Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Song

Mom sent me this link, and I did think it was well sung... a good message for this time of the year.
I hope you enjoy it too.

Monday, December 1, 2014


We are thinking of all of our very special friends in the USA and we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We are grateful for your involvement in our lives, and are so aware of Father's faithfulness to us over the years, and your part in it all.
Our beloved Micaela and JohnD have finished yet another year of school. This photo was taken at the hostel year end function.  It is hard to believe that Micaela only has two years left of school, and JohnD only has 4 years left. We are so thankful for the wonderful school that we have the privilege to be a part of. 

Micaela has excelled at both her academics and sports and she is holding thumbs to have placed with the top 10 for her grade again.  
JohnD also had a good year, with lots of adjustments and learning the ropes. He enjoyed the hostel life and the sports, and certainly has made us proud! He has applied himself with his studies too, and we are so thankful for Father's faithfulness, and his good health. 
Nothing quite like a bonfire!  We enjoyed our very first bbq at the craal. We are so thankful for the wonderful rain that also came this weekend. Much needed and so refreshing.
Micaela celebrated her 17th birthday this weekend too, with some of her friends from school.
The young chap on the far right of this photo is her sweetheart, Jean Le Gransie.  
Dad and Mom are both well, and in great health. Ken and I are also well, and we are so grateful to our Father for His Grace and Mercy.
We have a busy December ahead of us, and are so looking forward to the Hendrix family joining us again after Christmas, with friends of theirs. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

War Horse

There really is nothing quite like a first class Theatre production, to thrill and inspire us.  I was so privileged and blessed to have been part of a group of women from here in Bandolierkop, to head down to the big city this weekend for a very special outing.
Inge, Xanthe, Tanya, Des, Marisha, Landi,  Susan, Anna and me :)... We had saved and planned for it for the best part of 6 months.  We left the Lalapanzi Hotel on Saturday morning all full of excitement, laughter and friendship... making the four hour journey to Monte Casino in a combi. We stayed at the hotel, and enjoyed some down time in the shops, before dinner and the show. We were completely captivated by the War Horse production, and loved every single minute of it. Oh how I wish I could get more tickets... I would drive back there tomorrow with my hubby and kids, and whoever else I could get, to go with us!
 No photos may be taken, so it's very easy for me to just download some off the internet...
 The skill of making these puppets come alive is just breathtaking!

YES - this was a real highlight for me!  Thanks so much Tanja Richter, and all of the ladies who made it so memorable!  Will do this again in a heartbeat!
AND - to just perfect the weekend, we have finally had some beautiful, soaking, gentle rain! It's pretty cold now, but at least the rains are around.

Klein Kariba Annual Auction

I guess I am not the only one to wonder what happened to 2014!  We are already half way into November, and with only two more weeks of exams for the children the December holidays are almost upon us!
We had a busy October, with a last minute hunt coming in. Great to have Tommy Morrison and John Cross visit with us. Thanks guys!
Our trip to Klein Kariba at the end of October, for the Northern Nguni Club auction was uneventful. Lovely to get away and to reconnect with our fellow Cattlemen and Cattlewomen! :)  We are not the only farmers longing for the rains.  The earth is groaning for relief all over Southern Africa.
The children had their prize giving at Merensky, and both of them made us so proud all over again!
Micaela is part of the school band that was started in the third term.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Youth Show Merensky High School

We have another short school break coming up at the end of the week for 10 days, and Micaela will be off to attend the Youth Show with the school show team. Sadly we won't see much of her these holidays. She really enjoys working with the cattle, and their school team represents the Limpopo Province.  Here is a photo of her with one of the PinZyl cows that is part of the Merensky school herd.
They get a good scrubbing for the shows.
We got to do a little fishing this weekend, much to all of our enjoyment, and especially JohnD's delight!  We spent the day with the Preece family on Saturday. What a special place they have! He caught a really nice bass.
We have our annual TB and CA testing of the entire herd of cattle tomorrow, so we will be kept out of mischief! We will also pregnancy test those cows who will be going to the Klein Kariba Northern Nguni Club Auction, at the beginning of November.

Can you believe it, Ken and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary last week! Lots of wonderful memories and so many blessings to count!  We really are so very grateful for all that we have from our Heavenly Father.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Posting Pictures, Summer Sun and "What-a-lot-we-got"!

What-a-lot-we-got: New friends, Wonderful memories, Special trophies, and all of the catch-up too... farm work, office work, spring cleaning, building maintenance... okay I will stop. The list get's longer each time we review it! My golly gosh it never ends does it?
We said a sad goodbye to Rick just over a week ago. He was our closing hunt for the season, so it has been pretty quiet at the lodge. The storm of neglected farm work, and behind office work seems to be calming down a little, and we are starting to feel a little rested! We loved each and every one of our special guests this year, and really were blessed. Thank you to one and all!
I really don't know how to catch up the blog news - so I am going to just post a few pictures and add captions, as I think of the news!

 Dad helped me install a dishwasher at the lodge! :)
 We opened up all of our boundaries with a substantial fire break!

 Little Penny is growing up so fast! She is a busy little blessing!
 Penny keeping Micaela company while she was practicing her guitar.
 Thanks Uncle Rick for this very special hammock!  Talk about competition for time in it!
Micaela and JohnD did so well with the recent Tri-Tech competition at school and won best in their Environmental and Social Science category. Their project was called "Re Tired Tires".
Oh dear! This photo caused great hilarity with a joke Ken played on Micaela.... saying that our beloved CAMO had been arrested for breaking and entering.  I guess she was distracted (being on her first date) and she believed his story.  Truth be told, we have had so much difficulty with poachers, that when the dog unit came to lift the tracks of the poachers, CAMO would not stop bothering the police dog. So while their dog was working, CAMO got a little "time out" in the police van. Much to his disgust!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

June and July Hunting Highlights

Oh boy oh boy !!!  8 Safaris since I last wrote.  LOTS of special memories and treasured new friendships formed.  Each and every group leaves a little of themselves with us, and we sure do hope that they take a little of us with them too!
We have Wikus Bezuidenhout helping out now, as it has been hectic going for Ken to continue on his own. He has been hunting non-stop since March, and so much of the farm work has just got behind.
We loved having Brian and Dannette back with us, and Brian harvested one of our mature buffalo bulls during his hunt.  Both Ken and Brian were dreaming buffalo by the end of the hunt!
We had the joy of some of our local friends and family visit and hunt too, keeping us all out of mischief every single day.
Micaela managed to squeeze in a camping weekend with her friends too, during the school holidays.
Both she and JohnD helped with catering and hunting during the holidays, and were such stars! I so miss them when they are away at school.  They sure do help a LOT when they are home.
Kenny and Beverly Cole together with Bill and Angie Jordan also enjoyed a wonderful BOW hunt, with Kenny successfully bagging (among many other wonderful trophies) - one of our buffalo bulls with his bow on the last day, making a perfect heart shot. So much excitement, and LOTS of wonderful memories. Beverly also did some hunting too.  We have a freezer full of BUFFALO meat! My very first attempt to braai some of the rump was a bit of a disaster. The sausage certainly is good. THANKS KENNY! :)
The Applegate Family enjoyed a photo safari here, followed by time in Kruger and Thornybush. So many stories, shared laughter, and LOTS of photos. I believe I have permanently corrupted their UNO GAMES from now on!  I had the joy of taking them into Kruger National Park this time, as we had a new hunter (Mr Robert Wayne) arriving the day before they were due to leave.   Robert and Wikus didn't waste any time, and managed to get all of their hunting over quite quickly, so they were also able to enjoy some time in Kruger Park too.
Robert was followed by Clemens and Maria Wouters from HOLLAND, who also felt like family to us all! We certainly are blessed to have so many special folks, contribute to our lives, our business, and our family. Thank you so much to each and every one of you.

Dad and Mom are keeping well, and Ken's sister Cathy is visiting.
The August winds have arrived, and Ken spent most of yesterday fighting a veld fire.
The Cattle are now in the spring breeding season.
We finally have Ken's camera back.
Penny is growing up so fast! Full of mischief and fun. Micaela has taught her to "high five", shake and "high ten"!
Camo has been "snipped".  He has had a rough month, with an injury to his neck and an abcess on his cheek.  Hopefully he is now on the mend.  Lady is still her loving, sweet self!
My office work is so far behind, and my desk a bit of a war zone!  My days roll by so fast with one meal melting into another...  Big hugs to each and every one of you - FROM THE BALLS IN THE BUSH!