Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Ok so I have been quiet for a couple of weeks. So now is a good a time as any to catch up and let you know what has been happening lately. The best news is that Dad is doing very well. He had a blood transfusion last week because his bloodcount was low, and that has rejuvinated him on top of the world again - great news!

As Easter approached it was time to head out of town for the weekend, so the mountains and dessert seemed attractive and the right thing to do. The drive out was good, opting to use no major highway or freeway but to experiment and follow the unconventional routes of the outback. I was thinking traffic would be a nightmare but oddly enough it was pretty good. This time of the year schools are out for "Spring Break" so my guess is everyone headed for the beach due to the magnificent weather we have been experiencing lately.

Being out in the hi-dessert was relaxing and peaceful. No traffic; no noise; no tv; no phones; no people for miles; no distractions....the list is endless. The weather was really good, apart from Friday crossing over the mountains into the dessert was pretty interesting, I should have been alert and grabbed a few pics but I didn't...right on the crest over into the dessert the weather changed and the wind picked up to a pretty scary level. At one point the vehicle was almost difficult to control. I took a bunch of photos and tried to exclude people from the shots to give you the sense of peace and relaxation and beauty that can be experienced just a few hours from madness in the city! The first pic is just after the sun went down, and above the dessert there were a bunch of military fighterplanes doing manouvres high in the sky. The after burn effects through the distant sun was spectacular. The other pics are pretty self explanatory.

Ahh before I forget, I just want to give a big congratulations to our dear friends in Perth, Australia, the Bingham Family - on receiving citizenship downunder - and to Debbie who this week arrived safely in New Zealand to start a new chapter in her life - congrats to you all....


Anonymous said...

I would like to say, that from the photoes you took it looks like a very interesting area, one day soon I hope to visit you from Holland.keep up your good work in the blog, I am very proud of you son,.

Vic said...

Hi Dad,
Well the Hi-dessert at this time of the year has beautiful plants, and the heat is not bad at all. It will amaze you to drive out there and see nothing for miles around, kind of like driving to Nyamandlovu in some areas. Thanks as always for stopping in here to check out what is on here. Always love the comments. God bless,
Love you lots.

billyboy said...

the usa outback may be awsome, but it will never compare to sitting out in the hills at maleme dam - dont you think vic, or am i wrong - also add in the braai element..................yum yum

Vic said...

once again you brought up a memory that can't be beat! Maleme is a great place, and I totally agree, nothing beats sitting there having a braai, and enjoying the scenery - very tranquil, unique and splendid!