I must have too much spare time..

because here I am posting again …well in actual fact I did start this draft before Christmas and then various events took over and I’ve not been back to finish it off. Now I’m under lots of pressure from various ‘DSSA friends’ around the world to get on with it and publish it before we go off on our next holiday!

So first off all a huge thank you to everyone that has left me comments on my last post. Your words have been so encouraging and I really have appreciated hearing from you all and also for the emails …it’s good to be back in contact!!

I’ve had lots of requests to post more of of the many photo’s I took…so here goes:-

The layout above is one I did for a challenge over at DSSA and it was done using a template designed by Mitzie..

I think it was Brooke who asked me if the Penguins in my last post were in a zoo or on the beach..well they were on the beach and there were lots of them. So here’s another couple of photo’s. You’ll see the one is in her nest and when we stood very still and quiet we could just hear the babies ‘squeaking’ – not sure if that’s the right word to describe the sounds but they did sound very tiny. We of course couldn’t see them!!

These photo’s were taken on Boulders Beach which is in False Bay. We stopped here with Mitzie and Neil on the way down to Cape Point…It’s such a pretty place but because we had such a lot to do we didn’t have the time to explore very much but I think we’ll put this on our list of places to revisit!!! Here’s another capture before we move on and here you can see why it is called Boulders Beach..

Now we’re going to pop back up to Johannesburg and the Lion Park that Mike Petra and family took us to.

I’ve never been a fan of Giraffes but I must confess that I have had a slight change of mind!! I climbed up onto the ‘Feeding Platform’ and although I wouldn’t feed the giraffe because I really don’t like their ‘long tongue’ I did actually stroke it’s face. So big steps forward for me.. and this is the actual Giraffe that I stroked! I know when I’ve seen them in the Zoo they are so tall but I was quite amazed at how tall they really are when you are up so close to them and yes they are also so gentle!!

Lets pop back down to Amakhala the reserve that we stayed on where we went on safari..here’s a photo of the main building of Amakhala and as you can see it’s tucked away down in a valley…

Amakhala Reserve

Check out the Safari Lodges and just look at the view from the bath!! is that not special!!

From Amakhala we went across to the Addo Elephant Reserve and were very lucky to see quite a few Elephants and of course how could I resist from taking a photo of this little one..

and of course we had the whole family as well..

We were also very lucky to see towards the end of one of our drives as it was getting quite dark these White Rhino – they are so huge!!

I’ve lots more animals photo’s that I could show you but I don’t want you to get bored with seeing them all the time so come with me now down to Cape Town and this is a view of a sunset from out hotel room..

and this is one of Granger Beach that we used to frequently walk along to go to one of our favorite restaurants for a light lunch.

and here’s another one which is so much Cape Town…it’s of Table Mountain with what is known as the ‘Table Cloth’ effect..it’s where the clouds come over the top of the mountain and hits the warmth of the air coming off the sea which then dissolves the clouds and stops them falling all the way down..hence you get this lovely table cloth effect!!

I’ve shared just a very few of my many hundreds of photo’s from our trip to South Africa but perhaps you can understand why we are going back again. Well within 4 weeks we will be back there this time just to Cape Town and to catch up with our friends there..but I will of course take the camera and there will be many more photo’s to share with you..

So at long last I can publish this post and who knows I might even get another one in before we fly off again …how lucky am I !!

and yes this is another story waiting to be told!!

Yes I know it’s nearly 3 months…

since I last updated and I do apologise for taking so long to do this. To all of you that has sent me emails and asked me if I’m ok and if I was going to continue with my blog thank you for your concerns. Also a big thank you to Sonia and lately Gillian for really pushing me to get this finished and posted!

I suppose it’s what is called getting ‘priorities’ right and I’m afraid that at times something like updating my blog has to take a back seat whilst I give what time I have to other things..

So what has been happening in my life since August. Well as some of you know the main event has been our holiday to South Africa and so this time round I’m going to devote the rest of my ramblings to that holiday..

South Africa is a country if you haven’t been there it should be high on your list to do so. It is very beautiful, vibrant with much to see and do, the South African people are all so welcoming, friendly and can’t seem to do enough for you. We started off by flying into Johannesburg and stayed at The Michelangleo Hotel on Nelson Square, Sandton
an area of Johannesburg that offers such a lot of lovely shopping and restaurants. Our Hotel was superb and one we would highly recommend if you are visiting that area. We only stayed 4 days but this gave us the opportunity of meeting up with Natasha (of DSSA fame) her daughter and her mother. We spent a lovely time in their company chatting and catching up on things over lunch and during the afternoon.

However since I started this draft for my blog we have received some very unbelievable news telling us that sadly Tash’s Mum had passed away following an operation. What a shock it was but both David and I were so pleased we had, had the chance to meet up with this lovely lady and enjoy her company for a few hours..All our love and thoughts go to Tash and her family at this difficult and sad time for them.

The next day we were taken by Petra, Mike and their two great children Kellin & Malick to visit the Lion Park just outside of Johannesburg where we had the wonderful experience of going into the orphaned lion cubs den to pat the cubs as will be seen here in this photo.
Later on they took us onto a well known restaurant called ‘Carnivore’ where we experienced eating from a selection of game and domestic meats skewered onto Massaai swords and cooked over open fires…wonderful experience.

Reluctantly we had to leave Johannesburg but were excited to be be flying down to Port Elizabeth for the next stage of our trip. We were met and transferred to our next experience which was to the Amakhala Reserve where we stayed in the Safari Lodges. Here again we spent four days and another place I would highly recommend if you get the chance to visit.

We went out on several drives into the bush and were so lucky to see some of the most wonderful animals living in the wild…what an experience. I will in due course be posting a lot of my photo’s onto a web site which will be available for you to have a peep if you’re interested as it’s not possible to post them all here so I’m just giving you a taste of some that we saw….a photographers paradise!!

After leaving the Reserve we then flew on down to Cape Town for 10 days and again stayed at an excellent hotel ‘The Table Bay’

right on the waterfront and so convenient for walking out to do some window shopping, experience great entertainment from the people of South Africa with their music and crafts. Also there are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from! Although we could see Robben Island very clearly from out Hotel room and the Waterfront we chose not to go across as there were many other things we needed to fit into our days.

We were again lucky and went up Table Mountain on a beautiful sunny day where we enjoyed spending some fours hours exploring the wonderful flowers and views from the top, again I have many photo’s but here is just one of the a view from the top of the mountain….

Mitzie and Neil who live in Cape Town took us under their wings for our first weekend and on the Saturday off we went down to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope

..so many views and sighting on the way such as the whales and the penguins…fantastic views of different bays and countryside I feel it would take pages to go through them all so just a little sample of what we saw.

On the Sunday we then went off in the opposite direction with Neil and Mitzie taking us to the Boesmanland Plaaskombuis restaurant which is right on the beach. Here we could experience South African food at it’s best and what a wonderful place and experience for us.

During the week we visited under our own steam many places of interest around Cape Town but on the Friday Fiona, and her husband Anthony came and picked us up for a drive into the Winelands calling in at one or two different places including Stellenbosch and having lunch at Franschoek. So enjoyable sitting in such a wonderful restaurant, eating great food, drinking wonderful wine and in such super company…life can’t get much better than that!!

On the Sunday we then met up again with our friends, Fiona, Mitzie and this time Fuzzy with her family at the Kirstenbosch Gardens
for a picnic, the only day the weather decided not to be too kind to us so we all moved onto a local ‘pub’ for more chatting and saying our goodbyes. That evening Neil and Mitzie took us out for a meal to their local restaurant with the most wonderful views over the whole of the bay with the sun setting on Robben Island, the backdrop of Table Bay Mountain setting off Cape Town to it’s best.

Sadly we had to leave the next day but it had all been one the most beautiful and exciting trips we’ve had and a hugh thank you goes to so many friends in South Africa…. and yes we are going back, soon I hope!!

Photo of an African Mask taken by Malick 8yrs old son of Petra and Mike….photographer in the making!!