Thursday, September 21, 2017

Silver linings


The sun setting over the mountains last night

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Digging the foundations

 Skabenga on guard! 

This activity took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yesterday afternoon the concrete was thrown. During the day, Grant and Steve did two trips to the local building suppliers in Winterton collecting common bricks. These are stacked at the buiding site as we speak.  

Today the builder, Amon and team arrived fully intending to start building. He set his workers up and then went to another site which he's involved in as well.  His vehicle gave up the ghost somewhere along the line and the Project Manager is rather frustrated at the wait.

However, Amon should be back on site now and laying bricks. 😉

Meanwhile Grant has transported more builder's sand from a point where it was offloaded by the suppliers last night to the top of the hill - where the building is taking place. 


Post script:
Saw Grant pushing a pick-up in the parking lot outside the shop; realized it was Amon!
Amon the builder in pick-up van behind Grant on his way to the site 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tailwalking at Parkrun

Last weekend Steve opened the shop for me and we managed to get to a Parkrun event again. As usual Grant volunteered to sweep/tailwalk. However, on Saturday morning he woke up with a painful left foot. It was swollen and as he would've been challenged to walk on it, I swopped volunteering jobs. 
 The start of the Winterton Parkrun every Saturday 
 Grant and Shorty, who were both timekeepers on Saturday, looked quite funny with one foot in the air as they stepped up to the start
 Even though I was the sweeper, I ran ahead before to take photos of the runners and walkers as they set off on the Parkun
 Marelize and Tiger stride it out
 This young girl had a very friendly face 
 These walkers looked mighty serious
 Ant and Alan came up in the rear. See three more dogs on the Parkrun
 I turned and saw two young women running to catch up. As the sweep, I had to wait for them to pass and then only could I continue
 Ant and Alan on the home stretch
 Grant clocks Alan in 
 Ant and Grant share a joke as Grant clocks him in
 The tailwalker/sweep for Saturday: moi! My time was 1 hour and 02 minutes! 

I always put my peak and glasses in the car before we have a Parkrun breakfast. In the car park I photographed a group of bikers out on a Breakfast Run.
The Ladysmith BMW club

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Puppies and diggers

Arriving at the Parkrun venue on Saturday, the first thing that caught my eye was a silken pelted Pointer pup playing on the lawn. 
  Isn't she precious?
She belongs to Diane, the owner of the Waffle Hut 
 I forgot to ask her name...
 Meeting Tiger, the miniature daschund from Scrumpy Jacks
 TLB at work on the farm we pass while doing the Parkrun - the friendly operator gave me a huge grin while I took the photo

Back at work later that morning, we saw a Jack Russell puppy walking along the veranda. 
 This time I asked his name
 His mistress told me: 
Everbody wanted to pet him 


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Socializing, playing

Hi Bozo and Mum's blog readers; this is Ambrose with the news of the Hedges Kitties. 

Aunty Chappie and Dad Ginger socializing. The doggie is in the picture too...
 Here I, Ambrose test how high I can climb 
Unca Shadow is thinking hard while sitting on a log 

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Common Critter today

In the flower beds below my shop veranda, we have a resident bird: a Common Fiscal. Seeing it fly in, I took my camera and captured a few shots.

 Common Fiscal (Male)

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We're off to Parkrun for the first time this month. Then it's back to the shop - business as usual...


Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunrise, building construction and blue skies

Sunrise earlier...

This week, Grant started the first stage of building for a lady who's returning from Australia at some later this year. 

Over the weekend, Grant phoned dozens of people who have TLB (diggers) to level the ground. Every machine was either busy or broken. He eventually phoned our friends, Brian and Gene in nearby Muden. Brian has his own earthmoving operation. As it wouldn't be economically viable to hire his TLB, Brian contacted a friend, Justin in Winterton (our nearest town) Within the hour, Justin rang Grant and they booked the digger for Monday morning. 

The outhouse to the left of Grant's vehicle will be extended to become a one-bedroom; en-suite, open-plan kitchen-living area granny flat - all with a front deck on the bank (where the azalea bush is**) looking up to the mountain peaks and a beautiful view from the front porch. 

** Today the TLB operator dug out the azalea bush and Natal Bottlebrush next to it. Estelle's gardener helped me to replant each one in a safer place. Here's hoping they survive....

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