Jane’s 50th Parkrun

There are no shortcuts. Work hard. Be patient.  Be consistent.  Be persistent.  And never give up!

Well done to my mom for completing her 50th Parkrun this weekend!  She even ran in the rain the previous Saturday because she knew we were all coming down for her 50th parkrun and not her 49th.

 Parkrun is a free 5km run which takes place on a Saturday all over South Africa and many other countries around the world. It’s a fun way to get fit and it’s a nice challenge every week to try and improve your time on Saturday. We all set new PBs (personal bests) for ourselves on Saturday. Woohoo!!

Tannie Sarie and Oom Johan also joined the festivities.  They are aiming for Parkrun Tourist status by completing various different parkruns. Sarie has even done two parkruns in Australia!  They also keep the rest of the family motivated by checking up on who ran and who achieved a new PB.  It keeps things exciting!

Pete didn’t join us for the Parkrun celebrations because he chose to torture himself and do the Trans Baviaans Cycle Marathon in under 12 hours!  It’s 230km of off-road mountain biking!   You get 24 hours to complete the race.  Pete said it was worse than Ironman… sounds intense!

The rest of the weekend was lekker and we even had two wind free days.  

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Corporate Iron Man in Port Elizabeth 2017

Jy’s my batman, superman, IRONMAN….

I did it! I got the medal!  Marc, Pete and I took part in the Port Elizabeth Corporate Ironman 2017.  It’s a tenth of the big Ironman…  It was pretty intense for me, especially the cycling part of the race!  It felt as if I was cycling uphill against the blasting PE wind for a really long time while everyone else just cruised past me.

Last year My brother did the big Ironman… A 3,8km sea swim, 180km cycle and a marathon run (42km). Here’s last year’s Ironman 2016 post. This year he decided to sprint the Corporate.  Pete did very well, and him and Dr.Eric came in 9th and 10th place.  They were actually supposed to race against each other but they ended up crossing the finish line holding hands…well, that’s what it looks like in the photos.  I have no desire to attempt the full ironman… that looks way too intense.  One really needs A LOT of perseverance, stamina and a bit of madness for that.  

The Corporate Ironman was quite fun to do and it gave me a reason to do some training even when I was actually too tired or lazy.  It seems like I need a challenge like that to get me moving!  Marc and I entered for the Corporate early in the year already because the places fill up quickly.

Besides for the Ironman, we went to the beach, beershack and “kuiered” with family and friends.

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Nobis’s Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

The day before her baby was born Nobis came to show me how to make her yummy chicken and sweetcorn soup. It’s a recipe I don’t want to forget…

Here’s what goes in the soup: (and below this list I’ve written more or less the quantities of each ingredient we used when Nobis and I made the soup a few days ago .)

Chicken breasts, onion, garlic, creamed style tinned sweet corn and frozen sweet corn, salt, pepper, coriander seeds, lemon grass(if you can find) otherwise you can use a lemon, chicken stock and boiled water. Celery is optional but not too much as it might be overpowering.

1kg chicken breasts
2 large onions (chopped into small pieces)
4 cloves of garlic (cut into small pieces, not crushed)
3 cans Cream Style tinned Sweet Corn
1kg bag frozen Sweet Corn
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chicken stock
1 large handful coriander seeds (whole seeds which you crush)
Some chopped celery
1 medium lemon

This is how we made it:

 Put some chicken stock or chicken spice on the chicken breasts.  Fry the chicken breasts in butter on low heat. When the chicken is about 90% cooked, cool them and then shred the chicken meat with a fork. Remember not to ever throw any of your flavour away!

Fry the onions in butter in your soup pot.  Add your garlic and some water.  Add all your other ingredients.  Add water to your preferred consistency.  Allow to simmer for about 40mins.

And Enjoy!

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Clarens Craft Beer Festival 2017

“If you’re hoppy and you know it drink craft beer!”

It was the 7th annual Clarens Craft Beer festival this weekend, the 5th one we’ve been to. And the beer just seems to be getting better and better!

We thought it was going to be a rainy day because it’s been that kinda weather all week, but the Saturday  of the festival was a perfect, sunny day. Lionel booked accommodation for us in Clarens a year ago already.  It was really nice not to have to drive back home straight afterwards.

My favourite beers this year were the watermelon beer, the coconut beer and the honey mead.  The honey mead was also Lezhanne and Jhean’s favourite… I think they were the reason why that beer finished so quickly!😜 

Marc’s favourite beer was again the same as last year, Agars Brewery’s Tomahawk IPA.  If I charged every person who asked to take a photo with Marc R10 then I would have had at least enough money to pay for my next beer festival ticket!  His beard is still quite an attraction.

Maybe we will also have a beer tasting stall at the festival one day!

Cheers!

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Kiara Lodge Getaway 

When I was younger I pictured heaven as a place high up in the mountains with soft, fluffy clouds, pretty pastel colours and bunny rabbits everywhere… After this weekend I realized I was just having visions of Kiara Lodge!

We swam in the warm water pools(which I had been looking forward to since we made the booking), jumped on the jumping pillow and checked out the bushmen paintings.  We also walked across the road to “Die Bus Stop” where I had cheese cake for breakfast while everyone else had “pap en kaiings”with “moerkoffie en kondensmelk.”  Ons was inderdaad bly dat ons nie daai bus gemiss het nie!  (We were indeed glad that we didn’t miss that bus!)

It is a 15minute drive from Kiara to Clarens.  The cottage we stayed in at Kiara was really neat, clean and comfortable.  It had a nice braai area with a beautiful view of heaven. (mountains and bunny rabbits)

Thank you Oumie for a wonderful weekend!  When can we go again!?We went back to Kiara Lodge in October 2017….and would probably go back again if we get the chance!

Here are some pics of our trip.

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Family Festivities

I’ve been wanting to post something about our Christmas and New Year Festivities… and I actually uploaded the photos on the 2nd of January.  Next thing I know January is almost over!  

We had a very relaxing festive season with the family.  We, like most people, ate way too much.  But the food was so delicious!  Carol and Lionel impressed again with a “Cubata” meal with bbq prawns, ribs, smoked trout and homemade bread!  Leo got his passport stamped for the first time when we went for lunch at Regals in Lesotho.  We almost scored free breakfast at The Cabin when someone accidentally paid our table’s bill instead of their own.

At least in between all the eating we were also active! Pete missed a win at our parkrun by a few seconds and Jane finally climbed to the top of “Die Stalle!” We swam a lot to keep cool and relaxed a lot to stay sane.  There was poker played on the night of the 31st… almost into the new year.  The Deens came to visit and Kate actually got Rex to jump in and out of the pool!  I think the doggies really miss her!  Leo was so spoilt with all the love and a ton of presents!  

Time did what time does and flew by far too quickly.  Happy 2017 everyone! Xxx

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Wedding in Kaapschehoop

Edit“Two lives, two hearts, two souls become one.”

South Africa really has a lot of interesting places!  Like this little village, Kaapschehoop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga…which I found out afterwards is where my mom’s grandparents used to stay!  

We arrived at this mountain, the day before the wedding, when the whole place was covered with thick mist…I think we were literally in a cloud. We could hardly see a meter in front of us.  The small community looked very eerie with its rock fields, fairy decor and roaming horses in the mist. There are apparently nice hiking trails in and around the area.

There are many wild horses walking around freely… people are not even sure how the horses got there in the first place.  Possibly left there after the anglo-boer war.

The next day all the spookiness was gone, the sun was out and it was perfect weather for a wedding.  Marise looked very pretty in her black and white wedding dress and she and Reuben make a cute couple.  It was also good to see the rest of the family…although baby Leo wasn’t too happy with all the excitement.

It was a good weekend and I’m glad I got to see the quaint little historical village.  Wishing Reuben and Marise lots and lots of happiness. 😊

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