Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Merensky First Team

Our Johnathan (he is in the middle in the photo below) made the Tennis First Team this year, and has been enjoying playing LOTS of tennis. 
They just had a tennis tournament at the end of the First Quarter, and despite bad weather, everyone enjoyed it very much.
He also occasionally helps with walking the school cattle (Pinzyls) for the First Team Rugby matches, when they have home games. 
 Hockey season has started, and that has also kept both Micaela and JohnD busy on most Saturdays. 
Ken and I spent a week in Zanzibar at the end of February. It was just lovely. Weather was perfect, water was warm, food was plentiful, and we had a great rest!
We came home from the USA to buffalo babies having been born in our absence, so great celebrations there!  We have had 7 babies this breeding season.

Monday, March 2, 2015

20th Anniversary of SEWE attendance

The months of January and February have flown past in a blur, and to be quite honest, I think that March will too!  I hope that this finds you and yours all well and happy?  We had a very good trip to the USA last month, spending some time in Atlanta area and Charleston.  What a blessing to be in a position to go over every year.
Yet again we are reminded of God's faithfulness.  20 years down the line, we see the fruit of consistently promoting and marketing to an area, and with all of the familiar faces that popped in to see us at our Booth over the SEWE weekend, we loved it!  The weather was cold, but it certainly didn't stop the many exhibition attendees from coming out to enjoy the show.  It makes me feel a little old now, to see so many folks who have now had children, or grandchildren, or are now getting married.  The personal connections and catching up on everyone's news is really awesome.
THANK YOU  for coming!
It is great to be home now too, and awesome to hear all of the children's news. Hockey season has now started, and so they are both kept out of mischief in the afternoons! Life continues at a hectic pace for them, and I find it hard to believe that Micaela only has 20 months left of high school!
Oom Lampies and Tannie Rhena van der Sitter, were here while we were away, and they were just fantastic. What a blessing to us to be able to leave home, knowing that there was someone here to help. Thank you so much!  Of course the dogs were excited to have us home, but I do think they will miss their new friends.
Dad and Mom are well, and have been kept pretty busy.  They are in great health, and are such a blessing to us.
Well, lots of followup correspondence needs to be done. I wish that I could find some office elves that could come in at night time and just DO all of the things that need to be done.  We have some guests coming in on Friday for the weekend, so will be off to a quick start!


Friday, December 26, 2014

The family Christmas day 2014

Dad and Mom, Christmas Day 2014
JohnD & Lady, Jo & Penny, Ken & Micaela... 
we couldn't catch Camo for this one... he was too busy fighting his Christmas ribbon! 
 Lady, Micaela, Camo, Jo & Penny :)
JohnD, Cathy & Micaela
Penny & Camo
 Lady Lou xxx our little "aristocrat"! 
 and the "baby"!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas

23 December, 2014
As most of us do this time of the year, we reflect on the closing year, and look ahead to the new-year with anticipation and hope.  We also are reminded of each and every person who is dear to our hearts, both friends of many years, as well as new friends.  We are so grateful to each one of you for your involvement in our lives. Thank you for keeping in touch, and for your love and care.
We want to wish each and every one of you a very blessed Christmas Holiday Season.  May HIS presence fill your homes with love, peace, grace and an overwhelming awareness of the gift HE gave us! Himself. He really is GOD WITH US. J
I guess the biggest change for us this year was that both our children are now “out of the house” so to speak. They do enjoy Merensky High School and all of the social, academic and sporting challenges that they are faced with.  They have both matured, as living away from home will always do. We really are so very proud of them both.  I am sure the new-year will bring many opportunities for more personal growth, and they certainly keep us on our toes.  Micaela placed 5th in her Grade with her academic achievements, so she was very excited that all of her hard work paid off.  With the busy hunting season, we REALLY missed them a lot, as they have always been such a help in both the field and the lodge!
We had a busy hunting season, with many news guests and a few returning regulars. What a blessing each and every one of you were to us. Thank you!  We harvested two of our own buffalo bulls this year, which was a welcome blessing.  We hope to have a few more available for next year too.
The Nguni Cattle have continued to give us so much pleasure this year. 
We plan to attend the SEWE Exposition in Charleston again this coming February, and hope to also attend the Cattlemen’s convention in Arizona. J
Our fury 4-legged friends at the moment are our ever beautiful and sweet Lady, (miniature long-haired dachshund) who is now just over 9 years old.  Camo the “reprobate” ;) who is one and a half.  We have to keep him clipped as his long curly hair is a nightmare to keep clean in the bush!  He most definitely is KEN’S DOG! He is such a character and keeps us all very entertained.  Penny is our family “baby”, who is a Foxy cross.  We got her in June, and she is a very busy and LOUD little sweetheart!  We still have the two cats, Marmite and Kit-kat, who love to keep the dogs exercised!  They are both “bush” cats, Kit-Kat keeping the lodge mice free, and Marmite keeping our home mice free.
Dennis and Carol, are both very well. Keeping busy and still both active. What a blessing they are to us.  Cathy, (Ken’s sister) has moved back to the farm now, and lives with them when she is not travelling.  Lovely to have her around again.  Her daughter Kirsten, is now living in Cape Town, and is engaged to Oliver Moss.  J
We have had some lovely rain so far this season, and the veld is looking magnificent.  We await the birth of the buffalo babies as usual this time of the year… and thoroughly enjoy all of the little blesbuck, impala, wildebeest, hartebeest and other little ones running around in the bush this time of year.  We have had the coldest summer in a long time, and certainly a mild winter too.  We have only had the odd very hot day. 
Hopefully with the influx of all of our Christmas and New-year guests, we won’t have too many power cuts, or rainy days. 
Looking ahead to 2015, we don’t anticipate too much change ahead, other than wanting to lose the few extra kilos and get “fit” – whatever that means! J We have all been blessed with good health, and we believe that it will continue.  From the heart of the Bandolierkop Bush Veldt, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a wonderful new year.

Dennis, Carol, Ken, Jo, Micaela and JohnD xxxx

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.