Saturday, 25 December 2010

The Cowle's world wide at Christmas time

While we all sit around the table with our loved ones enjoying the festivities, family love and sharing
a message goes out to all from the BLOG - Merry Christmas.

The first family pictures are arriving - so get yours in - right here on the blog
so far - Franky,  Tessy, Tricia, Billy ( a trail intro)  - whos next (as of  21h49 on 29 Dec - GMT)

for all the photos from around the COWLE FAMILY world wide -  click here

THE COWLES in California

 Tessy sent all her Brothers and Sisters a lovely Christmas Card  - with LOVE
as she is layed up in bed after her HIP operation.

 Here is wishing her a speedy recovery from ALL on the BLOG
It is out of AFRICA and in DUBAI, the Sangomoe's have spoken and even the Mampoer was there.
Now, a new adventure for me in my video editing - ANIMATION.
To put my own production together in the form of a real movie I am trying new and unventured territory
mixing software of Pinacle, PowerPoint and 2D animation.
here is a taste of 3hours work - creation and editing.

CHRISTMAS EVE - with the LIAM - Ouma Ria- OuBill, Tania & Andy
at Leon & Elizma's Home

Sunday, 19 December 2010


‎47 emails, 29 text/sms, 18 phone calls and 32 miles travelled  on iced roads- one hell of a family effort and we will have a lift off- hopefully before Christmas. One hell of a Christmas for 1 Grandma ( very grand) and one grand-daughter - Billy & Leon met TORI tonight for the first time - What a Lovely young lady - there is hope for the next generation, if we use this example of the YOUTH - with LOVE and Happiness for all - the EDITOR - Brother BILLY.

It was a CYBER adventure for us all and the editor got the only picture.

Billy and Tori

Just to add the caption that puts it all into prospective....

Dreaming of a White Christmas - let it snow - let it snow.

Dedicated to GRANDMA MOLLY

Saturday, 18 December 2010

LET IT SNOW IN lONDON - 18/12/2010

The last time I posted about the snow here in the UK, I made a statement that "Leon said, it does not snow in SURREY or LONDON", well first of all he statement has two parts........

1. It does snow in Surrey - its a flurry in Surrey - this video is proof.
2. It does not normally snow here, this is almost the worst or even repeated snow for 50years, and the prediction that we get a White Christmas looks very promising.

Now here is something else, with more and more friends and family acquiring Iphones, Smart Phones and Ipads, loading a video straight to the blog needs a Windows PC to watch it, so with technology and the help of YOUTUBE , we can now upload and play videos on our hi-tech gadgets, hence the fact that I now load videos via YOUTUBE,........... makes sense to me anyway.
So with a PC or a Gadget you can now all enjoy the blog anyway which you prefer.
 Ria says "Hi" to everybody, if you can see her under the layers and layers of warm clothes.
 The back garden table with 5inches of snow on the top - time for a braai Andy, are you coming over.
 Molly & Lisa thought I might get to Heathrow to meet up with Tori, who landed in the snow this morning on route to Zambia for Christmas ..... don't think so. going nowhere fast.
 some lovely pictures of the GARDEN - 18/12/2010
and now the VIDEO,

Friday, 17 December 2010

The first Christmas message on the blog to all and sundry.

Holiday Greetings to You and Yours,

The Editor wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to all the family/friends & visitors to the blog, but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my attorney yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted Gregorian calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make all our countries in a global world a great place to live and prosper and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and may 2011 be more prosperous and less stressful than 2010.

note: original unabridged version sent in by Carol Whitaker

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Big freeeeeeeze for us in LONDON

This is a image forecast of the week-end weather here in LONDON
16 to 20th December 2010
We're Dreaming of a White Christmas

For all those watching the 3rd Ashes test Down Under with 32deg C
Think of us in London please - wish you were here

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The last of the first - just Ironic - the Stapelbergs Down Under

Something I just noticed tonight while updating the family b'day list the year starts with a Stapelberg (Whitaker) Jessica - 6th January and  & ends with a Stapelberg (Whitaker) Sarah - 9th December - the First and the Last - Hows that for a family record - so the next baby- ????? must be between 9th Dec & 6th Jan for this awesome find to be broken.

Now Jessica and Sarah also happen to be from the same family. Mom and Dad being Sandra Stapelberg (Whitaker) and James Stapelberg.
Congratulations to the Grandies Carol and Paul

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Its a first for Westcott-Wadey on the blog with a Birthday

Yip, might be to Early for Australia, on time for Zambia, 1 hour later for SA, 2 hours later London but its on time for the US of A - its Birthday time - the first time on the 8COWLES BLOG for 


Saturday, 4 December 2010

James hits the 40's with a big party

Happy Birthday Mr Stapelberg and have a cracker

This was the first picture of Paul James, Mr Stapelberg junior, by mistake, which Carol points out in her COMMENT - never mind the editor fixed his mistake. 

Monday, 22 November 2010

Scotland 21-17 to SA in the rain and cold - what a week-end

The Scots - John (Andy's Dad), Duncan and Lucy (Andy's Brother) Leon, Me and oh yes Tania and Andy went to watch the Springboks kick some Scottish butt, - but the Ref, the wind, the rain, the cold, the lack of skottle braais, kilppies, Nissan Bakkies full of cooler boxes, no sun shine at 28deg was all in Scotland's favour on the day. 
The FLOWER OF SCOTLAND was the most amazing, to stand there at the end and listen to the crowd sing was just AWESOME.
This is just a elementary side show,  feature of the whole day will be posted on during the week, then you will see the whole thing done with bells and whistles to mark this humongous and awesome week-end with the Mitchell's in Scotland


And something I have just added today 18/12/2010 - AMAZING GRACE - AWESOME to watch

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

well, it was "when I am 64" and now its 65

Mitch 17-11-2010 -- 65years young today
Bon anniversaire!
Joyeux anniversaire! 
Bonne fête! 
Happy Birthday!
Veels geluk!
 There is nothing more to say to our "Husband, Dad, Grandfather, a SON, a Brother and a freind" You have a cracker of a day mate, today we look back over the memories made over the years - with joy and laughter.
the proud man "Mitch" with his family
Many happy returns of the day to Mitch

Kevin is 44 today - 17/11/2010

Where ever you are "BOET" Happy Birthday from all of us

The flag of the Blog flies down under

and so the blog family grows and grows.......
Hi Bill
Hope all is well and its not getting tooooo cold. The weather in Dubai now is stunning and can actually sit outside and relax.
You have a new Blog watcher! Do you remember my friend Teresa Hall? She is now in Australia and has been there for 18 years. She found the blog and sent me a message that it was great to read and catch up with what was happening in the Cowle family - reading all the news and looking at the pics. Its amazing how this brings friends closer. Thanks to you.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Happy Birthday wishes to Adrian

Wishing all the best - and enjoy the celebrations - from all of us on the Blog

Just click below on "# comments" to send and store  your birthday wishes

Saturday, 23 October 2010

And the Winner is...........................

Kay and O’dee entered the dressage competition held at the stables where O’Dee is stabled.  There were 4 in the final and "Whata girl", Kay, took the first prize even though two of them were much more experienced than her at dressage!  Doesn’t she look smart.  Nana’s are allowed to brag about their grandies, it’s their privilege. 

What A Grandie, and which Nanna would not be proud and brag about this

 We all wait and watch for more to come of this young Lady and her Horse.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 and that just the beginning

Monique and Duncan went to Darwin- Down Under, for the weekend and popped
into a croc farm to see a few BABY Crocs.
When I saw her FACE............. Tessy said..........

Friday, 22 October 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY "Kaitlyne Whitaker" 23/10/2010

Dad, Nanna and PA must be so proud of you today on your Birthday 23 October 2010 - 3 years old today.

Happy Birthday from the 8cowles Blog and the entire family 

To wish Kaitlyn Happy birthday - just post a comment by clicking below on the words
"POST A COMMENT" at the bottom left of the posting
This is how birthdays will be posted from now on, so friends and family can post a birthday wish to the person, then next year repeat the same, the birthday person can review year after year with the memories.
If you have a picture or video you would like to add NOW or later to anybodies birthday picture with your personal message in the future - just email it with a 1 liner or write a book who cares and the editor will add it to this birthday page and all future birthday pages. maybe a pic of yourself to be added to the birthday person page, what ever - go for it. so birthday wishes will be now streaming in, before- on the day or after - makes no difference - JUST DO IT

this page dedicated to Carol - her idea -  it can be done - the editor

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

A first on the blog -WOW - Sponsorship is now closed

At £28-00  it looks like the socks, post and package is all covered, so now it is upto to the EDITOR to get going and get the job done.

Tonight the editor got a skype call from one off his nephews. This has never happened before. None of the nephews or nieces have phoned into the blog. We had the most amazing conversation. This was Nicholas Baart. He was telling me all about the Premire football league and how he follows it. His mom and dad bought him a Man City jersey over the internet and delivered it to thier house. WOW he is so excited and asked me if it is at all possible to find and get him a pair of Man City socks.

Here is the deal: for every comment recieved to this blog item, the editor will sponser £2-00 towards the purchase and postage of these "SOCKS" so get out your mouse, start clicking and get your friends to comment and sponser this cause. Details and sponsership will be made public right here on the blog.

The Editor

The sponsorship now stands at £20-00 as of 23rd Sept. 2 days to go

put your comment on the blog and not on email to me.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

BUTTERFLY KISSES - 11 September 2010

Many many years ago Tania bought me a CD. Tonight I used that CD as background music to the most fantastic news I have had since Liam was born.
 Andy has proposed and with my permission, as he rightfully did in the old traditional way.
WOW, lets savour the moment and wish them ALL THE BEST.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The FLAGS a new developement on the blog

Well, now we can all see who visits the blog. I have included some very important data regarding the flags.

Which country is winning, who are the leaders and how many people - AWESOME people, Family and Friends alike visit the blog.

YOU, my reporters around the world are the ARTISTS of the blog, the genius behind the scenes. I am only the EDITOR, dependant on your emails, photo's, video's and the news of your Family and Friends to share with all of us for years to come.

Have a look at the last week - bloody amazing. One thing, The UK- Union Jack does look far above but that's because I push the counter up every time I log on.  The thing is the UNIQUE visitor count. No mater how many times YOU log on, it counts, but you only become 1 unique visitor.

Makes me - THE EDITOR feel fantastic to look at these flags - WOW

check out the stats below.

Have fun - I am - lets have that news items for THE 8COWLES BLOG

or has anybody got a new name for the blog, lets have your thoughts........

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

a moment of Nostalga

The editor was just sitting relaxing and listening to the radio and a song played, he jumped up and said,....."Time for a blog entry", because this song is for MITCH, so here it is. I dug up some emails and some photos and dumped them onto the blog, ........ well that's just me, on the spur of the moment,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Just for Mitch........

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

2nd edition of 5 past 8 News ** Congratulations! - Félicitations !



Pappi Bechard

Yes Mitch's dad, turned 91, now that is some achievement and the 8cowles blog send out a loud cheer of
" For he's a JOLLY GOOD FELLOW" & so say all of us.

Joyeux anniversaire

Bon anniversaire, nos vœux les plus sincères
Que ces quelques fleurs vous apportent le bonheur
Que l'année entière vous soit douce et légère
Et que l'an fini, nous soyons tous réunis
Pour chanter en chœur : "Bon Anniversaire !"

Although he is not "Cowle" family as such, He, is I think the oldest remaining relation.
My father in law, Pappi Bechard, born 1919, turns 91 on the 29th June 2010
Wow look at the 3 - 91's in that 1919 and 91
Father to Joseph Henri Michel (Mic) Bechard
Pappi (father in law) to Teresa / Tessy Bechard
Grandpere to Genevieve Michelle Monique Bechard,
Grandpere to Mary Teresa Bernadette Conlon
Grandpere to Joseph Henri Jean - Pierre Bechard
Great Grandpere to Jessica Michelle Morgan
Best wishes - Mes/Nos meilleurs vœux

Monday, 19 July 2010

FINALLY - THE 5 PAST 8 NEWS- The Billyreena

Normally one would read the news from page 1 to the end, But here on the 8cowlesblog we read from the "BACK PAGE" backwards to the front page, the sports are so much more interesting.

Here is Carol and Paul, looking at the blog with keen interest!

                                                                                Oh! PA - what big eyes you have got
18th JULY 2010
Frank and Charnelle have popped into the UK for a small visit and for Frank it's work, at the Farnborough Air Show. We all got together at Leon & Elizma's house for a Sunday afternoon braai. Shaun pitched up as well as Tania and Andy. We caught up on some old family history and had some good belly-laughs. The Macarena was the hi-lite of the afternoon and it brought the house down. I must say it was a bit of a shame to take the Mickey out of THE EDITOR, but he has broad shoulders and will continue to amuse the family on the blog - come what may.
You send in the material and the EDITOR will mess with it for sure. before it gets published.

Well here are two videos, 1st of the Afternoon Braai and the 2nd is the FAMOUS BILLYREENA.

Please take note that all the dancers taking part must


Now for Item 2
World Cup Soccer and some very interesting news
on the "Special Olympics"

Monica, the only other one apart from our Kevin in South Africa. If you were watching the news last night on TV you would have seen the ‘Special Olympics’ soccer game, well a snippet of it. Jacob Zuma and Mathews Phosa where there as Debbie is part of the organization team that organizes events like these. Debbie flew to Cape Town on Wednesday for the special soccer game. The teams come from all over the world and consists of mainly mentally retarded people or physical disability that still allows them to take part in events like these. The Special Olympics head office is in America, Debbie liaises with them months before each event as it takes a tremendous amount of organizational skills. Being part of the Special Olympics and other events for the mentally retarded is a part of Debbie’s job that she absolutely loves. There is a Special Olympics office in Johannesburg that has people working there that do only that as their job. I am very proud to say that Debbie co-ordinates the Johannesburg office with the American Office and together with one other woman they make sure it all comes together in the end. Next year the Special Olympics will be held in Greece so Debbie is very excited about that. I will ask Debbie to put some photographs on the BLOG of the Soccer game played yesterday and another today.
Here are some Photos of the Whitaker clan at the Nelspruit Stadium during the World Cup
Mr Editor you asked for news so that’s my fair share…CAROL

The Burnett's and the Ritchie's, Catherine (Molly Moo), did enjoy it after all, go off to the world cup match in 'Jozi'!! For those that are not in the know, Jozi is South Africa's slang for Johannesburg. Then included in these photographs, Tam and Kay came to stay with us for a few days and went to watch one of the games held in Nelspruit at our beautiful, awesome, Giraffe
like stadium. Bafana Bafana was out so 'The Down Unders' will be pleased to see that they each painted the others face and supported Australia. To finish off our world cup news and photographs Tam and Kay went to the local Fan Park held at Bergvlam School to watch a few of the matches on the big screens and blow their 'pupazelas' - yes that's what the team from Chile,
staying in White River, called the vuvazela's. I might add that Nelspruit/White River and surrounding areas in Mbombela Municipality have benefited greatly from the infrastructure and the beautiful 3, plus some 4, lane roads. Everyone agrees that the disruption and long wait has been well worth it. Proudly South African!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

its finally here - well almost 10 past 8 on 9 July 2010

I am sure you have all had and heard the Apple hype of the IPHONE - 3G, 3GS, I4 and IPAD, well here is the 8C-PAD, and for all of you its free- just down load it and watch it - For free - right here on the 8Cowles Blog - JUST FOR YOU ALL.

The 5-past 8 news to follow............... at 10 past 8.........

Monday, 5 July 2010

Make them laugh-

Well I promised a bumper 5 past 8 news bulletin, but I had to practice some new ( for me that is) editing techniques. So here is a preview of what I have been practicing. I took some old photos and put them into a movie, the evidence is proof of a success, my first try at using this technique, so have a taste and watch what is to come in the 8 O'clock news.
Ria thought I had lost my mind, dancing in front of the video camera - doing nothing!

to all my Family and friends - with lots of LOVE


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

its 5 PAST 8 and time for the 8 O'clock News

Yip it is a late bulletin, and well overdue, over the past three weeks I have stacked up quite a lot of items, the reason being that I have just been busy with a few odds and sods. never mind the EDITOR is back in the saddle so we will have a bumper NEWS, if you have anything to add to the NEWS then get it in the post right NOW NOW NOW and it will be added, remember, photo's, video's and a short story ( or a long one) but get it in now.

Items on the up and coming news are, Gordon turns 70, Wadey wedding, Oupa Bechard, Frank is a big chief and is coming to visit UK, Tricia is going places, Leon's back Yard, Liam is a big boy now, Billy does some garden work, Molly is in Utah, England bounce out of world cup, Summer hits the UK, Tessy well wait and see- she has promised a video, Carol will surely have something important to share, Monica - teachers always have something to say, Andy and Tania go camping with the DOGS, and lots more, and for those that missed it, a couple of missed blog birthdays, sorry Mitch has already turned 64, refer to the blog last year edition, click here if you missed it. When I'm 64.

The Editor

Sunday, 13 June 2010

World Cup 2010 item 3 - LADUMA

Well I asked for World Cup photos and this one tops them all.
Santie, Ria's sister Sarah's daughter with her partner VIV.
Viv is the Blog champion Vuvuzela blower.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Kay and O'dee - the new Gonda Beatrix

Dear Editor – here are some photographs of Kayla,
she likes to be called Kay, with her beloved horse O’Dee.

Debbie took these while Kay was riding yesterday so maybe you can ask her for a story or make one up for the Blog.

Kay & O'Dee

Hey two articles for the BLOG in one day, now that’s quite something!!
Love - Carol

It is questionable if it was a Second Honeymoon

Sandra, James and Sarah went on a camping weekend recently and slept on their boat! When Dad/Grandad got to hear of this sleeping on the boat weekend he said ‘oh the Stapelbergs’ must be having a romantic evening sleeping on the boat! I said…WHAT, with Sarah around not a chance.
BUT most importantly Sandra SAID ‘Tell Dad his idea and my idea of a romantic evening are definitely not the same…
my idea of a romantic evening is a night in a 5 star luxury hotel,
NOT sleeping on a boat and having to prepare the food as well.

So here’s to

A romantic evening on the Boat for the BLOG.

World cup Soccer South Africa 2010 - RSA

This is what Debbie sent in....... Soccer fever has hit South Africa the last two weeks with a huge bang, especially in Sandton, Johannesburg. The city looks stunning with all the flags flying. A lot of the teams have arrived without incident – hopefully it stays like that. Our government has put out a strong message to the country that they will not tolerate any security incidents so let’s hope all goes smoothly. Our Gautrain will be operational within the next few days so we are looking forward to a 10 minute ride from Sandton to ORTambo airport. Beats sitting in the traffic for an hour. Our road infrastructure has been upgraded …. At times I feel like we are in Australia – our roads and major intersections are of a high international standard now – still a few road works in place but otherwise traffic flows smoothly, especially on the north rand.

I am fortunate to be co-organising the Special Olympics Unity Cup match hosted by Coca-Cola in Cape Town on 3 July 2010. This match is the first of its kind worldwide and takes place just before the FIFA World Cup Quarter Final Match. Hope to get a few photos with some of the soccer celebrities from around the world – will send photo’s if I get it right. Next year I get to go to Greece for three weeks with Special Olympics for the Special Olympic World Summer Games. How awesome….

World Cup Soccer in South Africa - 2001 - AUSSIE RULES

Today (Sunday) all over Australia with our newspaper
for just $2-00 we got this scarf. We have very beautiful
adverts on TV showing the wild animals and the dancing
of the Native People. Wonderful positive adverts, showing
the beautiful side of South Africa.
The South Africa we remember.

So lets have some more competitive soccer photo's

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Student Princess of 2010

Those were the days when we would sit back and listen to Maro Lanzo.

For those that dont remember, we as the Cowle family were at Genazano on the South coast of Africa, The Rhodes University Students were there on a week-break away.
Molly and Carol were young ( very Young) ladies those days and they had their hearts set on joining these students one evening. Mom and Dad were dead against this, but gave in in the end. There they all were singing and dancing to the songs of Maro Lanza,
I can remember it - like it was yesterday.
The drink song - Drink-Drink-Drink lala - lala lala, and I think that's what put the folks off,
big time - there was a few bottles of wine floating around.
But there was one famous song that Maro Lanza sang - and that was also from the Film -
It was all in LATIN but very appropriate and fashionable under the student movement of the 60's - Oh how we wish it was the sixties once again.

Now one of the Cowle's in 2010 has brought this back to life
yes one of THECOWLES
Franky as the proud DAD sent an email to the Editor.....

Just a couple of photos of Kirstyns graduation on Sunday 16th May from the
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.


Ciao - TheCowles
and here we have the
16th MAY 2010

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The good old times and the new politics

Well what do we say, The editor and family reside in Great Britain, politics after the 6th May will never be the same again, forming a coalition of 3 parties that has never happened since the 2nd world war. Enough said, about the the possibilities of a 4th world war within the Cowle family.
Well it is about to happen......................................
There are 3 PARTIES, being- Billy & Ria, Leon-Elizma & Liam, Tania & Andy. or should I say 4 with Murphy & Roxy being the Dachshunds ( Sausage dogs) that are coming with.
We are all going away for a week to Center Parks Resort in the South West of England from the 24-28th May 2010.
Picture this, WHAT DO WE EAT?
Ria, Elizma & Tania have been exchanging emails for days now and there is still a week and a 1/2 to go. What the hell comes out of this remains a mystery. Who takes what- Who Cooks what and at what time, what is for breakfast, lunch and supper.
The three of them, have put menu after menu together and our Internet connection has slowed down to a trickle due to pure overload of ideas and different menus VIA EMAIL.
From - who does what, when and how, with what ingredients and how much it will cost.
All this, just to take a break from routine, leave it up to three woman and it becomes a major disaster, with tooooooooooo many answers and not enough questions.
Then from the dark dark corners of a small northern area of Great Britain comes a voice of minority in the form of a SCOTSMAN, yes Andy pipes up with the following question.
Of all the menus and ideas and creative cooking, with - what pans and pots and knives to take with, WHAT ABOUT WE "BRAAI" not BARBECUE but BRAAI, now, I ask with all the South African Blood and heritage the rest of us have, we kneed a SCOTSMAN to ask the question - WHAT ABOUT THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE 1 OR MORE BRAAI's
I rest my case and say - WELCOME TO THE FAMILY - "ANDY"
Now this is not the end of the story, episode 2 starts right here on the 8cowles blog
The moral of the following story remains -
You have to read the story below and in your mind, picture ( with a little bit of creativity and logic) Billy at Waterloo with his IPHONE sending a sms/text message of his train he is about to catch ....................... the punch line at the end is AWESOME - JUST BLOODY AWESOME
As a pre-amble or introduction----The Editor, alias Billy, travels by train, to & from Woking-London every day to work. Every afternoon/evening he sends a text/sms to Ria, as to what train he will be catching home and this ranges from 5:15, 5:25, 5:30, 5;40; 5;50; 5;55 through to the 01:30 depends if he goes for drinks with the lads at work OR NOT.
This tells Ria what time to pick him up at Woking Station ABOUT 30 minutes later.
Now, what could be easier than that - plain and simple with a difference of 30 minutes.
Just last night, Billy decides to make it interesting, out of the norm, he can - with a bit of special effort, catch the 5:15 and if he does he sends a text/sms as follows....
Now this specific evening he does make the 5:15 and sends a one word text/sms "GOLDBERG", this is in the line of a cryptic clue, without time or nothing. Just a bit of fun to add to the routine messages.
Needless to say he arrives 30minutes later at Woking, with no taxi, in the form of Ria to pick hIm up.
He has to phone her on his IPHONE at great expense and ask? where the hell are you- I am at Woking, did you not get my text/sms THAT I AM ON THE 5:15.
Ria replies, - I got a stupid word of "GOLDBERG" and for the life of me, could not work out what it meant or what you were saying - I immediately thought you had gone for DRINKS with the lads.
Well, I explained my text/message of GOLDBERG and she said to me - ESKOM bent your mind and you are just like your wierd FATHER. I tried my best to convince her what the cryptic message meant, - to no avail.
Well the challenge was on, I said- if I send the same text to the kids, they will know exactly what it means - on the 5:15 TRAIN, she said DO IT, so I did, expecting a 100% positive response from LEON-ELIZMA-TANIA-ANDY and even LIAM.
To Ria's pleasant and sarcastic remarks, none of my beloved children responded in my favour but had some nasty things to say to me about my sense of humour.
I had to explain my cryptic clue as follows -
GOLDBERG = WHOOPIE = YIPPIE = 5:15 TRAIN - job done and dusted, I will be at Woking at 5:45 - YIPPIE, Early home and effort was made to make the early train.
So I had to take this further and state my case of intelligence and rationality thinking by the following statement.
If I could send a text/sms to my DAD ( Hi Old Man) right now and send him one word "GOLDBERG" he would text me back and say.......... without a doubt...........
WELL DONE SON, you are on the 5:15 train home and will be in Woking at 5:45.
I SAID " WAIT FOR IT" the punch line is coming
WAIT FOR IT<<<<<<<<>
WAIT FOR IT-------
Grand Dad would not have said " you are on the 5:15" he would have said............. in his text/sms --------- wait for it ----- it is well worth the wait ---------------
I had to share that with the world and all of you......

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


As the saying goes, " WORK is for people who don't play GOLF" but some people can play golf and work at the same time, it is just the type of golf club they use.............

Multi-Tasking at its best

So in the end, we look forward to the promised video once a week, not just for Billy and Carol, but for the 8COWLES BLOG and everybody who logs on...............

On that note, the EDITOR says..... here is a motivation to get your weekly news in and onto the blog -


What is happening in your world???????, share it with the family right here on the



Here is a guy who makes the best Pizza's in town

Jean Pierre in his element

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ! mmmmmmmmmmmm

He's not just a pretty face, he cooks as well.
Jean-Pierre enjoys cooking and making lots of mess he
must get that from his Granddad Bill and Mom Teresa.
The prawn pizza was wonderful once he had cooked it
He enjoys experimenting in the kitchen.

Love to all
Tessy / Teresa


It is not often that the EDITOR passes a comment on the blog but there is always a first time, and you don't have to "CLICK" to read it.....

Was the mopping up after the pizza was made or was it after eating and celebrating the 59th birthday on the 1st of May.????... time to take it easy now, you are almost 60 going on 64.


Thursday, 15 April 2010


Now this is something to celebrate - what 21st is not!
this is a special 21st
Secondly - Sandra and James your baby 21 years ago has grown from looking up to you and how it has changed NOW you look up to him with PRIDE and JOY.
Thirdly - There is Carol & Paul - what a day in your life from holding that little baby in your arms, with a special feeling of "AWE" with tears of Joy in your eyes, asking yourself is this little baby of ours alive and all ours.
- A MIRACLE to be treasured -.
Paul James Stapelberg, is not only the Stapelbergs first to turn 21, but Nan & Pa Whitaker's first Grand Child to turn 21 and then a very special 1st on the 8cowles blog - the very first grand child of all the family to turn 21.
For he's a JOLLY GOOD FELLOW and so say all of us.

Saturday, 3 April 2010



Molly, Gordan, Monica, Kevin and Tricia travelled to down town SUN CITY in the South African bush to see Sir CLIFF RICHARD on his final world tour with the SHADOWS.

It must have been amazing, Billy and Ria were at a show at Wembley Arena in London a while ago and there was a poster of up and coming attractions, so just guess who had to pose in front of the poster........ yip you got that one right.
Just sit back and enjoy snippits of the show with the crowd that did attend the show........

for ever young SIR CLIFF
Carol, I could not resist this comment -"JEALOUSY MAKES YOU NASTY"