Strictly goes Nostalgic…

How absolutely awesome was last night’s version of Pump up the Jam? I must admit, I tried to listen to the original 80s Technotronic piece that was all the rage back in my day…I just couldn’t. But oh that Strictly Come Dancing rendition is just perfect and made me all nostalgic. Alex and Neil…great dancing you two:

And for those who want to listen to the Technotronic version…here it is:

Abandoned…so I could have him…

There’s a new addition to the family…meet Ingwe (“Leopard” in Zulu/Xhosa). He had been repeatedly spotted at a “fortress” without a mother for a week. When he was seen walking (or stumbling) around in circles and walking into things because his eyes were so badly stuck shut and yellow stuff oozing from them and his nose, someone brought him to the “animal mother” (and my neighbour). She really couldn’t take in another rescue (her house has plenty)…so here I am (formerly a “dog person”)…totally in love with my little boy…and now a “cat and dog person”…

In 4 days he has gained a whole lot of weight (no longer skin and bones) and has gone from an estimated 7 weeks old to roughly 9 (according to the vet). His eyes have almost cleared up and most of all…he’s a mischievous, happy little darling…

So rewarding having watched him go from lethargic to a playful kitten…

Help…please…this Privacy and Cookies banner is driving me insane…

…on my own darn Blog I repeatedly need to click the Accept and Close button just to have the banner reappear….why oh why? Other blogs seem to have this banner go away on my subsequent visits nope, not my own one…like it doesn’t register that I’ve clicked anything. Even when I preview posts, check appearance…anything.

Where have I missed a step? I’ve added the widget, set the defaults and can’t see anything else to be done other than to save.


Nürburgring…a new experience

Wow. What a weekend…it is all starting to sink in now. I’ve had some sleep. I’ve seen my own four walls again. And I’ve had time to reflect…

Yep…I went to the 24 Hour Race at the Nürburgring. It all started with me dropping my name into the lucky draw entry box at the office thinking that I’ll never win anyway. Until one morning, in mid-sip of my morning cuppa…I hear “You’re in!”. Huh? In what? “You’ve been drawn as the one of 6 to go to the race”. Wooow!!! And then… “Oh my…what have I just gotten myself into????”.

Basically, the company I work for is involved in a certain car part and so in short, sponsors a team in the 24 Hour Race. And staff can enter to be part of this experience…work obviously involved. While my duty was in the team tent making waffles and serving frozen yoghurt and cocktails, I still managed to get a lot of time to experience what happens on the track, in the “box” (boy, does it get manic in there during the race) as well as the general happenings in the “paddock”.

Driving up north last Wednesday, my colleagues and I arrived tired but the excitement soon kicked in when we realised how big this race really is…thousands of fans had already set up campsites in any available field. I was told some got there on the Monday morning already to get that prime spot. Little did we know that thousands more were to come. We found ourselves in full race spirit by Thursday morning for the build up to the 15.00 race begin on Saturday afternoon. Yes, by Sunday, being tired and braving the rain that arrived that morning, I was fed up and wanted my peace from cars and people (I don’t meant that in a bad way), but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Loved it, in fact. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And so, here are some impressions:

Best view (thank you to the kind person who gave me this spot)

Preparation for the big day…

View of the “paddock”

More of the “paddock”

How many tyres does one need?

It was so interesting to see all the work that goes into preparing for a race (and that’s only the on-site preparations, never mind the pre-race work and admin). And then come the race-day….wow, the number of people and resources involved is something else…

While these pictures don’t do the atmosphere and experience justice in any way, all I’ll say at this point is that it was absolutely awesome to experience this event.

(Please note, all images are my own and remain my property)

Lightly dusted with snow…

So, maybe I haven’t lived in Europe long enough but wow…winter is just gorgeous…and that atmosphere. I know it is cliché but it really does look like someone has dusted the trees with icing sugar…


…ok, ok, fine, let’s talk again next winter. This is still that “new” phase where everything is wonderful (I’ve never seen so many beautiful icicles and gaze in awe at frozen waterfalls) and after a few winters I probably won’t appreciate it anymore…well, hopefully I will, as it is magnificent. Oh…we even had sun today but I couldn’t take any pics as I was stuck at the office! And my first really cold weather experience… -12 Degrees Celsius is a tad chilly when barely awake and heading to work in the morning…it did go up to a nice warm -1 though.


Isn’t nature amazing? The “live” version is spectacular.

Delicious and unusual…

…look what I got in the post from a great blogging friend…and oh, my word…that Raspberry and Liquorice one is wonderfully unusual and totally delicious. My favourite chocolate is orange (in any style possible) so that one I’m going to keep until I really can’t resist anymore (which probably won’t be long).

As for the wrappings…how absolutely delightful. For me, a fresh take on chocolate wrappers. Likewise the chocolate itself…looks so nice with the black and red speckles on a white backdrop. The texture is likewise lovely – smooth with the crunchiness of the speckles.

Thank you soooooo much Realweegiemidget. (Yours should be in your part of the world by now too).

The Four Things Tag

Things work out in weird ways…I was just wondering what I should write about (and I’m not in the mood for a movie or music post) when along comes Eva of Coffee, Classics and Craziness with a delightful tag…

She kind of (any excuse to join in) tagged me in that she tagged anyone who enjoys re-watching movies. Yes…RE-watching. And no…don’t come with that line “oh…but how can you possibly watch a movie more than once”….hmm…but then you are mostly movie bloggers reading this so I think that comment is redundant…oh whatever…here are my fours…

Four Jobs I’ve Had

  1. General office assistant at the Consulate General while a student;
  2. Part-time book seller while a student;
  3. Piano teacher (yes…how did you guess…while a student);
  4. Business Intelligence (Analytics) and Data Warehouse Consultant (not as a student).

Four Things I Don’t Eat

This one is hard because I pretty much eat everything.

1. Uhm….hmmm…actually….I don’t know…I’ll come back to this one…sometime…

Ok…I’m back…brain…that I won’t eat. And fruit in meals…like, in main meals – dinner. So, for example pineapple in Riz Casimir or raisins in pumpkin. That’s about it. And primary school camp meals.

Four Places I’ve Lived

  1. Lambton, South Africa (yes, yes, I’m a Germiston girl);
  2. Dowerglen, South Africa;
  3. River Ridge, South Africa;
  4. Because “lived” is past tense…I can’t put down my current location…so, you’re left with three entries above I’m afraid.

Four of my Favorite Foods

  1. Sushi;
  2. Roast Chicken with roast potatoes and the works;
  3. Raclette;
  4. Chocolate (that’s a food right….? Daft question…of course it is 😀 ).Chocolate

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

Only four????? What???? Ok, fine…four it is:

  1. Last of the Mohicans (I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen this one);
  2. Catch and Release;
  3. The Magnificent Seven (1960);
  4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Four TV Shows I Watch

I don’t watch TV…sorry.

Peaky Blinders (does that count?)


And Rome….many years back…

Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This [Coming] Year (2018)

  1. Taking things as they come;
  2. More experiences in my new home in the northern hemisphere;
  3. Seeing my mother again when she finally joins us here in our new home;
  4. Spending time with family and friends.

Four Things I Can’t Live Without

Hmmm…I know this sounds all soppy but having made this big move to Europe from way down South Africa way…I’ve realised that there is only one thing I can’t live without…family and pets. Other than that, I missed absolutely nothing while I was waiting for the container. Neither do I miss the items I left behind altogether. I realised that we accumulate way too much and don’t really need most of it.

Now back to the lighter things…

Four Places I’ve Visited

  1. Argentina;
  2. New York;
  3. Thailand;
  4. Cape Town.


Four Pet Peeves

Hmmm…going to give this one a miss – I mean, I’d rather focus on positives…

Four Things I Wish I Could Do

  1. Parkour – it looks soooo awesome;
  2. Speak Mandarin (I’ve started once before but didn’t have the time to learn);
  3. Climb the Eiger Nordwand;
  4. Finish writing the screenplay I started more than 5 years and just never get around to working on.Eiger (3.970 m, Berner Alpen, Nordwestseite), von Kleine Scheidegg aus

Four Subjects I Studied at School

  1. History;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Physical Science;
  4. Computer Studies.

in contrast to my Uni subjects:

  1. Philosophy;
  2. Classics (Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Death and Dying in the Ancient World and all those exciting things);
  3. Practical Music Studies (Piano and Organ);
  4. Composition Techniques and Form.

Four Things Near Me Right Now

Hmmm…how near is near?

  1. A tower pile of DVDs awaiting a first watch…some a re-watch;
  2. A mountain of paperwork;
  3. A mountain of rock, grass, trees and snow at the top;
  4. A world of new experiences awaiting me here in my new home.

So…now for the hard part…tagging fellow bloggers…oh, well, guess what, I’ve just tagged you! Yes…you…