Actual activity deactivates virtual activity.

The more one does that one might blog about,
The more ones blogging time is put in doubt;
I have been kept completely on the hop,
And thus my blog came screeching to a stop!

Let me at least give headlines:


The Egyptian Ducks (demoted recently from Geese) are back at the school pool, and actively involved themselves in Swimming Squad training today. It is good to see them again after the break of a couple of years they have taken.

Note: they took possession of the lane previously occupied by J!


Galas have been swum in with results ranging from fantastic to disappointing.

During the latest young J did not seem to be giving of her best, and then took another turn that landed her back in hospital. The specialist is still confident that the answer is not to give up such activity, but to find the right meds to control the seizures.

R was also off-form, and due to us dashing off to hospital missed the event she is best at.

Today, though, J was going well while R studied for exams. Here, in Lane 8, she was pipped into second.

There was little doubt about the outcome of this little sprint!


Books have been launched, but due to bad timing, and an unsuitable section of the venue, now need to be winched up the slipway and relaunched. Another launch is scheduled for tomorrow, and I am hoping this one will pave the way for further progress. Launches will now be moving to Saturdays, and that should help.


‘Split Decision’ by Carmen Capuano was the featured book here. Sales did happen, but the attendance was poor.


After this launch the librarian came to the door with me and suggested I park my car nearer in future, as cars have been stolen from that location across the road.

I could hardly believe my eyes. Brazenly fiddling in the back of this car after opening both locked doors!

As she said it, I saw with fury that the drivers side doors of my car were open and a man was rummaging in the back. I charged across the road with intent to do murder, particularly as two people in our immediate circle have had cars stolen recently. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ I stormed, about to launch into a physical attack. Not the most brilliant remark, I admit; a car thief would naturally think that he was doing a car theft.

 Fortunately, the suspect was quick-witted and pointed me up the road a bit. Then I got the full picture.

The librarian, Much Better Half, and bystanders were in fits of laughter, as was I when I saw my error. The suspect, however, had a sense-of-humour-failure in spite of my apology.


A case of identical twins!

© November 2018 Colonialist

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27 Responses to Actual activity deactivates virtual activity.

  1. beeblu says:

    Haha, glad things were not as they seemed.


  2. nrhatch says:

    Hope J is soon right as rain.
    They look like geese to me.

    And the car thief = too funny!

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  3. Widdershins says:

    You get 10 points for good intentions! 😀


  4. Real life is always preferable – while our blogging time is limited


  5. 😀 Die “inbreker” kon maar saam met die toeskouers gelag het, so ‘n ou suurpruim!


  6. SueW says:

    Thank you for the updates. Hope J is stabilised soon. Love the duck geese and the tale of two cars is hilarious.

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  7. toutparmoi says:

    I had a similar Oops moment when I was living in a rickety old wooden house with an upstairs and two downstairs apartments. There was an equally rickety old ladder that was usually left lying by the side of the house – presumably to be hoisted against the wall for use as a fire escape by the tenants upstairs.

    Anyway, one day I was sitting in my apartment and heard the clunk of the ladder against a wall. I rushed out and shouted those same words, “What do you think you’re doing?” at a pair of rapidly ascending legs. Of course, it was one of the upstairs tenants who’d locked herself out and was effecting a window entry.


  8. A great take on ‘my most embarrassing moment’. 🤣 You could be excused for your error though. The two cars look like identical twins.
    Hope The doctor can get Little J’s meds sorted out. Good luck with the book launch. 🙏🏻


  9. disperser says:

    Sorry to hear the seizures are still an issue but good to hear confidence in a possible resolution/abatement.

    Also too bad about the launches, but good luck for future efforts.

    Nice bit of respite from the not-so-good stuff with car identity issue.


    • colonialist says:

      I do hope they get the meds right; she would be devastated if she had to give it up. Both kids are real water babies.
      I’ll keep at it with the launches until the ships are well afloat!
      It was good to get a giggle out of the state of siege we feel as though we are in.

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  10. Arkenaten says:

    An Oops moment if ever there was one. And although a somewhat rash move on your part, ( the real chance of a firearm being drawn was my immediate thought) completely understandable under the circumstances.

    All the best for the re-launch tomorrow.

    Lovely to see the Geese! I always smile when I hear their call – it means they are usually on the roof or on the neighbours roof!


    • colonialist says:

      Oops, indeed! With the mood I was in, had the laddie produced a firearm I probably would have compelled him to eat it.
      The District-Six-But-Not-Cape-Town launch should certainly be interesting. Four other books now involved as well as mine.
      We don’t get the ducks/geese (why rename them, even if they are not true geese) around home, but it is good to see them in other parts nearby.

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