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.