Charlie's Bird

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

Why do I run?

Weekend spin!

…showee! It was hectic!

My weekend started early on Friday morning, when we hit the road to our neighbouring city to sort out our visas for our Scotland trip. It’s quite a palava (no, autocorrect, not a pavlova)- I had a huge file of documents that had to be submitted. The system wasn’t too awful; but there was a bit of a delay that almost drove me crazy – when you are the only people in the facilitation centre and they make you wait and wait and wait for 40 minutes to take your photo and take your fingerprints! (This after they made me remove all the staples from my paperwork – about 37000 of them – ok, so that’s an exaggeration but it was a lot, because there was a lot of evidence they wanted!) Anyway, once that was done we had a yummy lunch with a friend of mine and then it was back home.

Home to the launch of our Wild Women calendar! We had a fun evening, and the calendar is totally awesome! Very tastefully done, very discrete, and some gorgeous photos. I forgot to bring the disc with me to work, so I’ll post a few pictures, and if anyone wants a calendar – let me know – and I’ll see if I can get it posted to you! They’re R150 each and ALL of that goes to our charities, because everyone donated their time and resources.

I managed to get 2 runs in this weekend. Neither of them were pretty – I am struggling at the moment – my calves feel super tight and my hip flexor on the left is niggling. I think an appointment with my chiro and some dry needling are in order. But glad with my mileage – 11km on Saturday and 24 yesterday. Although yesterday was interspersed with tears and lots of stretching. Character building I tell you. Character building.

In other TAFKAD is in town – yay! She’s here for a family wedding and our school reunion – 25 years <insert appropriately horrified emoji her> so nice to see her and catch up!



…so yesterday morning I went to a breakfast hosted by the local Chamber of Business, and Zelda La Grange was the guest speaker. Man, is she not just stunning! An Afrikaanse boeremeisie employed by our very own Madiba; showing such vision in our young democracy. A move that changed her live 180°.

The message she had was stunning – Madiba was an extremely principled man – discipline, respect of all people and integrity were the ones she spoke about. The examples she used touched me, they were relevant and I was glad to hear stories that buoyed my belief in the old man; and some that challenged me too. One always likes to walk away from a talk like that thinking; which I was.



…on a Sunday… so in the aftermath of my win and a late night, we headed off to a day of wine bottling! 

Patients who have become friends were preparing to bottle their latest vintage; every year they get grapes brought down to our neck of the woods, do the whole destemming, pressing and fermentation. Just enough for 1 barrel. And then it was time to bottle it. 

So there we were – bottle washing, filling bottles, corking, sealing, labeling. And a huge Greek souvla slap up lunch to follow. It was really fun – they roped in all their buddies, had a jumping castle for the kids, do a whale of a time was had by all! And the wine was flipping delicious! 

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but doing the sums, figuring out the costs, it’s an expensive hobby being a garagiste, so something that is off of our current agenda. 

Me with the little lady for whom the wine is named.

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…