Family, Love, People, Travel

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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Family, Leisure, Travel

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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Baby, Family, Love, People, Travel

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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People, Travel

Karkloof

We went away last weekend to my cousin’s husband’s farm called Rainbow Retreat.
We had such a relaxing time there with Jo, Steve, Milla, Jake, Sarah, Brennan and Cade.
Lots of open space for the kids to run wild and an amazing view from the house for us to
sit and chill while supping tea / wine. Sarah and I had the worst hayfever ever – not sure
what plant/tree/grass is in the area but we suffered. Besides that, loved every minute of
our time away.

The kids acting like birds in a massive cage

Story time

I love this pic

Milla looks so grown up in this pic!

Brennan, Sarah and sweet little Cade

Milla’s new crush – Sheldon was given the elbow this weekend

Beetroot, coriander and feta salad – deericious!

Scrabble – the game we don’t have time for anymore! We take it everywhere we go and never get the chance to play. It breaks my heart.

My family

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Love, People, Travel, Uncategorized

San Lameer

So now that we’ve been given the green light to take Freya out in to the big wide world,
we took a giant leap and decided to join my sister and her family in San Lameer over the Easter weekend. I packed her bag the night before – probably over packed but I wasn’t sure what I was doing, so thought rather safe than sorry. Actually worked out that I used everything that I packed. She makes a lot of mess for such a small thing!

We had a really good time – even ventured to the beach with her. She stayed in her carry cot under a tent and we were only there for an hour. She slept the whole time. I think it was good for her to get some fresh, sea air though. Sheldon and I even had a quick dip in the sea – it was freezing but we had to get in.

Building houses with cushions

Milla not really enjoying her first tree climbing experience

Steve trying to show her how it’s done

And now it’s Sheldon’s turn – so graceful, look at him go!

This is how you do it boys!

Milla’s sweet ride – without ‘fairy’ wheels now too. Such a big girl.

Jake and Jo

Baby at the beach

This was taken because the full moon looked massive – if only I knew how to use my fancy camera properly, then you could see how incredible this moon was.

Little cherub doing what she does best

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Leisure, Travel

Oyster Box

I went shopping with my sister and brother-in-law the other day. On our way home,
we thought we’d go to Oyster Box for lunch. This hotel is incredible! If you’re ever
visiting Durban, please go there. We sat outside and had our lunch with such a beaut
view of the sea. Moments like that make me happy that we decided to move back home.

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People, Travel

Rye, Sussex / 01

I went to go visit Soph and Willa in their new home in Rye last Monday.
Hitched a ride there with Emma and her baby, Liberty. It’s about a two
hour drive out of London – was fine most of the way but felt super car
sick by the time we got there! Lots of windy roads and me trying to read
the map on my phone. Not a good combination.

Anyway, it was all worth it once we got there. Soph made us risotto with
salad and a crumble for dessert. We were so well fed that I couldn’t even
eat supper when I got home that night.

Catherine came over for lunch too, with her son, Harry, and her daughter
Margot. This was the first time I met Margot and she’s nearly a year already.

First, some pictures of where we were, what we saw and what we ate.
Tomorrow’s instalment will be pictures of all the kids.

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