Dec 272013

Thanks to the dogs I’m up with the sunrise today.They reckon they saw or smelled something outside and went crazy. At first I was inclined to be grumpy with them but now, watching the sky change from dark to sunny, I’m thinking they did me a favour.

The first hint of direct sunlight is kissing the upper rows of Glencairn Heights on what is yet another perfect morning by the beach. We don’t get to see the summer sunrise from the house but winter, where it really matters is going to be a different story altogether.

The list of jobs on the house is drawing to a close. Not so much that there is nothing left to do but because we’ve pegged our return for Monday and most of the critical “get it fixed for the tenants” issues are resolved. Hopefully Mainway will return today and complete the bath and shower by Saturday as planned and we should focus on the last big job – the curtain rails.

In a sense it hasn’t been much of a holiday – we’ve both been exhausted – but it has been a change and a first step forward to a new direction in life. Plus, I haven’t had a Jhb-Stress-Chest since we arrived here.

No sense in sitting on the couch admiring the day. Time to head out for a run !


Magic 35min run to Long Beach, Simon’s Town and a walk on the beach with Sand’s. Good start to the day!


Dec 222013

One is a lot more closely connected to the weather here in Glencairn. A couple of beach walks with the pups, where they have had their eyeballs sandblasted has us carefully checking the wind strength and direction.

The SE’ly has been blowing non-stop, at varying strengths, for almost a week now and there is no end in sight. Today it’s set to strengthen later in the afternoon to around 30kts, so not puppy-walking conditions on the beach.

I love this SE’er! It’s chill and fresh and washes the air over the city squeaky-clean. Can’t get a big enough breath of it at times!

Best site checking up on it is here.

Oct 292013

The truly satisfying engineering projects seem to be all-consuming, requiring all of one’s time, energy and thoughts, 24/7.

The challenge of encountering obstacles and solving them certainly delivers a certain sense of satisfaction.

But [and there’s always a but isn’t there…?]

In this game it’s never just one project. It ends up being each and every single one and when next you blink, the kids are grown, the wife is gone and the boat lies barnacled and rotten in her slip.

It’s a little easier for me at this stage of life since the kids are pretty much [almost] grown but looking at the pressure I have put on WJ with his 2-year-old, I have to wonder why we let that challenge run away with us sometimes.

JM once postulated that maybe balance in the moment was not the point, that maybe overall life balance works over a greater length of time? I’m not so sure I agree.  Or maybe I do and it’s just the ‘balance-timeframe’ that is unclear?

Anyhow, a long time ago, still fresh in my career, I made some decisions to leave behind the engineering challenges for the more predictable life of a PM and to sleep at home most nights. Good choice? Yes I think so.

I have enjoyed the new challenges of late and I am glad I’m not 25, eager and ready to prove myself anymore because the current projects have the capacity to take me back to those 24/7 days of project stress.

Considering that there are more important things than the job, I do what I can and then try and switch off…which is not working so well the last 3-4 days. I know what’s needed…some time in the solitude of a quiet anchorage with a gentle breeze rippling the bay and the sound of the Fish Eagle in the distance !


Jul 282013

 …… and so, a break from the yacht this weekend…….

A morning run with Sands,

Some time in the 253 “Wilderness Area”,

A quiet, late lunch with family and friends,

Some random sketching.

 and so ends another weekend, different to most, but very satisfying non-the-less.


A random branch, drawn from my spot on the “sanity bench”.



Caz, making a malva pudding for desert.


Some random trees to round off a different day

Some random trees to round off a different day