Spring is in the air

It certainly was not a cold winter by any means, but it is always exciting when Spring shows it’s colours. This week there was a shift in the air. Not convincingly or completely, but hints of the freshness and warmth. Also the plants in my garden have started flowering. Spring has arrived! There is just something so refreshing about this, right? If our lives go according to plan, we won’t experience a wonderful South African Spring for at least a couple of years so this has special meaning for me.

We went for a typical Sunday morning stroll at the beach when we ran into some great friends. There wasn’t an intention to go swimming, but it was so gorgeous outside that the kids voluntarily started swimming.

January/February Holiday

Lene, Elke & Cara
Lene, Elke & Cara at Knysna Heads

After another hectic season we eventually went on holiday for 8 days. We stayed at Dune Park resort between Keurboomstrand and Plettenberg Bay. It is a very nice spot and the duplex units (2 bedroom, double storey) are very attractive, neat and certainly big enough for a family of four, like ours. It is just a 5 minute drive from the beautiful Keurboomstrand and 10 minutes from Plettenberg Bay. We paid R650 per night for the whole unit which I felt was actually good value. It must be said that their occupancy while we were there seemed to be no more than 10%.

I swam at Keurboomstrand near the beach house of an old friend (an ex-boyfriend of my sister and his sister Caroline). We spent a summer there which was really unforgettable. I don’t know if the house still belongs to their family though.

We visited the Knysna heads again. It is always a special place, but I am disappointed that Knysna Municipality doesn’t keep it clean. Now and two years ago when we were last there the caves and path leading to the caves stinks of urine and worse. Considering what a spectacular and popular spot this is they really should control this better.

We stopped at the Wolf Sanctuary between Plett & Knysna. Elke wasn’t really that keen on the wolves, but I literately had to drag her away from the petting zoo. She loved the “skapies” and bunnies. In fact she loved the bunnies too much – some of them were definitely winded after being held by Elke. Adorable really. They had African Wild Dog there as well. I never realised how big the animals are. They are as big as a big German Shepard; I always had the impression they were the size of a Labrador or such.

We also visited the Plettenberg Bay several times. The highlight was probably Le Forniel Bakery & Coffee Shop right in the centre of town. It is not that well advertised or signed, but do look out for it; you will not be disappointed. Their croissants are legendary. They definitely gave us some ideas for The Red Apple.

Keurboomstrand is a stunning holiday town with amazing vistas and awesome swimming. We had pasta at Enrico’s, probably one of the best located restaurants in South Africa. Their catchphrase, which I love, is “If it were any closer [to the sea], you’d get wet.”!

The rest of our holiday we spent lazing about at Lene’s parents’ house on the Kromme River. This was probably the most uneventful part of the holiday, but we really did need it.

The holiday was good and necessary, but kids make things complicated. Elke was really difficult the whole trip, partly because she was sick and I think partly because she’s acting out against all the attention Cara is now getting. Inevitably one feels sorry for the elder child, but I guess it is part of life.

Elke se 1ste konsert

Elke en Gustav was gister in hul 1ste konsert gewees. Elke het vrek baie uitgesien daarna en sy het dit regtig terdeë geniet. Soos julle op die video sal sien het sy ‘n lang gehad want sy gaap kompleet soos ‘n minister in die Parlement. Sy is nog net 2 weke in die skool en sy verstaan nog nie altyd die Engels so lekker nie.

Elke loop (op video)

Ons het vanoggend Elke se eerste treë op video vasgevang. Met die hulp van tegnologie kan lesers dit ‘n paar uur later sien. Die is ook toevallig my eerste Youtube upload.

Die Ertjie op wit en swart!

Wel hier is hy nou op Wit en Swart vir die 1ste keer. Vir die van julle wat nog nie weet nie – ek en Lené is verwagtend. Of eerder Lené is nou tussen 11 en 12 weke verwagtend.

Voorlopig weet ons nog nie of dit ‘n outjie of ‘n vroutjie is nie so ons noem hom/haar maar Ertjie vir nou.

Ons het vandag vir ons 1ste scan gegaan en alles goed verloop. Ek is net nie heeltemal gelukkig oor een ding nie: Lené het na vele bespreking nog steeds ge-manage om die Van der Watt neus na ‘n volgende geslag oor te dra 🙂

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