As my name is Edward and my initials match the domain name ECFR I thought this would be the perfect place to run my personal website from. For me this is more of an experiment on how to set everything up properly and get my friends and family involved as well.

A little about me, I grew up in London and emigrated to South Africa at the tender age of 14. This was a huge move for me and it took some time to get used to living here, although things have come a long way in this country it was very backwards compared to the UK when I first arrived. You found it hard to source common things and the idea of internet shopping was non existent. Often, I would have to rely on family and friends to bring simple things (link CD’s) back with them when they were going on holiday!

The weather this side is so much better and this made up for so much enabling me to spend a lot more time outdoors exploring this amazing country. These days my life very much revolves around spending time at the beach, barbecuing with friends and taking my kids on hikes in nature reserves and game parks.

I have developed a passion for Golf, living in a country with almost perfect weather all year around helps, and when I am not with family you will probably find me hanging out on the golf course. I have even gone so far as to setup my own golf studio at home complete with a simulator, more on that later – this is the best way to lower your handicap and build a great swing!

As one of the top exporting countries of fine wines I have also become a collector. There are so many different wines to try out (most of them come from the Cape) that it would take more than a lifetime. Trips to the Cape happen as often as possible and I always find myself coming home with a box or two of exciting bottles to try out. If you ever decide to make out a trip out here then make sure the Cape is on your list.

Most people stopping by this site will already know me and the simple pleasures I enjoy in life, but, if you stumble in here by accident you might just find something interesting to read about.


Car Accident and Some Bad News

I recently took a little trip up to Durban to visit some friends and play a little bit of golf. Durban has some awesome golf courses around the main city and also a little bit further out on the South Coast. Staying down South is always a great experience as the weather is generally excellent right throughout the year and there is plenty to do.

Normally, when I am in this area I try and get a couple of nights at the Wild Coast which has a championship golf course and a nice little Casino to keep you busy at night. They also have some great restaurants where you can find almost any style you want.

This time things did not go so well as I ended up having a car accident on the way down. It was really a bit of bad luck on my part as it was one of those stupid things which resulted from a short lack of concentration! Although it was not my fault I found out that the other driver did not have adequate insurance so I had to visit my attorney in Hillcrest to get everything sorted out properly.

BM crash

One of the problems of living in South Africa comes when something goes wrong, it is normally a great place to be when everything is going well but the minute something goes wrong you can end up in trouble. The police force is generally useless and the tow truck driver that eventually collected my car ended up charging my a fortune to drive it back to Durban!

After wasting a day and half I eventually managed to get it all sorted out and with the use of a hire car I can get on with my trip. I have had to change things around a little bit as I lost my booking at the Casino but I did manage to make a plan to stay at a small bed and breakfast just down the road.

Hopefully the rest of my trip goes without incident and I can get on with the business of playing some golf! I am looking forward to getting out on the course again, after working really hard on my golf swing over the couple of months it should be a great test to see if I have made any progress.


My Golf Setup

As I mentioned in my opening post I have developed a serious addiction to the game of golf. If any of you play the game then you know how addictive it can be and it is a game that takes a lot of hard work and practice before you see any results.

Learning the basics of the game is fairly simple but the better you get the harder it becomes to improve till you get to a point that is hard to overcome. One of the problems most golfers with a family encounter is finding the time to actually work on the game. This is where getting setup at home can make a really big difference and help push past those points that seem to be impossible.

The first stage is to select a simulator, you can read these golf simulator reviews to find out more as there are several high end dependable models you can choose from. Deciding on the amount you want to spend and the space you have at home is the first step. I decided to go with the Optishot which has more than enough features for my needs.

Setting up is quite hard as you must have enough space to allow for a full golf swing, these products are designed for indoor use only so you have to keep that in mind before spending a large chunk of cash!

Assuming you have the space then you will find it really simple to work on your game from home. I tend to schedule my practice times for the evening this is one of the advantages, you can work on your swing when it’s dark!

I have found a tremendous improvement in my skills and consistency since investing and I would urge you to consider it if you are serious about your game!