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4 Beautiful Girls

A month or so ago we were in Durban for a week. We spent a fair amount of time at Jude’s house. Jude’s house also consists of Layla, Gav and Glad. Layla is Jude and Gav’s beautiful little girl. She also secretly and unofficially my God-Daughter, but I have to wait till she’s 21 to choose a God-Father for herself : )

On this particular day one of Jude’s friends was over. Her name is Curli. Curli’s little girl Anna was there as well, and picture taking time happened…….


Posted by Barrie Bramley on June 26th, 2011 .
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June – what a month – woop woop : )

June’s almost over. And what a month it’s been for us : )

School holidays in South Africa to accommodate the World Cup. Little to almost no business for me because of support of the World Cup : )

And so I accepted the no-work reality and worked from home, and played with our family. And play we did. I won’t go into detail on each event, simply point you to albums of pics that we took to record the events.

First Gautrain ride – we attempted to go on the first public Gautrain ride. We didn’t get onto the first one, but darn close

Bafana parade through Sandton – what a day. School closed a day early and we went to join the masses to celebrate and support our National Team

World Cup prep – Jordi and I went shopping for decorations. For our bodies, our cars and our home. We all supported Bafana, and then each picked a 2nd option. Carli took England. Jordi took Brazil. Leish and I took Spain.

World Cup game in Durban – I managed to secure tickets on the Friday morning, and we hit the road (by car) to catch the Japan v Netherlands Game the next afternoon. Home on Sunday

We still have two weeks of holiday to go – woop woop : )

Posted by Barrie Bramley on June 30th, 2010 .
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Sprinkler Waters

I’m lying on the grass watching three little girls laughing their heads off, in what are the last few moments of our long weekend getaway at Sparkling Waters Hotel (Sprinker Waters to Carli). Jordi, Carli and a new friend (we think is called Lauren) are on a see-saw. Jordi has just tumbled off and it is hilarious. It’s been a weekend full of these kinds of moments, and I’m very aware, as I write this, of how grateful I am to be having it.

Leish is with her mom, grabbing some time out. I miss her. The girls miss her, but it’s good to miss and be missed from time to time.

I’ve often read that it’s healthy for couples to go away with their kids on their own from time to time. It is a different dynamic and I can appreciate why it’s healthy. I wondered if single parents wish for a weekend with another ‘parent’ in the same sort of way?

The age of the girls has been great. They’ve been interested in so many different things this weekend. From wanting to sign the drinks invoice to finding much amusement switching an old lamp on and off. There are many highlights when I think about this weekend. Memories I’ll treasure for a long time, and stories I’m sure we’ll be telling and re-telling for months to come.

Click here for a few pics of the weekend.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on March 23rd, 2010 .
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Our Plett Holiday

3 weeks away! We’ve not done that together as a family. We do try and go away a lot, but we’ve never gone for this long. We’ve always talked about it, dreamed about, intended to do it, but this was the first time we’ve done it. And it was the most wonderful time ever.

We took a two week booking from some friends who changed their holiday plans and spent that part of the holiday in Plettenberg Bay. We’ve not been there before and it was wonderful The beaches were great, the weather rocked and I think, bar two days, we visited the beach every day.

While Jordi pushed herself further than she ever has, the waves were still a little too daunting to fully master feeling comfortable with a ‘complete’ swimming experience. Carli took a few days to warm up to the sea, but once she did, we couldn’t keep her out of the water.

The girls got ‘tattoos’ on one of the days. A little more complex and involved than the ones you get from the vending machines in Spur, and they were very proud of them, while they lasted. See the pics for more detail.

One of my favourite memories of the holiday was on our last day in Plett. Leish and I started a ‘happy experience’ thing each morning. We’d ask each other for something that would make a happy on each day. Our last day was to swim together in the sea. It ended up being the worst day of weather we had, but we still managed to make it down to the beach in the afternoon. As I played at the back-line, I waved for Leish to come in. She hates water temp that isn’t fairly close to bath heat, and so I expected her to answer with a ‘no’. But to the amazement of me, and the girls, she got up, and did a ‘baywatch’ as she ran across the beach, and glided through the waves to the back-line. We didn’t stay long, but it was a memory I will remember. It was a ‘happy’.

From Plett we moved onto Franschhoek to a friends wedding at Rickety Bridge (see the previous post). We got to visit with our friends Tracy and Cade, and in general had a really relaxing end, with some unique experiences, before heading back to Jozi, via Bloem.

So another 11 months to the next one of these. Work work work for 3 weeks of complete relaxation and fun. Yes please.

Click here to see some pics.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on February 3rd, 2010 .
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Wedding in Franschhoek

Harley D got married. For those that know him, it’s for real, we were there, and we saw it with our own two eyes. He’s married Charmaine. We only met her the night before, and over the time we spent with her, they look like they’re in looooove.

The Wedding was at Rickety Bridge and as weddings go, it was a goodie. Lotsa fun, short ceremony, horse drawn carriage entry, dancing, entertaining speeches and an amazing MC (me : )

It was a new family experience for us, as Jordi stayed awake and involved for the entire evening and so Leish and my dancing was curtailed as Jordi took us out for a spin and a spin and another spin on the dance floor. It was wonderful. I did get to dance with Leish, and it confirmed what we know…. that we love dancing together. I love dancing with Leish. One of my most favourite things to do with her.

To see some pics of the wedding, click here.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on February 1st, 2010 .
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Trip to THE pet shop

A couple of posts back I wrote briefly of the ‘little pink things’ that Carli and I got from Pete at Peter Bee Pets in Krugersdorp. Going with Carli (or Jordi) to visit Pete is always a treat. He has the best Pet Shop with the most interesting stuff (animals) that I’ve ever seen. And he’s always so good with the girls. Let’s them hold, touch, feed, play, etc with whatever catches their eye. And there’s lots to catch their eye. There’s nothing Pete has that’s normal or usual.

Our last trip was mid-December and I got some pics of Carli with some of the amazing creatures that Pete has in his shop.

Click here to see the pics.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on January 13th, 2010 .
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Our Night of Camping

A couple of weeks ago our friends, the Blackburns, invited us for a night of camping with them to the Magaliesberg. A risk on their side, as we’re beginners in this area. They helped us gather together some equipment and we headed out on our adventure.

Was a great evening (hectic wind, some rain and all). The girls had a good time, and it was a good first step into this world together. Here’s a short vid of some of our stay. 3 sec bursts from the footage we took.

Or you can see the video on YouTube by following this link.

If you’d like to see all the video’s we’ve uploaded, check out our YouTube Chanel.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on December 21st, 2009 .
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Saturday is movie day

We’re in the berg. All 4 of us. I spoke this morning for AMASA and they offered the family a weekend at Little Switzerland in return. It’s around 15:30 as I write this, and our day thus far has consisted of the following:

  • I spoke from 08:15 to 09:30
  • Met Leish, Jordi and Carli for breakfast
  • Came back to our chalet
  • Watched movies.
  • Ate lunch.

We’re still lying around. It’s been glorious. If it wasn’t for having to eat breakfast at the hotel I reckon they’d still be in their PJ’s : )

Leish and I were wondering a little while ago if it’s OK to be in the berg and behave like this? I didn’t have an answer either, but if I based one of how it felt, it’s more than acceptable.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on August 26th, 2009 .
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Fish Eagles at Umngazi

One of the defining moments for anyone’s Umngazi holiday is a river cruise at the end of the day with the infamous Kevin. It’s a leisurely cruise up and back down the river, with the main objective of seeing the pair of Fish Eagle’s swooping in to pick up a fish that Kevin throws out for it. Of course his Fish Eagle call is amazing all on it’s own, and you quickly realise he’s been doing this for a long time. He knows them, and they certainly know him. He also spots them coming in long before anyone else on the boat, binoculars or not.

It’s all over before you know it, and I often think that simply watching, as apposed to attempting to catch it on film is the way to go. This trip both Fish Eagles came in (I’ve only seen one at a time) and it was as spectacular as ever. One of them then travelled with us for a while, flying from tree to tree. Hungry I presume, and not simply looking for company.

Leish and I both had a go at catching the event on camera. Click here for some of the pics.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on August 25th, 2009 .
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Musical Sandcastles

While we were away in Umngazi, the girls joined in with some of the formal activities organised for the children.

On one particular day this ended up being a sand castle building event. I think it was billed as a competition, but I didn’t see any competing going on. I figured it was just clever marketing speak to get the kids to join in, and then someone wisely withdrew the competition as the kids got stuck into letting their creativity out, clearly not very concerned as to whether they were going to win some prize.

Our girls teamed up with Zara and Marli and built a ‘music world’. It was stunning. A guitar, a piano, a music note, a concert venue, drums. Spectacular!

Took some pics of Jordi and Carli playing the piano. I was impressed. They were proud. So they should’ve been.

Posted by Barrie Bramley on August 24th, 2009 .
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