The last few weeks have been full steam ahead. Mom had a list of things she wanted to do in the Garden Route, so we followed her requests.
We went to Knysna and had a wander round the shops. Mom remembered several shops which she had been to when here years ago and most of these no longer exist other than the bead shop. But we had a walk around the waterfront and the kids’ Dad Hugh joined us for lunch.
The view was stunning and the weather perfect, if a bit hot.
There was a guy standing on the boardwalk who would dance when given a tip. Mom loved his mad, energetic dancing.
We had various seafood platters at Ocean Basket and they were delicious.
I had the seafood platter for 1 which had a delicious piece of hake, prawns, calamari rings and heads, mussels, rice and chips. It was a feast for R110 , which is about $10USD. So, very cheap. We all laughed and had a few drinks, other than Cait who was our designated driver. We had a lovely afternoon.
We also spent a day in Wilderness. My son and his girlfriend have just bought a house there and are moving in a few weeks. It’s so lovely. The view is of open state park ground, so no one can ever build opposite them and there is all manner of wildlife to be watched from their 2 balconies, one off the upstairs and one off the down. So heavenly.
The little village of Wilderness consists predominately of art galleries, hippy / surf shops and restaurants. We wandered around a few shops at ground floor level as mom can’t manage much more. We went to a cute little cafe called Flava Cafe and I had Thai Fish Cakes which were beautifully spiced with cumin and coriander and Cait had a prawn salad which looked amazing. I was very impressed with the food. It’s such an unassuming simple little place.
It was very funny. My mom loved it but she has a bawdy sense of humour.
We also spent a day at the mall, they had wheel chairs which we could borrow so Lily, Caitlin. Mom and I had lunch and wandered around the shops as Trevor was at work.
We had a lovely visit, all of us hanging out at Trevor in the evenings watching movies and playing games and us girls going on outings during the days.
We headed back to Cape Town after a few days so that we could attend Caitlin’s graduation. She now has a Bcom Honours in Information Systems. I was a very proud Mommy. She worked so hard.
Later that evening we went for celebratory burgers at Ragafellows. Lovely Vic brought Caitlin some stunning flowers.
We had a fab evening. I do love the vibe there. Efficient yet relaxed.
On Sunday we were invited to our friends’ Andy and Alison’s Summer Solstice party and we trouped off en masse to enjoy a special afternoon. The owner and chef from Pescarne catered the event. He kept it simple, there was a table of starters with crackers, breads, cheese, spreads and other snacks, and a main of a chicken and cous cous salad, big slabs of fillet steak, roast potatoes, topped by either pepper or mushroom sauce. It really was divine.
We went to Chinatown at Century City and then met my friend Di at Maestro’s on the Beach. I had ordered a Cushi for my mom who loves Alice In Wonderland and we were meeting up to collect it and intro my Mom to Di. If you are looking for a cool gift, Di can make a Cushi with any design. http://www.cushi.co.za
Mom loved her Cushi.
The food is consistently good there – however this time the service was abysmal, the waitress was miserable and pushy. I felt so rushed, however she had told us at the start that the kitchen was really busy so we should order starters. We ordered cheesy garlic bread and then I had the fillet steak. I also had a few strawberry daiquiris. The food was great but we felt pressured to eat and bugger off with the abrasive waitress actually trying to clear my friends plate while she was still holding her cutlery.
Added to this was the weather, dark and cloudy, totally obscuring the view.
We were finished and off in an hour. Not our usual hours long drawn out events. Rather disappointing for my mom all round but we still enjoyed being together.
We had a few outings to the local pub, Woodcutters Arms. I hadn’t been since they opened and I wasn’t too impressed then, but both of these times it was good. I had fish both visits. Lily had Panko chicken. Mom and Trev and Cait the bacon and Brie sandwich. Their chips are very nice.
My son flew down on Christmas Eve and I made a southern style meal of ham (gammon) cooked in coke, brown sugar and pineapple juice, potato salad with chunks of boiled eggs and browned onions in a sour cream, hellmans mayo and mustard sauce, baked beans in brown sugar, Worcester sauce, tomato sauce, onion and garlic. I also threw in some rosa tomatoes and baby mozzarella balls. We had a loaf of fresh ciabatta bread. My mom had brought vanilla wafers and pudding and made my childhood fave of banana pudding, after eating like pigs we tried to get the dogs in the spirit,
On Christmas morning we woke early and attacked the pile of presents.
Caitlin had asked for Up The Creek tickets and I got her other various bits and pieces. Trevor received mostly clothes but many were a bit big. I also received a stunning African mask from my girls and vouchers, a scarf and sarong, and a plain silver chain and a charger for my apple products from Norm and Trevor and my mom. Everyone seemed very happy. We made a huge feast with a small turkey, yet another ham, roast and mashed potatoes, southern cornbread dressing, carrots, red cabbage,, Brussels sprouts, little pork sausages wrapped in bacon, broccoli and cheese casserole, gravy and 3 different desserts. We ate ourselves into a food coma. It was wonderful having us all together.
We played Settlers of Catan after dinner. It was loud and full of hilarity. We all love games.
We stayed there for a while, it was chilly outside and they were kind enough to move us inside.
We then just relaxed until we had to take mom to the airport. We went for a coffee and waited until we had to get mom escorted through.
She made it home safe and sound, she must have been so thrilled to see her cat.
Yesterday Trevor and I went shopping and exchanged the items that were too big for him and then last night we went to the pub quiz at Woodcutters Arms. We had low hopes as I am the only music knowledge of the lot of us, so we called ourselves the 4 Anchors on the theory that Trevor, Caitlin, Vic and Norm knew nothing and were going to drag me down. They knew nothing about the 60s but were helpful on the movie and TV show questions. They were laughing about all of the musical theatre I’ve made them attend over the years. Living near London we took full advantage and went to the theatre every 6 months. For once it paid off.
We sang, laughed, yelled and laughed some more. We really had fun. We didn’t win, but we didn’t come in last. I’m ok with that.
Today we got up early and rang to see if the weather was fly-ready as I had booked Trevor in to do a paragliding tandem jump off of Signal Hill.
We drove up the stunning drive around the mountain which was busy with hikers and cyclists. There were many companies operating on the jump site, a steady queue of people hurtling off the mountain towards the open air, swooping over the ocean and landing in the park below. We used http://flytandem.biz/
Trevor was fitted in a helmet and harness and strapped to Ant the guy who does the flying. They simply run and jump. It’s amazing.
We then headed off to the airport yet again, to send Trevor back to George.
When we got home I straight away got into the pool with a savannah to cool off and mark the start of doing absolutely nothing.
Tomorrow we are popping to my friend for birthday drinks, and then I intend to be dressed in either my swimming costume or my pajamas only for the next week. We still have no plans for NY Eve, if we only do lunch and have a quiet night at home I’m also ok with that. After all not much could top the Christmas I have had.