What a hectic few weeks this has been, from my birthday for the past 3 weeks, it is as though I have not had a moment to myself, before I started my annual holidays we had to get through a week of holiday club, which was one of the most difficult we have had, normally because it is our summer we have jumping castles and slip and slides to keep the children but this time it rained and it rained, and it rained, in fact by Thursday two of the roads into our town were closed because the rivers had burst their banks so there was the long journey around the town to get anywhere, normally we are called a 5 minute town, because that is the distance to everything or everyone here, but we became a 30 minute town, as people battled to find alternative routes. Then I had to finish all my work so that I could go on leave, then it was finishing the final things for Christmas, then cooking for Christmas, which was an amazing day with 10 people for lunch, the food was great, the atmosphere was festive, the company was amazing, the only thing against it was that it was HOT would have killed for the snow that everyone else around the world had....... then on the 26th we were off to Cape Town.
Because we are doing some traveling this time, I decided to drive and not fly, the first day we drove 1000km which took us 9 hours, Kayla and I shared the driving, which was great, but with Gods grace and lots of prayer we made it all the way without any problems, but I was finished, the Karoo is very boring endless roads that look like they are never ending, it is very dry at the moment the rivers are empty the dams are empty and everything looks like it is dead or dying, it is one of the worst drives I have had, we slept over in a little place called Beaufort West, where people driving through are asked to bring 10 litres of water, because there just is not any water, so showering on restrictions was interesting.......... to say the least, but the next town was 250km away and I really could just not go any further I was all driven out.
Then the 27th up early and the final 5 hours to Cape Town, after the deadness of the Karoo you go over the Hex River mountains and things are transformed, the beauty of this valley is beyond words, with the green of the vineyards and the old Cape Dutch houses it is like being transported back in time.
We are staying in a place called Betty's Bay, 12 of us hired a luxury house together, which is amazing, and is great company for Kayla and I, and means we are not doing things alone, she has friends and so do I to enjoy all the sights and adventure with.
After a cup of tea and settling in, off to the penguin reserve, 1000's of penguins, and absolutely amazing sight, and I must be honest a very, very VERY smelly one.
Up early on the 28th and off to Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet, the wind was "pumping" at 85km an hour and we had to walk up the mountain, but the view and the experience from the top was worth every step.
Along the way we went through amazing towns, like Muizenburg, Kalk Bay,
this is my kind of town, cute little coffee shops, antique shops and book shops, old buildings and secret walk ways, and of course the sea, my beloved sea, there is just something so quiet and peaceful about the sea, it just has the power to make me rethink where I am going, and where I want to be, then the navel base at Simons Town,
a stunning place, but a work of warning never have the scones at Berthe's they are lethal weapons that can be used as missiles to kill people, or to tie around there feet so the sink to the bottom of the ocean Mafia style.
Then on to Hout Bay for the best fish and chips in the whole world, straight out of the ocean and on to your plate, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm