Where school busses go to die

It just looked sad, rows and rows of discarded school busses, after spending years moving school children to and from school, ensuring that the child arrive safely at school, the old busses have completed their useful life. They have now been discarded, and left out in the elements to slowly rust away, and die a lingering and painful death.

USA 003

USA 001

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Pictures of my new baby

Isn’t she beautiful?

She is a brand new Cort MP710F (Lefty) acoustic guitar. She has a solid spruce top, maple back and sides and rosewood fretboard.The electronics is very good-Fishman classic4 pickup, with build in tuner.

The sound is unbelievable – very full and clear. I am really looking forward to playing it at our gig tomorrow evening.

I haven’t named her yet, but in time once I get to know her, I will name her.


View from the head

My new baby
New guitar

Guitar electronics and pickup
Electronics

Interesting photo of a dandelion

What do you think of this pictures? It is just a weed growing on the side of the road, but the pic came out quite well. I quite like the contrast between the background and foreground.

Just a simple dandelion growing out of the pavement.

How to Braai – a visual guide

Rory Braai Dec 2008 065The braai is probably one of South Africa’s most traditional meals. It is practised by all cultures in South Africa, and as often as possible! Probably the only thing that will prevent a South African from having a braai is a rugby game, in which case they will probably simply braai before or after the game!

If you drive through any suburb in South Africa on a summer weekend, you will smell the delicious smell of grilling meat.

Braaing is a very casual and social affair, but there it is taken quite seriously by the cook. You simply NEVER interfere with somebody else’s braai without asking them very politely first (even if the meat is burning!)

So, what exactly is a braai?

Very simple really, it is a South African BBQ. However, it is almost always cooked on wood or charcoal – very seldom on gas. A braai will typically consist of one or more of the following:

  • lamb cutlets (chops)
  • sausage (boere wors – literally farm sausage made from beef)
  • traditional pork sausages
  • beef steak
  • chicken pieces or kebabs
  • beef or pork ribs

Let’s get going

You will need a braai (in which to make the fire). Many public picnic sites have brick braai’s available, or a Weber will do. You will also need wood or charcoal – we often buy “brikettes”, which are small round compressed pieces of charcoal.

Blitz, which is a paraffin-based firelighter, helps to get the fire going, but if you are a boy scout, matches and an axe will do!

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Put a few pieces of the blitz (firelighter) onto the grid
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Light the blitz. and give the coals a few minutes to start burning. Note that with the braai, you will always use “direct heat”.
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Lighting the wood fire
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Some nice coals starting to burn – it should take about 40 minutes to get good coals.
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While waiting for the wood to burn, cook some garlic bread on the fire.
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Garlic bread ready to eat – yummy!
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From top to bottomĀ – wors (beef sausage), chicken, and chicken kebabs in the front. You can also see some ostrich kebabs at the top on the far right.
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Braaing is thirsty work – you will need plenty of liquid refreshments
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When you can hold your hand above the grid for three seconds, you are ready to cook. Put the meat onto the grid, turning every few minutes or so.
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Looking good – almost ready to eat.
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After about two beers (40 minutes or so), you are ready to eat, so dig in!
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Ready to eat – looks great, doesn’t it?
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After a good braai, the plates will be empty!
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One more think, we often have “bring and braai’s”, in which the host supplies the fire, rolls and salads, and the guests all bring their own meat and drinks. Simple and easy.

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