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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What I have been up to.....between kids, life & living

Being adult seems all consuming at times...I often don't feel old enough to actually be an adult. Yet the responsibility keeps piling up..it's not as though I never had to face huge stuff as a teenager or in my twenties and thirties, it's just that being in my forties, I sometimes feel panicked at the amount of responsibility...I know we all face it & with little people as well as an ailing parent, it can be over whelming...but finding time out & my own space has become more & more important! Thankfully I have a husband that lets me be & kids that are pretty independent, so it gives me space to do what I need to do.......... 








Nothing like a little time out to fully appreciate "ME TIME"! Wow, I am one very very lucky woman to have the space & time that my life allows me...even if I do occasionally have to catch up work til midnight....

Monday, August 22, 2016

I Finally Did It.........

For the longest time I have been struggling along with a quilt for my little pink loving person & for the longest time it has felt like a chore...it started off with such excitement & enthusiasm! However, after a year (it is really hot & sticky trying to do such clean precise work in the middle of Summer), I finally just got stuck in & did it...it took me two days & a LOT of patience with my not very well behaved sewing machine, but I DID IT, I finally finished the quilt....yay! Quilt done, tick!!!


I hand stitched and quilted all the fabric, but machine stitched the two patches together.. 
It's a winner, no quite sure how the little pink person feels, but think that she likes it..
besides I do, I am totally blown away that I could do it....


Monday, August 1, 2016

Road Tripping...

Our original plan was a coastal road trip up the East Coast of our lovely South Africa... but the Indonesia kind of got in the way!! (Definitely not complaining) So we decided to keep going with our travel plans by keeping local & closer to home we felt "Why Not?"

So three weeks of basic adjustment & packing a few more bags (luxury of travelling locally), we set off, the four of us on our way road tripping...

The East Coast is my favourite drive, it is so beautiful continuously up the N2, along the Garden Route. 




We had an in car comp of who could take the best Instagram shots & who could get the most likes...great fun I might add. Travelling with two very good travellers, aged 4 & 9, was a good start...they certainly had their moments, but we tend to put the music up..they really did us proud...
Our first stop was George to stay with a wonderful old mutual friend of ours who we haven't seen for ages! It was wonderful to catch up & the kids had a ball... Setting off the next morning, we headed onwards; stopping along the way at Monkey Land & Birds of Eden, in Plettenberg Bay! Both of which were amazing & we were so happy that we stopped. Totally worth it...



By the end of the trip I certainly had my travel ducks very nicely in a row....

Next stop J-Bay where they were setting up for the WSL surf competition & our driver/dad/husband/dude got to have a good surf or two & we got to thoroughly enjoy the beach as the weather was amazing. We spent two nights in self catering accommodation, Sea Shells,  which was clean & comfortable! Our besties (our family peeps, who we dig hanging out with), were waiting in J-Bay for us, so there was company for each of us & therefore no irritating each other...I also got to meet a long lost family member which was pretty incredible for me...

We then headed off to Addo Elephant Park which was great fun, only a little too short, but we got to see; a few Elephants, Zebras, a variety of Buck, loads of Warthogs & some birds of prey too... The kids loved it, especially the boys..they had a ball..

The next day we took a slow drive through the park and got to see quite a lot more, (no lions), but we had a good laugh...

Off to my very happy place, via Port Elizabeth & East London, we headed to Morgan Bay & The Morgan Bay Hotel...oh I do love Morgs...The secret season presented itself with the most fantastic weather, we went on loads of adventures, we relaxed until we could no longer relax & we laughed & laughed & laughed until we could no longer...it was magic & even better to share it with our besties...we barely saw the children who had the best time...


I live at the beach & cannot get enough of it!!!
Feeling incredibly relaxed we said farewell to our besties & headed North through the Transkei towards Kwazulu Natal...The Transkei is so beautiful, but the drivers on the road are suicidal lunatics, we were in awe...the actual roads are fantastic & the views spectacular!
Thankfully our wonderful dad/husband/driver/dude is an exceptional driver who is super cautious so we got through unscathed. 
We arrived in Natal, which is lovely in Winter...although the dryness was a shocker (the storms arrived the day we left), the weather was divine and we got to enjoy some great Durbs experiences...
The hotel offered us days of lying by the pool & enjoying the lovely sun, Umchlanga has multiplied! There is so much building going on, which was quite overwhelming & gave us more reason not to leave the hotel. We enjoyed the beach, the warm sea & a glass of Champagne & Oysters at the Oyster Box, without children (lovely, the peace & the place)


We got to the Durban Beach Front which was the most fun...especially for the kids...


The kids had a ball..

After three weeks it was wonderful to finally get home & face the daily grind...amazing family time & incredible memories...we have decided that our family motto is:
"It's about the experiences & memories" Until the next trip....


Our very relaxed Happy Family!!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sneaky Indonesian Getaway

I may seldom see very much of my husband during the Southern Summer Season (this I have gracefully accepted), but when the opportunity comes along to escape to the Mentawi Islands in Indonesia, there really is no doubt whether you & your children should accompany him.....
We joined 6 other awesome surfer/travellers on this awesome adventure...to the middle of nowhere & we had no idea, or very little idea of where we were going...

After 40 hours of travel; plane, car & boat, we finally arrived...& I kid you not......



What an amazingly beautiful place; warm waters, warm sun & the Tropics at it's best...

Getting there; 40 hours of travel with these two little peeps & they were amazing....
Besides we are most definitely warm weather peeps..none of this cold stuff...thanks!
Think and feel paradise....this is it....the most incredible place....A very HAPPY PLACE..

My guy getting some great waves in warm water and loving life...
IMAGES COMPLIMENTS OF SACHA & AYESHA SPECKER
 This is the life...
BOTH BOTTOM IMAGES COMPLIMENTS OF SACHA & AYESHA SPECKER

IMAGES COMPLIMENTS OF SACHA & AYESHA SPECKER
My obsession with flowers & plants, the colours are hypnotic & just so gorgeous


My very chilled out & rested little family...these peeps rocked...Thanks dad for the experience...


The Mentawi Islands are vast with incredible surfing, snorkeling & scuba-diving.. the weather is always beautiful, come rain or shine & the locals lovely.
At least once in your life time this is a must....enjoy...
We have found our paradise....

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 Decorex

I had no plans on going to Decorex as I was planning a full weekend of children & life! 
Suddenly I had a wonderful gap and no better way then to descend on the CTICC!
It was pretty packed with tons of families...but I had three wonderful free hours...

With the possibility of a renovation on the horizon, I found some pretty great ideas. Especially for the boring stuff like flooring, windows & general stuff...


However, two women in particular really made quite an impression on me...
I studied clothing design which I detested & always wished that I had rather moved to textile design, so I therefore find textiles incredible....

Gaby Beyers who has The Cecil Blake Collective was so incredibly inspiring..her collection is just beautiful & so beautifully made.



Then I discovered Andrea Brand with the most beautiful fabrics...I really felt that meeting these 2 women made Decorex for me this year..



So gorgeous! Both definitely my choice for the future!!

Take a look!



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Good Bit of Reading....

My favourite past time by far is reading...over the years my book choice has varied slightly, but finding the time is more of a problem..I try to purchase second hand books & I have to admit that holding the physical book works much better for me....Im not knocking electronic devices, I am just still a bit of an old fashioned kind of girl...So my latest Author has got to be Jojo Moyes...
she is fantastic...so I am looking forward to getting stuck into a few more of her books. 

Here is the first of many that I got to read......


check out www.jojomoyes.com/books

A Long Weekend in Langebaan...

As a family we decided on New Years Day that we would each create a "Bucket List".
It turned out to be so much fun, the deal is that we all have to do each item 
together as a family.
So with a very busy husband/dad, we have struggled to find the time so far.
We managed to escape mid-week and even took the kids out of school. 
But what an experience...
The weather was magnificent, the experience so much fun. We all loved it...
THE KRAALBAAI HOUSE BOAT
What a wonderful experience and that is Langebaan done. Check!




The glorious early mornings & magnificent evenings!!




So when next you have a free weekend..a weekend off grid could well be the answer..


Now that is a happy family!