Fearless Swim!

Thursday

Today was the day…

I swam fearlessly, not worrying about sharks!  When we woke up this morning a little rain swept by, so we only ended up heading for the beach at about 7:30am. But we are so glad we did. The sea was flat and clear.

The cat walk rocks were amazing. Beach Art…

 Mike took off for a trot, while I entered the water. With the sea flat and clear, I  enthusiastically headed off swimming to the lighthouse. Yesterday I was nervous – today I was fearless. There are no sharks and if one did come, it would be seen a mile away. It was a great swim. The water was so clear and through my goggles I could see for many metres around. It was wonderful. My unexpected view was of a navy speedboat that did a patrol of the bay and was not far off. It was a great way to start the day.

Later, I needed something from Fish Hoek so I walked down to buy it and came back via the cat walk… our little piece of paradise…

We need to take advantage of every still perfect day.

Today there were also dolphins in the bay. We heard via our neighbourhood whatsapp group so went out of the balcony to take a look. It is the funniest thing watching dolphins from our balcony. This is what you imagine you’ll see…

This is what we saw…

Yip, not much! It looked like a bit of movement in the ocean but big majestic dolphins jumping didn’t happen! Maybe they’ll come in closer next time.

Romans 8:39

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

 

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Swimming and a Mallard

Wednesday

Today was the day…

I tried to swim to the lighthouse this morning but it was hard work. The tide was high. There were not too many waves and swimming beyond the breakers was easy enough, except…. it was deep out there. I swam along and was soon out of my depth. I began to think how easy it would be for a shark to be at this depth. I reminded myself that sharks had left the bay because of their natural enemy the Orca!

But, I counter-argued, that when Tyna Webb went swimming on 15th November 2004, she would have been confident of not encountering anything as harmful as a great white shark. After all, there had never been a shark attach at Fish Hoek beach. She did what she had done almost daily for years, only that morning, she became the first shark attack fatality at our little beach. I did read that great white sharks had been sighted and swimmers were being warned to take care.

In January 2010 on a very windy day, Lloyd Skinner was just off the cat walk in chest deep water when a great white shark bit him. He did not survive.

Then in September 2011, a great white shark was spotted off Fish Hoek. The alarm was sounded and the sea cleared, but Michael Cohen, an open water swimmer who was fully aware of the danger entered the water on the Clovelly side  and got on with his swim. It was at that time that two local residents of Fish Hoek were driving from Kalk Bay towards Fish Hoek. One of them saw a shark and then the swimmer. They rushed to the closest car park and ran across the beach to try to warn Michael. It was too late. The shark had bitten him. With no thought of their own safety, these two good Samaritans (one being Hugh Till) rushed into the surf and dragged him to safety. As a result of their rapid response, Michael’s life was saved.

That was the last shark attack at Fish Hoek beach, but these three events float through my mind when I’m out there in the surf.  I’m like swimming to the sound of the Fish Hoek Jaws theme music!

https://www.wavescape.co.za/surf-news/breaking-news/fish-hoek-shark-attack.html

Just reading that makes me nervous. Imagine me out of depth off Fish Hoek beach swimming towards the lighthouse. No wonder I headed towards the beach and decided I need not swim all the way to the lighthouse today! It was a good swim none the less. The one big difference is that great white sharks have not been seen in False Bay for a number of years. From 300-500 sharks a few years ago to none? They say it’s due to the presence of the Orcas. Still the shark spotters keep an eye out and if any kind of shark is spotted, they sound the alarm. I’m swimming at 7am which is before the shark protection nets get put in place. If I want to feel safe, swimming later in the day will put me more at ease.

As I swam along, I suddenly saw a movement and there was a double surf-ski with a man and woman aboard cruising into the beach. They were not far away and the lady was as surprised to see me as I to see them. A few moments later a Mallard duck landed about a foot away from me. I greeted and it chirped back. I didn’t like the sound of the chirp. I said, “do you think I’m food?”  It chirped again, looking at me hungrily. I was unsure of its motive. At that moment a wave swept in and we both got washed away. By the time the wave had passed, the duck was gone. Mike said he saw it on the beach when he was running back to our bench.

The five or ten minutes after the swim are the best. We sit in the sunshine and dry off. Then we walk home…

Meanwhile back home, Courage arrived and the cottage is being prepared for painting. It has been cleaned and is almost ready for the first coat. The original cottage in the front with the new build looming behind it.

It’s been a productive day. I’ll wrap this up with gratitude that 8 months ago today, I had my jaw surgery. I was talking to Mike this evening and saying a year ago when I was disappointed that the surgeon wanted me to wait a few months before operating, I could never had foreseen where we would be 12 months later.

Jeremiah 31:3

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In  His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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4 Months in our New House

Tuesday

Today is the day…

we have been in our new house for 4 months. It’s been quite interesting because I have been waiting for the honeymoon period to end. Instead, it’s just got better. Mike and I are loving being walking distance to the beach and, despite the 246 steps to get home (equivalent of 21 stories), we have been making the trip most days and sometimes more than once. Today it was blowing gales. The sea was rough and the waves just rolled in. There was no such thing as swimming beyond the breakers, so I decided to leave Mike to his run and swim in the big beach sea and I walked back along the cat walk to the rock pool. The tide was high…I had to keep an eye on it…

The rockpool at high tide is full and deep.

In the wind, it’s like a whirlpool and I absolutely loved it. I swam around and exercised until Mike arrived. He took a couple of photos and then joined me…

It was so invigorating. Home, we shower and then have breakfast before I begin work, but it really sets us up for the day. Mike is living the life he has talked about for the last 20 years, “One day when I’m retired, I’d like to walk to the beach and swim every day.” I’m not sure if we will do this when it’s 12 degrees outside, raining and blowing from the north, but for this marvellous February day, it is enough.

Fish Hoek is a wonderful place to live. The other day one of the residents who live on the cat walk took a photo of an otter on the rocks. Now that’s a rare sight. A black bushy-tailed squirrel has also been seen in the neighbourhood – also not common. Another infrequent flyer is this…I happened to be right in front of the balcony and had my cell phone. I opened the camera as quickly as I could and snapped the photo. This navy/military plane was so low, it looked like it would fly into the mountain. It was flying around it…

Every now and again a SANS Parks helicopter will fly past really, really low, but I’ve yet to get a photo. I was so pleased with this one!

These are some of the unexpected things we never imagined by living here. We look forward to many more happy years.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

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Looking Back

Monday

Today was the day…

I swam from the cat walk to the lighthouse – it was a lot of effort, really showing how swimming unfit I am. And, how right I was to ramble on in days gone by of how much easier it is to swim in the gym pool. No waves, no seaweed and with lines to follow! It wasn’t even as if the sea was rough. There was very little wind and hardly any waves. I am getting into it. I can see when a wave is coming as the sand on the seabed starts rising and getting churned up. You can’t swim in a straight line because the beach is not straight and I started swimming into the shallows. All a learning exercise. I enjoyed it but it was like asking a baby to crawl from the cat walk to the lighthouse. It was hard work and a long way!

A beautiful day. Sunrise…

High tide…

Shark net inflatable putting out the shark nets.

Meantime, I’ve been looking back at what was going down a year ago. Our floor was busy being built…side balcony under construction…

Concrete blocks being put in place along with the reinforcing…(the guy in the red t-shirt is standing about two feet away from where I am now sitting!)

A year ago today, there were murmurings about a virus, but what’s crazy about this was that Werner, our builder went overseas right after the concrete had been poured on this floor. He was gone for two weeks, returning on 1st or 2nd March. Little did we know what was to come. Our mantra was ‘unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labour in vain.’ So grateful for the outcome. The Lord went before us, that’s for sure.

Bible in the foundation (wrapped in plastic)  – it’s just left of where I am sitting…my laptop is plugged into that plug point – with the black tape

We just believed that it would all work out.

I’m praying for my sister Anne tonight. She has a procedure tomorrow.

Matthew 19:19

You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

 

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We Woke Up To Rain

Sunday

Today was the day…

We woke up to rain. For me it was unexpected. Yesterday I had noticed that a north wind was blowing and looked on my weather app to see if rain was forecast but it clearly hadn’t updated, so I didn’t think it would rain. It wasn’t heavy, but just enough to wet the ground and make my plants very happy. There may be a little more this evening, but none is forecast for tomorrow.

We decided not to do any serious exercise today so we waited til about mid-morning and then walked to the end of the beach, went to the grocery store for some shopping and came home. A very restful day was had by all. In fact this afternoon I slept.

The holiday homes around us are occupied at the moment resulting in a bit more of a neighbourhood buzz. Conversations and music drift across and there is more activity of people coming and going.  I’m not sure what’s happening next door because a maintenance vehicle with a ladder on top has arrived and is parked in the garage. A couple of chaps have been there. There has been music coming from the house but no work-like noise. Maybe there will be some tomorrow. A youngster arrived during the afternoon and walked up the drive way. I heard him call to the guy on the balcony and say he was the owner’s son. I didn’t hear any more. We’ll see if some work begins tomorrow.

It’s a calm evening and I’ve just noticed we’ve had a little more rain. There is a fishing boat in the bay that now seems to be making its way back to Kalk Bay Habour.

A short while ago, a resident up the road asked (on whatsapp) for the security company to please visit to check out her house. She thought she had heard some suspicious activity. The security guard on duty went round there, but all was well. Noise carries and it’s easy to be concerned. It is useful having the security company patrol car 24 hours a day on the mountainside, although they do have quite a big area to cover.

Time for me to wrap up the day.

Deuteronomy 5:10

I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations to those who love Me and obey My commands.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

 

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Some Days Are Perfect

Saturday

Today was the day…

…that was perfect. A couple of days of the year are perfect for swimming in the sea and today was one of them. Mike and I went down for our dip. The sea was as flat as I’ve ever seen it. It was calm and warm. Mike went off for a jog, while I went straight into the water. I swam up to the cat walk and then turned around and swam down to the little lighthouse and back. There were hardly any waves and swimming was so easy. I’d remembered to take my goggles which made it easier. Altogether I was in the water for about 30 minutes. It was just so lovely.

At just before 8am, we wandered home and had breakfast. During the morning, I did two things. I had a nice long phone call with Stacey and I did my taxes.  Then I put on my backpack and walked to Fish Hoek to get dinner for this evening. I avoided the cat walk, choosing Simon’s Town road to avoid the crowds. There were crowds…

But this is why…just look at the water…

Relaxing afternoon and easy to make dinner rounded off a beautiful day. After dinner, Julian and I strolled to the end of the beach and back. Even though it was evening, there were still loads of people enjoying the calm weather and warm ocean.

There are not many days that are as perfect as this one and we lapped it up. It was a day of our dreams!

Psalm 136:2

Give thanks to the God of gods, His love endures forever.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Seen From the Balcony

Friday

Today was the day…

…the sea was flat and the wind was gentle. That was how the day began. I swam for about 20 minutes. There was thick cloud cover. It wasn’t long before I noticed a whole lot of the swimmers standing up in the water and looking out to sea. I caught snippets of ‘orca whale’ , ‘did you see that?’ and ‘oh wow!’ I had a look but couldn’t see anything. Towards the end of my time in the water, I swam a little further along the beach towards the Clovelly side. As I turned back, I looked again out to sea and there, not far from the beach I spotted the tell-tale large dorsal fin of the whale.  When I joined Mike on the bench, I pointed the area out to him just in time for it to rise out of the water. Stating the obvious, these sea mammals never dance on command! They rise when they feel like it and  entertain you for all of 5 seconds before disappearing altogether. Only the patient and most hawk-eyed may get to see them a few times.

It turned out that while we were walking back along the cat walk, the whale was heading toward Simon’s Town and he briefly graced us with his presence a couple more times. When we got home, our good fortune continued. I went up to Julian’s floor and told him of this rare sighting. We went out on the balcony in time to see the fellow display his fin and arch of his back and he was gone.

On our neighbourhood chat site, a chap called Eric was more patient. With his lens trained on the ocean, he waited and finally was handsomely rewarded. We got to see the photo…

Perhaps they come in to warmer waters overnight and head out into the middle of the bay during the day. I’ll keep an eye out.

There was more to see from the balcony today. I noticed three boats all close together and moving very slowly, if at all. I wondered what that was all about, so I got the binoculars and to my surprise, they were surrounding a number of swimmers who were swimming towards Fish Hoek. I’m not sure from where they started, but it looked like hard work.

I watched them swim all the way to Fish Hoek beach and arrive at their destination. The boats then sped back towards Simon’s Town…

This morning I had a little social distancing outside visit with some friends…this is on the grass outside the surf ski club…

From there I went to have my eyes tested. New reading specs are on the way.

This afternoon I worked and this evening I will walk. Yay for the weekend!

1 John 3:1

See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Safe from Invaders

Thursday

Today was the day…

I felt safe from invaders. I went out this morning to do the responsible thing (which I haven’t done in two years) and had a mammogram. All is fine! I mention it here in the hope that someone may read this and also do the responsible thing.

On driving home, I noticed something out at sea and hurried home to take a closer look.  The navy were patrolling False Bay…

It’s not invasion from the sea we need to worry about!

After getting home and doing a bit of work, Mike and I walked quickly down to Fish Hoek to pick up some groceries. Hotfooting it directly there and back with a shop stop took 35 minutes or maybe 40. I also made an appointment to have my eyes tested. My reading glasses are no longer working as well as they should be.

As Courage left for the day, I went down to the cottage with him to admire his work. He has done such a great paint job.  This is looking into the cottage from the the front door…

Looking good but still some way to go. I’m so enjoying the transformation of the cottage.

The other thing I’ve really enjoyed is David’s latest video…

He is so talented!

Grateful for a good day.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

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Life on the Beach

Wednesday

Today was the day…

We did our beach walk and swim and I worked for nearly 7 hours.

The beach is fantastic. There is always something going on there. Sometimes it’s not so great, like the dead seal that washed up looking quite gruesome. In recent days there have been loads of blue-bottles along the shoreline and a strange thing was seen – a little mollusk like sea-snail eating one of them. The footprints in the sand are always fun to see – humans, seagulls, dog paw prints of all sizes and  little tracks of sea creatures.

We had a super swim and came home just after 8am for breakfast.

We went out for dinner this evening and after getting back in, I was sad to hear that Nico Bougas has passed away.  Tonight he rejoices in heaven. He worked tirelessly and boldly for the Gospel while on earth and his legacy will continue in the thousands of lives he touched.

This was one of his last Facebook posts…

He has gone on ahead.

Colossians 3:14

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Julian’s Door Won’t Open

Tuesday

Today is the day…

Julian arrives! It’s funny how things happen and for people like me, I am always in awe at the timing. I have been so enjoying giving Mike gifts each day in the run up to his 70th birthday. Today I went on another shopping spree and bought a whole lot of stuff – some for the house that we need that can conveniently be gifts for him – more clothes that he will appreciate and of course, snacks! A couple of the things I bought are quite bulky so when I came in, I stored them in the guest bathroom and after dinner, I told him I need him to away! He looked at me curiously! What does that mean? I said he could go and sit on the balcony, but to not look inside. Then I had a different idea. Why don’t you go and sit on Julian’s balcony and I’ll call you when I’m done. He thought that was fine, so he took his coffee and off he went.

I got the big bag of gifts and sorted them out and hid them in various places. As soon as I was done, I went up the stairs only to find him standing at the top. “We have a problem” he said. “Why? What’s up?” I asked, Julian’s door was closed.  “Julian’s door won’t open!” The key was in the door and it was unlocked, but the lock had broken and it wouldn’t open! Mike had tinkered a bit, but needed tools to go further…

He went to the basement to get tools and soon had it open…

Only to find it had not been installed properly. More tools were fetched and explanations were made of rods and pins. Something had slipped out of place. Helga would have needed to call a locksmith. Mike fixed it. When we go and collect Julian at the airport, he’ll be able to get into his apartment. If Mike hadn’t gone upstairs so I could conceal his gifts, this problem would have needed to be sorted later this evening after dark. And, Julian may have been unjustly accused of the breakage! Good timing.

Mike and I started the day right! We went for an early morning beach walk and swim. It was deliciously good! It’s a really great way to start the day. After that I worked for about 5 hours.

It’s been a good day!

John 15:12

This is My commandment, that you love one another  as I have loved you.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

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Dunked!

Monday

Today was the day…

I got dunked by a massive wave!  I’m nervous of the waves. Mike not so much. He dives beneath approaching rollers. I try to jump over them!  We went to the beach mid afternoon, getting there not long after 3:30pm. Mike decided to go for a trot along the beach. The shark nets were in place so I decided to swim to the blue barrel while Mike was running. Loads of bluebottles had washed up on the beach. When they are around, the water is warm, but they may also be in the water and that could result in a painful encounter.

I put on my swimming goggles and headed for the waves. I was soon swimming towards the shark nets so I could follow the line to the barrel. A set of rollers came sweeping in. Suddenly, I was face to face with a monster of a wave. Slightly out of my depth I tried, unsuccessfully, to stay above it. My timing was wrong and the entire wall of powerful water dumped me unceremoniously into its churning depths, yanking my swimming goggles off my face and rushing them towards the beach. I was stunned at the massive force of the water. It swept me towards the shore. By the time I got my head above water, I was back in the shallows, disorientated, but at least I was right way up! I looked about for the goggles expecting to see them bobbing in the waves but they were no where to be seen. I gave up on them and, not to be beaten, I launched myself back into the waves and swam determinedly towards the barrel. This time, I eyed the incoming rollers with more circumspection and when one looked  menacingly at me, I dived beneath it and hoped there wasn’t one to follow when I came up.  There wasn’t and I was soon beyond the breakers and was left to quietly edge my way towards the blue barrel. With no goggles to mist up, I was able to clearly see the blue bottles glistening prettily on the surface of the sea, with their dangerous tails sweeping  behind them. I gave them a wide berth.  The tide was going out and I was pushed easily towards my goal. When I turned around, it was a little more challenging returning but with the receding water, I found myself facing a shorter swim and it was not long before I could feel the ocean floor. Mike had by then, returned from his run and came in for a swim. He found me and the first thing he asked, “where are your goggles?” When I told him, he went to see if he could find them, but no luck. I prayed, saying, “I’d like to find them, Lord. I don’t like waste” but on the other hand someone would score. Giving up, we walked towards our towels and as we did so, right there, in our path, lying on the shore, were my goggles. Thank you, Jesus.

Looks so peaceful…idyllic place for sure.

It was wonderfully refreshing – a perfect remedy to nearly 7 hours in front of a computer. From there we walked to the shops to buy a couple of things and then headed home along the mountain route.  Tomorrow, we plan to swim early.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

 

 

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Goggling

Sunday

Today was the day…

Mike and I went goggling. We got quite a lot of exercise. We went down to Fish Hoek beach early and had a jog on the beach. Mike had a swim. Then we came home in time for Peter and Riana to stop by for breakfast. I walked down to the shop at lunchtime to pick up salad ingredients.

We had a relaxing lunch and then later in the afternoon, we drove to Simon’s Town for a walk we haven’t been on before…

This is just below Simon’s Town golf course, a place Mike and I spent many  happy hours.

Mike stopped playing golf a couple of years ago. The end to his game coincided with the the busy period leading up to getting plans in for the house and then the build became the all consuming past time. He doesn’t seem to miss it. The walk links this beach to Boulders. It goes along a walk way…

This is indeed penguin territory…

From the paid entrance to Boulder’s Beach we walked along the boardwalk back to the entrance to the Penguins and then onto a little beach just off the beaten track. We had an amazing swim. We took our swimming goggles and enjoyed goggling (as opposed to snorkeling). I just loved floating on my tummy and watching the activities below the water. There were so many different kinds of fish. We need to get proper goggles to fully appreciate it.

When we moved out of our old house, I had one set of goggles and snorkel but I’m not sure if it got given away or is in storage.  I don’t really care for the idea of using a snorkel but goggling I’ve tried and it’s fine.

By the time we got home, we felt we had eked the marrow out of this day. Another beautiful day in Cape Town.

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Saturday in Photos

Saturday

Today was the day…

…that was stunning in Cape Town. I woke up really early – about 4am. The morning was very still and quiet. I went outside onto the balcony and realised the city was load shedding. Apart from a couple of lights, Fish Hoek was in darkness. The stars were incredibly clear. It was an amazing sight. This was sunrise…

Mike and I walked to the beach and along it to almost the end. When we got back to the main swimming area, we had a super swim. I had given Mike swimming goggles as one of his daily gifts. I ended up using his new ones and he used mine as I’d already worn them in.  The beach just before 9am…

Shark spotters putting the shark nets in place…

One of the weirdest things we saw when we were in the sea were Stand Up Paddlers (known as SUPs) who were a short distance away.  When we were in the water it looked like they were walking on the surface of the sea. Because you can’t see their paddling boards, all that’s visible is a bunch of people standing on the ocean. You can imagine how strange it was. The sea was so calm, it was a good day to practice supping.

For the rest of the morning and into the afternoon, I slept, read, did some work and started doing my taxes. Then Mike and I walked to Harbour Bay. Fishing boat and surf skiier on the way…

Yachts off Simon’s Town. This is just a few of them….

We walked back along Glencairn Beach…

We got home tired! After dinner, I drove back to Harbour Bay to do more shopping.  This was the last rays of sunlight…

And, like 4am this morning, we now have another couple of hours of load shedding. We have just sat on the balcony and watched the street lights go off, followed by the lights of Fish Hoek.

There is still a bit of activity around. After a day out, the youngsters visiting next door have reappeared and there is some merriment coming from there. I can see the flicker of candles and they have music blaring so someone’s phone is fully charged! The neighbours on the other side have visitors and were braai’ing so there was lots of chatter from that side. The blue cabin on the mountain is occupied and it was lit up like a Christmas tree until the plug was pulled. The people across the road have solar so their lights are on. Mike’s hard work has paid off and everything is functioning normally with us, hence I can finish the blog.

So that was a good Saturday.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

That never gets old.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Gotta Love Fridays

Friday

Today was the day…

…that went past gently. I woke up later than usual and so we didn’t go out for an early walk. Instead we lay in and I did a bit of work before breakfast.

Courage and Schoolboy arrived. Schoolboy started digging the foundation for the back wall. Courage went down to continue with the renovations in the cottage.  In the afternoon, they got some of the fencing up along the back of the property. It’s the first sign of our security going up.

Mike and I went for a mid-morning beach walk and swim. The shark nets were in place. The tide was high so I took a lovely long swim out to the drum which is the little blue dot on the right of the shark net in the picture below. This photo is taken from the cat walk. I swam from the beach.

One of the other things that was going down on the beach is its levelling. They are moving sand away from the steps and into the sea…

It was warm and sunny and the swim was wonderful. We got home around lunchtime. In the afternoon I did some more work and I did some reading.

We had a lovely evening and are looking forward to the weekend.

There are new holiday makers next door. A group of youngsters arrived. I was expecting some music and noise, but have been surprised. I saw them on the balcony for a short while this afternoon, but generally they are quiet, stay indoors and are not partying up a storm. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Time to make tea.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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Final Couch Arrived

Thursday

Today was the day…

We woke up to a very misty sunrise…

Julian’s final couch arrived. We have been waiting for this one to come so we can dismantle the builder’s stairway. Here they are lugging the couch up the stairs. It took 5 strong men.

Before and after the arrival of the couch, Courage and Schoolboy (who is here for the week) continued with the wall.  We have a long way to go but it’s a start.

I did 6 hours work. Early evening Riana came round and we did a 3km walk with Meggy. Ended up on our balcony. Meggy checking out the neighbourhood…

Mike has been working hard today on a programming issue. He uploads the new programme to the client portal tonight and hopefully he will be able to chill over the weekend.

Tomorrow is Friday.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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