Eric and Lara - my kids

Eric and Lara - my kids
Eric and Lara

14 April 2011

Fire down the road

On Wednesday around 7pm our house became engulfed in smoke, thinking it was our wendy house I ran out. The smoke was really thick already, not the wendy house, I headed down the road, still loads of smoke but unclear where it was coming from. Then there were flames, at first I thought it was a tree in a currently vacant house in our road but it soon became apparent that it was the house behind that. It's was a thatch house and it's really scary how fast the fire spread (especially also staying in a thatch house). The first pictures are about 20 minutes after it started.

Fortunately the family were able to get out safely and our thoughts go out to them. Apparently it was caused by a electrical fault, so let that serve as a warning to all of us.

The fire brigade and police did a great job and were really quick to respond which probably spared other houses from catching alight.

Thanks to our neighbours (and everyone) who all helped spraying our roof, to prevent it from catching alight.

Photo taken by friends down the road, from their driveway

The police and Fire Brigade were really quick to respond, kudos to them.

Taking a well deserved breather.

Job done for now, after over two hours the fire was still flaring up.

Fortunately not as dramatic as it looks, just a slow shutter speed

One way to get off the roof
Attending to another fire which started from the burning embers

12 hours later

The remains

10 April 2011

Maruska & Jon

Maruska and Jon tied the "nautical" knot (or should that be the naughti-cal") in a very seafaring affair held at the beautiful Catholic Church of the Annuciation, in Milnerton. The reception was held at the Blue Peter Hotel, in Bloubergstrand and proved to be a grand affair keeping with the sailing theme. Jon being in the "sailing game" and Maruska having accompanied him of some of his travels. Below some pictures from their special day, as they sailed into the sunset of marriage.

Graham, Michaela, Shiela (proud mother of the groom)

Maruska being walked down the isle by her dad, Giovanni

Blessing the rings

The paper work, signing the register

You may kiss the bride

Meet da family, da large Italian family :) Don't messa with da family.

And da friends of the family

And a quick photo session on the beach .......

leave only foot prints ...................

with mum .........

Parents of the bride, Anna and Giovanni

Keeping with the theme
Just Married

Ashley, the bestman and Michaela in the sunlight

in the looking glass.

Time for those dancing shoes

shwoing the youngsters how it's done

Spot the garter, not sure any of the single guys did (tip, look knee height)

Mum and her bottle (a posed shot)