01 January 2022
Happy New Year to you all. We are continuing to have a wonderful time here in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa in spite of some of our family members being unwell. Fortunately, the COVID tests were negative.
There were 7 of us for Christmas Dinner. Lauren, Alan, Simon, Laurie, Sahana, Earl, and me. I made the starter, the salad, and the dessert. Lauren did the main course of roast beef and gammon with roast sweet potato and vegetables. It was totally delicious. My starter was a layered seafood cocktail of smashed avo, salad, salmon and prawns topped with pink sauce. Dessert was a trifle without jelly as requested by Allan. Lauren bought a lovely German marzipan and chocolate loaf cake. I spread each slice with strawberry jam then layered slices of cake, strawberries, and custard while making sure plenty of sherry was added as I went along. Then it was topped with whipped cream and decorated with more strawberries. It went down a treat.
The weather has been a bit odd – hot but overcast most days and a bit muggy. We have enjoyed long beach walks along the beautiful Robberg early each morning and sometimes in the late afternoon too. Lookout Beach is also one of our favourite destinations and walking alongside the lagoon is fun.
Laurie celebrated her birthday on the 29th and we all went to a restaurant called Sky Villa – for good reason as it is perched on a high hill with magnificent views over the ocean.
My grandson, Simon, has recently taken an interest in squash and has joined the local club. Back in the day, I was a pretty keen player myself but I haven’t touched a racquet for at least twenty-five years! But I was persuaded to join Alan, Sahana, and Simon for a game or two. Now back in my twenties and thirties I absolutely loved the game but now just warming up the ball is exhausting. After ten minutes of knocking about with Simon, I gave up and let first Sahana and then his dad take him on. Then I played a game with Sahana which was just awesome. It’s amazing how the muscles have a memory. I even managed to score a point or two.
On the 27th we were about to go out to meet friends I stupidly took a tumble with my camera and broke it. Fortunately, I was unharmed except for a bruised knee and a feeling of utter ridiculousness. I love that camera and never leave home without it. But it has served me well for almost eight years so perhaps it was time for an upgrade Hopefully we will get a bit of compensation from the insurance. On Wednesday I went ahead and ordered a Canon Powershot SX70HS which has a few more great features that the SX65HS did not. It arrived yesterday and I am thrilled with it.
Here are some photos I took with the new camera.