Day 547 – First braai of the season

Spring has sprung, the flowers are out, the birds are going mad and the sun is shining.

It’s time for the first braai of the season.

We’d usually have done this a lot sooner than now: indeed, we usually ignore winter and just braai right through. And to be fair, we did do it a bit sooner last weekend while we were away, but we haven’t managed it at home just yet: you-know-what got in the way a bit this time around.
Anyway, because today is Braai Day Heritage Day (known locally by many as ‘Braai Day’), we’ve got a few immune friends coming around and I’m going to fire up the braai.

It’s taken a while to get things ship-shape yesterday and this morning, and I’m fairly exhausted already, but all this effort is a bit of a one-off, necessary simply because things haven’t been used for a few months. Next time will take just 5 minutes because there won’t be a weeks and weeks of spider webs and dust to get rid of first.
That said, I think the effort has paid off: the garden looks good, the braai is ready to go and the pool looks ever so inviting as long as you don’t actually touch the water.

The steaks are looking sooo good and the bar is open with pool table, dart board and new sexy lighting all ready to go.

It should be a great afternoon and I’m confident of staying awake until nearly 9pm.

Heritage weekend photos

Belatedly, but still: weekend photos.

Some proteas (not from the weekend, but who’s checking anyway), a specific startrail (despite the brightest moon EVER!), some shipwreck (I didn’t know which one I liked best, so I shared four) and some birdage (taken by my daughter).

Here’s an example:

And here’s the link.

Knock yourselves out. (Not literally.)

“BraaiDay” song set to take SA by storm

Yeah, yeah – whatever. IMHO, this is amusing and deserves more exposure so I am exposing it.
Not that anyone outside the Republic will understand the nuances of the song, but so what?
Herewith “Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues” [sic] and their rendition of Braaiday:


Of course, “Braai Day” is actually held each year on Heritage Day: “a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people”, but those complaining that the celebration has been hijacked by Jan Scannell and Desmond Tutu should note that their “Braai4Heritage” project does have the backing of the National Heritage Council.

And let’s face it, without their call to braai, we’d all just sit at home and watch the footy on Heritage Day – or er… have a braai.