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Yes! Another item off my bucket list

On the weekend of 21 May we (hubby, kid1, kid 2 and I) travelled 550 km into neighbouring South Africa to watch….. wait for it…. Iron Maiden! BEST SHOW EVER!!!

The trip started fine at 6 am, beautiful views with two stops… travelling with kid 1 and kid 2 requires the pit stops along the way and the need for caffeine and the occasional food too.

(Photo: Mpumalanga Province South Africa)


Kid 1 has been to Johannesburg with friends several times to watch “concerts” with DJ´s playing the same electronic noise over and over again like a scratched record. To me a concert requires real musicians that actually play instruments and sing and the songs contain actual lyrics that make some sense. We arrived at Carnival City just outside JHB and in a sea of black leather jackets, biker boots and Eddie t-shirts kid 1 strolls by in her pink t-shirt, jeans and white sneakers sticking out like a sore thumb, perhaps throbbing thumb is more appropriate. But Iron Maiden fans are too excited to see their favourite band and don´t even look at kid 1, she´s a bit surprised, no snickering, no laughing and no one even glances at her unless it´s to say ´hi´. Iron Maiden fans are not judgemental, well not that I saw anyway.

(Photo: Never ending queue for the golden circle in Carnival City)


Opening the show is Steve Harris´ son´s band The Raven Age, not bad but not quite up to daddy´s standards yet but it was a good performance, then in walks Maiden, crowd goes wild we sing at the top of our lungs… the only time I have been allowed to sing in public. Kid 2 is dancing and humming along, hubby is so proud of his baby that I consider finding a bucket to catch the drool that is now almost creating an olympic size pool at his feet. We sing we jump we push drunks away and protect kid 2 from the idiots that got too carried away but we love every moment of it. Hubby has yet to stop smiling, we are so happy to be amongst the 18,000 that showed up for this event. Overall BEST SHOW EVER! Loved every second of it and I we have the t-shirts to prove it.

Now we just need, AC/DC, Muse and the Winery Dogs to visit South Africa too.

(Photos: Book of Souls tour Johannesburg, South Africa)




Bucket list continued…

This feels like the never ending story, to be fair I have started scratching a few items off the bucket list. We have started travelling, happy happy happy… but from what I see on the news and what is happening around the world I´m not sure we will see all the countries we wanted to see, sad really.

As for the writing, well that is still an ongoing process, I keep changing things and never really happy with the result at the end of a chapter. I keep reminding myself that I am writing for me, I don´t want to sound like any other author, I don´t want to please anyone but as I´m writing I keep having thoughts of bad reviews that I have read over the years and cringe and delete the whole hour of work. At some point I will not care what people (that actually are never going to read it) will think and I will finish this damn book!

Going to see an Iron Maiden concert sits high on my list, hubby bought tickets for their concert in May, the golden circle. Happy dance and grinning, oh yes! This is going to be amazing. Taking child 1 and 2 with us, child 2 loves the Winery Dogs and child 1 listens to some sort of noise that she calls music… hmmm it will be interesting to see the reactions. Will post photos 🙂

Another attempt at writing, not going to well. It´s infernally hot, hubby and child 2 are outside, I can hear them splashing in the pool and I´ve just deleted another chapter. Maybe a dip in the pool, a bit of sun and get out of the zombie like state, my mind needs more coffee but my body is threatening to do bizarre things if I feed it any more caffeine.

I think I will take that swim now, maybe have some pasta. Just undid the delete, the chapter is back. Perhaps it won´t look as bad when I sit down and read through it again.

Happy Sunday people!