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August 2015 Archive (31 posts)

Fast Cars: Rossion Q1 | Originally manufactured right here in South Africa (at the world-class Hi-Tech Automotive production facility near Port Elizabeth), the Rossion Q1 is a 2008 sports car from the US car maker Rossion Automotive. It looks remarkably like a Noble M400, but that's because it is actually based ... (Fast Cars)
Tall Ships: La Grace | Launched in 2010, Czech Republic-flagged La Grace is an authentic replica of the famed original La Grace brig from the second half of the 18th century. The construction of the vessel started at the end of 2008 in a commercial shipyard at Suez, Egypt (chosen ... (Tall Ships)
How Tortilla Chips are Made | I'm quite fond of Doritos Tortilla chips, so seeing how these crunchy triangles of flavour are made is pretty satisfying. See? If you are not familiar with them at all, then: "A tortilla chip is a snack food made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Silent but Violent: Why are Silent Farts worse than Loud Farts | Although embarrassing, loud, explosive farts are generally not that big a problem to deal with. Oh no, it's those faint, almost unheard ones which cause the most anguish and eye watering. (And thanks to the AsapSCIENCE team of Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, now we ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
A Week of Chickenpox Quarantine | So Jessica got chickenpox. Luckily for us though (though they say it isn't so serious in children anyway), very, very mildly. The rash of red bumps spread and did what they're supposed to do, but thankfully caused no discomfort whatsoever for Jessica - who is ... (My Life)
Things to See in France: Le Palais Idéal (The Ideal Palace) | If you ever find yourself in Hauterives in southeastern France, chances are pretty good that you are there to see Le Palais Idéal (The Ideal Palace) - the culmination of 33 years worth of work of a single man. Ferdinand Cheval is reported to have said: ... (Travel Attractions)
Pizza at Wild Clover (2015-08-23) | With Chantelle now back in the fold, last Sunday saw us braving the now overcast and slightly damp weather (a surprise given that Saturday was such a hot day) with a drive out to Wild Clover, a fantastic spot on a farm that features a ... (Photo Gallery)
Root 44 and Burger King Ice-cream (2015-08-22) | It was girls and I again last weekend, so after we did all the chores (that involved riding around trying to source fridge lightbulbs and other odds and ends), I figured it a great idea to take advantage of the unusually warm weather and drive ... (Photo Gallery)
A Slide for Emily | So despite the fact that I said no more plastic things for the kids following the earlier destruction of Jessica's playhouse, I couldn't exactly say no when Michelle Oosthuizen offered to pass on Logan's slide to us for Emily (because they were taking over Zandea's ... (My Life)
Things to See in Argentina: Floralis Generica | Argentina. Floralis Genérica is a sculpture made of steel and aluminum located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires, a gift to the city by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. Created in 2002, the sculpture was designed to move, closing its ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in Czech Republic: Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc | The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc is a Baroque monument in the Czech Republic, built in 1716–1754 in honour of God. The main purpose was a spectacular celebration of Catholic Church and faith, partly caused by feeling of gratitude for ending a plague, which struck ... (Travel Attractions)
Building up to Easter at Bossa Social Cafe (2015-04-03) | Oops, stumbled across another small set of photos that I completely neglected to post way back in April. I've already mentioned what a nice Easter we enjoyed this year, complete with excited Easter egg hunt and visit to the legendary Scratch Patch, but these photos ... (Photo Gallery)
Kore: How to Solve Can't Find Kodi Media Center on Windows 10 | I've mentioned the official Kore Android remote control for Kodi media centers before, and it remains my favourite Kodi/XBMC remote by far! I did however encounter a small problem. I've moved things around a little, shifting the Kodibuntu linux box away from the TV and closer ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
When Jessica Goes to Hospital... | Amazingly, given her history as a prem baby, and unlike Emily, Jessica has never been back to hospital for an illness-related matter. However, that's not to say she hasn't been back to hospital. Having chipped her teeth as a toddler by falling on tiles whilst crawling ... (My Life)
When Emily Goes to Hospital... | I never got around to posting this, but seeing as I came across the photos, I may as well put it up here. Back in May of this year Emily got particularly sick. A nasty virus (which I can no longer remember the name of) ... (My Life)
How Gummy Bears are Made | In case you skipped childhood and don't know what a gummy bear is: "A gummy bear (which originated in Germany) is a small, fruit gum candy, similar to a jelly baby in some English-speaking countries. The candy is roughly 2 cm long and shaped in ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
How Stained Glass Patterns are Made | I remember that my friend Terrance's dad used to make beautiful stained glass patterns as a hobby, and although I doubt he still does to this day, the art of producing a stained glass piece remains something rather special. The following video (from How Its Made) ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Helderberg Farm on a Public Holiday (2015-08-10) | Great weather, check. Public holiday, check. Desire to be out of the house, check. In other words, I had the girls up and dressed pretty early on, and we were out the door just after 09:00am, heading off first to Builders Warehouse to get some ... (Photo Gallery)
Giraffe House and Wild Clover (2015-08-08) | Taking advantage of the stretch of good weather we had been enjoying for the last big, Saturday saw me abandon Chantelle with her work and the need to sort out the baking/braai room, and head out with the girls to the middle of nowhere, corner ... (Photo Gallery)
How to Beat Load Shedding when You're Little | It turns out that beating (or at least dealing with) load shedding is pretty easy when you are little. Simply get your dad to find and take you to the nearest jungle gym! See? :) (My Life)
Pit stop at Houw Hoek Farm Stall (2015-08-02) | Following our lovely Sunday out and about in Hermanus was of course the drive back home to Gordon's Bay. Seeing as we had already enjoyed the scenic coastal route on the way there, I opted for the quicker N2 route home - and for the ... (Photo Gallery)
Sunday Drive to Hermanus (2015-08-02) | Two weeks later and we're back in Hermanus once more! Faced with the possibility of staying at home and doing nothing, I suggested that we head out for a nice scenic Sunday afternoon drive to Hermanus, for the kids to play and for Chantelle to ... (Photo Gallery)
Coffee in Hermanus at Europa Cafe (2015-07-15) | So following our exciting and thoroughly enjoyable whale watching adventure in Gansbaai, Chantelle and I decided to stop for some coffee and cake in Hermanus on the long drive back home. (On such a beautiful day, who could really blame us?) As always, Hermanus' famed Cliff ... (Photo Gallery)
Whale watching in Gansbaai with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris (2015-07-15) | It's actually turning out to be a pretty good year in terms of experiencing new things - seriously, if I'm not flying a plane then I'm on a boat watching whales! :) Gordon's Beach Lodge has a work relationship with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris and often send ... (Photo Gallery)
Dutch Haven Bistro and Bastille Day at Blaauwklippen (2015-07-18) | A couple of weekends ago we got to experience two very different bits of European culture - On the Saturday we found ourselves out and about in Durbanville, and ended up enjoying some food at the kid friendly Dutch Haven Bistro, situated in the Garden ... (Photo Gallery)
Mondeor and a visit from the Folks (2015-07-25) | Two weekends ago we were out and about on the Saturday furniture shopping (Chantelle was working, so it was during her split), a completely pointless task if you have a toddler and a four year old tagging along, because invariably they quickly get bored and ... (Photo Gallery)
Feeding the Animals at Montagu Guano Cave (2015-07-10) | Finally, we had come to the end of our week in Montagu. It had been a good trip thus far: springbok pie in Ashton, birds in Robertson, a river cruise on the Breede river at Viljoensdrift, a nature garden in Montagu, a historic stone tunnel, ... (Photo Gallery)
Viljoensdrift Boat Ride (2015-07-09) | Situated on the beautiful stretch of country road (R317) between Robertson and Bonnievale, Viljoensdrift wine estate, nestled south of the Elandsberg Mountains, finds itself quite literally on the banks the Breede River - the so-called lifeblood of the Robertson Wine Valley. Although they have been ... (Photo Gallery)
I have a Plan | Of course I know that as parents we have no real control over the personalities of our children as they grow up, but despite that, I do know that many of their mannerisms are definitely picked up as a direct result of what we as ... (My Life)
Die Kloof Padstal in Montagu (2015-07-09) | If you are out and about in Montagu and are looking for a great kid-friendly place to take the kids while you sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, or perhaps something more substantial, then look no further than the excellent ... (Photo Gallery)
Windows 10 and XAMPP: Port 80 in use by "Unable to open process" | Originally the plan was to wait for Windows 10 to be a little more established before I took the jump and upgraded my work laptop (Windows 7) to Microsoft's latest wunderkind (Windows 10). However, I got a little too excited (plus, free is always so ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
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