Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Last pics of the holiday...I promiss

We arrived back in Cape Town for the last 10 days of our holiday.  We still had a few things on the list that needed to be crossed off, but one day had to be a trip to Sea Point to let the children have a bit of practice on their new scooters.  It was another beautiful day and the walk along the sea front is always a pleasure.

Just a bit of action

Marine Art along the sea wall 

  We were also going to catch the open top 'Hop on -Hop off Bus' around Cape Town, but the day we chose everyone and his dog had decided this would be a great day to sit on a bus and the queue was so long we decided that a trip out to sea might be a better idea.  We chose well, the Catamaran trip was the best.  The sea was calm, the trampoline netting between the two floats was just the spot to sit and catch the sun and breeze.
Chosen boat for our trip

Sitting on the netting between the floats

All smiles

End of our journey 

Mr D. and I also wanted a bit of a challenge, so we booked to go on one of the longest zip lines.  The total length is 2.7 klm.  There are 7 lines altogether, and the longest of the 7 is 700 meters which may not seem like a long distance, but just you wait to see the length of the line once you are strapped in!  I think the  time my pulse rate went up the most, was when we got into the 4x4 that took us to (almost) the top of the Constantiaberg Mountains....phew! The road (dirt track) snaked its way around hairpin bends, but of course we were all in good hands.  The guides are with you all the way to help hook you up to the lines, but you do have to do your own braking.......just don't brake too soon or you will be pulling your way along the line 'monkey style' -  building muscles but tiring!  Luckily Mr. D and I listened intently and managed to ride to end of each line.  The whole trip took about 2.50 hours and was such fun I would put it at the top of my list if ever I was going to repeat any of our adventures.

Ready for the off

Make sure that helmet fits

Mr D coming in fast

One of the 'paths' to the next zip line

Not sure about health and safety, but we were brought up in the 50's / 60's when there was none.

Children were not allowed on these zip lines, but they had their own further down the mountain.

Ready and waiting patiently 

Those logs are wobbly

Zip line is the best

All good things have to come to an end, and the holiday ended on the 12 January with our flight back to Birmingham.

Next time I promise a bit of sewing etc.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A little Extra

I know I have already done the 'Bum Slide', but I couldn't put many of the fun photos in because they needed a bit of censoring, but today I managed to do some editing so you can see a few more and also  a couple of photos of our 'home in the mountains' ......

Ben and Gaga picking up speed

Lost Gaga but gained his Mum 

Looks like Nana is on the move

All flying now
and this was our home in the shade...

The photo was taken on one of  Mr. A's early morning walks
Bit of a closer look 

Next time it will be back to Cape Town and another tick on our bucket list.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Bit late, but take a look at my Christmas

Christmas, Christmas Christmas.....yes, I know most of you will have almost forgotten the big day by now, but I just have to share our very different day with you.

Firstly we arrived in Beaverlac on the 23 December and pitched the tents in the most beautiful spot. Once the tent and equipment was up and sorted, the Christmas decos and lights had to find a place, a tree overhanging our seating area was just right.  Solar lit candy canes were places as landing light for Santa (just in case he had trouble finding our new abode) - then we could start our holiday.

Candy cane landing strip ready for Santa's sleigh landing

Some of the tree top decorations

 The pools close by were wonderful, not too cold, just right for cooling off in the 32 + deg heat (there was always a breeze so it was never unbearable), Mr D and I took the children off to Main Pool while the last bits were added to our new home.

Getting in slowly 

The pool is just what is needed on a hot afternoon

Christmas day was a very relaxed day, and I have to say that Santa managed to bring so many gifts that we were all spoilt.

Breakfast so relaxed, just Ouma's Rusks dunked in coffee...

Yummy Rusks and what looks like the remainder of Santa's beer

Lots of dunking going on
The children were so patient waiting to open their gifts.  First the Christmas stockings were shown around and enjoyed.

Just look at those gifts on the table....I could hardly contain myself

Christmas lunch was another first for was lamb shanks cooked in the 'potjie' with sweet potato's, carrots  onions etc. -  so yummy!!

Prep. work

'potjie' on the open fire...can you see the embers glowing? they are you know.

After the scrumptious lunch - the pools called us.

Just a short walk 

What a way to spend the day!

Bit of  'sun catching' and 'tadpole hunting'

Each day we were camping we tended to wake very early, have a light breakfast,  pack up snacks
and walk then off to the pools.  We had many pools to choose from, main pool, baby pool, secret pool, amphitheatre pool, and the children's favourite - the 'Bum slide' pool.  Now, 'Bum slide' was an experience on its own.  Small amounts of water run over the rocks which makes the rock slippery, and you just have to expose your bum (if you want a fast ride) and slide down the rock into a small pool.  The way to go down on your bum can be very discreet....keep wearing your long 'cover up' and wiggle your 'cossy' up your bum and off you can sit down, then just drop the back of their pants and go down. Of course - children just strip off and go naked, so we have to be very choosy when finding photos.
Making the most of the shade for a quick drink on our way up to 'Bum Slide'

Readjusting undies ready for the next ride 

Mr D making the most of a secret cave 

Lets work out the next moves down the slide
Lunch under a rock 

What a view!

Got to have a second look!

Cooling off
The walk back was just too much for this little puppy.....

Baby slings come in handy for carrying very tired puppies.

We had such a good time we extended the holiday two more days and this took us over New Year.  The children stayed up late which was a real treat for them and we saw the new year in with a glass of wine around a camp fire watching the stars....magical!

Just before the stars came out

Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did.  Happy New Year to you all.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Hallo from South Africa

Phew! We left for South Africa on the 9 December and although the flight was good my travelling was not so hot and it took a couple of days to begin to feel myself again........I really don't know what I am going to do about this traveling lark, but got to get my head around it somehow.  Still, the journey is always worth it and this year is no exception.   We have never spent Christmas with my daughter and her family in SA so it was lovely to see the house decorated and the children getting excited.  We brought over a couple of gingerbread houses for the kiddies to make.  Lots of fun and I have to say they turned out really well, what do you think?

Just the beginnings 

Don't they look smart and all their own work

Oh so proud

Where do we start

Start with the chimney.....Yummy

 Before the celebrations we have some forest time to catch up on, and a few tourist and seasonal days to 'do'.
There are obviously the beautiful walks in the mountains, which are cooler and not so busy with visitors.

Mr D and I took the children to the fairy forest while J was working to get the last of her orders off before Christmas.  Our plan was the fairy forest then off to 'Deerpark' for lunch.   One of the favorite bits of the forest is the stream and tadpole catching, but silly Nana and Gaga forgot that chasing around the water is always going to end  with wet clothes........ Good job the sun is hot and shorts and T Shirt dry quickly, so lunch was had in comfy clothes.

Great tree to climb

The mountain stream is too tempting

Tadpole catching

Just a beautiful spot

We also had a day practicing putting up tents ready for the holidays.  Mr. D and I used to camp when
our children were small so it's not that we are novices at camping, but of course things have moved
on and the tents of today almost seem like pop up tents, unlike our ones which had poles that fitted together like a monkey puzzle, and canvas that was a lot heavier than the nylon/Teflon, so in just  a few shakes the tents were up, tested, and put down again.  We seem ready for our trip to Beaverlac

A week into the holiday and our first trip to the waterfront.   I love the waterfront as it has everything you could wish for, harbour views, table mountain views, restaurants where the seafood is delicious, shops for the posh, shops for the tourist, shops for the locals, and in the 'Watershed' Cape craft people.   The first
stop though was to find Santa and remind him of the things on the Christmas list.  He was nice and comfy in his garden and the children told me that although he sends his helper Santas to other shopping malls, he likes to come to the waterfront himself!  We shopped a bit, lunched a bit in the food hall, where the choice of freshly prepared and cooked food was so yummy that I think we all overindulged. Then shopped a bit  more before going to the play area for the children to run off some of their energy.  Ending up at The Hildebrand  restaurant for supper......what a lovely way to spend the day.

Ben with Santa

Isabella with Santa

Mr D and I have our wedding anniversary on the 18 December.  I know it's a silly time of year to get married but at the time I thought a winter wedding would be fun, not realising that with Christmas just a week way there would never be enough money to celebrate, but as we are in S,A we decided to go out for a special meal.  We booked into the Round house restaurant which sits above Camps Bay over looking the sea.  We chose the 'taster menu' which was a 7 course meal starting with the 'organic vegetable patch' set as a garden of raw and pickled vegetables with mushroom soil, so yummy!  We ploughed our way through the rest of the food with Mr. D having the appropriate wines with each dish ( I am not a drinker and someone needed to drive us home) a glass of champagne was ample for me.  The last course was a white chocolate panacotta with mulberry sorbet and fresh fruits.......I thought I had died and gone to heaven!! The staff were so attentive they even rushed out and opened the car door for us.....what a treat.
What a setting

Organic vegetable patch

Setting sun

Last course White Panacotta with red berry sorbet
This was not quite the last of the tasting, we had 2 macaroons each, one violet and the other apple- infused, and a honeycomb chocolate and almond sweet.......we almost rolled back to the car!!
Until next time I would wish a Happy Christmas to everyone.