Posted in Ordinarylife

Taking the easy way out

Today I am taking the easy way out.  I saw this on Jeanette’s blog and thought it a good idea. 

Here is a list of 50 things you should be able to do.  It is not comprehensive but – just for fun.  

I have highlighted the ones that I can do in bold.  

1. Build a Fire
2. Operate a Computer
3. Use Google Effectively
4. Perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver
5. Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle
6. Do Basic Cooking
7. Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention
8. Win or Avoid a Fistfight – I would like to think I could avoid one, seeing as I have never actually been in one.
9. Deliver Bad News.  This I suck at.
10. Change a Tyre
11. Handle a Job Interview (Iooks like I might be needing these skills sooner rather than later – SUCKS!!!!!)

12. Manage Time
13. Speed Read
14. Remember Names.  Uhmmmm, this I also suck at!
15. Relocate Living Spaces
16. Travel Light
17. Handle the Police – I suppose I can, I have only ever had one dealing with them and that ended pretty well.  They let us off with a warning and then stayed for a cup of tea…..(it was in England, tea is always served)
18. Give Driving Directions
19. Perform Basic First Aid
20. Swim – I learned to do this when I was 9 months old when crawled out of my depth in a baby pool  I have been a water baby ever since.
21. Parallel Park
22. Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits – uhhhh, this I have a slight problem with.  I seem to be an all or nothing girl.  Luckily in the past couple of years it has been more nothing than all.
23. Select Good Produce

24. Handle a Hammer, Axe or Handsaw
25. Make a Simple Budget

26. Speak at Least Two Common Languages
27. Do Push-Ups and Sit-Ups Properly – in theory I know how they should be done.  In reality I just can’t do them!
28. Give a Compliment
29. Negotiate
30. Listen Carefully to Others
31. Recite Basic Geography
32. Paint a Room
33. Make a Short, Informative Public Speech – I HATE talking in public unless it is spontaneous.  If I actually have to prepare and think about it I get nervous.  34. 34. Smile for the Camera
35. Flirt without Looking Ridiculous – I am a bit out of practice and even when I did flirt regularly it was usually alcohol fuelled so I probably did look ridiculous….
36. Take Useful Notes
37. Be a Respectful House Guest
38. Make a Good First Impression
39. Navigate with a Map and Compass
40. Sew a Button onto Clothing
41. Hook up a Basic Home Theater System
42. Type
43. Protect Personal Identity Information
44. Implement Basic Computer Security Best Practices
45. Detect a Lie
46. End a Date Politely Without Making Promises

47. Remove a Stain
48. Keep a Clean House
49. Hold a Baby (going to have to learn pretty rapidly)
50. Jump Start a Car

 

40 out of 50……  I thought it might be a bit better than that as I like to think I am rather practical.

Posted in Ordinarylife, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth, Pregnancy

A LONG meme!

What’s the last thing you put in your mouth?
Water – I have a bottle on my desk and am trying to drink from it regularly.

Have you ever kissed anyone named Matthew?
Not that I can remember.  But that is not saying much.  Misspent and often best not remember youth…..

Who was the last person you rode in a car with under the age of 20?
I can’t remember.  It would have been a few years ago.  I used to give a little boy a lift every now and then when his mom could not pick him up.

Can you play guitar hero?
What is that?

Last time you walked further than a block?
Most days I walk further than a block.

How late did you stay up last night and why?
It was a “late” night for me.  I went to bed at about 10.  I was watching TV.

If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Not easily, but if I could find a way to earn an income and live somewhere in the country I would.

Do you believe ex’s can be friends?
Yes

Do you like calling or texting better?
Texting during the week and calling on weekends (free minutes)

When was the last time you cried really hard?
I can’t remember.  I shed a tear pretty easily but cry really hard – I have not done that for a while.

Where are you at right now?
At work

What bed did you sleep in last night?
The one I sleep in most nights. 

What was the last thing someone bought for you?
Mr OL bought me a chocolate on the weekend.  But it was coffee flavoured, which I don’t like so I gave it back to him in his lunch box yesterday.

Who took your profile picture?
A friend of mine Genny – It was New Years Eve 2 years ago.

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
One of the girls I work with.  I made her stand next to something I wanted to take a picture of so I could get a better perspective of the height of it.

Was yesterday better than today?
They were pretty much the same.

Can you live a day without TV?
Absolutely!!! When are they coming to take it away.

When was the last time you were extremely disappointed?
I am not sure about extremely disappointed.  I can recall mildly disappointed and that was on Friday.

Are you a bad influence?
Not any more……

Night out or night in?
Night in – I had far to many nights out in my 20’s and early 30’s and now give anything for a quiet night in.  Which is just as well because Mr OL does not like going out much either.  Unless, the night out is to a good restaurant with friends – then out!

Are you more of an individual or an outgoing person?
I would say more individual.

What items could you not go without during the day?
My car, if I am in town. 

Would you share a drink with a stranger?
NO!

Do you think it’s right for straight guys to get their tongue pierced?
Why would anybody do that – straight or gay?  But each to their own and if that is what they wanted to do then so be it.  Just don’t suck on it, chew it or play with it near me.

Have you ever thrown shoes on a telephone wire?
??????

What does the last message in your inbox say?
“Eve’s side of the story”  A joke from my Sister in Law.  I thought it very funny.

How do you feel about your life right now?
I am pretty content.  Some things could be better, but all in all I am very happy with the way things are going. 

How many times have you been pulled over by the police?
Once, where they just pulled me over.  But a couple of times in road blocks. 

Do you hate anyone?
No, there are a few people that I dislike but I would not say that I hate anybody.

Do you talk dirty to people?
No

If we were to look in your inbox, what would we find?
Lots of mail that I intend on deleting or filing but have still to get to.

Did you have a valentine this year?
Well I suppose Mr OL would qualify as a Valentine if he believed in it.  I bought him a card, but it is a pretty much a one way street.

Last person you talked to on the phone?
One of the girls I work with. She did not want to walk all the way to my office (next to hers) so she called me.

Can you easily tell if someone is fake?
Usually

How’s your heart?
Strong and happy.

Say you were given a drug test right now, Would you pass?
Absolutely!

Has anyone ever called you perfect before?
Does a “perfect pain in the butt” count?

What song is stuck in your head?
None at the moment, but I am sure that as soon as I post this one will be.

Someone knocks on your window at 2 am, who do you want it to be?
My sister surprising me from London.

What do you have to do this week?
Nothing.

Can you whistle?
NO, not at all. 

Do you sleep on your side, stomach, or back?
Back and Side. Usually start off on my back and roll over.


What gets in your way of your sleeping?
At the moment the fact that I am usually thirsty and as soon as I drink anything I need to go and pee (the joys of pregnancy)!!

Are your eyes the same colour as your mom’s or dad’s?
Closer to my dads, but mine are greener than his.

Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
Yes.

Do you think too much or too little?

Depends on the situation.

Do you smile a lot?
Yes

Why was the last missed call on your phone?
I don’t answer calls from “private number”.  They are always from people trying to sell me stuff.

Are you happy with your life?
Yes, I think it has turned out just the way it was intended to.  I was thinking about it the other day and I could not have written a better script if I had tried.  I have travelled around the world, climbed the highest mountain in Africa, done some extreme sports and now am happily married and expecting our first child, and all so far has gone exceedingly well with this pregnancy.  I could not be happier!!!

Can you handle the truth?
I don’t handle critism well, but would much rather have the truth than lies.  I might react strongly initially but I usually with think it over and then come up with a better solution.

Do you get 8 hours of sleep everyday?
Usually – at the moment it is more like 10.

What was the last book you read?
“Exercising through your pregnancy” by James Clapp.  I am re-reading “World without End” by Ken Follet.  I read it last month and loved it so am reading it again.  It is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth which I first read about 14 years ago and is my all time favourite book.

Is there something you always wear?
My wedding ring

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
This is a flippen long meme – I was probably anwering about the 10th question!!!

Honestly, who was the last person to tell that they love you?
My husband before he went to work.

Are you an emotional person?
Depends on the situation – I am pregnant so at the moment YES!

What’s something that can always make you feel better?
A run or an open water swim!

Was this weekend a good one?
It was another lazy one, but all in all it was pretty good.

What do you want right now?
SUSHI!! But that is pretty much out of the question for at least the next 6 months!

Look behind you, what do you see?
A promotional photo of my sister and I in our Ironman t-shirts with the children from the EP Child and Youth Care Centre.

Have you ever worked in a food place?
Yes!!!  Far too many and I still get nightmares.  I worked as a waitress full time for over 2 years.  And part time for another 2.  My very first job was a holiday job in Plettenberg Bay at a pizza place when I was 16 – I lasted 2 days before I walked out crying.  Not to be outdone I applied at another pizza place the next day and worked there for the rest of the holiday.  I worked there the following December as well.  When I was at Varsity I started working at a Spur in Port Elizabeth HORRIBLE!!!  I then changed Spur’s and worked at Silver Cloud Spur for nearly 2 years.  I had a great time and made some awesome friends!  I then moved to Cape Town and worked at a Spur there too HORRIBLE – so I changed Spur’s again and worked at the Santa Ana Spur in the Waterfront.  I loved working there and stayed for about a year.  I moved back to PE and back to the Silver Cloud Spur.  I stayed there for about 4 months before going to London and vowing NEVER EVER to waitress again.  That lasted about 2 weeks until I started running out of money.  I worked at a hotel in the restaurant for about 2 weeks until the girl I went to London with got us both a job at a pub.  That lasted less than a week.  I then said enough is enough and have not worked in food again.  That was in 1994!  Unless of course you count that I run a guest house for a couple of years and we did breakfasts…..

 

WOW – That was LONG!  Thanks Mel for posting it.  It is just what I felt like doing today.

Posted in Family, Ocean Racing Series

Mom is always right?

I saw this on Goblin’s blog and am shamelessly stealing it.  It is Monday and I am in need of some blog inspiration.  I am rather surprised at how many things I am saying yes too…. YIKES.  I am taking it to mean that I have lived a full and “colourful” life….. Some of them are not as bad as they first sound, but you can’t explain unless some one asks? 

Here are the rules – and let me know if you have also done it.  I think it makes some interesting reading…..

1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks.

3. Answer carefully.

Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? YES

Been arrested? NO

Kissed someone you didn’t like? YES

Slept in until 5 PM? YES

Fallen asleep at work/school? YES

Held a snake? YES

Ran a red light? YES

Been suspended from school? NO

Experienced love at first sight? YES

Lied about your age? YES

Totaled your car in an accident? YES

Been fired from a job? YES

Fired somebody? YES

Sang karaoke? YES

Pointed a gun at someone? NO

Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? YES

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YES

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES

Kissed in the rain? YES

Had a close brush with death (your own)? YES

Seen someone die? NO

Played spin-the-bottle? NO

Sang in the shower? YES

Smoked a cigar? YES

Sat on a rooftop? YES

Smuggled something into another country? YES

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? YES

Broken a bone? NO

Skipped school? YES

Eaten a bug? YES

Sleepwalked? NO

Walked a moonlit beach? YES

Rode a motorcycle? YES

Dumped someone? YES

Forgotten your anniversary? NO

Lied to avoid a ticket? NO

Ridden in a helicopter? NO

Shaved your head? NO

Blacked out from drinking? YES

Played a prank on someone? YES

Hit a home run? NO

Felt like killing someone? YES

Cross-dressed? YES

Been falling-down drunk? YES

Made your girlfriend/ boyfriend cry? YES

Eaten snake/ Shark? YES

Marched/ Protested? NO

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? YES

Puked on an amusement park ride? NO

Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? YES

Been in a band? NO

Knitted? YES

Been on TV? YES

Shot a gun? YES

Skinny-dipped? YES

Gave someone stitches? NO

Eaten a whole habanero pepper? NO

Ridden a surfboard? YES

Went water skiing? YES

Drank straight from a liqour bottle? YES

Had surgery? YES

Streaked? NO

Ridden in a hot air balloon? YES

Taken by ambulance to hospital? NO

Tripped on mushrooms? YES

Passed out when not drinking? YES

Peed on a bush? YES

Donated Blood? YES

Grabbed electric fence? NO

Eaten alligator (crocodile) meat? YES

Killed an animal when not hunting? NO

Hit someone in the face? YES

Hitchhiked? YES

Peed your pants in public? YES

Tattoo? YES

Snuck into a movie without paying? NO

Sleep on a certain side of the bed? NO

Stayed up for 48 hours straight? YES

Still love someone you shouldn’t? YES

Think about the future? YES

Been in handcuffs? YES

Believe in love? YES

Still in touch with your childhood sweetheart? NO

Accepted too much change from a clerk? YES

 Funnily enough I remember a conversation I had with my mother when I was about 14.  I told her I knew how to say “YES”  in 10 different languages.  Her reply was she did not care how many languages I could say “yes” in, it was more important that I learnt how to say “NO”.  I should have listened.

Posted in Ordinarylife

Another meme

So once again I am “stealing” meme’s.  Thanks Shayne – just what I need at the moment. 

1) Are your parents married or divorced?

            Divorced, they stayed together for nearly 30 years getting divorced when I was 31. 

2) Are you a vegetarian?

            Heck no! 

3) Do you believe in Heaven?

            Yes 

4) Have you ever come close to dying?

            No 

5) What jewellery do you wear?

            My wedding ring 

6) Favourite time of day?

Early morning 

7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?

            Yes, I did not realise that some people cut them off? 

8) Do you wear makeup?

            Not when I can help it.  I got permanent eyeliner done for my birthday so it is now much easier. 

9) Ever have plastic surgery?

            Nothing yet.  Not sure as I get older and after kids. 

10) Do you colour your hair?

            YES!!!!  Ever since I started turning grey at 19. 

11) What do you wear to bed?

            Depends on the season.  Tracksuit pants and thermal top in winter and nothing in summer. 

12) Have you ever done anything illegal?

            Can I plead the 5th??? 

13) Can you roll your tongue?

            Yes 

14) Do You Tweeze your eyebrows?

            Yes, but rarely.  They don’t seem to grow back that quick. 

15) What kind of sneakers?

            My running shoes are Asics – other than that I don’t really wear sneakers. 

16) Do you still own vinyl?

            No

17) What is your hair colour?

            Light brown 

18) Future child’s name?

            We have not yet decided.  I have a list though.  Boys we both agree on Thomas, but don’t know if we will go with that.  Girls…. We can’t agree.  But at least we still have 7 months before the baby is born.

19) Do you snore?

            Mr OL says occasionally 

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

            Timbuktu (although just leaving work and going home is sounding pretty appealing.) 

21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?

            No, my bed is too full with real ones.  My cats have decided it is cold and we need their body heat to warm us up.  The closer to us they can be the better. 

22) If you won the lottery

            Pay off our houses, change cars (mine is 13 years old), go on holiday. Quit my job…. The list is endless so it had better be a decent amount. 

23) Gold or silver?

            White gold or silver (or in my dreams platinum)

24) Hamburger or hot dog?

            Hamburger – you would have thought that 4 years of working at the Spur might of put me off, but no.  Give me a cheese sauce Spur burger any day and I will be a happy girl. 

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

            Potatoes, very versatile. 

26) City, beach or country?

            Country 

27) What was the last thing you touched?

            My keypad. 

28) Where did you eat last?

            Sitting at my desk in my office. 

29) When’s the last time you cried?

            Season finale of Greys Anatomy, but then also from laughter at the Grahamstown Festival. 

30) Do you read blogs?

            Yes 

31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?

            To a party. 

32) Ever been involved with the police?

            Yes, but I was innocent I tell you. Innocent!!!

33) What’s your favourite shampoo, conditioner and soap?

            Pantene shampoo and conditioner.  Soap – Palmolive. 

34) Do you talk in your sleep?

            No 

35) Ocean or pool?

            Ocean, in my wet suit for a long swim. 

36) What’s your favourite song at the moment?

            I am not good with remembering songs.  If I hear one I will say “this is my favourite song” and say the same thing a couple of hours later about another song.  I will never remember the title to either. 

37) What is your favourite colour(s)?

            Depends what for.  Normally I say blue, but my house is mostly decorated in burnt oranges, reds and browns. 

39 Ever met anyone famous?

Does snogging a Springbok count (not telling which one and it was a very long time ago)?  But seriously I have met quite a few famous people both SA and international.  The most famous I suppose would be Christian Slater, Richard Branson, Ruby Wax, Shaggy, the Bross Brothers, the drummer from Oasis and quite a few others.  (living in London).  I also worked at an event company in SA for a while so meet quite a few local celebrities as well, including Alan Donald, Corne Krige (no it was not him), Derek Watts, John Smit (not him either), Darren Scott  – actually the list is long, so I will stop there. 

40) Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life?

            In most parts yes. 

41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?

            Twirl 

42) Ricki Lake or Oprah?

            Oprah 

43)Basketball or Football?

            Football 

44) How long do your showers last?

            Until I run out of hot water if I am allowed to stay in that long. 

45) Automatic or do you drive a stick?

            Stick 

46) Cake or ice cream?

            Ice cream 

47) Are you self-conscious?

            Yes 

48) Have you ever drank so much you threw up?

            Yes 

49) Have you ever given money to a tramp?

            Yes 

50) Have you been in love?

            I have and I am. 

51) Where do you wish you were?

            Lying on my couch in the sun watching Tour de France. 

52) Are you wearing socks?

            Yes, thick hiking socks hidden under black boots for work (it was cold this morning) 

53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?

            No. 

54) Can you tango?

            I have learnt how, but cant actually do it. 

55) Last gift you received?

            My car radio for my birthday from Mr OL. 

56) Last sport you played?

            Running (I don’t do team or ball sports) 

57) Things you spend a lot of money on?

            Triathlons are expensive.  You are basically buying stuff for 3 different sports.   You also tend to eat a lot so it would be sports stuff and food! 

58) Where do you live?

            In the town of my birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 

59) Where were you born?

            See above – at the Provincial Hospital. 

60) Last wedding attended?

              Candice and Warren, as a last minute date for a friends whose date let her down.  Mr OL was overseas so I though why not.  It was lots of fun, although I am not sure what the other guests thought when my friend brought a girl…. 

61) Favourite alcoholic drink?

            Champagne  – but don’t get to drink it that often. 

62) What’d you do last weekend?

            See previous post…. 

63) Most hated food(s)?

            Brussel Sprouts!!!!!!!!! 

64) What’s your least fav chore?

Ironing – I will NOT do it.  I told Mr OL before he asked me to marry him that he had better make a plan otherwise he is going to have crinkly shirts.  He made a plan. 

65) Can you sing?

            No. 

66) Last person you instant messaged?

            A friend about a special on sports goods. 

67) Last place you went on holiday?

            For longer than a weekend – probably my honeymoon which was in the Western Cape.  Now we have animals it is a bit difficult to get away.  Check back in August though.  We are doing the Whale Trail then.  Can’t wait!!!

68) Favourite regular drink?

            Mmmmmmm Milk – new drink from Clover.  It is milk with vanilla extract.  I LOVE it!!! 

69) Current crush?

            See above……  and of course Mr OL.

Posted in Ordinarylife

8 things!

Thankfully I was tagged by Shayne because I think I have gone brain dead with all these holidays.  I just can’t think of anything, never mind just blogging stuff.

 

So here it is.  It is a meme about 8 things.  The rules are simple (thankfully for a brain dead person) but even though they are simple I am going to break them.  Well just the last one.  I am not going to tag anyone, if you want to do it, please do and then leave a comment and tell me you have so I can pop over to your blog and read your answers.

 

Here are my answers.

 

8 Things I am looking forward to:

            1.  Another long weekend (yes, this is another 3 day work week)

            2.  Hiking the Whale Trail later in the year.

            3.  My sister coming back for a week in November (for my brother’s wedding)

            4.  The days getting longer!  Yes I know, but it will happen eventually.

5.  Lunch

6.  Winning the lottery (positive thinking)

7.  Spar Ladies 10km race this weekend.

8.  Going to watch the latest Centrestage production next weekend.

 

8 Things I did yesterday

            1.  Cycled 65km, in awesome weather.

            2.  Cleaned the blinds in the living room (you won’t believe how long that took)

            3.  Checked Facebook on my phone.

            4.  Cooked lunch – it was yummy.

            5.  Played with Miss Molly (cat)

            6.  Watched TV

            7.  Looked at property adverts again

            8.  Dreamt up ways I could afford to give up work

 

8 Things I wish I could do

            1.  Figure out a way to make an income without being tied to a job.

            2.  Hike to Everest Base camp.

            3.  Communicate better.

            4.  Know what I really wanted and how to get it.

            5.  Sing (or be in the slightest little way musical)

            6.  Travel more, but still have home as a base to come back to.

            7.  Buy more property

            8.  Fly to England to visit my sister!!!!

 

8 Shows I Watch

            1.  Grey’s Anatomy

            2.  The Mentalist

3.  CSI (any and all of them)

4.  Law and Order

5.  Grand Design (I love watching the process of building your own home)

6.  Top Gear

7.  Homes Under the Hammer

8.  Most things on BBC Lifestyle that are related to food!!!

 

8 People I am tagging

            Ok, this part I am not doing, Please let me know of you do this so I can read your answers.

 

Posted in Ironman, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Swimming, Training, Triathlon, Work

Interview Me!

 

I saw this on Hayley’s blog – Everything Imbetween and thought it could be fun, that and the fact that I am a bit stuck on stuff to write!  So until inspiration hits again here is my “Interview me”

 

 

Firstly here are the rules:

 

You need to let me know if you’d like to play along and I’ll send you some questions!

 

1. Leave me a comment saying interview me, fill in your email address in the relevant box.  It won’t be visable to anyone but me.  Or if you prefer you can just email me directly at ordinarylife72@gmail.com.

2. I will email you five questions.

3. Answer the questions on your blog.

4. Post rules on your blog with an offer to interview anyone else who emails you wanting to be interviewed.

5. Try and personalise the questions to the particular blogger.

 

Then without further ado, here are the questions that Hayley set for me.

 

1) How did you get into blogging and why?

About 2 years ago I was in a very boring job, which luckily had internet access.  I spent a lot of time online started reading other people’s blogs.  After a few weeks I thought I should start my own.  My first one was http://www.ordinarylife.iblog.co.za but last year I swopped over to this site as it is more reliable.

 

2) What got you started on the Ironman, running, cycling thing?

I was pretty sporty at school; although I was (and still am) pretty useless at anything that involved hitting, catching or throwing – that left running and swimming both of which I enjoyed.  After school I stopped all sport and went travelling.  I would occasionally get inspired to go for a run, but nothing serious.  Then about 5 years ago, after a boyfriend and I broke up, I decided to go for a run again.  I lived on the beachfront and could not have asked for a better place to run.  A few weeks later, my mom, who is a pretty competitive runner, asked me if I wanted to join her for a 10 km race.  I enjoyed it and I started running off and on.  For some reason that 10 km race is still the fastest 10 I have done?????  Then Port Elizabeth started hosting Ironman.  I went and watched for the first few years and each time I said I would love to do that.  It looked like so much fun.  After the 2005 one I decided enough saying I was going to do it, I MUST just do it.  So I  started doing smaller triathlons, firstly on a borrowed mountain bike, and then when I decided (for sure) I would actually do this I bought a entry level road bike.  At first I hated cycling, but loved the swimming and running.  I was so scared of the traffic that I was a wreck after each ride.  I said that the actual race was my most enjoyable ride.  No bunches of cyclists, no traffic, no fear (just a sore butt).  I was really worried about riding again and did not get on the bike for just over a year.  And then the oddest thing happened – I got on my bike and LOVED IT!  Now it is the discipline that I enjoy the most!  I am not sure what happened in that time but my paralysing fear is gone.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still nervous and get a bit stressed but not so stressed that I don’t enjoy myself.  I know that this time will be different, after this IM I will continue cycling, just because I enjoy it and not because I have to because it is part of triathlon.

 

3) Would you ever leave South Africa?

Hard Question!  We do talk about leaving of and on depending on what is in the news at that time, or how much Carte Blanche we watched.  We often talk about other countries that we would like to live in but every time we come up with a reason as to why South Africa is better.  Australia – the quarantine for our animals is too long.  UK – weather too miserable, houses too small.  USA – no desire to go there (although the more blogs I read the more appealing it appears).  We do look at some places and say – “ we would love to live there” but there is always a negative, like no employment opportunities, we don’t speak the language or something like that.  I have lived in Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden each for about a year and in England for over 2 years and still feel that SA is best for us for now.  But I suppose a lot depends on the situation in this country. 

 

4) Any job in the world, what would you do?

See previous post – Caretaker or the Great Barrier Reef!

Ok, a bit more seriously!  I actually don’t know.  I have very, very varied interests so think I would love something and then 2 weeks later change my mind.  When I was younger I wanted to be a truck driver.  At the moment I would love to grow veggies and herbs, organise a farmers market for like minded individuals and have a café /deli that sells fresh, delicious seasonal foods.

 

5) What are your plans for the future, do you have anything you and your hubby are working towards?

Well, we said we wanted to be married a year before we started trying for a family……..We celebrated our anniversary in August. 

We are also discussing the feasibility of moving to a smallholding.  Somewhere big enough that I could try and start the veggie and herb thing but small enough that it is still manageable.  Let’s see what happens!