Sunday, July 26, 2015

Geoff's upcoming African Safari part 2

Some of the ingredients for dinner and brunch.
Preparation is, by now, well on the way for Wednesday's dinner and Thursday's brunch. There are a few things I didn't take into account, fresh drinking water and toilet paper for example. We are after all going into the bush, well not quite, we will be staying in a self catering lodge. I do know that the water available there is not drinkable but I'm sure there will be toilet paper, we'll see. We will have to buy some fire wood on the way because I've been told that it is scarce at the lodge, any we don't use must be left behind.
Not having baked Soda Bread before I decided to first try it at home. The recipe I'm using calls for Self Raising flour, Buttermilk and baking soda with a touch of salt. Because Buttermilk in this country comes in 500 ml containers I had to adjust the ingredient quantities to accommodate the increase in buttermilk.
Geoff's first attempt at Irish Soda Bread.
500 grams self raising flour.
500 ml Buttermilk.
3/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda.
3/4 tsp salt.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl making a hollow in middle.
Add Buttermilk and mix quickly.
Kneed on a flat surface for a SHORT while.
Place in oven for about 40 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool.
Serve warm with ample salted butter.
Jason came around a few minutes ago just to chat about what to expect and to find out if we were short of anything. I will be in charge of making dinner on Wednesday evening with Shelley's help, very easy meal to make in my opinion, while Jason and Shelley will be handling breakfast the next morning.
I was telling him just how excited I am to be going, he said that he too is very excited. He's been going there since he was two years old but hasn't been for a couple of years now. Just two days till we leave, YAY!
Apparently we will be going through a pass on the way there and a tunnel too, lots of photo opportunities.  I will stop and take as many photographs as possible along the rout and will be writing about the whole trip here on Geoff's Blog.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Geoff's African Safari.
Blessings to all from a very excited Geoff in Johannesburg South Africa.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Geoff's upcoming African Safari

I've been stuck in Johannesburg for nearly two years now and the wanderlust has set in big time but next week I'll be heading off to the Kruger National Park on the border of Mozambique. Very exciting.
 This game reserve is the biggest nature reserve in Africa and is in the north east of the country. Established at the end of the 1800's  by the, then president, of the Transvaal, Paul Kruger, it was intended for the protection of the wild life in the area, well done Paul. It's big, about 20 000 square kilometers, and is home to a huge variety of plants and animals including the Big Five, the African Lion, the African Elephant, the African Leopard, the Cape Buffalo and the Rhinoceros, all very scary animals that will kill you at the drop of a hat. I'll be careful to keep my hat on :).
As a child in about 1967 we came here as a family, I don't remember much about that trip but do remember going to Sabi Sabi. I must have been about twelve at the time, long, long ago. This time I'll be going to a private game lodge, Xikukutu Game Lodge owned by Shelley's boyfriend's family in the Klaserie private Game reserve which is part of the Kruger Park. We won't be staying in a tented camp but in bungalows for five days and four nights.  It is a self catering camp so we all have certain meals to prepare and serve, Shelley, Jason and myself will be preparing dinner on Wednesday evening, our first night there. Mexican Soup with Soda bread baked on the fire
 served with a nice South African Sauvignon Blank to wash it down and possibly a medium cream sherry to round off the evening. We will also be making breakfast on Thursday morning, scrambled eggs on toast with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes served with freshly squeezed orange juice and sparkling wing. Apparently the rest of those coming ( ten of us on Wednesday and another four on Thursday) are extremely competitive so we will be setting the tone for the rest of the stay. Yes I can cook and entertain quite well when the situation demands. We have to take all the ingredients with us so I'm in for a shopping spree this coming week.
I will be taking lots of photographs of the preparation and presentation as well as everyone enjoying their time together to post here when I'm ready but for now I've had to get images from the net. Archibald and Minnie, my dogs, will be staying with my sister Toni for the weekend while Tiny, Olive and my fish will be looked after by one of my neighbors daughters, they will be fine I'm sure.
Shelley, Jason and I will leave here at about 5 am on Wednesday morning and take a leisurely drive of about 6 hours, stopping on the way  for breakfast in one of the small towns and also to take photographs along the way. I must tell you that this has come at exactly the right time, I really need this. Thank you Lord, you always know what I need and when to bring it about.
Writing this post has been a tremendous blessing for me and I look forward to telling you all about what it's been llike when I eventually do get back.
Blessings in the name of Jesus to all of you, Geoff.

Friday, July 17, 2015

God, his son Jesus and me, the way I see things.

John 6 verse 44 States "No man can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day."
Hello Adrian, remember me? We met at the Edenvale licencing department earlier today where I said that no man could come to Jesus unless sent by God the father. You looked rather askance at me when I said that, as if you didn't recognize the reference, well there you have it. 
As I stated, I follow what Jesus said to us, not anyone else. There are so many scriptures preached by the church from the teachings of Paul but Paul was just a man, not the Messiah. Jesus on the other hand is the son of God and all authority to judge and rescue has been put into his hands. The way I see it is like this; A son is born to you and your wife and over the years you come to not just love this amazing son but to have absolute trust in him too. You establish a business and teach him the right way to run it so that it will continue in the vein you envisaged when you set it up. One day he gets married and as a wedding gift to him you hand all authority over the business to him, you know with all your heart that this business, in his hands, will do exceedingly well. The business is still yours but you take a back seat to allow him to make all the decisions required while still having your complete backing and authority. He hires and fires, decides where to invest and how to market it but with your money, your resources, your strength and your contacts. Sort of like a manager but still the boss's son. 
People you meet along the way you send to your son for him to decide whether he can utilize them to further the aims of your business or not. If they listen to him and do what he says then they will prosper, if not, goodbye. You get where I'm coming from?
Jesus, throughout all his ministries, talked of the Father and gave all glory to Him. He didn't claim that glory for himself. His words "I am the way, the truth and the light' were with reference to the father's kingdom. You want to enter the kingdom of God? Follow me, I'm going there, I'll show you the way. Forget what anyone else tells you, they are deceiving themselves and you into falling into the sewers, it's not the way. That way leads to darkness and filth. (Think for a moment just how dark and disgusting it is in the sewers where all the excrement of mankind ends up.)
The kingdom of God doesn't just have to do with where you will land up when you die, it exists right now, right here where you are today. In John 14 verse 1 and 2 Jesus tells his disciples to "Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always; trust also in me." In verse 14 he tells them "If you ask anything in my name I will do it." What an amazing promise. 
I hope this hasn't caused you too much stress and will also assure that I personally can attest to all that I've written here. Give it a try, ask for something in Jesus's name and see if it isn't true, you will be amazed.
Blessings from Geoff.
All scriptures referenced from The New English Bible. Oxford University Press 1972.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

100 years in the future, where are we going and how fast?

100 years ago this little plane was considered exceptional because of its superior speed of 97 miles per hour with a ceiling of 16000 feet. It was loved by pilots because of it's maneuverability and lightness. I would love to have one of those, very pretty. However today things have changed a bit as far as speed and ceiling height are concerned, but I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. The New Horizons space craft was built and completed nine years ago, this is what was happening 9 years before 1915.
14 Bis October 1906
This is how much aviation advanced in just nine years.
Aboard the New Horizons space craft was a little box, half an inch thick and just two inches in diameter that had the remains, well at least a little, of the discoverer of Pluto Clyde Tombaugh. These remains are the furthest human remains, 4 billion miles. Traveling at 34000 miles per hour.

The aluminium canister aboard New Horizons
In 1806 to 1815 the most we could achieve with regards to speed was a sailing ship with a speed of less than 15 nautical miles per hour. So the speed in the first half of the 200 year period went from about 10 miles per hour to about 97 miles per hour. over the next 100 years it advanced to 34 000 miles per hour with human remains on board. There was of course the Helios probes which reached a slingshot speed of 157 000 miles per hour but there were no human bits aboard.
There was a time when it was postulated that the maximum speed humans could travel was something like fifteen miles per hour because the air pressure in the mouth would kill him. Well we seem to have overcome that little obstacle by a bit.
Where this post is going is; What will happen over the next hundred years, how far will we travel and at what speed? Right now we believe the speed of light is the limit but 200 years ago the limit was determined by water resistance and so on, then we invented cars and airplanes and space craft. Where are we going? Of course we could just all land up dead, I hope not but that is up to God isn't it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Horizon's Pluto flyby.

This image of Pluto was taken on Tuesday and was downlinked just before the flyby

Today the Nasa New Horizons space craft hurtled past the planet Jupiter with less than twelve thousand five hundred kilometers to spare, that after traveling through space for more than nine years at thirty one thousand miles per hour and covering a distance of  three billion miles, astounding. The accuracy on this mission and the detailed planning and effort that has gone into it deserves worldwide applause, well done everyone, you have made history today and I'm proud of you and what you have accomplished.
Technically, this is amazing but remember who put Pluto there first, and it wasn't Wald Disney :)
Over the next year and a half I'm sure to hear a lot more about our far distant cousin and I'm looking forward to some amazing facts and images, Thanks, Geoff.

2006 the Nasa's launch culminating in today's historic accomplishment.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Feeling a bit unloved.

Wow, I'm having such a hard time with this. I used to write because I really enjoyed the company and reading other peoples blog posts, trying to make money from this is proving extremely difficult. That being said, I need to start writing again, proper writing that is interesting and worth actually reading. Now I know what you go through writing novels, it's really hard to find motivation and confidence. Who would want to read what I have to say?
Anyway, let me stop being such a wimp and write because I enjoy it, not worrying about whether it's good enough for you or not.
I'm nearly sixty years old now, September 15th, This is the time in my life when I should be getting ready to retire but here I am unemployed and starting all over again, it really sucks. Having moved from Cape Town in the Western Cape, a province that is safe, clean and the most fantastic area in South Africa, to Johannesburg a thousand miles away in Gauteng, completely the opposite. All my friends are still in the Cape, as is the work I've been doing for the past 25 years or so, it really sucks.
I wanted to monetize my blog in order to create a residual income by linking my blog to other companies and services around the world through affiliate advertising and by selling some of my pictures online, well that was the idea. Not going too well.
Things I'm interested in are things like quantum theory, physics, archaeology, anthropology and that kind of stuff but these do not seem to be subjects people in general take an interest in so finding topics for blog posts has been challenging. When I read other people's posts on these subjects I'm impressed by their research and the conclusions they have come to. There are stacks of things I disagree with and lots of my questions remain unanswered but that is to be expected. One suck question for example is why are so many physicists Jewish and why are they so keen to disprove the existence of God? Unified field theory and all that stuff. Another one is, Who is really running the world? Having recently seen the collapse of the Greek banking system and how everything in measured in monetary terms. What are the banks going to do? Repossess Greece? Everything seems to relate to money, lives no longer count. Take Nepal for example. The media equated everything to how much financial damage had occurred, nothing about the tremendous cost to the people themselves with regards to lost family members and the amount of trauma they would have to deal with for decades to come.
It does seem to me that we are definitely drifting away from a God centered understanding of life and the universe, it's like we don't care that God has given us a manual on everything, a unified theory of everything and we seem to have lost our love for one another. Such a pity.
Well, that was my rant for the day, I'll try to write again tomorrow, hopefully with a less negative post.
May God bless all who read my blog posts, Geoff.