"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"

Friday, 16 August 2013

what a week of contrasts

Warm hellos and sad goodbyes
  I cannot remember so many family members and friends coming and going 
as they have over the last couple of weeks and months

A couple of lovely warm days last week to a really wild and wet
week this week
the Cape of Storms has lived up to its name

Who would have said this was 6 days ago
Saturday and lovely lunch at Steenberg 
 bright sunshine, perfectly chilled wine
and lots of laughs and even a sunburned nose and chest
 A first lunch since Kathy got back from America.
Followed by a wine tasting at Constantia Glen at the top of Constantia Nek.  
More glorious sunshine and the view of ice capped mountains in the distance 
You really don't need to travel far to enjoy the wine route
Sunday was cold and damp
A chilly walk in the forest had been planned
My mom and her sister tried to round up as many of their children 
and grandchildren 
and dogs 
for a get together
A lovely morning with cousins I do not see that often anymore,
a picnic on some logs
muddy dogs
and lots of laughs
and the bonus of a brother who had just arrived back in town 
after 2 months in the UK
a fun evening at his home on Sunday night
with fillet rolls
red wine
and funnels (therein lies another story)

Caroline got back on Tuesday after her travels in the USA 
full of excitement and with lots of stories to tell
(and still more to come)
Doesn't this picture remind you of this.

A quiet breakfast for two with Matthew before he left, 
a raucous dinner at home for twenty two on Tuesday night 
"Bubbledogs" were the order of the day
(basically hot dogs with chili con-carne and champagne)
and a lovely sushi lunch with all three boys (and Dalene and Lucie (who got back from the UK on Wednesday)) made this a very busy week.

Matthew and Kim left for Hong Kong last night
Kim for a month and Matt for about 8 months
(do goodbyes ever get easier?)
and my Mom and Rob leave for the northern lights and Europe this afternoon for six weeks
(another trip to the airport)

I also want to fly off somewhere
it does not even have to be too far away
but maybe it does because
I want to eat airline food and open the little packets
and watch the movies
and drink the drinks that come in little bottles
and walk up and down the aisles and watch people sleep
and pretend I am an air hostess
and flush the toilet and try and see the ground down below

I am such a child

Best I get back to reality
Anyone for wine?
(lunchtime at Barristers?)

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