Win : Double ticket to Holi Festival of Colours Joburg 2014

The Holi Festival of Colours is happening in Johannesburg again, on the 23rd of August 2014.

This year the festival is taking place at the Wanderers Stadium, and it looks like it’s going to be an absolute blast, looking at the lineup that’s planned!

Taking place on the day of the full moon of the Phaluga month, Holi is one of India’s most famous festivals. This Hindu event celebrates the start of spring; the triumph of good over bad and the unifying of people across all races, genders and ages. The western Holi Festival of Colours aims to bring the same message of hope, positivity and equality to millions of partygoers, with global events taking place across the world.

The 2014 Holi Festival of Colours World Tour takes place across many countries world-wide, including South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Accolades from previous event-goers range from euphemisms such as “indescribable”, to “peaceful”, “exalted” and “goose bumps”.

The South African event is expected to draw a huge following, as revellers prepare to unite under a cloud of multi-coloured paint powder from noon until late. Local and international music acts, a host of special features, top-of-the-line event planning, security, food and drink stalls and many other event highlights will also be par for the course over the duration of this full-day event.

More information and tickets are available on the Holi Festival ZA website.

I have 1 set of double tickets up for grabs!! How awesome is that?!

All you have to do to enter, is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below… and I’m using that because it’s so fab at randomly selecting a winner ;)

The winner will be drawn randomly on Tuesday 5 August 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Legacy – a book by Melissa Delport

I read Melissa Delport’s book “Rainfall” a few months ago and absolutely loved it! So when her publishers of her new book contacted me and asked me to be a part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her new book, I jumped at the opportunity!

I read the book a few weeks ago, while I was in Zimbabwe for the wedding, and devoured it!

Melissa’s new book is called “The Legacy” and is the first in a trilogy. If you’ve read Rainfall, this book is NOTHING like it at all! LOL! This trilogy is set in the future, which to be honest made me groan a bit before I started reading it. I really don’t normally enjoy futuristic books, especially when they start about a world war.

Here’s a snippet explaining what it’s about…

Well, once I started reading it, I struggled to take a break. I just wanted to know what was going to happen. I was a little disappointed when it finished actually!

The book is set years after World War III in New United States once the world has started recovering from the nuclear war. Melissa explains in great detail throughout the book what the world is like at that time, which I thought was great because she built on the setting from the beginning to the end, and didn’t let you forget what she was seeing in her mind.

Rebecca is the main character in the book, and she’s the wife of the president of the New United States… except that she’s also working for the rebels and gathers intelligence for them with the aim of unseating Eric from power. The plot develops pretty quickly, but also goes back in time to set the scene so that you understand what Rebecca’s history is all about.

The book has got a little bit of a complicated love story, an involved fast-paced plot and an interesting story… including the start of a developing story involving genetic engineering (which I’m guessing plays a big part in the second book). It’s not my usual type of book that I read, but I enjoyed it immensely.

My only issue with the book, actually, were the cars that were used to get around! LOL, I know that seems small, but I really doubt that the car brands and models spoken about in the book, would be able to be driven after a nuclear war and the years in between! But I’m splitting hairs really, because other than that I was completely engrossed by the plot, the characters and their stories. It’s an ideal weekend getaway read.

And guess what I did this evening… bought the next book in the trilogy “The Legion”!! I need to find out what happened. The first and second book in the trilogy are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble as well as local brick and mortar bookshops as well as online book shops like Kalahari and Takealot.

If you’re interesting in reading more reviews about the book, follow the #thelegacyblogtour hashtag on Twitter. There will be book reviews posted on blogs around the world until September 2014! The full list is on the Legacy Trilogy website.

 

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Cuddles and homework

I know, seems like a strange combination, but with Connor around, cuddles at homework time are bound to happen.

I’ve been at home for the last few days, trying to get over this crappy flu that I’ve had for the last 2 weeks. And Bradley has been at home with me. We’ve got the same bug, and in fact the doctor even gave us exactly the same meds!! We’ve both got an ear infection, chest infection, bad sinuses etc.

Connor has been at school like normal, but excitingly for him, I’ve been around to pick him up and have lunch together and do homework. The best part of his homework (in his words) is reading time… and we read together on the bed and he snuggles against my shoulder. I LOVE that he’s reading, and in fact, he’s now reading any and every sign that we drive past too… the best way to learn!


He loves it when I pick him up from school. I really wish I could do it more often.

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Fixing floors and walls and bathrooms

It’s been a while since we spent a LOT of money on this house, and it’s time we did so.

Our floors are in dire need of some love. The previous owners skimped on everything they did with the house, and the tiling was not properly done at all. We have so many broken tiles in the lounge and passage area, and it’s looking pretty horrific and we cannot hide them anymore.

The kids bathroom and guest bathroom are also a little shabby. The toilet and basin are ancient, and replacing just the loos will save us money on our water bill!

For the last few weeks, since we’ve decided to renovate, I’ve been building a new board on Pinterest so that we can quickly show the builder what we’re wanting.

Basically, this is what we’re planning…

In the lounge, dining room and passage to lighten and brighten and modernise:

  • Replace the tiled floors with screed
  • Paint the walls throughout the house a grey/beige colour very close to white
  • Paint the ceilings  as well as the dark wooden beams white (throughout the house) so it’ll look similar to the first photo.
  • Replace the light fittings in the entire house because the light in our house is non-existant at the moment.
  • Replace all the inside doors with more modern doors and handles.
  • We may also replace the sliding doors in the lounge

 

White wooden ceiling and beams

 

Pale screed floor

Pale screed flooring

 

In the kids and guest bathroom:

  • Replace the loo and basin.. and all other accessories (I definitely want a big round mirror in the bathrooms).
  • Replace the light fittings
  • Tile the walls with white subway tiles. Here lies one of the dilemmas… whether to tile the shower area with blue/turquoise mosaics orstick to the white.
  • And the other dilemma is the floors in the bathroom, we can’t decide between screed or tile

White subway tile and painted walls

White subway tiles with dark floor. Awesome fittings and basin cabinet

Mosaic shower as a contrast

I was at home today because I’m not well, and the builder came to chat to me about timing etc. He can start next week!! Holy moly!! I better get my ass in gear and start buying stuff! We can’t even decide on some things, let alone find them. So we’re going to be spending every extra hour scouring websites and shops!

There is a problem though… looks like we’re going to be homeless for 2 weeks while the floors get done, but there’s no easy way around this. Our floors are so bad, that the tiling has to be removed, and the base resceeded anyway… and the colour hardener we want will take 2 weeks to set properly. So that’s another thing to find ;)

We do have another problem… our pipes in the bathrooms are galvanised, and not copper which means we can’t get the mixers we wanted, and to change the pipes would cost too much and we reckon it’ll be a nightmare with the layout of the house and where the pipes are probably routing! So, we’ll go the easier route and find other fittings rather!

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Chilling in Maboneng

It was Fiona’s birthday celebration today, and we joined her and Donovan and friends in Maboneng for a long boozy lunch and drinks. What a fabulous afternoon! We had lunch at Mama Mexicana on Fox Street in the Arts on Main building. It’s not a very big restaurant, but then most places in Maboneng are quite […]

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Connor’s first merit award

One of the things I really love about the school the kids go to, is their weekly merit system. Every child gets a merit during the year, and this week was Connor’s turn. The teachers keep it secret, and send the parents an SMS a few days before inviting you to the assembly… the idea […]

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The boys best burgers

Bradley’s friend Ewan has a burger rating system apparently, so the last time he came for dinner, I had to make burgers. He declared that mine were 4th on his list, much to my amusement. So on Sunday, after I made my homemade burgers again, I asked Bradley and Connor what their lists of top […]

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A normal Saturday for a change

Every weekend I go through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, and I’m filled with envy. Although I love doing photography, even a short lifestyle shoot cuts into the middle of a day, and I can’t actually do much with my time other than go food shopping. The rest of the time needs to be spent […]

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A little winter running update

I’ve literally run through the dead of winter. LOL, never thought those words would come out of my mouth… or fingers for that matter When I ran on Tuesday evening at Run Walk for Life, the sky was definitely lighter for longer… and a lot softer too. That means I should be able to start […]

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Some stony creatures for home

On Sunday morning on the way to the airport in Harare, the driver of our shuttle kindly stopped at the stone market so that we could get some goodies to take home as gifts for everyone. I last went there 2 years ago on one of my first trips to Zimbabwe for weddings… but Lerika […]

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