons. Power up soon?
Pam and Bill arrived back for the wekend. We said goodbye
to them on Monday.
George arrived Wednesday just in time for his birthday and left again for De Ar Tuesday.
The cable layers installed cable across the main road. I discussed the plan with Eskom and its pretty much as I thought. The blue pipe is for fibre-optic cable to monitor the system.
Building progresses. The house behind us looks like a typical west coast fishermans house as is the chefs. The brickwork is nearing completion and awaits a roof.
The plot and plan house is being tiled. Apart from a trench for a wall the hoouse opposite THE wall has stopped again. The new house in Sunset is stopped as is the one near the steel frame.
Zannnussi's house is being painted. The new house in front of Frikkie's has started with foundations. The face brick house by the tuck shop is up to eaves height.
Another week has passed already.
The weather seems to have settled down and we have had pleasant warm days of late. We've had thousand of Cormorants, Gulls and Dolphins in the bay all last week and to cap it all today we had a whale too
Progress on the substation is rapid. Last week they installed 900m of cable to the chefs house and the trench is now up to the main road.
Today I noticed Eskom Distribution working inside the compound on the current transformers.
Further afield Andries' house in Shelley point is up to first floor former construction. He was with the architect when I passed. The spec house on the plot and plan is now painted and they are fitting a pole roof on the gazebo. Hope the wind doesn't blow it away.
The new house behind us is moving rapidly. They have, for accommodation secured the Pam Golding sales office (or wendy house) by the main road which they have moved to the adjacent plot. They play generator music in the evening.
Well, what’s new.
They’ve started building a new house on Britannia Reef behind us but right at the back. It looks like a small house like the chefs. Also they have cleared a plot in Ocea Es ate (sic) right next to the current house. Well they say that two’s company! Other wise Ennios house is continuing on. They must be working inside. The house next to the wall is back moving again with beams being cast for the first floor. The house next door but two to the tuck shop now has a cast floor but little else. The house near the steel frame has stopped at floor level. There are also two new starts near the Nordlander bar on the hill.
The diggers are slowly creeping forward to the main road. It’s really hard digging. They must call in “Britannia Grief”. Nothing else happening there.
They are repairing the road outside Smartitown and have been for three weeks. Judging by the progress they must only work on a Thursday when we go shopping.
A sign has been erected near the hydraulics place opposite the port in St Helena Bay announcing the opening of a new Spar later in 2013! Whatever next.
Here in BB things move forever forward. A new house construction has started next door but 2 to the Tuck Shop. The bricks look like face brick and there are a lot of them! The house by THE wall has ground to a stop and the house by the policeman is moving creatively forward with a 45 degree wall forming a sort of roof. It must be the braai. The spec house on the plot and plan is nearly fully rendered but missing half a chimney.
Wiring seems complete on the HT side of the substation and trenching moves slowly on. The directional drilling machine was used to put 5 pipes across each of 3 roads (well I can see 5 in one and assume the others are the same). 22 drums of underground cable are sitting in the new sub. I guess therefore that one cable is for Sunset and the west, 1 for Flagship and the east, 1 for the main road east to Miami and 1 for main road west to Dyker Island. What the fifth one is for only time will tell but it remains interesting.
On my travels over to the sub. I discovered a manhole leaking sewage onto the road, down the gutter and into a culvert feeding the settling pond on Britannia Reef. I of course reported this to SBM but nothing has been done. The entire population of Britannia Reef has moved out. (not due to the smell!).
Finally, I have to report another cock up by your friends the DHA. We went to get our visa extension (after Pat had called to check if they had arrived) but yet again the dates are wrong (14th April). Why? Don’t know the girl who attended to us couldn’t help so after some discussion we have arranged to call back on our way to the airport. And I made her right it down.
Heavy rain today with Northerly gale. Similar tomorrow. More like winter with coats on when walking. All for now.
News from the Substation.Following the erection of the two final triffids the installation of the cables has begun but still lots of overhead stuff in the yard in St Helena bay. On the MV side the trench men have been digging there way from the new building along the 6m road towards the Stompneus-Dyker Eiland Road. Yesterday a trenchless boring machine was in action putting ducts under the road outside the substation and they were preparing for its work at the junction by the chefs house and the main road. The main road one was completed this morning and a delivery of underground cable was being made as we left for shopping.
Tower construction have started a new house in Britannia Bay Village (can't describe exactly where it is except its near the house with the steel frame.
Andries is building a new house in Shelley Point - on the beach - I was talking to Andries son in law on site - big house.
Visas not yet obtained (but said to be approved)
Ball rescued from house roof (No 7)
|4/2/13||Quiet week this week except for the wind. Eskom ar stringing wires at the back, men are digging trenches, builders are back building. Such a lot to look at!|
|26/1/13||What a week it's been. Went down to Franschoek on Tuesday and spent a couple of days at Riverside Cottages. Scenery great, accommodation great but a very busy town. Tried a steak - not impressed. Tried to collect extension visas on the way back but not yet received. Nice try. They are approved though although for what date he ony knows. Now back on the west coast. Peace returns.|
|20/1/13||Went to Carinda's birthday party last night. As they own Ocean Basket they held it there. Company was really interesting but liked to talk Africaans. Food was great|
|17/1/13||Well, the DHA surprised us with text messages saying our visa application has been processed so we call see the outcome on Thursday. Not sure what to think.|
|14/1/13||Seem to be e-conversing with the whole of Ghana on Skype. Apart from a scam they seem very nice people - but none of them originate there! Apparently its a scam to extract money but I think they may struggle with me.|
|8/1/13||Peace returns to the west coast. All the holiday makers have gone and calm is restored. Well, actually, although there were lots of people here you would not think so. Apart from more people on the beach (up to 30 at a time) and a few more boats and kayaks you would not know the difference.|
|3/1/13||Trip to Paarl to apply for an extension to the visa. Poured down with rain from before Malmesbury to Paarl and back to Hopefield but sunny back on the West Coast. As it was holiday time the roads we clear especially in the towns so the journey was incident free. It only took us about 10 minutes to do the application (and hlf a day to perpare!|
|2/1/13||Sewers full again.|
|1/1/13||Happy New Year. Celebrated the New Year with neighbours and even had fireworks. A good night.|
|31/12/13||Final accounts closed out.|
|25/12/12||Good Christmas day with the Coxs' coming to lunch. The day was tarnished (if I may use that word by SBM failing in their duty again. Sewers full. However they did come and pump out the tank.|
|22/12/12||Meal with Ben and Theresa|
|20/12/12||Ben and Teresa have turned up next door despite saying they wern't comin which is great news. Last shopping day so busy buying food and presents.|
|15/12/12||Received draft accounts for Mearsecroft Limited so spent some time looking through and commenting on them. Otherwise we had an hour or so at the christmas market in St Helena Bay, lunch at the Swiss Deli and visited the cactus centre|
|12/12/12||Ominous date. Finally finished the books for Mearsecroft. We actually made a profit this year. Maybe in the next financial year it will take off again.|
|10/12/12||Spent the weekend writing a succinct methodology for supporting the government of Rwanda initiate the Sustainable Energy for All process.|
|4/12/12||Finished the draft of the business plan for Congowatt|
|18/11/12||Well, it's a long time since I wrote the last item in my blog. What a lot has happened since then. I write now sitting in the office in the home in South Africa overlooking the beach. We travelled from Faro to Cape Town via Manchester and had a couple of days with friends and family so that was quite hectic, getting the things from the UK we still miss. Here in SA we are busy upgrading the home with a better insulated water heater and pipe insulation, and some replacement wndows and electronics. The alarm system is also being enhanced. We have installed a energy monitoring system too|