Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Archive for July, 2017

I’m a 

…winner! Whoop! Whoop! I won the Regional Business Women’s achiever award in the professional category! What a night!

Saturday was amazing! It started early, the evening. Hair at 12; make up at 3; dressed;  fetch a co-finalist; dropped off at local car dealership; photos, champagne, snacks; chauffeured into the Hotel; VIP room for mingling with the schlebs; grand entrance! Phew! The actual function was amazing! I felt like a princess all night – seeing myself on the big screen, hearing my name was just the cherry on top of an incredible evening.

I am so relieved (for want of a better description) that my work has been validated. I’ve been noticed, I do some good things and other people agree! Wow! It’s so nice given how challenging and tough this year has been.

Here’s my acceptance speech

“Wow! Thank you!

Thanks to the BWA for this incredible award, I am honored to have been recognized for all I have achieved. Thank you for the opportunity to assess my achievements, review my goals, and I can now honestly say – watch this space, there is more to come.

I cannot accept this award without acknowledging the team I work with that makes what I do happen. To the hospital staff, from the clerk to the cleaner, management to midwives, nursing sisters to colleagues, I cannot thank these unsung heros enough. Without you guys I cannot serve this community and my beautiful patients. Together we make the difference.

To every patient that has walked through my door – thank you for your confidence in me and for allowing me the privilege of taking care of you.

To my fellow finalists in this category – thanks for being such great contenders – Jaclyn, Annelize – I can see some collaboration coming our way.

My friends all over there at table 10, you guys are the best cheerleaders ever; a few of you couldn’t be there – missing you Tanja and Donne. Bonnie – I call her my chief whip for many reasons – thanks for your belief in me!

My family – Charles, my love, I couldn’t do it half as well without you , Errol my Dad – it’s all coming together now, finally you children are getting things right!

There are 2 special ladies I have to mention tonight – neither could be here – 1 is 6 years old and this is way past her bedtime; Thandi – my motivation and inspiration – may you know that there are no limits. The other would have been 80, but is hopefully getting this on the interstellar web – mom, love you, miss you and thank you!”

With some fellow Wild Women, both involved in the evening, as BWA executive members. The other finalists in my category (I think we were the prettiest!) my beautiful family (T and Charlie came along for a quick photo at the car dealership) making my acceptance speech

What a night! What a moment! My feet are still aching from my killer heels, but my heart is happy!

Another week

…another same old, same old. It’s been a roughish one – work has been busy, so much happening after hours. I am exhausted! But the weekend is imminently here!

And this weekend is my awards dinner, where I get to hear who has won the Regional Business Women’s Association Achiever Award in the professional category. Phew! That’s a mouthful. It’s gearing up to be quite an event – with a cabaret star as MC, the Soweto tenor quartet as entertainment, killer heels and a beautiful dress – I think I’m ready. Hair appointment is booked, schedule is confirmed, let’s do this thing. I’ll post some pictures – it’s going to be spectacular! And that’s happening on Saturday night.

Sunday we have been invited to a wine bottling by one of the local garigistes. They are a stunning Greek family, and after the wine bottling they are hosting a souvla lunch – sure to be awesome!

I hope I will be recharged after the weekend. This week was not so kind to me, so let the fun begin!



…delivering a 24 week premature baby girl last night who lived only minutes; and then slapping on a happy face and delivering a post dates bouncing baby boy. Sometimes I just can’t…


…waiting, and seeing the world go by. This weekend felt a lot like that.

On Friday night Thandi had a sleepover at Gran’s house, which she loved. Muffin, Granny’s little excuse of a dog was allowed to sleep under her bed, and in the morning crept in with her, which she loved (me not so much, but that’s me); so Charlie and I were at home, stuck in domestic bliss. Me icing biscuits, he engaging in some Facebook trolling. (He’s currently arguing with some antivaxers and  some flat earthers, I hate it! The arguing that is.) Anyway, and exciting night sans child and we went to bed early.

Saturday was a run, work, children’s party (the biscuits I iced were for that), some chilling on the couch and an early braai with friends; Sunday another run, work and more couch time. Really really exciting stuff. But good too to do little.

Starting to get our ducks in a row for our trip to Scotland – visa appointments booked – it really is a bummer when you live in a lesser major centre and have to travel for all these sorts of things. Anyway, I believe they are fairly efficient, so trust all will go smoothly. Accommodation is all booked; car still needs to be hired, and I will get onto that this week; and then payments must be processed. Phew! Let’s hope our prez doesn’t do something foolish in the next month! Oh, and I must train for my marathon! (refer above to running and running). I am starting to get excited, I just wish that all the admin was out of the way, I find that very stressful!

Friday Frivolity

…ok, so in an attempt to laugh a little more on this page (because let’s face it, it’s been morose this year), I am resurrecting Friday Frivolity!

One of my favourite comedians in SA is a very clever little fellow called Deep Fried Man – here he is serenading us…

Running out

…of words.

The stuck record in my brain is driving me insane – I’m tired; I’m stretched; I can’t but I must; I don’t want to, I do want to; do I have to? Aitog. So bear with me if I don’t say much, I am bored by myself.

In other news, last night I got to meet and listen to Timothy Maurice last night; he is a branding strategist and was talking about personal brands, our role in society as women who can and do change the world, neuroplasticity. After the talk, I was left stimulated and inspired; so much so that I immediately bought his book on personal branding. And I was also left challenged by what he was saying about motivations and rewards; and I was thinking about how to motivate my running; because in winter, despite my health issues, the feeling of a warm bed is very difficult to challenge at 4:30 am; so I am trying hard to find a motivational way and allow my brain to mould to that. I was also challenged when he spoke about one’s personal brand and how there are 3 components – 1. the inner bits (wisdom, education, skills, talents), 2. the image (both looks, clothing, but also your presence) and 3. the connections you have (your family, your friends, your colleagues); and how all of these things interact to create your personal brand. I realised that there are areas where I am lacking, there are areas I have made positive changes and that there is no arrival point, it is a constantly evolving thing. Nice to acknowledge where I am, but good to realise I am not there yet. So I have lots of food for thought; and hopefully this may help out with my first paragraph.


  •  Maybe I am so late to this journey, but as a doctor we have zero training in this sort of thing.
  • Intuitively there were some things I had realised – misery loves company and will drag you down – don’t hang out with the miserable colleagues, they will kill off your passion and love for work.
  • Although I keep up to date with my CPD activities, but I feel like it has been insufficient. I need more maintenance on number 1.
  • I do too much other stuff which detracts from my core self.
  • Bear with me as I think I am going to be verbalising some of my journey to develop and mature my brand.

(Timothy’s book is Personal Brand Intellegence (PBQ) – worth a look)

Saying goodbye

…so we have a few more hours with our friends before they fly off to Germany, ‘for good’ and I put that in inverted commas because it won’t really be forever. At this stage, I know they would love to come back to SA – and that’s maybe a 4-6 year plan. And we are already planning trips together – they are joining us for 5 days in Scotland! And let’s face it, social media and all its trappings have made the world a very small place. So thanks to Skype, FaceTime and what’s app calling we are just a bit and a byte apart.

But, it still is going to sting, I’m going to have incredible sad and lonely days; Thandi will miss her bestie, Charlie will miss those quiet masculine times with his bro; but I’m choosing to look on the bright side – Scotland is a mere 11 weeks away! (You take the high road, I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland before you!)

I will remember our days of laughter and fun. Days of doing exciting things together, fun and laughter, a very occasional tear and lots of lovely wine we shared.

 Our crazy days of getting tattoos together and sharing so much love!

I never had a sister, but I have been blessed by a sisterhood of friends, and you are a very dear sister to me now! Now travel well, and come home soon!


…from school traffuck! Flip, I am so enjoying the smooth ride to work, I can leave 10 minutes before I have to be at the office, take my leisurely time in the morning, indulge in another 5 minutes in bed, which given how chilly the mornings are at the moment is a good thing. Another week of rage free roads.

The weekend is ahead – Jacqui and her family are here from CT for a couple of weeks, I am really looking forward to that. I miss these good old buddies who live too far away! So there will be some catching up; there will be some farewelling of the Germans; there will hopefully be some running, if my scratchy throat behaves; there will be some chilling and hopefully some lying in a sunny spot pretending to be a dassie.

Take care, and keep warm, my blogsters!

So where am I

…in this journey of mine?

Our German friends are leaving on Monday. We were away with them in the Karoo over the weekend, they continued their break and got back yesterday. They’re staying with us, and it is all a little intense right now. I am not looking forward to them leaving.

I need to sort out the visas for our trip – Spanish and UK for me, UK for Charlie and Thandi. Although, if Charlie sorted out his passport then I wouldn’t need to sort that one out.

My dad continues to be miserable. Depressed, sad and lost. I am still out of ideas there.

My running is ok. I am needing to start to increase the mileage; the Loch Ness Marathon is in 11 weeks. I can do this!

My headaches are a bit better. It appears that they have been largely caused by my latest ailment – hypertension. It’s a diagnosis I am extremely pissed off about – I am fit, only slightly overweight, eat well, exercise well and only battle with work stress. Grrr… But I am more than happy to take the treatment, because it has helped my head, and I have seen the ravages of what hypertension in Dawny.


Back and (still) blue

…except it’s now a lighter shade of blue – sky blue… Karoo sky blue…