Family, Home, Love, People

Summer days

Here are a few pics taken over the start of our summer. Friends visiting from the UK, lazy days in the garden and the beach – loving every minute of the weather. I’m glad the rain has finally stopped!

PS: Freya’s bottle was filled with water before any of you start judging! She likes to say ‘cheers’ now and won’t do it with one of her plastic bottles. She has to have the real thing of course…

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The Hatchery

Here are a few pics which were taken at The Hatchery. It’s a rustic but beautifully decorated self-catering spot up the north coast. We went with a big group of friends and were there over new years. I think it was the first time in years where I actually made it to midnight! We spent a lot of time swimming, tanning, playing in the lagoon, eating, drinking and laughing. It was good to have all of us together again – bar a few of our friends who lives overseas or in Cape Town – but majority of us were together and that alone made it a good start to the new year.

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Happy new year!

It has been ages since my last post – I was actually struggling to remember how to add a new post here! The problem with not having a laptop at home, is that I have to stay after hours to do it at work. As you can guess, that does not sound appealing to me at all. At the end of the day, I just want to dash home to my family.

I wanted to share some pics from our recent getaway over Christmas in the Midlands. We stayed at the most beautiful place ever – Hillhouse. It was so secluded, in the middle of a forest, just with the family. Lots of good food, booze, a portable jacuzzi – need I say more? Heaven…

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Loves her new scooter!

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Freya discovered she has a true passion for off road quads and driving!

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Jake discovered watermelons

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The view from our portable jacuzzi!

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Those smiles say it all…

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Loves her cousin Milla so much

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Love how my Birkenstock is being used as a table! Who said I had big feet?

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Scooter Gang

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San Lameer

A few weeks ago my sister and her husband invited us to their place at San Lameer for the long weekend. Freya had such a ball – I think she finds it very frustrating because she tries to keep up with her cousins all day long. She wants to ride their bikes, skateboard, swim, dig holes, build sandcastles and she wants to run like them but it’s just not possible at the moment. She was so shattered at the end of every day. Such a nice place to spend time with the family. There are a LOT of pics – too hard to choose my favourites.

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Freya and Belinda

Sheldon’s Mom came to visit about a month ago now. She spent a week with us and had lots of good quality time with Freya. We went to the beach, Mitchell Park, took a walk around the little ‘zoo’ bit there. Can’t really call it a zoo – more like an area full of birds! Freya had a ball there though. Lots for her to look at and lots of space for her to run around. We really do wish that her grannies didn’t live so far away from us. My Mom’s moving back to Durban from Joburg though – one down, one to go!

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Father’s day

We celebrated Father’s Day at Jo and Steve’s place last Sunday. My Dad made a Portuguese-style curried crab, while Steve’s Dad did a Mauritian-style fish curry. Both were so damn delicious. I ate far too much but it was really amazing sitting with our huge, extended family at the table outside enjoying good food and wine. One of my many happy moments of being grateful that we moved back home. Good times, good times…

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Public holiday

So South Africa has a LOT of public holidays but I’m really not complaining. My Mom and Craig were here from Joburg to celebrate Jake’s 4th birthday. Poor Craig shares his birthday with Jake’s – so he’s now ‘forgotten’ every year. Even though this year was his 50th! Poor guy. Anyway, we got to spend some quality time with them while they were here. The Devil Duck was a gift from my mother for Freya – typically my mother’s sense of humour (and mine). I love him. We took Freya for a walk along the beach front on our day off. She loves it. She’s so interested in everything. From mangey old pigeons to her own shadow – she chased and kicked at her own shadow for ages!

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Zinkwazi

Delving through the ol’ archives now . . . these pics were taken when we went away to Zinkwazi for the weekend in March. My birthday is the day after another friend of ours, Sianne – so she invited a group of friends to go away and celebrate together – her parents have a holiday home in Zinkwazi which is only about 45 minutes out of Durban. It’s such a beautiful part of Natal and we’ll be heading back that side in December this year with another group of friends. Can’t wait!

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Drakensberg

Our friends, Ed and Alex, from London, came to visit us recently. We really wanted to take them to see the Berg while they were here. We went away for 3 days and loved every minute of it. It’s the longest we’ve been away from Freya but it was a good break for us too.

While we were there, we went on a walk and came across this beautiful natural pool with a small waterfall. Sheldon and I decided that day that it would be the perfect spot to scatter Max’s ashes. We were holding on to his ashes for over a year and it was starting to play on my mind. I hated that he was in this box in my cupboard. I wanted to set him free again.

This place felt right. It was natural. It had running water. Surrounded by greenery and mountains. It felt alive and we felt good there too. We thought it would be a good place to go back to one day, when Freya’s older and understands.

We went back the next day to scatter his ashes. We got in the freezing cold water and opened the box. Sheldon poured his ashes in to my hand and then did the same in to his hands. We let go of him in the running water and said our goodbyes and cried our tears.

It was so hard but it was something we needed to do. Our final goodbye to our boy.

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