Monday, April 27, 2015

What will we do?

Have you ever felt, while reading the news or listening to the radio, like your heart was going to break?  Utoya island slaying in Norway of more than 90 children in 2011, the 911 event that happened in America and now the earthquake in Nepal. There are other occasions when I've felt this way but today I'll concentrate on Nepal.
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I only found out about what had happened on Sunday morning via a radio news broadcast. At that time the death toll was only 1800, it's now 3500 and still rising. Climbers on Mount Everest were killed and hundreds are still stranded on the mountain. Small villages near the epicenter of the quake have still not all been contacted mostly because there is no way to get to them. In Kathmandu many are still buried under tons of rubble and to top it all off, the hospitals are completely overwhelmed.

 The international response to the disaster has been quite extensive but at this time, 8 am GMT, there have, as of yet, not been any arrivals from the rest of the world. They are expected within the next few hours. Looking through the images on the net, being a photographer this is the first place I went to, I'm horrified by the degree of devastation. It's going to take a very long time for this country to get back to where it was before.
Suresh Parihar takes his daughter in his arms after she was found in their caved in house.
Can you imagine the joy in this father's heart, not everyone was that lucky. 
What I'm going to do today is take a thousand Rand from my account and donate it to Unicef. Okay, that didn't work, Shelley tried to put it through by her credit card, not working, I tried to put it through by paypal, not working and today is a public, banks closed, so I'll have to do it tomorrow.
Here's a link to Unicef's donation page for those who really do care about their fellow inhabitants of our wonderful God given Earth.

I'm going to have to leave this post now. Every time I go back to images of the quake there are more pictures, horrifying

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honey,Miracles and God's word.

This is why I'm not signed up for the challenge this year, no time. When you become really busy during the day and get home to blackouts at night what can you do? Shh, I'm stealing company time right now to write this, don't say anything.
I have been thinking about what story I could write about that would be of interest to you, my readers. I can write about the exceptional violence in South Africa, which isn't news really, it's been like this for a very long time. Or I could write about the corruption that has become so prevalent in a so called "Free South Africa." Or I could write about the power utility Eskom failing to meet its obligations. Or I could write about a miracle that happened to me a few years ago. I think I'll go with that.
Proverbs 24 verse 13.
I'll have to come back to this later in the day, busy now.
Okay I'm back, had to rush out to collect some LED lights for a couple of units going out today.
As I was saying, Proverbs 24 verse 13 says,
"Eat honey my son for it is good for you and the comb is sweet." I thought I had written about this in  a previous post but when I tried to search for honey it came up with completely different posts. Oh well I've got something interesting to write about. 
One day, oh probably about five years ago, I was sitting at home on the farm reading my Bible when this scripture came up. I read it and thought to myself, "Wow, I haven't had honey in years." I couldn't afford it anyway so not really surprising. Then I sat back in the chair and asked the Lord, "What are you giving me this for?" You see I believe that when you are reading your Bible God is talking to you, this is something to take seriously and He's giving you insights into what is going on around you, even if you don't understand what it is He's trying to say to you. Well I found out very quickly why I had been given that particular scripture. 
The window on the left of the bush is my kitchen window.
KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK on the window, who on earth would be knocking on my kitchen window? It's quite high from the ground and there is a lot of mud and gunk on that side of the cottage. This all happened while I was asking the Lord why? 
I got up and went to the window to see who was there and lo and behold, there was a guy outside with a two liter plastic container in his hand. He looked up at me and said, "I've got some honey on the comb for you, I've just taken it out of a wild hive and thought you may want some. YES please. 
There are also a whole lot of other things I can tell you about honey and bees that are very interesting. Did you know that a worker bee can only fly for six kilometers without a top up of honey. If it flies further than three kilometers from the hive it won't be able to get back, death on the range. One morning I was in the bathroom at home when I noticed a bee struggling on the tiled floor. It's legs were weakly twitching while it lay upside down. I knew about the flight limits and so picked it up very gently and took it to the kitchen. Inside my cupboard was the honey I was given earlier, I dipped my finger into the tub and offered it to the bee. Immediately the little creature stuck it's proboscis into the honey and started feeding. It was very weak when it started on the honey but ten minutes later it flew away back to the hive. So next time you see a bee dying on the window sill, give it a little honey and save it's life, it's very easy.
Honey, the only foodstuff known to man that does not spoil. Archaeologists have taken jars of honey from Egyptian tombs that is thousands of years old, still edible. There are certain "scientific" reasons for this. Honey contains minute quantities of Hydrogen Peroxide, very good for killing bacteria. There is of course the fact that honey has very little water in it and that it is very acidic. That's enough about honey and bees for now.
Why did the Lord give me honey? Well He told me He would give me a land flowing with milk and honey. Milk begins to spoil immediately, honey is eternal.  
There are many woes in this land about which I could write if I so pleased, or I can write about God's amazing provision and how His word connects us to it.
Big blessings from Geoff in South Africa.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Back to being a dedicated Blogger, because I love it.

photo opportunities everywhere

Hello everybody, welcome to my Blog.
I've just gotten back from a rather busy but pleasant day at the workshop. (Setbuild) There are quite a few things going on in this country at the moment, rioting, monument defacing s, looting and pillaging, (called xenophobia here) and generally lots of accusations of racialism and colonialism. Most of these things don't affect Geoff too much in Johannesburg but some of them do, one in particular, load shedding. I don't know if you ever keep up with the news, I do. Well in this country we have a power supply utility run by the A N C, that's the African National Congress, the ruling party. This power utility, Eskom, cannot keep up with the increased demand for electricity, that's what happens when you make promises you can't keep. A quick note to those running for congress or parliament right now, watch your mouth. If you win you will be held accountable for those un-kept promises. Anyway, back to South Africa, the power stations are out dated and new ones are being built but they are beset with strikes and so on. What this means is LOAD SHEDDING. They choose certain areas in the country to suspend supply so they can cope with other areas demand, it's difficult to explain.
Well how this affects me is; yesterday and today power was switched off in Midrand, where I live, from 2 PM until after 6 PM. Now that doesn't only affect homes but businesses, and of course traffic lights. You have no idea.Yesterday it took me more than two hours to travel 27 kilometers, just under seventeen miles.
Poor Archibald and Minnie, they become so restless and just want to get out of the car. Another thing that gets affected in my home is my fish tank. The water temperature isn't too affected, they are after all African Cichlids, but the filtration system runs dry. What this means is that when the electricity comes back on and I'm not around, the system will burn out due to overheating. Very distressing. But, because God looks after me and my home, it hasn't burned out yet. Thank you lord.
Living in Johannesburg has changed the way I look at life to a degree, but I'm still Geoff from the farm with my dogs and cats and fish. I still talk about God and Jesus. And to top it all, I'm still a writer and photographer.
Do yourself a favor, thank the Lord for your consistent power supply and be grateful that your country isn't going through major changes right now. I'm South African through and through and love this amazing place with it's incredible scenery and people. I have no desire to live anywhere else but that could change, I am after all a wanderer by nature and I love it.
Many blessings from Geoff in South Africa.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Work, work, work, and thanks.

Jet stores press release

Hello everyone.
In my previous post I wrote about not joining the a-z challenge because I've been very busy, this is true. I've had a few days off to recuperate but it all starts again tomorrow morning. I went round to the workshop this morning and was immediately sent of to a client in Mid Rand to get measurements and things to finish off the snag list. I will be getting into Microsoft units in the morning.
Most of the work I do has to do with the visual arts, you know, advertising, shop fitting, film sets, and sometimes press releases. I meet a whole lot of very creative people and in the course of the week bring into being what they have imagined.
Victron show stand in the making
Having moved to Johannesburg has, in it's own way, changed my ability to spend time taking awesome photographs. I do have more disposable income and Myles is able to spend more time with Tracey, I suppose that is justification enough. What was happening before was that I could take a couple of weeks off to go home before having to come back to help out. Oh how I miss Cape Town, all my friends are there. Oh well, what can I say?
the only kind of friends I make in Johannesburg

I'm going to admit that the a-z challenge this year has really motivated me to start writing again. For the longest time I've felt like I was worthless when it came to writing. I don't know why but it has stunted my abilities. Reading other people's posts has seemed to enthused me again, this is good.
What I've decided to do is read other blog posts that come up in my reading list, people I've already subscribed to and comment there. Anything I read on any blog site I haven't subscribed to I'll not post comments until after the end of the a-z challenge. They have enough other people to visit and comments to acknowledge already. I'll not impose on their time any more.
Busy, busy, busy.
Thanks for putting up with this strange post, It's not what I wanted to say. What I wanted to convey through this post was that I'm grateful to the challengers for inspiring and enthusing me again, you have no idea how much I appreciate it, Geoff.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Blessings from a Jealous Geoff.

I'm really going to have to write a blog post. Just so you know, I didn't sign up to the a-z challenge this year because of time restraints but, oh my gosh! I've been reading all your posts for the challenge and have so enjoyed them I'm quite regretful of not signing up. The themes and topics are fascinating. Loverofwords has themed Art of the American West, truly beautiful. Barbara in Caneyhead has themed musical memories, also absolutely fascinating. Misha Gericke I think has themed about writing from experience also very interesting and enlightening. And then there's Our friend Arlee,, he themed Elements of existance, definitely worth reading. There are of course so many other blog themes out there and all different and fascinating to read.
I'm not working today, Tracey went into hospital yesterday for surgery so Myles has closed shop till Monday. With being off I've had time to spend reading blog post and I must admit, it's been well worth the time.
I would like to wish all of you a fantastic challenge and may you find the time to get round to al your new followers.
Blessings from Geoff Maritz in Johannesburg South Africa.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Easter weekend with Geoff.

Shelley's picture.

Easter has come and gone this year and almost everyone is back at work. Almost being the operative word here. The road death toll in South Africa over this Easter weekend has risen from 193 last year to 287 this Easter. Very sad!
In my country, road rules don't really apply anymore. White lines and stop signs are ignored by such a large proportion of the driving public that it has become completely insane on the roads here. The laws are there but enforcement is non-existent. And this is the result, death and carnage. Oh well, I live in Africa, what can I say?

Shelley's picture.

On a more positive note, the Two Oceans Marathon was a great success. The Half marathon was won by Stephen Mokoka of Ethiopia in a touch over one hour, 1 hour and exactly 4 minutes. That's almost 21 kilometers per hour. Well done chap. The 56 kilometer ultra marathon was won by Motlokoa Nkhobotlane of Lesotho 3:10:27. Well done.
The ladies also did extremely well. The half marathon was won by Lebogang phalula (1:14:48) of South Africa and the ultra marathon was taken by Caroline Wöstmann (3:41:23) also of South Africa. Well done ladies, you did us proud.
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The ZCC church meeting at Moria, according to one of the workers at Setbuild who was there, hosted 14 000 000 worshipers, wow.
The store man Moses was telling me on Tuesday how he went up there by buss and how impressed he was that 9 people had come all the way from London in the UK. He was on such a high it was really inspiring.
Shelley's picture, Archibald and me.

As for myself, Well I spent Friday pretty much alone, nice and peaceful. Saturday I spent at my sister's place watching movies. She wasn't there but had asked me to please feed the dogs in the evening which I duly did. A rather boring day. Sunday afternoon we had a braai. I was expecting more people so bought a whole bunch of meat to throw on the fire but it was just the two of us. Very nice. 
My picture, Shelley.

Monday I spent with Shelley showing her how to use her camera. She had tried to take pictures on Sunday but they had come out blank. On Monday morning she asked for help. It was great.
I'm hoping everyone else had a great weekend and you are all focussed and doing what you enjoy the most. 
Blessings from A cool autumnal Johannesburg, Geoff.