"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Monday, 25 February 2013

perfect summer days

Yesterday was Matthew's birthday.  On Friday we went to have a look at De Waal Park and thought it a great place to have a birthday picnic.  The weather was going to be awesome so we put the plans in place.  There were dogs and children on bicycles and skateboards.  There was a group of serious volley ball players and another group with a tightrope tied between two trees.  We found a shady spot and spent a wonderful afternoon under the mountain.  

bring your chairs and some pretty girls (and a phone)
your family which includes Rob and pretty girls (and a phone)
 friends (with a ball)
mammoth tennis matches

some cold beers

two mad aunts playing croquet
Kim had made stunning bunting which we hung from the trees, we had brightly coloured helium balloons, bubbles, cricket bats and croquet

Tom had his Amstel and Boston exploring in the background

Picnic spread.  Sorry I did not take any close up pictures.  Matthew had made
chicken kebabs, we had panini rolls with fancy salads and dips, ice cream in cones and delicious fruit
(and chilled champagne and sauvignon blanc)

Once the weather started getting cooler we made ourselves more comfortable.  The younger crew after all the tennis and exercise and the close proximity to the beach decided to desert us and head for the beach.  We had unfortunately forgotten our bikini's so were happy to sit a bit longer under the trees and finish off the wine.

Kim and Matt ending the day with a swim (and a beer)
Nic and Bob (with a halo)
Beta Beach Brothers
Other brother involved in a cricket match

Another perfect day in Cape Town
Could anything match this?

Unfortunately these summer days do come to an end and in less than two weeks Matthew will be moving off to the other side of the world.  He is off to California to play rugby (and learn to surf).  At least there is sun and sea but I am starting to feel so sad already.  It has been been so wonderful having him home for these last three months and I can't imagine what it is going to be like to have him so far away. 

Exciting times for him though - oh and Michael and I are also off for a short break.  Heading to Salt Rock in KZN tomorrow.  Will send you pictures.  Best I start packing and don't forget the bikini!!!

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