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June 2015 Archive (31 posts)

A Cake Pop Class in the Making (2014-07-15) | Before Chantelle finally made the decision to wind down her little baking business and its unreliable income in favour of a job back at the guest house where things worked out financially a little better, we toyed about with quite a few ideas on how ... (Photo Gallery)
Wine Tasting at Grande Provence Wine Estate (2015-05-10) | Grande Provence Estate wears her 300-year history with dignity. Sitting in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47-acres with gentle vistas over the valley floor, with the rugged mountains beyond. This is heartland South African wine country ... (Photo Gallery)
Wine Tasting at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate (2015-05-10) | The first stop on our Franschhoek Wine Tram blue line trip (part of our fabulous weekend away in Franschhoek) was the tasting centre at the Rickety Bridge wine estate. From the website: "The Franschhoek wine estate, Rickety Bridge, has a winemaking history dating back to the ... (Photo Gallery)
Things to See in South Africa: Franschhoek Wine Tram | Franschhoek is undoubtedly the crown jewel when it comes to South African wine regions, based entirely on just the sheer number of successful and historic wine estates packed into this fertile valley. One of the best ways of seeing and tasting all this splendour is ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Ride in a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (2015-05-09) | I've spoken in length about the awesome birthday weekend out in Franschhoek that Chantelle planned for us back in May, and sure, there is still a couple of posts that came out of it still to come. This particular birthday surprise was however one of ... (Photo Gallery)
Things to See in South Africa: Franschhoek Motor Museum | If you love your motor history (or just motor cars in general), and find yourself in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa, then you simply HAVE to take the trip out to the picturesque Franschhoek to visit Johann Rupert's sublime Franschhoek Motor Museum situated ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Things to See in South Africa: Huguenot Fine Chocolates (Franschhoek) | Billed as Franschhoek's famous Belgian chocolate shop, Huguenot Fine Chocolates is a tiny BEE producer of fine handcrafted Belgian chocolates. Located in the main street of Franschhoek, the self proclaimed gourmet capital of South Africa, this boutique chocolaterie offers a delicious range of chocolates, ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Birthday Weekend away in Franschhoek (2015-05-08) | The fact that I was going to be away for business in Sandton for my birthday back in May, meant that Chantelle and I bumped things up a little and headed out to breathtaking Franschhoek the weekend preceding Monday the 11th, free of the kids ... (Photo Gallery)
FASHKOSH 2015 Stellenbosch Airshow (2015-04-11) | Saturday the 11th of April saw Chantelle, the kids and myself make the drive through to the Stellenbosch Flying Club in order to hand over some money and spend the day watching all manner of aircraft blasting past with the most magnificent backdrop in the ... (Photo Gallery)
Beans, Stodels, Blaauwklippen and McDonalds (2015-03-29) | Found another folder of weekend photos that I forgot to post, dating back to the end of March this year. Another dad alone weekend, but man, looks like I once again found myself with the pony at Blaauwklippen Family Market on the Sunday. I'm beginning to ... (Photo Gallery)
A Sunday of Ponies, Bossa and Strand Beach (2015-04-12) | Back in April, only two months ago, the weather here in the Western Cape was still pretty good (as expected). Having already enjoyed a fabulous first half of a weekend thanks to the fantastic Fashkosh 2015 airshow at the Stellenbosch Flying Club, followed by a ... (Photo Gallery)
Things to See in Papua New Guinea: Goroka Show | The Goroka Show is probably the best known tribal gathering and cultural event in Papua New Guinea. It is a Sing-sing (gathering of tribes) held every year close to the country's Independence Day (16 September) in the town of Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in Sri Lanka: Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) | Sri Dalada Maligawa (or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in Australia: Jenolan Caves | In South Africa we have of course the Oudtshoorn Cango Caves. In Australia they have the Jenolan Caves. The Jenolan Caves are limestone caves located within the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve in the Central Tablelands region, west of the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, in ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in New Zealand: Taieri Gorge Limited (Dunedin Railways) | A visit to Dunedin is not complete without a trip on the Dunedin Railways (formerly Taieri Gorge Railway) Taieri Gorge Limited route - one of the world’s great train trips. The Dunedin Railways (formerly the Taieri Gorge Railway and the Otago Excursion Train Trust) is an ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in New Zealand: Milford Sound | Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations, is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the ... (Travel Attractions)
Visiting Butterfly World in Klapmuts on a Rainy Day (2015-05-31) | If you are ever looking for something to do with the kids then the zoo for small animals, Butterfly World Tropical Garden in Klapmuts never fails to disappoint. Essentially a massive green house where butteflies are free to flutter about to their hearts' content, Buttefly World ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Lunch at the Red Disa in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty's Bay (2015-05-03) | Back in early May, Chantelle and I took the kids out for a day, heading down the beautiful Clarence Drive to go and see the always cute penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty's Bay. For lunch we stumbled across a beautiful national botanical garden that ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Ubuntu Server: How to See Group Members | The scenario is this. Your file listing is showing you that a file belongs to a particular group, but now the next question that you have is what users are actually members of this group? Well, getting this information via the command line terminal is pretty ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Solved: Image in div has a Thin Line Underneath | I noticed an annoying issue while working on some design elements on the survey element of my configurable feedback system Kinetica (for Touchwork) the other day. Essentially an image nestled inside a <div> element was rendering with an unsightly little line of space underneath it, ... (Programming)
Things to See in Scotland: The Kelpies | If you are particularly fond of horses and find yourself in the Falkirk region of Scotland, then it probably wouldn't be wasted on you to make a trip through to The Helix in order to view sculptor Andy Scott's gigantic equine The Kelpies sculptures. The Kelpies ... (Travel Attractions)
Well, at least it is a Puddle and not a Sprinkler | Emily didn't have the greatest of sleeps last night - so it goes with little ones I guess - and it certainly took a little longer than usual to get her out of her cot this morning. Given our tight time schedule (Chantelle working an ... (Emily)
So, Eight Years of Dating Today | So, eight years of dating today. Well, technically not dating seeing as we did get married in November 2009, but this is the day, way back on 9th of June 2007 that we officially started going out. Eight years have pretty much flashed by, probably because ... (My Life)
Stellenbosch Flying Club Intro Flight (2015-06-06) | One of the big surprises Chantelle had organised for my big birthday weekend away in Franschhoek was a private flight with the Stellenbosch Flying Club over at the Stellenbosch Airfield. Needless to say, she was devastated when we arrived there on the Saturday morning only ... (Photo Gallery)
Test Your API by making HTTP requests from | Needless to say, services, or web API endpoints, is a must in this day and age of software development, and as such I find myself writing more and more of these for my various systems. Invariably, this means testing them as well, which is precisely ... (Software & Sites)
Back Black Bin Back | Well that was a surprising turn of events. Two garbage collection days ago my municipal black wheelie bin disappeared, prompting me to note it under a blog post going by a title directly influenced by a Ben Affleck directed movie. Then on Thursday, Chantelle pulled ... (My Life)
Ubuntu Server: How to Create a Symbolic Link | Just as a quick note to myself because I'm doing this more often in server setups these days (which nevertheless is still infrequent enough that I need to drop notes for myself) - to create a symbolic link (symlink) on an Ubuntu server via the ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
FIFA Corruption, Sepp Blatter finally Resigns, and of course, South Africa looks Dirty | Each and every year before a FIFA World Cup event, we get reminded by media outlets about the various scandals and controversies surrounding world soccer's overseeing body FIFA. Last year was certainly no different, with John Oliver and his research team over at Last Week ... (Cartoons | Sport & Health)
Thailand and its Nazi Chic Imagery | It has been well documented over the years, this weird acceptance of Hitler and Nazi imagery in Thailand. In fact, it is quite often seen as cool, a fashion trend that I guess could only be labelled as Nazi chic. I don't quite get it, but ... (General Nonsense)
No Lourensford Harvest Market next Sunday | Chantelle is quite fond of (and indeed, so am I) the Lourensford Harvest Market, a farmer's market held every Sunday on the Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West. They have a great vendor selection (food, arts and crafts), good live entertainment, and an excellent outdoor ... (Event News)
Entertaining the Kids on a Wet May Weekend | This past weekend was pretty wet - proper winter weather in other words. It was a work weekend for Chantelle, working a split shift on Saturday and then a full on Sunday - but neither this nor the weather was enough to stop myself and ... (My Life)
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