Another watercolour painting. Found the photograph in a copy of the Wild magazine from the South African National Parks Board. Decided to paint it. Not to happy with the background but happy with the Goshawk.
I had the privileged to be able to go and watch the Ghana vs Australia World Cup Football game in Rustenberg at the Royal Bafekeng Staduim last night.
The drive to the game was superb. Some brilliant new roads and infrastructure have been built for this world cup event. Many people saying that the money would have been better spent on hospitals and schools. They may have a point, in a country like South Africa where access to clean water and certain other basic ammenities are limited, however I seriously doubt that there would ever be the same funding available if this world class event had not visited our shores.
Living in Johannesburg the so called " worlds most dangerous city" we have seen a new freeway upgrade. A new train system the Gautrain. A new bus transport system. Two fantastci new football stadiums. Many other facilities have been upgraded by the government. This does not count the staduim upgrades or roads built in other cities around our country.
We have also seen many private individuals getting involved in making our country "sparkle" painting walls with support banners for Bafana Bafana, flags flying from fences, cars with mirror socks indicating which country you are supporting and a general spirit of welcome for the foreign fans that have flocked to our shores.
We visited the FIFA fan park in Johannesburg with an estimated 50,000 other fans to watch the opening ceremony and first match between Mexico and South Africa. Fans painted in team colours, flags waving about and the vuvuzela's blasting away. I was so proud to be a South African and to see our opening ceremony which was truely African performed to the biggest TV audience ever!
The other heart warming memory was seeing groups of supporters from Argentina and the Netherlands being welcomed with open arms. Hugs from passes by, people flocking to get photos with these fans, everyone joining together to celebrate and for once forget the differences. All in the name of Football.
When South Africa scored the first goal the crowed celebrated like there was no tomorrow and when Mexico equalized the same crowed clapped and cheered the boys on even more. A truely wonderful time!
After we returned from Mexico. We spent the next three weeks with my sister and family. They live in Oakille just outside Toronto, close to the lake, so alot of time was spent waking near the lake andin the parks surrounding their suburb.
I was amazed at how our boys coped with the changes to their schedules and food. We had a few problems with Laird at bedtimes but nothing drastic.
I am really thankfull for my family.
On one of the mornings we took a walk around Rattlesnake Point. A forrested area on the escarpment that lies behind oakville.
Here we hunted for snakes, explored the paths that criss cross the park.
Jordie brought his model aircraft to fly. the little craft has tiny engines that work on compressed air. Once pumped up with air it flew beautifully (apart from the wings coming off)
We left Johannesburg a day late due to engine failure and arrived on Canada a day later. Early to rise the next day to get our flight to Mazatlan, Mexico. We have joined up with my Sister and her family in Toronto and are heading to the beaches of Mexico for some sun, fun and hopefully a little tequila.
On the flight over Cameron tried to teach Laird some Spanish so there are lots of Moochas Grasiaas's going on.
The resort in Mexico..... Yes resort! Is beautiful. It is one of those all inclusive packages that I gave only laughed at before but with a two year old and another that is not yet four I find it amazingly relaxing heading to a monster buffet breakfast with at least 100 different thongs to eat, them heading out to the kidded pool or the beach to dig in the sand or play in the surf.
I haw never been a package person always believing that we could do it better or cheaper ourselves but this has its perks.
We are at the Emerald Bay RIU hotel in Mazatlan.
The view from our room us magnificent.
We walked down the beach to a small local restaurant last night for dinner. Quiet an adventure for Laird and Fynn in the dark on the beach.
I was so proud of Laird when he got his juice to drink saying "Muchas Gracias"!!
I had Tequila Camarones (shrimp). Beautiful. Meg and Cher had Lobster Thermidor, as well as rest of our clan had mostly Langousine (lobster / crayfish) for about Mexican peso 1450. About $145. Great value for eight people.
The boys had a better nights sleep last night as they are getting over jet lag.
Well better recover from my own jetlag. More to follow later.
Being a father, husband, safari guide keep me busy during the day and come to think of it during the night too. Long journeys around the world with interesting companions keep it interesting. There is always another mountain to climb up and hill to roll down