The kids have found themselves immersed in the world of rock climbing lately. Continue reading “Indoor Rock Climbing Is A Thing, And It’s Awesome!”
The lotus flower is a mystical little beauty. It was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians and in Buddhism is symbolises purity of the body. I want to know if it can grow in South African conditions. Continue reading “How To Grow Nymphaea Lotus”
Are you comfortable?
Are you comfortable being comfortable?
The weekend away in the Baviaanskloof is less than two weeks away. I’m really excited, but Nadine is still very apprehensive.
Since my last experiment proved that my bed theory was severely lacking, I’ve thrown it out completely and started again.
My new theory is this: The bottom is a 120mm sponge mattress covered in a thick, heavy, woollen blanket. On top is a soft, fleece blanket first, and then another thick, heavy, woollen blanket over the top.
I tested the new configuration last night, and it’s wonderful. As expected, it’s warm and soft. It is less mobile because of the big and bulky mattress, but they provide enough softness and support for our hips. It is definitely warmer than the last configuration. Mainly because the sleeping bag is old and less effective now, but also because it has the thick, woollen blankets both below and above the humans.
One thing to consider is that I still tested it inside the house on the floor, and not outside in a tent. Although I did try to mitigate the difference by wearing only shorts and a t-shirt.
I’m happy with the camp bed as it stands now. Not forever, mind you, just for our Baviaans road trip later this month. In the future, when I’m not travelling with Nadine, I’ll use a better sleeping bag and revert to the 10mm mat.
Next item on the planning list is food…
At the end of last year I decided to abandon my plans to restore my Series IIa Land Rover, but the universe had its own plans. Continue reading “Necessity Is…”
A while ago (read that as years ago) I was messing around on a sand track near Maitlands when I heard a bang. The awful sound of metal snapping is enough to send a chill down the hardest spine. I recently decided to take a look and see where the problem is.
Continue reading “The Hindrance Of The Stuck Half Shaft.”
I randomly came across a cool new gadget that allows you to have fried chips, without the icky oil.
I have never had a bird. I’ve had dogs and cats, I’ve had mice and hamsters and fish. Never birds. Until now… Continue reading “Bird Man”
I didn’t have a good day yesterday. It happens, we move on. …or do we? That very sentiment is what really pissed all over my yesterday. My faulty give-a-fuck-o-meter has landed me in a stormy situation…again. Continue reading “New Day”