Posted in Family, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

I (almost) wish I was there

Ironman fever has hit PE – again.  Race week always has such a great vibe, so much so that it makes me almost wish I had entered.  Not quite but almost.

At least this year I will be doing the Corporate Challenge.  It is 10% of the full Ironman, so even shorter than a sprint at 380m swim, 18km cycle and a 4.2km run, but at least it is something and I get to run down the finishers chute – if I finish of course.

This year both my brother and my sister will be taking part.  It will be my sister’s 5th Ironman and my brother’s first.  It would have been absolutely amazing to stand on the start with both my siblings, but I know I am not in the right time in my life to be doing a full ironman.  It takes so much commitment and with Little OL my priorities are elsewhere.  I will however be down there at the start and supporting them both the entire day.  I love the atmosphere, the vibe and the energy.  I will be crying with emotion and screaming with excitement for all the atheletes.  I know what it is like.  It is the most unbelievable feeling in the world.

So to everyone taking part on Sunday – you have all my support and best wishes and just remember ENJOY

Finishing Ironman South Africa in 2009
Posted in Baby OL, Family, Ordinarylife

Historic Post

This is a historic post – it is the first post using internet at home.  1st time EVER!  I have always gained access either at work or from my phone.  Mr OL always said he is not getting internet at home because he would never see me.

AND it is my 500th post on this blog!!!

I think he must be sick of seeing me, because it was his idea. Well that and the fact that he got himself an iPhone.   Then decided that he needs an iPad as well.  Then realised that he needs access to the internet to get it to work. 

It was quite funny when he realised that he also needed a PC or Mac to get the thing set up… and he does not have one.  Not even at work as they work through a network or server or something.  Hee hee…. guess who has a laptop.  So he had to be nice to me.

He is now set up and playing on his iPad on the couch.  I am on my laptop at the table and peace is reigning in our house. 

I can’t say that you will be hearing more from me though.  I am normally in bed pretty soon after Little OL goes down.

HOpe you are all having a good festive season.

Haga Haga, Eastern Cape
Posted in Baby OL, Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

A mini outing

On Saturday morning we went to Elephant Walk.  On the first Saturday of each month they have a car boot sale, as well as the permanent Farm Stall and antiques shop.  I have cycled past it many times when training, but have never been inside.  I decided that this weekend was time to rectify that.

I even managed to drag Mr OL with me – I think it was the mention of Farm Stall that got him salivating…  What can I say – we like food.

Well, the car-boot sale was just that and after a brief walk around we headed for the food.  YUM!  We will be going back.  The veggies and things were great, and they had fresh bread.  We bought a few things and headed home.  Lunch was thick sandwiches made with the fresh bread, butter lettuce, tomatoes and mustard all bought at the farm stall.  We also added a bit of Brie cheese. 

They also have a restaurant, but I did not go inside or look around.  Will have to do that next time.

Of course I forgot to take my camera!  Once again… bad blogger.  At least I did take pictures at home of Baby OL eating the bread.

Hmmm Bread!
Posted in Baby OL, Family, Food, Ordinarylife, South Africa

Taking a drive

I am a bad blogger.  Mr OL, baby OL and I went for a drive on Wednesday – as you do when you get a new (for me) car….  YIPEE I got a new car.     (And yes it was after voting) BUT I did not take many photos. 

Bad, bad, bad blogger because the area and farm stalls we went to were divine and very photographable. The food was awesome and the scenery very pretty – and even worse was that I actually had my camera with me.

We drove out to Patensie, Mr OL had not been there before and I had not been in ages.  I had heard that there were a couple of really nice farmstalls so wanted to go have a look – and of course drive my car.  I was not disappointed.

Here is the one photo I did actually take!  Sweet….

Mr and Baby OL at Tolbos, Patensie


The farm stalls were Padlangs and Tolbos. Both really good. 

We had bean and veggie soup at Tolbos – yum!  It was cute, had loads of jams, olives, preserves etc as well as a few really nice décor items.  It also had a REALLY cute teddy bear but Baby OL has quite a few so I managed to put it down again.  The seating area outside is under cover and protected.  I really liked it, it had a variety of seating from comfy couches to bench tables.  LOVELY.

After that we drove on to Padlangs.  Also cute, more décor stuff than foods but very quaint.  Here I just had a scone with jam and cream.  Mr OL had a chicken pie and he said when the menue said stuffed full of chicken they were not joking.  It looked and smelt YUM!

Posted in Baby OL, Ordinarylife

“Bat”tling to sleep

So last night I woke up hearing this weird sound in our bedroom.  I thought at first it was a mouse or something else that the cat had brought in, then possibly a small bird or maybe a moth as there was this flapping sound.  Then this horrendous smell, URGH! 

Mr OL woke up and I asked him if he knew what the hell the noise was.  We turned on the light to see this shadow swooping around above us. A very large moth??? NOPE a BAT!!! What the heck – there was a bat in our bedroom.  I have absolutely NO idea how it got there. The only window open in the entire house was down the passage – and the only cat that was inside is not a very good hunter – fighter yes, but hunter not at all.  He has never ever caught a single thing before so I really doubt he would have caught a bat?

We have very large sliding doors leading into our bedroom so luckily it did not take the bat that long to find its way out of them.  It was a bit freaky as I have no idea how on earth it got inside, but at least I don’t mind bats too much.

The only problem was that Baby OL has taken to waking up at night – and this was the first night in a while that she was sleeping soundly. Typical – I still did not get a full night’s sleep.

Posted in Books, Ordinarylife

Killing Kebble

This is a public service announcement.

I noticed that one of the terms used on Google that is sending people my way is “when is Killing Kebble  coming out on Kindle” – so here is the answer:  There is no Kindle version yet but has been released on ePub on Kalahari. It is also available in paperback.

How do I know this?  I asked Mandy Wiener the question on twitter last week – @MandyWiener if you are interested in following her.  I am guessing that the reason people are being directed to my blog is because I have linked my twitter feed to it.

Has anyone read the book yet, and if so what do you think?

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

A lost opportunity?

Alan over at My PE has asked an interesting question.

He asked if Ironman has lost it’s public appeal.  I VEHEMENTLY denied that this is the case as the crowds supporting were larger than ever but I do agree with his answer to my comment.  More should be done to advertise our beautiful city.  Much, much more!

We have one of the most beautiful cities anywhere!  Our beaches are safe to swim at, our climate is great, we have fantastic roads to train on, we have top game farms close by and yet our tourism attractions are closing down. Why is this and who is to blame?  Is it the people that live in PE, is it the organisations that should be promoting PE, or is it just that our attractions are not in line with what tourists want when they come to a city. (FireFly – opinions would be greatly appreciated)

I agree with Alan that we have lost out on a great marketing opportunity in not getting more video footage out there.  Not making sure it was on the news (dratted Charl Schwartzel going and stealing our thunder) on every radio station and in all the national papers.

This event filled our city, now we just need to find a way to sure that these people come back, tell their friends about it and that they broadcast how fantastic the race and city was.  Everyone I know that has competed raves about the race and the city. We need more people raving about it.

I know that there are a lot of people working very hard to promote our city, but it is down to each and every individual that lives here.  We need to get the word out that this is a fantastic place to live and visit.

Crowds lined up at the start of IMSA 2011


Raynard Tissink, out the water after the first lap of the swim


Chrissie Wellington running her way to victory
Some of the supports lining the roads
One of my friends with her daughter cheering her on.


Crowds at the Finish Line


If you have a look at the photos and not just at the athletes you will see that there is HUGE crowd support.  We just need to broadcast it a bit.

Posted in Baby OL, Family, Ironman, Ordinarylife, Paintings, Parenting, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

7 Things…

7 things….. 

Phew, I am not sure what there is that you don’t already know about me.

  1. Like Hayley who gave me this award (Thank you) I love South Africa.  I have lived in 6 different countries and visited quite a few more and still think this one is best!  I am not oblivious to its faults and I not always confident that it is heading in the right direction but I love it anyway.  I love the colour, the vibrancy and the noise.  I love the mountains and the beaches and the open space of the Karroo.  I love the faces, the smiles and the friendly greetings.  I love living here!

  2.  I get bored easily and it is a major problem!  I never stick to one thing, I have no idea what it is that I want to do with my life and by now (38) I really should have some sort of vague clue.  That saying “Jack or all trades but master of none” is very true for me.  I can do a lot of things reasonably well but have not mastered any one thing.  Hmmm…..
  3. I am surprised by how much I am enjoying Baby OL.  I always thought that I would not enjoy the “baby” stage but I love it!  It does help that she is a total little angel and has only woken once in the middle of the night in the past 4 months.  (Please don’t hate me).  She goes to bed at 7 and wakes up around 6 or 7 the following morning.

  4. Different cultures and traditions fascinate me. 
  5. I never thought I would get married. I did not picture it in my future at all.  I never dreamt about meeting that one or spending my life with one person.  I used to fear all forms of commitment and would not even sign a permanent job contract.  I worked as a temp for many years and only had my first permanent job when I was 28.  The job I have now has been my longest @ 3.5 years.  I would not even sign a lease agreement before.  Now I own property, am married and have a baby…   I used to think the Dido song “Life for Rent” pretty much summed up how I lived.  I worry it still does to a degree…

  6.   I have NEVER been on a diet.  If I think that I should maybe on one then I instantly start eating like a horse.  If I feel that I need to lose weight I start to do more exercise.  Usually that helps because I feel healthier and it has a knock on effect, the better I feel the healthier I eat and so on.
  7. When I was 12 I was told by the art teacher at my primary school that I had no artistic talent and art was not a subject that I should take in high school.  Thankfully art was actually a compulsory subject for the first two years while I was at high school and the teacher there was FANTASTIC!!!! She was encouraging and I was even made Art Monitor.  I did however carry the belief that I could not paint and so did not do art as an elective subject when the opportunity arose.  I did thankfully keep drawing and still do.  I even started art classes in 2000 and LOVED it.  Talent or not I now love painting and drawing and have actually sold quite a few of my art works.  It is something I am very proud off.  I am amazed that somebody that is supposed to nurture talent could destroy a child’s confidence like that.  I was even more upset because she said it when I was showing her a picture I was extremely proud of and still remember what it was off.  I now wish I had kept it, but I was so upset I scrunched it up and threw it in the bin. 

So, that is pretty much me.

I  have not tagged anybody, so if you  feel like doing it  please go ahead, just let me know in the comments so I can come and read what you have written (I am curious like that…) (is that No.8?)

Posted in Baby OL, Cats, Family, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, weather

Ok, explain this….

So explain this to me, Baby OL sometimes wakes at the slightest noise in the house. We have wooden floors and if you walk down them too loud it wakes her up.  If the birds start tweeting outside her bedroom at 5am she wakes.  If the cats scratch in my bedroom, which they do every morning, then she wakes.  If there is the biggest loudest most amazing thunderstorm directly over our house she sleeps…… Like a baby!!!!

I was awake, Mr OL was awake, the cats were awake, the dogs awake. Baby OL – sound asleep!  In fact she had the best night she has had all week and only woke at 6:15. 

The storm continued for hours, it was awesome.  There was thunder, lightning, hail and lots and lots of rain, which we desperately need.  Let’s hope it hit our catchment areas.