Family Holiday Fun

I have been absent from the Blogosphere for a while. This happens from time to time when I am visiting places that have little or no internet access. It can be very frustrating trying to blog and post photographs when the connection is weak and the network is slow. So this is just a short catch up on what has been going on in my life!

It has been a month of catching up with the rural family! Those of you who know me and/or follow my blog will know that our daughter has moved from rural Kokstad in KZN to rural Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape. This has made visiting with her so much easier and since she’s been in Plett we have visited her four times! However we still have relatives back in KZN who would normally have contact with during the Christmas season. 2018 was a tough year for them as one nephew’s wife had a kidney transplant and a niece gave birth to triplets who needed intensive neo natal care. We felt the need to visit and catch up with them after Christmas so Kokstad was part of our holiday too.

On 16 December we left Struisbaai and made our way to Plett where we stayed till just after Christmas. Our Cape Town kids were already there and our niece from Spain came to spend some time at a nearby Game Lodge with her family so they all joined us for Christmas lunch. It was a really superb day!

My fun-loving grandchildren with their Christmas stockings

Me, my great-niece, Olivia, daughter Laurie, grandson Josh
Cousins – Martine and Laurie
My nephew-in-law with the great-nephews Thomas and Sebastian
Me and my sister-in-law

After an awesome time in Plettenberg Bay we set off for Kokstad on 30 December. We stayed with Barbara and Andrew on Brooklyn Farm for the first two nights, visited Joan and her new babies, celebrated with Murray whose birthday in on New Year’s Day and The Earl took his boys fishing at the dam but sadly no fish were caught!

Joan gave birth to premature triplets on 24 July but sadly Samuel didn’t make it. Joshua and Jesse were in neonatal care for 86 days. It’s been a tough struggle for Joan and Henk and their extended family. We were delighted to meet these gorgeous babies who are now doing very well.

Josh and Jesse
Me and Barbara with her youngest grandchildren
At Murray’s Birthday Lunch – Andrew (Patriarch of the Mackenzie family) Seth and Aiden (Murray’s boys) The Earl
Joan’s hubby, Henk with her eldest son, Caleb (3)
Seth’s duck with her ducklings

On 2 January Barbara, Andrew, Earl and I set off to Port Edward to spend time with our niece Heather who has a holiday home there. We ended up staying three nights! Ann was there with her three kiddies and it was awesome catching up with them too.

Ann and her delightful children – Caitlyn, Sarah and James
Sarah and me on the swing at a local coffee shop in Port Edward
The kids having fun at the beach

It was an awesome three days at Port Edward but time was running out and we had to get back to Brooklyn Farm. On our last day we visited Andrew’s brother on his farm in The Swartburg. Ken and Caroline entertained us with a stunning lunch then Earl went to fish in his dam while some of us went for a ride to see the farm. It was fun standing on the back with wind blowing through my hair.

Awesome view from the top of a hill on the farm

Catching up and bonding with this side of the family was awesome even though it was just a short visit. All too soon it was time to head back to Plettenberg Bay. We left early on Monday morning, arriving at Jeffrey’s Bay at half past three. We over-nighted with our friends Maureen and Jim and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with them at Kitchen Windows on the beach front.

On Tuesday we left mid-morning and arrived back at Jubilee Farm at 2 in the afternoon. In the meantime we’d managed to get a caravan site at Addo Elephant Park and on Wednesday we took Simon and Shannon there for three nights. More about that in my next blog post.

Thanks to all our family and friends for hosting us and making this such a memorable holiday season. It has been awesome catching up with everybody.

Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

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