Friday, 30 January 2015

Eshowe [part 2]

Our second stint in eShowe was as good as the first. Characterised by lots of sewing (but that's another post all together), and a trip to a game reserve (again, a post in itself). 

While we were there, we celebrated mum and dad's wedding anniversary. 




With a braai, and a braai-paai of course.

Feeling inspired, we took a few photos in our wedding get-up while we had the chance. I'm so glad our wedding was in Autumn, because although it was overcast, it was hot! 



The overcast weather did bring some rain now and again, and while I would usually not celebrate that, it was good to see some rain after the long drought in the area. We took a drive with Dad to see if the Dam had filled up. Still not looking too good!


While we were there, we stopped to see if the other dam was looking any better (not really), and even though it was also quite low, I love the view out from eShowe. Fields of sugarcane are both one of my favourite sights and favourite sounds.


It was sad leaving my little town again. Sometimes it seems as though nothing changes, but after being gone for so long changes do creep in. Yet, despite change, familiar sights and friendly familiar faces make it still feel like home. 




Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Durban, South Africa [part 2]

We returned to Durban on Christmas day to spend the Christmas-New Year period there. During this time, the beaches are packed, the malls are chaotic, and staying at home is sometimes far nicer. 

We did all go for a drive out to the Valley of 1000 Hills though, which was beautiful even though it clouded over. 
 


We also made sure to have Pirates' Arms' Fish and Chips. Located at the harbour, they serve the most delicious Fish and Chips that no cold Matjesbrotchen is ever going to compare to. 




New years eve we spent at home, too. We watched DVDs and then, just before midnight, drove to a park up the road with a good vantage point, and watched the sky in all directions light up with Fireworks. The next morning, Malcolm and I went to the beach where we went 3 years ago on the day we got engaged, to watch the sunrise over the ocean and the new year. 
The clouds obscured the sunrise substantially, but we choose not to read too deep into that! 




Another highlight while in Durban, was the lesson in Silver-Smithing. Malcolm's Dad showed us how to set this pretty amathyst into silver. It was really interesting to watch, but one turn with the soldering torch in a practice run showed me that I'm no solder-er. So, Malcolm and his dad worked on it and I observed between making cheese cake. 


You know, the usual arts and crafts that kids get up to during the holidays.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Eshowe, South Africa [part 1]

Our second week in South Africa, saw us headed to Eshowe to visit my parents and gran, and brother and V who were also visiting.

It was great to be greeted by an overexcited sausage-dog, and be back in my old room, in our own bed again. Mum had even gone to the extent of having beloved stuffed toys there to greet us. 



It was fun rummaging through our boxes and seeing what we'd stashed away.


Besides spending time at home, we also enjoyed eShowe-things.

ESHOWE



These photos are good for playing spot-the-jay-walker... 

THE GEORGE HOTEL - live music


MADE AT HOME - the best coffee and cake on a Saturday morning


The DLINZA FOREST








SPUR with CARMEN


and then onto FORT NONGQAYI and VUKANI basket museum






On the weekend, ANI came to visit, and after hanging out at home, we decided to go out for coffee. Clearly I've been out of town for too long, since the only place I knew of other than Spur, was the Fort, again.