Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Trip to Germany

The Mannheim water tower
I think I told you already that Raphael and Jonathan are spending this week in Germany and Italy, being able to combine some work at Ludwigshafen for our big customer with participation at the European Delphi Conference ITDevCon being held in Verona, Italy this year.

It's nice to think about things other than worldly news sometimes so I want to share a couple of pictures that they sent the other night as they did a little sight-seeing prior to getting down to work.

The trip getting over there was quite varied: Up to Le Mans by car from where they took the train to Strasbourg where they picked up a rented car and drove to Mannheim in Germany.

(It was our customer's head office in Germany that had arranged all the travel connections for the trip so everything was first-class and just waiting for them!)

Let's see, what shall we eat?
After their time in Germany is done they'll be driving down to Verona in Italy to speak at the ITDevCon after which they drive up through Provence and leave the car in Marseille as they take the train home—a direct non-stop from Marseille to Le Mans.

Guten Appetit !
Both boys are fluent in German, of course, but they know that I am woefully ignorant of the language, never having had an opportunity to learn.  So having a first glance at the menu the other night they thought they'd send me the menu choices followed by this picture of their first meal there.

(In the end they never mentioned what their choice had been—but it sure looked good!)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ruining a country and a people

Did you know that just hours before it was announced that Colonel Gaddafi had been executed by the Al Qaeda linked rebels in Libya, Hillary Clinton was in Libya offering her support for the rebels and openly hoping for the 'capture or killing' of the deposed dictator.

Well, she got what she wanted, and now that Libyans have been liberated from the prosperity of their former ruler, they are free to endure the ethnic cleansing, genocide, and human rights violations without fear of Gaddafi ever coming back to build them hospitals, schools,or even roads.  Don't believe it?  Wait and see.

Oh, how foolish is greed!  They did what they promised they would and they've bombed Libya back to the stone age!  How blind a few Libyans were—obviously people under 40 who didn't know how good they had it.

But how cruel of the west and its lackeys to have treated him the way they did!  When US soldiers were seen on youtube throwing a puppy off a cliff the world was outraged.  But those same people couldn't be heard yesterday above the gloating laughter of watching the brutal murder of the head of state of what was, just six months before, a rich, beautiful, clean, and happy country.

It seems like nothing will stop them.  Our hearts cry out for justice and it is only our belief in God and the certainly of His retribution that quiets our wounded hearts.

Vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord.  (Romans 15:9) The wheels of God's justice grind exceeding slow but exceeding fine.

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself! (Psalm 94:1)

Here are two pictures of the same scene taken just four years apart.

Once the most prosperous nation in North Africa, if not ALL of Africa, Libya is now a bombed out refuge for Al Qaeda terrorists and other Islamic extremists . All courtesy of the U.N., the United States, and NATO.

Why? Well the current excuse for it is that Colonel Gaddafi had the nerve to stand up to AL Qaeda terrorists inside his own nation.  Of course, they were called 'protesters' by western media.

In the end, NATO forces backed the Al Qaeda overthrow of Gaddafi, leaving Libya a depleted uranium dump-site and a serious power vacuum. 

(This report, and the following news report, courtesy of www.brasschecktv.com)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is what we did today

I don't know what to say or how to say it.  This afternoon I heard on the radio that Gaddafi had been caught in his home town.  I knew it had to come someday.  No one could resist the combined armed forces of the West.

Thousands of bombing raids, strafing and destroying and burning and killing.  It took nine months but we did it.  No wonder the rest of the evening's news was full of it—everybody in celebratory mood!

It all makes me feel sad because it is all so wrong.  Even if he were guilty of all they accuse him of, (which people never are), it would be wrong.  But here is a man who stood against the grain, against Israel, and against the Zionist bankers and their oil interests; that's what got him in the end.

(I had to laugh in amazement back six months ago when the new sponsored "leaders" got into Libya on the ground for within a week the very first thing they did was to establish a Libyan Central Bank.  One week!  A central bank?)

Emotive words like "dictator" and "madman" are used all the time; nobody has a kind word to say in his defence.  But his people loved him for what he'd given.  Meaningless words like "freedom" are used by on-site reporters to describe the present situation.  But we'll see.

I'm not so naive and not so young.  I remember the freedom that the white, Christian, Republic of South Africa received in the early nineties.  What was once a glorious and Christian culture is no more and the people apparently live now in stark fear, night and day.

In this world might is right and since history is written by the winners (and proclaimed by the media long before that) then it's easy to see why our history is such a bloody and violent and anti-Christian one.

One thing has always puzzled me and I've wondered why so few others seem to have picked up on it: why is it that, while European nations—and the world in general—is in the throes of a superlative economic crisis, that we always can find money, be it millions or even billions, for war?

Cut back retirement funds, increase taxes on households, but let's overthrow the richest nation in Africa guided by a visionary that has given his people the highest standard of living in the continent.  This will only cost us _________ billions (fill in the blank, it changes nothing).

God judge the poor and bless the falsely maligned and the misrepresented.  God bless the peace-makers and the downtrodden.  Are we Christians in deed or only in word?

Let us speak up and align ourselves in whatever way we can, with those that stand for peace and for the poor and for widows and orphans.  Truth is its own defence.

Jesus is the truth.  And He said the poor were blessed.  Blessed by who?  Not us, that's for sure.  But in the end God almighty will have the final say.  Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Picture I Like

Taken this afternoon here's an un-posed shot taken by Claire of Becky and Christine just being girls together on the swing in the backyard.  (Pay no attention to the wood-shed and resultant mess at the bottom of the garden!)  Their laughing faces say it all!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Our nice fruit basket for the table at noon

The main course (freshly boiled squid, for a change)

Potting honey this afternoon

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thanks, Jay

Just got an email from a German friend who visits our blog fairly recently:

Dear Derrick,

I thought you might find this information interesting:

"Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs"


By the way, you haven't posted anything at your blog since the 23rd of September. I hope all is well.

God bless you and yours,


Munich, Germany

which is funny because just this morning I was sent a video link concerning the very same problem : GMO foods (or OGM, as we call them here).


I have always thought it evil and we've done everything we can to avoid buying them.  They are just the tip of the iceberg and the smelly rag of dirty dollars that we see infiltrating our land every single day.

We found out a couple of weeks ago that they're are now building a new MacDonald's "restaurant" near us -- just ten kilometres away!

What is left for them to take?  I thank God every day that we don't live in the city but our whole lives are earmarked for their pollution and nothing will stop them.  (Where's José Bové now we need him?)

I just thank God that we were able to raise our children in a spiritually healthy environment — we knew it wouldn't last but we made our hay while the sun was still out.

Now that the smell of rain is in the air our children are going to have to face and fight their own battles with our guidance and the Spirit of God to help them.