|Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:15 PM|
We ended up spending a full week with our in-laws on the coast, had a wonderful relaxing time catching up again after a couple of years. Also caught up with our Belgium boys again spending another week with them, visiting Plattenburg on the coast all the way back to Hermannus to see the whales.... sadly, the weather was so rough that day the whales stayed out under the deeper water for the duration.
On the way back to Jo'burg we did not expect to see the SNOW on the mountains, a real surprise, but very beautiful.
We also stopped in a farm shop on the main road, got talking to the owners over lunch and eventually took them up on their very kind offer and stayed for the evening braii and overnight in their chalet. The one great thing about travelling, is that you get to meet some really awesome people along the way and at the same time, you learn a whole lot more about living in the country as a local.
Next we stopped at Kimberley GOLD MINE. With a very long history, it was quite a experience to walk through the mine itself and the old original town which boomed at the time.
Back in Jo'burg, our good friends Philip and Erika had organised a fun farewell party for us....they know how to make you feel loved and missed!! and our last job of the trip was to take back our carnet forms which show we have delivered the car back into South Africa... VERY important.
So, it wasn't long and we were back home in the folds of our own good family, and Saturday night had Venessa and myself visiting the old Strathalbyn Players 50th anniverary night. We had acted in a play there together back in early 2000's, so it was a nice way to celebrate my 60th birthday at the same time. A few weeks later we had a even bigger surprise when Nathan, our son. flew down from Brisbane for a epic surprise. Yes, there were tears of joy!!
Naturally come October, we were back into opening our home and gallery to the public each weekend. This is our way of raising funds to support Sheldrick Orphan Elephants in Kenya, and now our current project will also take in raising funds to bring Joseph and his wife Nairesho (our maasai friends/family) to Australia for a 2 month CULTURAL EXCHANGE in April 2019.
So concludes the 2017 adventure and we have already booked ticked tickets for May 2018 when we will head to Namibia and Botswana for a total SAFARI experience. Game parks all the way.!!! The life we LOVE.
See you on the road sometime!!!