Goodbye 2010; Hello 2011

I’m feeling guilty that I haven’t blogged since September. I try to blog at least once a month, but my life have been so hectic the last 3 or 4 months that I haven’t had the time to post something.

In July I started programming again with Dimension Data. It was kind of something we looked at because business at Red Apple wasn’t good enough to support the family. But the truth is that I love writing software. Sometimes I wonder why I still get a buzz when I solve a problem in software. 🙂

I started off with a Sabco Coca-Cola contract doing Infopath forms for a Sharepoint library. This was not a great introduction, because frankly I did not have much experience with Infopath or Sharepoint. I learnt a lot, but after having done the work, I am not a fan of Sharepoint or Infopath. I have written web applications that did pretty much the same thing (but for a different sector) that worked a lot better. Since then though I have been involved with .NET applications and web sites for Sabco, Volkswagen & Volpes. DotNET is my forte; I have almost 10 years experience in DotNet in Enterprise environments and I think I’m really good at it. DiData have extended my contract since July, so I guess they agree.

In the week I live with my sister, who has a flat in Walmer. While I’m away coding in the week, Lene manages the Red Apple. I must say I had some doubts that she would cope, but apart from one or two stumbles she has been brilliant. I really take my hat off to her. Right now, for the first time in years, our situation seems to be very healthy. Both Lene and I are doing exactly what we want and our finances are healthy as well. The only bad thing (and unfortunately it is a big deal) is that I spend 4 nights a week away from my family. To make it easier one tries to not think about it too much, but it is tough. Fortunately I’m so pleased that Didata have agreed that I can work from home for two days a week. This will mean I only have to spend 2 nights a week away from home instead of 4. This will be a massive improvement in my quality of life and I look forward to 2011!

Boesmans Groei

Ek dink Boesmans groei nou die vinnigste in ‘n vrek lang tyd. My Pa het die Red Apple Liquor Store in die laat 90s gebou. Die het van tyd tot tyd huurders gehad maar dit was meer leeg as vol. Die 1ste besigheid wat ‘n regtig ‘n sterk huurder geword het was Cecil en Yvonne Jones se Preston’s Liquor Store. JuJu Art Gallery van Julius Bramley het in 2005 oopgemaak en ons het in 2006 die Red Apple Farm Stall oopgemaak. Ongelukkig het JuJu sedertdien weer toegemaak. Waves het ook in 2007 oopgemaak.

Maar nou in Oktober maak 3 splinternuwe besighede oop. Ek dink dit gaan regtig baie goed wees vir Boesmans en die Red Apple.

Red Apple verbeterings

Met die bou van ons huis (wat nou uiteindelik klaar is) het ons minder (eintlik te min) aandag gegee aan ons tweede baby: Die Red Apple. Maar nou is dinge weer aan die gang.

Hier is van die verbeterings wat ons in die laaste paar weke aangebring het:

  1. Dranklisiensie (whooohooo – uiteindelik!)
  2. Kinder area (Jungle Gym). Kudos Lené!
  3. Splinternuwe professionele menus (met uitstekende fotos van ons eie kos)
  4. Beter uitleg in die winkel. Al die kos en ‘convenience’ goed is nou bymekaar
  5. ‘n Uitstekende nuwe kassier. Gemik op toekomstige langer ure en Desember.
  6. Beter kommunikasie. Ons het nou ‘n PABX stelsel wat beteken daar is direkte kommunikasie tussen winkel, kantoor, restaurant & kombuis
  7. Beter aanwysings in die winkel
  8. Gestremde toegang
  9. Beter musiekbeheer. Die musiek kom nou van ‘n iPod af en nie ‘n rekenaar nie.

Volgende prioritiete wat Red Apple nog sal verbeter is:

  • Beter en nuwe bemarking.
  • Nog ‘n kasregister
  • Nog werksoppervlak vir Desember
  • Beter restaurant bedryf
  • Vleispasty verkope
  • Langer ure (vir vleispasty en ‘sundowner’ mark)

Ek dink ‘n mens moet die stil tye gebruik om hierdie tipe goed te doen – want as dit besig is het mens nie kans vir sulke goed nie!

Die Bushmans Tourist Information Office het ook nou nuwe lewe gekry – dit begin uiteindelik nou funksioneer soos wat ons van die begin wou he. Dit is al klaar vir ons ‘n aanwins, nevermaaind as dit rerig eers aan die gang gaan kom. Kudos vir my pa en Unique Monique. En met al die ‘leads’ waaraan hulle werk gaan dit net nog beter gaan.

Ons self skaaf ook aan ‘n idiee wat ons dink die hele area kan bevoordeel, maar ek kan nog nie te veel hieroor sĂŞ nie. 🙂

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