Blesbokkie and the Eastern Cape

Hello all ye lovely peoples!

I have indeed a special fondness for the outdoors, and indeed did I procure my share of fresh air the last couple of days. Round trip to the Eastern Cape and back, topped off with smoothies for a breakfast with a couple of wonderful swimming friends. The actual reason for me hopping into my red wagon was the transportation of a very very very valuable blesbuck, Top Deck (you can read more about it here) and I nearly fell into the technology trap of placing more importance on capturing the moment than just enjoying the moment. Actually moments. There were a lot of them.

Very randomly I would also like to promote a blog post that Erik Stoop wrote on God not being finished with us yet.

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At Minette Teessen for her mom’s birthday with Marie Avery (co-swimmer) on the right. And a very odd looking person eavesdropping…. Freaky!!

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On the way in Bloemfontein stopping over at Frantzeska Tyrannes for a quick coffee. Frantzeska has her own employment agency and loves animals with a passion unrivalled by many people. Without any doubt one of the Christian Friendship Community’s most valuable friends.

20140725_150103Our lovely Eastern Cape. There is just something about this place. Maybe the absence of shopping malls…

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20140725_092508And the blesbuck TopDeck, sold for an amount I struggle mentioning on this particular blog.

 

20140726_083644Back home again Minette reached her fundraising goal for clean water in India! She will be swimming the Thames (yes you got it, freezing Britain) next month but seems adamant that the peoples of South Africa should not the least stop donating now. A very good cause I tell ye!

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Now I know this blog is not about me but I found my self in a Dutch Reformed Church on Saturday afternoon (yes you might have guessed, a very traditional wedding) and that my dear friends doesn’t happen often. So do take note the rare occasions I find myself in one of these prehistoric buildings!

Well, that’s me for now so Arrie Warrie and as always, be blessed in abundance until another trip somewhere. (even if it is just to the swimming pool)

JAS

Ministries and stuff – Amazing Graces

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Welcome to Amazing Graces, a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian-based organisation, doing some of the best work out there ever!

Hanneke du Preez, Managing Director at Amazing Graces Social Investments gave us a little insight on what exactly it is they are doing in some of the poorest regions here in South Africa.

To read more or make a contribution, follow the link below:

http://www.amazing-graces.co.za/

Ta for now,

A

A watery affair – Minétte Teessen

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“Keeping up with social media platforms today is by far more effort than my training for the endurance swim in August this year!”

Minétte Teesen, a veracious swimmer and outdoor enthusiast will be diving into the Thames in the UK for a full 14km swim in aid of Frank Water Projects and clean drinking water in India.

“I’ve been training for this particular swim for about ten months now, and have only recently started swimming with the compulsory wet-suit needed for the day,” Minétte said, adding that she keep up a program of 6 training sessions per week.

Minétte needs no less then a total of £300 for a successful fundraiser to be completed. So a quick ten bucks from each of us will bring her toward her goal in no time.

Oh, and one more thing… Minétte made ‘n video for the purpose of her fundraising project and wants to load it unto YouTube. She however used as background music some pretty popular songs, over loaded with copyright. So if you know someone affiliated with Queens of the Stone Age, feel free to pass the contact along. You know, it’s not like we’re asking for the President’s phone number now, is it?

Ta for now!

A

https://www.justgiving.com/minette-teessen/

Apologising? Yea right!

Time for a new post! What I actually mean is that my posting on Roughly Something is long overdue and that my philosophy of keeping quiet when you do not have anything meaningful to say, seems to leave my blog emptier then my coffee mug after nine o’clock in the morning. I’ve recently seen some bloggers starting a post by apologizing for their unjustified absence, and I immediately thought what unnecessary baloney that is as I was not even aware of the date and time of the post prior to the one I’m reading. I have also come to the conclusion that if you apologize for a matter in such a fashion, you are probably one of those people saying sorry when you’re walking in a shopping mall and a person approaching from the front don’t know whether to pass you on the right or the left, effectively bringing the both of you to a halt. I would not consider myself as one of the world’s greatest bloggers, although perhaps on my way to becoming one, yet I firmly believe that there is no need for any person to apologize about the working of his or her publication, whether online or hard copy. Your blog is either a good one or it’s not. If it’s not, and you’ll know it for there are many clues, then get working, posting and rolling, but to apologize is not going to add to your readership.

There are however a fair amount of events that happened since my last post and so I decided to, rather than spit it all out is this post, give a colorful and elaborate account of happenings in the next few posts. Yet I’ll not leave you with nothing for today. I came across a video by Nick Vujicic called “Something More” and it sort of kick started my day in a very different tone. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the link is below.

Have a good one you all and as always, may the peace of God be upon you, now and always.

A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrV_ZvwZRvw

Keep dreaming

Hi all you lovely coffee drinkers, etiquette like tea drinkers and gracious book readers! If you find yourself on your way to the Aroma coffee shop in Lynnwood Pretoria, don’t bother… just yet. To my utter shock and devastation I was informed that they’ll only be opening their doors on Wednesday. Oh, and if you wanted to buy yourself an ice-cream on a Sunday evening after church at your nearest KFC, don’t bother either. I visited three of the chicken franchises last night and had to settle with Mc Donald’s. So to end my most lazy, most relaxing and most unproductive summer holiday, it came down to a late night ice-scream and a movie. To properly not think of today’s work, the movie had to be Anna KareninI’ve read the book about half way but with the daunting thoughts of another years worth of labor, my attention had to be thoroughly captivated by a time zone entirely from another world.

It wouldn’t be wise to enter the New Year with any thoughts on work, politics, or the new neighbors cat that sneaked in and ripped your dining room curtain to pieces.  We may, in the course of our daily activities, still linger on perhaps a dream that may have gotten lost a long time ago. A dream of a better life, a better community or just a dream of having the basics in life, (for those of you in a tight spot.)

The words; “may all your dreams come true,” comes to mind but those words would be rather futile if there aren’t any dreams to realize. I know from personal experience, that our existence here on earth has a sneaky way to steal our dreams, not all at once of course, but slowly, bit by bit until one day you realize that you have totally forgotten what you really wanted. We are all aware of the fact that, the day we stop dreaming, is the day we die.

Why not take some time then, and get dreaming again. If not to act upon it, at least just for fun. Who knows what might come of it.

May you have a grand 2014, may all your dreams and hearts desires be fulfilled and never mind a happy New year, happy dreaming!

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” -Albert Einstein

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Keep dreaming