Oh dear, another disgraceful performance! Any hopes Palace may have had of a Play-off place have well and truly disappeared and rightly so, we were rubbish yet again! We went to Cardiff for a draw, and thats what we got. Palace never looked like scoring, whereas Cardiff did - and if they had scored first Palace would not have been able to get back in the game. What a dreadfully negative approach to a game of football. Cardiff dominated the game and were very unlucky not to have come away with all three points.

However, a draw it is and it's turning into a half decent Christmas campaign for the Eagles.

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Next fixture: New Years Day, home against Norwich - Palace have to go for three points at home.


We’ve just had three nights in Wilderness on the Garden Route with Grandad & Lesley. Much of the time was spent on the stunning beach although we also made it to the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe museum in George. This is a great day out and Joel really enjoyed it again. Unfortunately the morning was ruined a bit by the steam train letting off his whistle. Joel and Daddy were stood right next to it and weren’t expecting it to be quite so loud! That whistle was VERY loud!!!!!

Sadly the rain came yesterday so we got a bit wet whilst trying to walk around Knysna, but it’s still a nice place regardless of the bad weather.

Lesley & Grandad getting serious about building a proper sandcastle whilst Eli was serious about wrecking it. Eli won!

Eli with his eye on the rockpools

Jole being naughty in the railway museum, sitting on 'Terence'

Paula & Eli

Joel excited by trains

Boxing Day

Boxing day was a nice lazy day which began with a walk in the Nature Reserve where we fed the ducks and even managed to coax Spikey (the porcupine) out of his 'house' for some bread. After this we went to Paddy & Barbara’s for a lunchtime braai and a swim in their pool. They have become really good friends and their kids, Caleb & Michelle, are really good with Joel & Eli even though they’re quite a bit older. Paddy & Barbara also had some other friends there, Johann & Lara and they were good company too. Once the kids were in the pool the adults all relaxed a bit and enjoyed the sun and friendship.

Grandad, Paula & Eli and Lesley being shown around by Joel

Joel borrowed Lesley's binoculars and got a different perspective on one of his favourite haunts

Giddy up Daddy, that's a Bontebok to the right

Family time is a bit chaotic at coffee shops these days

Lesley & Grandad

Joel splashing Lesley at Paddy & Barbara's

Michelle makes a splash

Grandad enjoying the afternoon by the pool

Paddy serenaded us with Pink Floyd songs, he recently borrowed a couple of Dean's DVDs and learnt a few of their songs

Joel & Eli with 'Brabra'



Christmas Day

We stuck to what has become our family tradition by having the turkey in the evening and once again the weather was glorious so we sat outside, jealous aren’t you! The day was mainly about the boys, sadly our church doesn’t tend to have a meeting on Christmas Day, so Joel & Eli opened their small stockings first and then over the course of the morning and afternoon opened their presents. Once again Joel was keen to play with each new toy before opening the next present, but he did get the hang of it and started to demand another present. Still, he’s nowhere near as materialistic as he would be if he were in the UK and we’re grateful for that! One of the real blessings here is that Christmas is Christmas, not some stupid secular event like ‘winterval’. The meaning of Christmas is important and the sales drive behind Christmas in the UK is very much missing here. Although probably not for too many more years.

We broke the day up with a walk at Radloff Park (opposite where we used to live) and Joel really enjoyed throwing stones in the river, this used to be one of his favourite pastimes but we rarely go to the river these days.

After a relaxing afternoon (Paula doesn’t see it that way!) we got the boys off to bed and had a superb Christmas dinner with almost all the trimmings, but it was Fab regardless! Yes we did find sprouts.

Eli peering into his stocking

Delighted with his clockwork bug

Eli's stacking cups were a huge hit!

The first of many performances by Joel, this one featured Captain Hook and a Dragon

By the lourensford river in Radloff Park

A show for Grandad

A toast to Christmas

Enjoying the Christmas dinner al fresco

Sport Quotes 2006

Quotes of the Year (stolen from BBC Sport)

If sport is not your thing, just move along and don't moan!

"She shouldn't be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? If you start bringing in women you have big problems. It is tokenism for the politically correct idiots."
Luton manager Mike Newell blames assistant referee Amy Rayner for the 3-2 defeat by QPR.

"If we are not careful we will be playing in high heels and skirts and playing netball. It is so frustrating."
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, another 'new man', is not impressed with referee Howard Webb after his side's Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool.

"Next time I'll learn to dive maybe, but I'm not a woman."
Thierry Henry's views on Barcelona after Arsenal's Champions League final defeat.

"There were a couple of girls shouting at me from the floor. At first I thought they fancied me but then I worked out they were shouting at me to miss. I don't really listen to women when they shout at me. If I was at home with the wife I'd just go to the bedroom and ignore her."
Peter Manley, runner-up in the PDC World Darts Championship - and evidently living in the 1950s.

"He is almost a Yorkshireman with a Portuguese accent."
Warnock on Mourinho.

"Places like this are the soul of English football. The crowd is magnificent, saying '**** off Mourinho' and so on."
Mourinho revels in the abuse he received from Blades fans at Bramall Lane.

"My big dislike is traffic jams and that's why I'm going to live in Cornwall when I retire. The only traffic jam there is when the tractor pulls up at the post office."
Warnock on why he didn't take the Chelsea job when he was offered it by Ken Bates in 1991.

"The worst thing about playing Chelsea is having to listen to Mourinho afterwards."
Barcelona defender Edmilson.

"It's seven years today, my anniversary, and it was my birthday yesterday - it's been a great weekend for me. I better be careful with the missus otherwise I will probably put her in the club!"
Warnock celebrates seven years as Sheffield United boss with a 2-1 win against Charlton.

Some Commentators' Classics:

"Snakes on a plane? What's that all about?"
ITV's Andy Townsend, when asked about the film Snakes on a Plane on Talksport.

"Most managers would give their right arm for a European Cup, and Bob Paisley had three."
Football Focus presenter Manish Bhasin.

"The sight is in end."
TV commentator David Pleat gets in a muddle during the Champions League final. Minutes later, Barcelona equalised against Arsenal.

"Will Andrew Strauss have a pull or will he put it away for a while?"
Nasser Hussein pondering whether Andrew Strauss would show a bit of self-discipline in his second innings in Brisbane.

"Scholes walks away a bit gingerly."
David Pleat after Paul Scholes had been hurt during Man Utd's Champions League game against Celtic.

"People need to understand what kind of goldfish Wayne Rooney lives in."
Graham Taylor on Rooney.
Commentator: "Did you ever have a lucky charm Graham?" Graham Taylor: "Yes, my wife. But I never laid her on the touchline."
Taylor on Stuart Pearce's daughter's toy horse, which he had been placing on the touchline.

"Where did you get the nickname Dickie Dosh from?"
Ray Stubbs to Walsall manager Richard Money.

"And the winner of the women's race was Deena Kastor with a time of 2 minutes 20."
Sue Barker declares the bionic woman the winner of the London Marathon.

Best of the Rest:

"We went to watch a show - Billy Joel. Half of the foreign lads weren't quite sure who Billy Joel was, but I enjoyed it anyway. For the Charlton game I'll really punish them - I'll take them to see Mamma Mia."
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp celebrates the 3-1 win over Fulham in unconventional style.

"I think he is taking everyone for a ride. It's fairyland. And given that we are not Snow White and the Seven Dwarves I think that what he did was unsporting and against everything."
Renault boss Flavio Briatore accuses Michael Schumacher of unsporting behaviour to deny Fernando Alonso pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix. We all know Shumacher is a cheat!

"I hear Peter Ebdon swims a mile every day. That means that in a year he could be 365 miles away. That is the best that we can hope for after this. If this was a boxing match it would have been stopped on Sunday night to spare the fans any more punishment."
Snooker promoter Barry Hearn on the tedious World Championship final between Ebdon and Graeme Dott.

"It's been harder this year, Liverpool have got better, Man U have got better, Arsenal have got better, and Tottenham have joined the quartet of five teams."
Chelsea's Joe Cole celebrates winning the title against Man Utd - you do the math.

"It would have been a great week if we could have turned the scoreboard upside down!"
Spaniard Sergio Garcia after finishing second from bottom in the Masters.

"I think they are disingenuous. Their behaviour doesn't surprise me - they sell d***os for a living."
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan on Birmingham owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

"There's no problem with Jermain. I wouldn't swap him for Miss World - he would probably swap me for Miss World though."
Martin Jol on Jermain Defoe's future.

"You have to take it on the chin - or in my case, chins!"
Steve Bruce reacts to Birmingham's 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool in the FA Cup.

"Our lads all wore black armbands in training. We were going to have a minute's silence, but Jimmy Bullard couldn't keep quiet that long."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell on the disappointment of seeing Alan Mahon go on loan to Burnley.

"I'm not the biggest fan of Elvis Presley. He's all right, he gets the job done. But he's not quite 50 Cent or Eminem."
Andy Murray disses The King.

"Don't be fooled by the way I look. People say you eventually start to grow to look like the missus but I wouldn't be that unkind to my Sandra."
Harry Redknapp.

"He taught me a new phrase because he said he was 'over the moon' to be back at Liverpool and I had never heard that before."
Robbie Fowler impresses new Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez with his wide-ranging vocabulary.

"You only have to fart in the box to concede a penalty these days."
Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell bemoans a penalty decision given against them.

"I started right after the competition by going to a pub and taking two shots of vodka. After that, I don't know if what has been said is true or not."
Swedish shot putter Jimmy Nordin, who was kicked off his country's European Championship team for being drunk.

"The players have got plenty of food in the dressing room so he couldn't have been hungry!"
West Ham keeper Robert Green attempts to defuse the Jermain Defoe bite row.

Palace Result

Palace managed a 1-1 draw with an inform Southampton who are pushing for that 2nd automatic promotion spot. We had to settle for a single point but when Saints went down to 10 men Palace should have capitalised on their man advantage but George Burley's men played out of their skins and actually took the lead. The sublime Jobi McAnuff got Palace back in the game after they took the lead and it was just reward for the winger who had worked hard all match. After that, both teams could have won the game but the draw was probably the fair result.

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Next fixture: Sat 30th Dec away to Cardiff.

Happy Christmas

Emmanuel, God with us!
What better reason could there be to celebrate?
Lots of love
Dean, Paula, Joel &Eli

CNP & Picnic

Having Grandad and Lesley to stay is a lot of fun but especially so for Joel. He seems to be loving every minute spent with Grandad and it's a real pleasure and privilege to watch the relationship blossom!

We've been really busy since they arrived and yesterday afternoon we went into Chris Nissen to meet some of our friends. This is always an emotional time, but yesterday was especially so as Vissy was really poorly, but seeing Eli brightened her up incredibly. Also, Aunty Mekkie was crying loads as she explained that recieivng the food hamper from church meant that she had full food cupboards for the first time in her life! Wow, praise God!!

Today we went to Vergelegen wine estate for a picnic in the camphor forest, the location was idyllic, the food sublime, the weather perfect an the company wasn't too bad either.

With Dina & kids in CNP

Eli & Joel watching a dog

Dina & Paula

Lytton & Joel, they get on well and know each other from church

Chatting with Michael

Joel sporting a trophy on his knee

With Aletta

Paula, Dina, Grandad & Aletta

Lunch in the camphor forest at Vergelegen

Relaxing on a bench

Joel trying to catch a fish in the fountain

Rough & tumble with Grandad

Having a laugh

Palace Result

Palace beat Sunderland 1-0 at a fog-bound Selhurst Park to take all three points and to be fair we were good for the win. Sunderland had their moments, but Palace edged it in terms of possession and shots on target. Julian Speroni had to make some good saves in goal but nothing you wouldn't expect a top goalkeeper to pull off. So, Palace start the Christmas & New Year campaign with a win, not a bad early present!

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Next fixture: Boxing Day, away to Southampton

Here's a refreshing aside, whilst I really didn't like Roy Keane as a player (a thug at best!) as a manager he's showing real tact and simplicity which is really refreshing. This is a quote from him after the game:
"I don't think we deserved anything. You've got to earn the right to win a game of football and it just passed us by. That makes it all the more frustrating,"


Joel has been really excited for a while now as he knew Grandad was coming to see him. Grandad finally arrived on Eli's Birthday, so his first duty was to accompany Birthday Boy with the family for a fish & chip supper at a local chippy. Today was mainly about Joel as we left Eli at home with a friend and went with Grandad and Lesley to Cape Town. We went up Table Mountain then onto Boulders Beach to see the penguins before driving home exhausted and sunburnt. Joel and Grandad had a lot of fun!

Joel on Table Mountain

Joel & Grandad!

Joel leading the charge over the rocks, Lesley is behind Joel with Grandad trailing behind

Joel was amused by Grandad's antics in the sea

Eli's First Birthday

WOW! A whole year went by very quickly, before we knew what had happened Eli turned 1! Eli has hit most of the developmental milestones early, he crawled (of a fashion)at 4½ months, sat up unaided at 5 months, was walking at 11 months and basically never looked back.

He's been and continues to be a very special blessing to us as a family and we thank God for bringing him into our lives. Joel & Eli really do adore each other which is brilliant.

Eli on his car, now he can keep up with Joel

A thoughtful lad

Terrorist numbers 1 & 2

This is fun!

Christmas Hampers

One of the things that we've been really busy with recently was the organisation and distribution of food hampers to our church folk in Chris Nissen. The planning for the hampers was immense as we received physical donations of food and cash donations. We then had to work out how much we needed to buy before trogging off to a cash & carry to get the balance of food. This in itself wasn't straightforward as they only sell things in certain quantities, so it was all a little messy. Once we had the food, we then had to get it sorted into the various hampers ready for distribution. Thankfully, Dina, Aletta and Aunty Poppy were fantastic and worked their socks off to help us get it all organised. Amazingly, the physical side of the job was completed in one day, yesterday, and the folks who received the hampers were thrilled. Each hamper was given with love from the church to our dear brothers and sisters in the community.

We were exhausted in the evening, but it felt really good having laboured so hard for such a brilliant purpose! We're also hoping to keep this rolling in 2007 to complement the monthly feeding program we run in conjunction with Hertford Baptist Church in the UK, please pray that we are able to do so.

Enjoy the 'Thank You Video' which we'll be showing on Sunday in church..

Family Fun

In the midst of a very hectic time we've managed to take a bit of time out just to chill as a family and spend some quality time together. Thankfully, the paddling pool makes a great focal point for fun and being silly together and the boys love being in there - making containment of Eli very easy!

Joel is very very excited as he now only has ONE sleep until Grandad arrives!

Eli & Mummy

Eli's happiest when having a cuddle with Mummy

Even big boys enjoy cuddles with Mummy

Eskimo greetings

Joel playing on the back of the bakkie