Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crochet Group

Our regular crochet and knitting group met up on Saturday at Mugg and Bean.  It was a good turnout of 10 ladies (actually 9 ladies and a very sweet teenager!) and it was such a lovely afternoon.  It's inspiring to see what everyone is working on, and to share patterns and ideas.
Pat and Patsy with the gorgeous CAL which Patsy has made 

Lynn is making a beautiful baby blanket

My sister Caron is making a doggy blanket

Lynn and Paddy who is knitting a scarf 

yep...I've cut my hair short 

Frances is knitting a beautiful shawl 
(not sure why I didn't photograph her head!  Seriously?)

Pat is crocheting a kitty blanket and Patsy is knitting a beanie 

Nicky, Lynn, Gabi and Caron

Leonie recently roped me in to doing a lesson on Tunisian crochet.   I wasn't really keen to learn Tunisian crochet, but since the lesson, I am totally hooked!  It's a little bit complicated to get going and the corners are a bit tricky, but within 2 hours, we learnt what we needed to know and now we're steaming ahead.  It's a relatively simple 11-stitch pattern so we're using a normal crochet hook, not the long Tunisian hook.  I have already finished crocheting up 5 balls of chunky wool and am waiting for more from the wool shop.  This will probably be a small blanket...I'll let you know once I'm done.

I found this book at my local CNA, it's got gorgeous and relatively easy patterns for blankets.  So many projects...so little time.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Double page scrapbook layout

Here is the double page scrapbooking kit which I created for the Scrap Addicts for August.  Our scrapbooking group has been doing this for a few years now, and it's so great to receive kits made by the girls in the group. 

We're all still in love with scrapbooking all these years later - we've been scrapping since 1998.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Little miss Malaika is not lovable at all.  Where Ruby constantly wants to sit on my lap and cuddle and rub up against me, Malaika doesn't like loves at all.  She's content to lie up against my leg and is usually somewhere close to me, but she doesn't like to be held.  I don't care, I pick her up and give her hugs and kisses all the time, she'll just have to get used to it!

Saturday, July 15, 2017


We recently met up with friends Bridget and Boo at Bounce in Fourways - the girls had a ton of fun.  Next time I also want to bounce! 

Robbie and I are going to try 'clip and climb' on our next visit - it's a whole section of climbing walls.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Disney on Ice

We took the girls to see Disney on Ice last year for the first time, and we all loved it - the highlight was cars.  We went again this year, although several friends suggested that it's preferable to only go every 2 years, so that the show is fresh and different.  Well this year was better than last year, and we all loved it.  The Lion King was outstanding, especially the herds of animals.  Of course the girls loved the ice rink full of princesses.  We're trying to get them to understand that the Disney princesses are not real.



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Flight simulator

Part of my beeeg job is to look after training for our company.  Together with Duke Corporate Education, we've created a special year long training program to upskill our Professional Services Consultants.
As part of the training program, we arranged training in the flight simulator at OR Tambo International Airport.  The learning was about making decisions under pressure in unfamiliar circumstances.  This is the real flight simulator which is used to train pilots for Comair.  Pilots spend hundreds of hours in the simulator, and the first time that they get into an actual aircraft, there are passengers in the back - eeeks!

The launch event

With our rockstar team from Duke -  Heidi, Lindy, Stuart (Director) and Leah, our awesome Program Manager

This is what they do to cheeky passengers - haha! 

The briefing took place in the aircraft, and then we exited by jumping out down the emergency shute

It was a crazy fun day, with a very dishy pilot (Mark) doing the training in the flight simulator...just saying!

Sometimes my job is fun, but mostly, it's just a ton of very hard work.  Today was mega fun!