Friday, June 28, 2013


As a special treat for Father's Day Sarah had booked tickets for us to attend the John Cleese show at the Monte Casino in North Johannesburg. What a treat. We have been watching Fawlty Towers for years and years. Warren never fails to laugh and laugh!

We arrived early and enjoyed wandering around the shops and Casino. The disturbing thing is seeing so many older women playing the machines! Clearly these women don't have much and are probably addicted! I am sure they are hooked and loose more than they win! I don't wish to be judgmental but it is worrying!


Show time. The Teatra holds up to 1870 people and it felt and looked pretty full for the Sunday midday show! John Cleese is in South Africa for the movie Spud Two and is doing these monologue shows around the country. He calls it his "Alimony" show as he is still paying off his third wife and recently John Cleese(71) married again, to Jennifer Wade who is forty years his junior.


John Cleese took us through the journey of his career. He blames his Mother for his Black humour because she had a phobia about everything. At this point he pulled out a long list of his Mother's fears and as he read them the audience laughed and laughed and at the very end the last fear on the list was his Mother's fear of Princess Margaret!!


In between his chats he showed a few excerpts from his various shows. His favorite moments were ours too! What a privilege it was to see and hear John Cleese in person and to have a glimpse into this brilliant and talented man's life!!

Thank you Sarah and Adrien.

Oscar's birthday!

What fun it is to turn four and once again we are reminded that time flies! It is a whole four years since we were catching public buses to get to the hospital in Liege with Sarah to check up on her pregnancy! Catching buses was not a pleasant experience for a nine month pregnant, first time mother. Eventually Sarah was booked in to the hospiital as baby was well overdue and she needed to be monitored closely. This took place on a Tuesday and by Saturday morning she and the doctors gave up on wanting a natural birth and Oscar was produced by C section in the early hours of Saturday morning, the 21st June, 2009. Four years later here we are celebrating his fourth birthday!! Oscar loves parties and was very excited about his own.


On his actual birthday we all went to the school to enjoy the traditional lighting of his candles and singing songs with his classmates. His Dad had made a cake which was a practice round and it was too cute.(and a little scary).

The following day was his classmate Gia's birthday which I had the privilege of accompanying him to. It was fun to see all the children and meeting the yummy mummies.This Mummy hired a face painter and Oscar chose to be Spiderman


At last! Saturday dawned, the day of the party. It is mid winter and we were so relieved to see the sun shining and no wind. Perfect. The birthday boy and I stayed home while everyone went off to prepare the venue. The theme chosen for this year's party is Peter Pan!! Our outfit was all ready and waiting and off we set! got ready and off we set.


Sarah had hired Trefoil Park which is situated in Delta Park just down the road from their new home. It was PERFECT for the children with lots of space, trees and adventure trails. A huge jumping castle was the perfect place for children to have fun. Peter Pan had to have a Treasure Hunt with exciting prizes and of course Pass the Parcel!


Captain Hook made the most amazing Crocodile cake! He and Mrs Darling loved lighting the candles.

Everyone had lots of fun! Poppie played barmen and the big pirates and fairies also had lots of fun!

Everyone was so generous and it took Peter Pan several days to open all his gifts!! What a lucky little boy!

I wonder what is in store for next years party! Adrien says dinner at the Spur!