Hello all you lovely people!! Welcome and I am so glad you could pop by to say hello!!! Last weekend my sisters and I took our little families out for the day on a picnic!! And what a wonderful day we had!! Just relaxing, walking, eating and lots and lots of laughter and fun was had by all!!!!!
We didn't have to go far either!! Only about a 10 minute drive from home, you can find the most beautiful botanical gardens!!!!!
I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful spot in the middle of the city!!!! It was wonderfully peaceful!!!!
The sound of falling water surrounded us, from the waterfall all the way down to the river bed!!!!!
The dappled sunlight kept us cool and ...... there were plenty of interesting little places to rest weary old bones!!!!!!!!!
Sister Zennet ......
.... Margaret ...
.... her daughter Shani and hubby Andrew, aka Skinny ......
.... and their daughter, Kensi!! (Just the cutest little girl you have ever seen!!!!)
.... and my own little Miss J, and yes she is also as cute as a button!!!!!!
....there were lots of giggles .......
..... sing alongs .....
....and exploring ......
...... some friendly visitors ......
...... and some interesting facts ......
... "the cliff face at the waterfall is composed of quartzite of the Orange Grove Formation at the base of the Witwatersrand Super group, a thick succession of ancient sedimentary
rocks that contain the largest known deposit of gold in the world" !!!! Interesting, don't you think??!!
We are planning on going back there soon, just to have a coffee at the little restaurant and to walk through the beautiful nursery!!!!
Well dear friends, that was fun!!! Almost as much as the picnic!!!!
This week Moms taxi will be in full swing as my little Miss J starts her final exams!!! Oh dear, the traffic in the city is really scary!!!!
Hope you have a happy, colourful and creative weekend!!!
WOW!!!! Where do I even begin??? Everything in my life has changed so drastically and so completely!!! Nothing, and I do mean, absolutely nothing, is the same!!!
I think it's all good though?? Or at least it will be in a while from now!!!
You see, it all started back in August when Hubby was made an offer that was just too good to be true!!! At first we didn't even consider it, it was that ridiculous!!! After all we just moved into a brand new house!!! And leaving my family??? No-no, I wouldn't even consider it!!!
But it became a nag in the back of our minds and we found ourselves, (hubby, me and the girls) discussing it more and more....!!!! Then we got excited about it and when we looked again, we found ourselves planning this new adventurous life of ours!!!! In Tanzania!!!! Yes that's right, Tanzania!!!!
Starting date: 1st September 2014!!!!! Madness I tell you!!!! And all of this had to happen in just 3 short weeks!!! Chaos!!!!
The removal company came out and packed us in 3 days!!! I didn't think it would be possible, but they did a sterling job and just like that all our belongings went into storage!!! After 6 months we will either have it shipped up to Tanzania or leave it in storage 'till we have a place of our own!!! For now though, a fully furnished house will do just fine, thank you very much!!!
The only down side to this adventure is that at first we had to split up!!! Hubby and Miss Molly left first and 2 days later our animals were shipped over!!! Little Miss J and I stay behind at my sister Margaret's place for a couple of months so that she can finish her degree (thankfully this is her last year) here in South-Africa!!!!
And that's the part that has me feeling lost!!! My heart is in Tanzania but we are still here!!! I don't have any of my "things" around me, nothing to do, and I feel vulnerable without my Hubby!!!!
But right now, he is having the time of his life!!! He is on a 10 day trip to Mount Kilimanjaro!!! I can hear that he is having a great time!!! Being the wildlife person he is, this is the ultimate experience for him!!!! To see the wildlife truly roaming freely in mass, is what he's been longing to see all of his life!!!!
But on the other hand, Miss Molly had to stay behind in Dar es Salaam and is fighting a nasty spider bite!!! She has been quite ill with it and this morning got into a taxi and took herself to a clinic where she was treated and given medication!!! I am so proud of her, all alone in a strange country, but managing just fine without us!!! Most importantly, she is feeling much, much better already!!!!
So you see, I haven't forgotten about you and a big thank you to all who emailed to ask where I have been!!! Right now I am visiting with my sisters, Margaret and Zennet in Johannesburg and I am really enjoying being able to see them every day!!!! They actually also helped made up our minds for us, you see they reckoned that is't much easier for them to fly 3.5 hours than driving 6 or 7 hours to come visit!!! And of course being so close to Zanzibar also helped the matter a lot!!! Haha!!!
But it's not that easy to fit into the city life when you have been a farm girl nearly all of your life!!!!! The nights are noisy with the sound of traffic and not dead quiet with just the cry of a jackal or an owl hooting somewhere!!! I also miss the beautiful sunsets and I really, really miss seeing the stars!!!! The city sky is so bright at night from all the lights, you simply do not see the stars!!!!
So for now we are packed up and waiting to join Hubby dearest and my beautiful, all grown up daughter, Miss Molly, in Tanzania!! And we are so looking forward to see the beautiful islands with their white beaches, the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the many, many lakes and just explore this new country where we will be living an expat life for a while!!!!! Hope you are all keeping well and have a crafty, color filled and happy weekend!!!! 'Till later my lovies!!!!! Love Always AMarie xxxx