Powerless

It feels like months since I have written because I usually write a bit every evening after work and then just have to edit and tidy up my post on Saturday, but this week I have worked late every night as I had a deliverable due for close of business on Friday. I was just …

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Memories and Triggers

I have mentioned before how we have so many challenges to deal with in South Africa that people in other 'First World' countries seldom experience. My village of Hout Bay was without water for over 4 days. Some areas were without water for about a week. Our house must be on a different reservoir or …

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Careful What You Wish For

Sometimes the thing that you want the most is also the thing which will change your life completely, yet that part is never thought about. You only focus on the acquisition. Finn is a case in point. We wanted him so much (and still do) but we are finished. He has so much energy and …

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The Greek & Mythology

Today is a very special day. We collect our Finn later this afternoon. The breeder used Pets Travel, and the company has been absolutely amazing. They have set up a WhatsApp group with me, the drivers and the agent and they have been sending me updates throughout the journey. I was so excited last night …

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Currying Flavour

This week my new project officially kicked off and we spent time getting onboarded by attending workshops or meetings. A new project is always exhausting as your brain is trying to absorb the background while envisioning the future. It is a huge project and I am one of the Data Architects. My responsibilities involve data …

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Birthdays and Biopsies

This week marks 14 years since I moved back to South Africa from the UK. Norm only joined me in December that same year but I arrived on the 7th and started my new job on the 9th of August. It is easy to remember because that date is Women's Day. As well as the …

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Eyes on the Prize

Caitlin is my only child that lives in Cape Town but as she has been ill we did not have visitors for Father's Day. Instead Norm and I had a day relaxing and watching films as the weather had turned very hot again and it was too warm to do any gardening. I did paint …

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Embracing Change

On Thursday Norm decided to go to one of the vaccination centres on the other side of Cape Town which has been vaccinating walk in patients as long as they are registered on the government portal. He did not have to wait long at all, they vaccinated him and he was back home in a …

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Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the first lockdown in SA for Covid. It was supposed to be for 21 days but a year later and many of us are still practicing isolation and COVID protocols where possible. I mentioned in last week's blog that our drum circle was meeting last Sunday and I …

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Second Chances

This is a 3 day weekend in South Africa as Sunday is Human Rights Day and we have Monday off of work. Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with March 21st, 1960 and the events of Sharpeville. The apartheid regime forced black people to carry a 'Pass', a hated identification document, known …

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