I’ve been regularly hanging around my Flickr account for a little while recently, for reasons which will become clear real soon now. The downside of this is the massive lack of any sort of productivity, but there’s a upside as well: old photos.

Like this one.

That would be my daughter (in the pink), pulling a huge length of washed up kelp (brown, becoming black, straggly holdfast stage-right) across Suiderstrand beach. And thanks to the magic of EXIF (Exchangeable image file format), I can tell you to the nearest second when this photo was taken:

This would then be a week or so before Little Miss Pink’s 6th birthday, and I think we can all agree that that’s a lot of seaweed to be pulling around when you’re just five years old.

I can also see that this image was taken on the old PoS (point and shoot, people, be nice) Sony DSC-HX300 camera with its amazing 50x digital zoom (not used on this occasion) which according to this blog last from about September 2013 until September 2015. Lovely device, but I grew out of it rather quickly.

And it was still in use by my boy until I upgraded again earlier this year to my 80D and passed the 700D down the family line. Now it becomes one of those pieces of technology that isn’t worth selling, but that will be worth holding onto only for the sentimental value in a few decades time. Although looking at the recent hipster resurgence in SLR and film, maybe there’s actually more reason to pop it safely back into its box and into the attic.

Family time

While all the other schools go back tomorrow, our kids have one more “extra” day of September holiday (ok, technically, the extra day is October) before they go back to the rigours of Term 4 and the rush towards Christmas and summer holidays, so we’re going to do some fun stuff as a family tomorrow.

Obviously, I can’t tell you what the fun stuff is, because then there would be hordes of fans trying to get my autograph and such wherever we ended up going. Look, I have no problem with the meet and greet routine – I love my readers – but it does rather get in the way of family time.

I can tell you for a fact that the 10 weeks of Term 4 will disappear into thin air quicker than your poorly guarded cellphone at the local Spur. 2019 is nearly over, and what have any of us actually achieved?

I’ve done alright. Some photography work, some fitness work, a promotion to the Premiership (by proxy), a decent haircut this morning, and some family time tomorrow. It’s all good.

But you? Basically, you have 3 months to get your 2019 sh*t sorted out.


Best get to it, right?

There’s a beach out there

The sun is shining, there’s a beach out there, and even though it’s blowing an absolute gale here, I’m not going to be wasting time being indoors and sitting in front of a laptop today.

So please enjoy a shongololo – the Giant African Millipede – Archispirostreptus gigas – in defensive posture from that very beach yesterday. This one wasn’t so giant: maybe only 12cm tip to tail, but it did have a million legs.


Later, we will be trying to find more interesting things outside in the rapidly moving fresh air, so please watch my Instagram to join in with the fun.

But right now, I am going to remain indoors cooking up some bacon and eggs.


The family has gone its separate ways across the country this week.

One to Johannesburg – his first proper trip away “by himself”. He’ll be fine. We’ll (probably) be fine.
One to Cape Town – not really very difficult, since that was where she started as well. Some would call it lazy, but I wouldn’t dare.
Two to Cape Agulhas – I am happy to report that it seems likely that I will be one of these.

The beagle has contented itself with remaining in Cape Town, where the smells are familiar and the kibble is plentiful. It’s always unwise to take any sort of risk where food is involved, if you are a beagle.

Kids, though…

Every Monday morning for the past ten weeks, I have had to drag my teenage son from his bed at 6:30am to get ready in time for school.

This Monday morning, with no need to get out of bed at all, he was in our room crashing the code into the burglar alarm panel at 6:25.

Sometimes, I just don’t understand.

In other news: no lie-in for me today.