Monday, September 7, 2015

Fosters Family Fun and Live Feed Videostreaming !!!

What a joy to have the Foster family with us yet again.  Can you believe it, we have yet another new record! :) This brand new young hunter, is our youngest, young lady to have shot a warthog and an impala. She made absolutely outstanding shots on both of her trophies, and we are ALL so proud of her!
We enjoyed two nights in Kruger too, and were really blessed with so many wonderful sightings. Our planned hot air balloon ride was cancelled due to unsafe winds for the day we had planned... so there is at least that to come back for next time!

We have Mr Craig Smith with us again, and by golly gosh he has been hunting hard!  His and JohnD's time in the field has paid off with a total head / bag count so far of 14 and we are not even done hunting!

We are busy working on upgrading our website at the moment.  My niece Kirsten, is visiting here for a month, and it is just awesome to have someone so talented to help with with this daunting task.  We have lots of neat ideas, and so many incredible pictures that i want to include..... watch this space! She is hopefully going to convert me into a "social media" junkie too... we shall see about that. I have my doubts! ;P

We have been SUPER BUSY with an IT company from Louis Trichardt, who is getting us set up for livestream video feed right in the office here, as well as at the Lodge.  There are currently 7 of our waterholes that have cameras set up and it is unbelieveable what we are picking up on these cameras.

Once our new website is set up, we hope to be able to offer you a live feed link to what is happening here!!!  Now that is pretty awesome news hey?

Big hugs, gotta RUN! Love from the Balls

Monday, June 15, 2015


HELLO THERE... Ya'll still even checking? Forgive me... I really cannot believe that the last post was March! Thanks Terry :) need folks like you.
We have David Hendrix here again for two months ;)  so he has been awesome to have as a helping hand around.  CAN TOTALLY understand how come you need him Marilyn!  He has saved me and mom with our grumbles on these computers... I wish I could keep him in my pocket!  I really thought technology advances made were supposed to make our lives easier and not more complicated!
We were delighted to have Terry and Jo back again for their season opener hunt in March. This was their 10th Management hunt with us, and what a pleasure they are to host.  They were followed by Hendrik's annual hunt with us too, and we managed to squeeze 17 folks in... - or should i say THEY somehow all squeezed in!
We were also excited to welcome Chuck and Jean back again for a quick visit, with Digby. :)
More recently, what a joy to have Ted and Rosemary back with us, together with Harry and Mary.
There really is something so special about introducing someone to Africa... I do think that we might just have another couple who have in-inadvertently picked up the "African Bug".
We are very much looking forward to the return of the Foster family, followed by Craig Smith. Thank you LORD for your many blessings, not the least of which are special folks who have been such a joy to host over the years!
We have had less than our usual rain fall, so it has been dry early.  Our winter was lazy rolling in, so I still have not officially switched wardrobes.  The days are lovely warm and sunny, but the nights sure are chilly.
We have also welcomed 9 beautiful little winter Nguni calves so far.
We are also very blessed to have our van, which has been a tremendous blessing. We have been using it Monday's and Friday's since March, for a school bus service for about 7 kids including our two.
The kids are busy with their mid year exams, and in two weeks they will close for the winter holidays. 
Dad and Mom are well! They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary at the end of May, and Dad celebrated his 77th birthday.  I sure hope my man ages well like his Dad! ;)
Can you believe that after living here 23 years, we have (shame on us!) finally painted our roof and the outside of our home.  I switched our office with JohnD's room, so he has been moved back to the front of the house again.  Still need to order some curtains for his room, but we have made some progress.
Big hugs to you all!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Merensky First Team

Our Johnathan (he is in the middle in the photo below) made the Tennis First Team this year, and has been enjoying playing LOTS of tennis. 
They just had a tennis tournament at the end of the First Quarter, and despite bad weather, everyone enjoyed it very much.
He also occasionally helps with walking the school cattle (Pinzyls) for the First Team Rugby matches, when they have home games. 
 Hockey season has started, and that has also kept both Micaela and JohnD busy on most Saturdays. 
Ken and I spent a week in Zanzibar at the end of February. It was just lovely. Weather was perfect, water was warm, food was plentiful, and we had a great rest!
We came home from the USA to buffalo babies having been born in our absence, so great celebrations there!  We have had 7 babies this breeding season.

Monday, March 2, 2015

20th Anniversary of SEWE attendance

The months of January and February have flown past in a blur, and to be quite honest, I think that March will too!  I hope that this finds you and yours all well and happy?  We had a very good trip to the USA last month, spending some time in Atlanta area and Charleston.  What a blessing to be in a position to go over every year.
Yet again we are reminded of God's faithfulness.  20 years down the line, we see the fruit of consistently promoting and marketing to an area, and with all of the familiar faces that popped in to see us at our Booth over the SEWE weekend, we loved it!  The weather was cold, but it certainly didn't stop the many exhibition attendees from coming out to enjoy the show.  It makes me feel a little old now, to see so many folks who have now had children, or grandchildren, or are now getting married.  The personal connections and catching up on everyone's news is really awesome.
THANK YOU  for coming!
It is great to be home now too, and awesome to hear all of the children's news. Hockey season has now started, and so they are both kept out of mischief in the afternoons! Life continues at a hectic pace for them, and I find it hard to believe that Micaela only has 20 months left of high school!
Oom Lampies and Tannie Rhena van der Sitter, were here while we were away, and they were just fantastic. What a blessing to us to be able to leave home, knowing that there was someone here to help. Thank you so much!  Of course the dogs were excited to have us home, but I do think they will miss their new friends.
Dad and Mom are well, and have been kept pretty busy.  They are in great health, and are such a blessing to us.
Well, lots of followup correspondence needs to be done. I wish that I could find some office elves that could come in at night time and just DO all of the things that need to be done.  We have some guests coming in on Friday for the weekend, so will be off to a quick start!


Friday, December 26, 2014

The family Christmas day 2014

Dad and Mom, Christmas Day 2014
JohnD & Lady, Jo & Penny, Ken & Micaela... 
we couldn't catch Camo for this one... he was too busy fighting his Christmas ribbon! 
 Lady, Micaela, Camo, Jo & Penny :)
JohnD, Cathy & Micaela
Penny & Camo
 Lady Lou xxx our little "aristocrat"! 
 and the "baby"!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas

23 December, 2014
As most of us do this time of the year, we reflect on the closing year, and look ahead to the new-year with anticipation and hope.  We also are reminded of each and every person who is dear to our hearts, both friends of many years, as well as new friends.  We are so grateful to each one of you for your involvement in our lives. Thank you for keeping in touch, and for your love and care.
We want to wish each and every one of you a very blessed Christmas Holiday Season.  May HIS presence fill your homes with love, peace, grace and an overwhelming awareness of the gift HE gave us! Himself. He really is GOD WITH US. J
I guess the biggest change for us this year was that both our children are now “out of the house” so to speak. They do enjoy Merensky High School and all of the social, academic and sporting challenges that they are faced with.  They have both matured, as living away from home will always do. We really are so very proud of them both.  I am sure the new-year will bring many opportunities for more personal growth, and they certainly keep us on our toes.  Micaela placed 5th in her Grade with her academic achievements, so she was very excited that all of her hard work paid off.  With the busy hunting season, we REALLY missed them a lot, as they have always been such a help in both the field and the lodge!
We had a busy hunting season, with many news guests and a few returning regulars. What a blessing each and every one of you were to us. Thank you!  We harvested two of our own buffalo bulls this year, which was a welcome blessing.  We hope to have a few more available for next year too.
The Nguni Cattle have continued to give us so much pleasure this year. 
We plan to attend the SEWE Exposition in Charleston again this coming February, and hope to also attend the Cattlemen’s convention in Arizona. J
Our fury 4-legged friends at the moment are our ever beautiful and sweet Lady, (miniature long-haired dachshund) who is now just over 9 years old.  Camo the “reprobate” ;) who is one and a half.  We have to keep him clipped as his long curly hair is a nightmare to keep clean in the bush!  He most definitely is KEN’S DOG! He is such a character and keeps us all very entertained.  Penny is our family “baby”, who is a Foxy cross.  We got her in June, and she is a very busy and LOUD little sweetheart!  We still have the two cats, Marmite and Kit-kat, who love to keep the dogs exercised!  They are both “bush” cats, Kit-Kat keeping the lodge mice free, and Marmite keeping our home mice free.
Dennis and Carol, are both very well. Keeping busy and still both active. What a blessing they are to us.  Cathy, (Ken’s sister) has moved back to the farm now, and lives with them when she is not travelling.  Lovely to have her around again.  Her daughter Kirsten, is now living in Cape Town, and is engaged to Oliver Moss.  J
We have had some lovely rain so far this season, and the veld is looking magnificent.  We await the birth of the buffalo babies as usual this time of the year… and thoroughly enjoy all of the little blesbuck, impala, wildebeest, hartebeest and other little ones running around in the bush this time of year.  We have had the coldest summer in a long time, and certainly a mild winter too.  We have only had the odd very hot day. 
Hopefully with the influx of all of our Christmas and New-year guests, we won’t have too many power cuts, or rainy days. 
Looking ahead to 2015, we don’t anticipate too much change ahead, other than wanting to lose the few extra kilos and get “fit” – whatever that means! J We have all been blessed with good health, and we believe that it will continue.  From the heart of the Bandolierkop Bush Veldt, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a wonderful new year.

Dennis, Carol, Ken, Jo, Micaela and JohnD xxxx

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Song

Mom sent me this link, and I did think it was well sung... a good message for this time of the year.
I hope you enjoy it too.