Sea, Bush, Eastern Free State & Home (again)

What a delightful few days I had in Knysna meeting up with friends, making new ones and simply enjoying the sea air. I'm seldom warm down at the coast, but the warmth of friendship, good food and cappuccinos certainly helped. Catching up with long-time friends and celebrating a special birthday gave us all heart-warming moments. Thank you dear friends for your welcome and kindness.

I flew back on the Friday after a delicious breakfast and plunged into preparations for our annual family trip, this time to Mapungubwe. Fortunately David and Helen had completed the shopping and food preparations and I'd packed my 'bush-bag' before my Knysna jaunt. Grandchildren, children, David and I tumbled into the hired H1 well before dawn. Our daughter and her man had to take my Subaru as there simply was not enough space for us, the luggage and food. We all arrived safely and settled into Tsukudu Lodge in the Mapungubwe game reserve, near the Great, Green, Greasy Limpopo. What a wonderful time we had sharing many crazy moments and delicious meals. Our little grandson Dov visited every morning to give his parents time out (although baby Gila was always with mummy). Rachel and Ashleigh were wonderful cousin playmates and were duly 'exhausted' every evening. I had some wonderful afternoon drives with the two girls and Dov which made my time with them special. We '4x4'd' rather dramatically with Rachel and Ashleigh (and Dov too) yelling 'POTHOLES' when we approached anything like a dip in the road. Yes, there were animals (mostly elephant) and lion spoor, but the nicest time was the evening meal and campfires. Thank you all for another memorable time.

We returned safely on the Friday and then David and I (after a quick Saturday breather) drove down to Rose Cottage in the Free State to check that all was in order. We were delighted to find that the golden poplars were still showing their golden leaves. Unexpected and just as beautiful as always.

Did I do anything creative during these crazy weeks? Well not until I reached the Free State. Only then did I manage to take out my WIPs. I've progressed well on a cowl made from wool Elizabeth bought me from Ireland, (nearly completed), socks are progressing well (it's amazing how much easier they are once you've made one pair) and my few rows of the Round-Robin-crochet swap some of us are doing is done. I'm also creating a 'Bullet Journal' which has turned into wobbly creative pages (as I often do this in the car). It's fun and rather motivating on the WIPs as I try to update my progress every week. My exercise pages are sadly blanket but I'm loving the Healthy Knitter walk-a-long project which is a motivation to well, 'walk-along'.

Calligraphy classes start again on Thursday. Outreach re-groups on Monday and a new calligraphy group

starts on Wednesday evening. So if I thought that my holiday was a fast ride, here I am again starting with our delightful creative rounds. I forgot to mention that I will have a few exciting plans to share soon.

Enjoy the crisp days and golden leaves of autumn. As Shelley said 'Remember there is a harmony in autumn'.

Till next time, take care.