Burglary at Echo

Many times my friends have said when you start building, be prepared for a burglary.  With workers on site, we have had to leave the alarm off because one of the outside sensors keeps triggering the alarm when the workers arrive. We have been meaning to disconnect it and keep talking about doing so. With David home for the school holidays, he has been around, so the urgency has not been there.

Today was bin day, so there were a number of suspicious people on the road. Julian left on foot, while David left shortly after. We all met at Fish Hoek Beach for breakfast. David had bought down the car Julian drives while in Cape Town and parked at FH beach, leaving no car outside the house.

After breakfast, Julian and I headed for Franschoek , while Mike took David back to Echo. He went inside and went straight upstairs.

We arrived in Franschoek for Julian to buy a consignment of books. Leaving him looking at the books, I went to a coffee shop. About an hour later, Julian messaged me that he was nearly done, so I walked back. When I got there, he had just had a phone call from David to say that the house had been broken into. It must have happened while we were at breakfast, before the piling people arrived.  David had been working in his room and when he came in didn’t notice anything amiss.

The thieves had gone down the side alley, taken a crowbar from the piling equipment outside and wrenched open the burglar bars…

They broke the window frame…

Julian’s laptop was stolen but nothing more.  David phoned Mike, so he went round there too. The police arrived, took a statement and the process of repair began. Mike disconnected the one outside sensor but the other one in the passage outside this window is still working. Now if anyone heads down that lane, it will go off and when it does, the siren is right above them…it is SO loud, it sounds as if the entire police department is about to arrive!

Mike went home got his tools and fixed the window…

Meantime, on the hillside behind, work still continues.

They have drilled down a few metres on three of the pile points and they will do this one which is half way up the hill, on Monday. Monday is also the day the land surveyor comes again.

So it was quite a day.  After dinner the four of us spent the evening at our house watching YouTube videos. Some of the funnest ones were watching the best South African sport victories – Wayde van Niekerk’s stunning world record and Chad Le Clos beating Michael Phelps in 2012. Sweet, heart warming stuff. Also check out the 85 year running races. So amazing!

Romans 8: 38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂


No gym, but did do a 30 minute walk.


Day 143


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