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Kiddies Parties Galore (2015-10-31) Photo Gallery 05 NOV 2015

I’ve mentioned a couple of times now just how many kids parties we have during the October/November period, and to be honest, I’ve kind of lost count.

Let’s just put it this way – last weekend we had three parties spread over two days!

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Sounds exhausting right?

Saturday morning saw us all go to Cheeky Monkey, a restaurant/pub and play park situated right next to Monkey Town, for Jessica’s playschool friend Isabel’s birthday party.

IMG_20151031_112356 isabel's party at cheeky monkey in somerset west

I have to say, it’s been some time since we’d last visited Cheeky Monkey, and pleasingly they’ve made what had been a slightly run down play area into a much more inviting and enjoyable outside environment.

IMG_20151031_111002 emily playing at cheeky monkey in somerset west

And whilst the kids didn’t don their costumes and play in the waterslide, they had more than enough fun tearing about the massive play area!

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From there we made the trip through to Kraaifontein for Logan’s super hero-themed birthday party at Michelle and Damen’s house.

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The kids had a ball playing together (they’re reaching a really nice age now), and decorating the cookie men was a massive hit.

However, I suspect what really stole the show for the kids was when Damen emerged in his raincoat, ready to be pelted by energetically flung water balloons and water guns!

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(Even Emily seemed to enjoy herself, though every now and then she would take some time out from all the chaos and just… chill)

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(Mind you, on the note of Logan’s birthday parties – I don’t think that I ever mentioned what we did for Logan’s fourth birthday party in 2014. Held on a small party farmyard setup, last year Damen, Evan and I found ourselves catching a sheep for the entertainment of everybody. Poor thing must have gotten the fright of its life when I reached down and bear hugged it to claim the catch!)

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(Hint: we weren’t particularly entertaining as sheep catchers, which makes sense when you consider that none of us were raised on a farm!)

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Anyway, back on track. Sunday finished off with a big Frozen-themed birthday party for Jessica’s playschool friend Lisa.

Sadly this time around though, the weather didn’t quite play along, meaning that the children had to longingly look at Mondeor Restaurant’s outside play area from behind the plastic curtains.

Still, they quickly recovered and overwhelmed the sand art station instead! :)

Joke Factory: Rounding Up Jokes & other Funny Stuff 13 JAN 2012

Wondering just how many sheep he currently has grazing in his field, the farmer asks his sheepdog to go out and count them.

The dog runs into the field, counts them, and then runs back to his master.

“So,” asks the farmer, “How many sheep are there?”

“40,” replies the dog.

“What? How can there be 40?!” exclaims the farmer. “I only bought 38!”

“I know,” says the dog. “But I rounded them up.”

To Nieuwoudtville and Back My Life 06 MAY 2010

So last, last weekend (yes, yes, I’ve taken my sweet time to write this quick post), Chantelle and I effectively cut ourselves off from the rest of the world, jumping into our little green Getz and jetting along on a 5 hour trip through to Nieuwoudtville, tucked in the Northern Cape near Calvinia, and one of the best sources for great tasting lamb and spectacular natural flower shows come every flower season.

We were there to spend the weekend with Retha and Miguel at Retha’s mom and dad’s little smallholding which comes complete with big rambling house, sheep, geese and one or two minor little crops surrounding it. Needless to say, Nieuwoudtville’s one tarred street doesn’t really feature well on the GPS and thus it was no wonder Chantelle and I managed to get just a little lost when we rode into town in pitch black darkness at around 22:00 in the evening – though for once we were both in agreement and was able to pin the blame squarely on Retha’s shoulders thanks to her rather ambiguous directions! ;)

Outside of a wonderful supper (bobotie), breakfast (pap for chantelle), lunch (braai), supper (braai), breakfast (toast with eggs) and lunch (sunday roast) there really isn’t all that much else to talk about because this was one weekend that consisted 100% out of nothing more than sitting around, chilling, enjoying good company and conversation and just letting your stresses and strain simply flow right out of you.

We took in the few sights that Nieuwoudtville has to offer, namely the completely dried up waterfall which is situated in a stunning drop gorge, the amazing quiver tree (kokerboom) forest which is basically a hill densely covered in these alien-looking trees and sheep. Lots and lots of sheep. (Plus we got to see sheep on a farm that included “Plooie”, the world’s ugliest mutated sheep and the mad one – which we attempted to cure by hitting it over the head!)

We also spent a lot of time in Loeriesfontein, about 50km down the road from Nieuwoudtville. Unfortunately Chane and Jasper were in Cape Town for the weekend so we didn’t bump into them, but we enjoyed the hours spent with the rest of Retha’s aunts and uncles, some of who drove all the way down for Kimberley for the big get together.

It was just well and truly proper “kuier” time in other words.

The trip home went a lot quicker than getting there and in truth, it was a real pity that essentially we were only there for Saturday and half of Sunday, but man was it worth it. Both Chantelle and I had slept like logs throughout the stay and had now returned refreshed and feeling like new.

So thanks to the Vorster’s for their wonderful hospitality, generosity and friendship – rest assured we’ll be making our way through to that side of the world far sooner than later! :)

Retha was tasked with feeding the geese and sheep on Sunday morning. Luckily you can get them to stop following you around simply by emptying the contents of your bucket out!

Chantelle smiles while Retha hides as we stare out over the rather non-existent waterfall. It turns out that the land is parched, very parched at the moment.

Sneaking up on Retha, Miguel and Chantelle, as they all admire one of the many unique quiver trees that make up the fascinating quiver tree forest. Like something straight out of a sci-fi movie I tell you!

Nieuwoudtville may be a small, speck on the map, but it comes packed with wonderful people, great food, and more importantly, that feeling of just getting away from it all – exactly what us city slickers sometimes need!

Plooie, the Funny Mutated Sheep General Nonsense | My Life 05 MAY 2010

So we had some fun and games and a learning experience with regards to sheep on our trip to Nieuwoudtville two weekends ago (a blog post on which I promise is still to follow). As you may or may not know, that particular area around Calvinia and Loeriesfontein is perfect sheep breeding land and as such, makes up a large part of the economy over on that side of our beautiful land.

Plooie, possibly the world's ugliest sheep.

Now family of the people we were visiting with for the weekend currently run a small sheep farming operation and as such, we were informed around drinks on the Saturday night that there were a few unusual things that needed to happen the next morning, obviously prompting us rather eager city slickers to insist on tagging along to check this all out come Sunday morning.

The first operation of the day actually involved the curing of a mad sheep. Now I have in my possession a video of this “cure”, but am currently still debating whether or not to actually upload it – after all, I’m not sure I want all the bunny huggers to start chasing us with those big sticks of theirs! :)

You see, the farmers’ logic goes like this. The first step is to ascertain that the sheep isn’t right in the head. Well this one was staring blankly into space, kept on falling over when trying to walk and in general just wasn’t moving with the herd, something pretty strange for a sheep. So, having decided that the sheep is indeed mad, the next logic has to do with what might be causing this particular malady – the answer to which is a possible “bubble on the brain”. I’m not entirely sure about this one, but it makes sense I suppose.

But here comes the fun part. The best way to deal with a bubble is to make it pop right? So what better way than to take a heavy book, place it on the mad sheep’s head as a shock absorber while you hold the sheep down (in our case we used a tweetalige woordeboek – the perfect way to educate after all!) . Then, with the sheep firmly held down and the book being held on top of its head, someone grabs a heavy plank and gives the sheep a good whack over the head – thus popping the bubble and curing the sheep.

Well, one thing was for sure. That poor sheep stood up from its ordeal a great deal more concussed than what it originally was, but other than that, it seemed pretty fine. As for whether or not its madness was cured, well we were told they’d let us know! :)

Then it came to castrating sheep. This turned out to be quite an interesting affair as while we were expecting a fair bit of spurting blood and gore during the whole process, we were completely taken back when the “operation” turned out to be a simple affair of taking a marvellous clamp-like invention, place it around the ball sack and squeeze – effectively cutting all the inner tubes (the area turns cold if you hold it for eight seconds or so, a good indicator that the job is done) while leaving the skin entirely intact!

The remaining task was something completely different though – pictures of a sheep needed to be taken to be sent off to the various landbou magazines and even 50/50 perhaps, because as you can see from the photo set below, “plooie” as it has been nicknamed, is certainly no ordinary sheep! For some or other reason, this particular sheep has been inflicted with some or other genetic disorder (he was born like this) that has prevented him from growing hair (wool) anywhere on his head, legs and lower torso, being replaced instead by series after series of wrinkles and an exposed skin that seems to emit some sort of oily residue that must be for protection.

Now no one in the area has ever come across a sheep like Plooie and everyone is pretty much left scratching their heads and shrugging their shoulders, meaning that a wider panel of experts are going to have to be consulted in order to shed some light on poor old Plooie’s condition – and while I’m at it, I may as well pose the question to Dr. Karl who works with this kind of thing (sort of), even if it is primarily with goats!

So, any ideas Dr. Storbeck?

Truly, a face that only a mother could love.

As you can see, Plooie isn't exactly much use come shearing season

Still, more than enough of a stud for all the ewes out there!

(Oh, and you might have noticed the rather bedraggled, rat-like yappy dog in the background of some of the pictures. Poor thing has permanently lost most of its hair thanks to the farm hands dousing it with sheep strength anti-flea and anti-tick solution. But hey, at least all the pests are gone!)

Photo Gallery: Niewoudtville Weekend Getaway (2010-04-23) My Life | Photo Gallery 23 APR 2010

Niewoudtville is known for its annual explosion of color with each coming flowering season, but it also makes for a stunning getaway location if you just want to escape from it all. Retha’s folks own a place up there, and as such, it seemed obligatory that Chantelle and I join her and Miguel for a well deserved weekend away!

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