Is It Autumn Already?

After returning home from the Kruger with temperatures in to 30's we are now sitting with unusual rains in April and trees donning their autumn dress. I know that friends in Kwa-Zulu think we are a little odd when we moan about this time of year (always my mother's favourite time as she loved watching the garden close down for the winter and enjoyed re-bedding plants and planning her summer garden) but I do NOT relish digging out my winter gear, black stockings and gloves.

Our time in the Kruger was as special as ever. We met friends at Mockford Cottage in the Pafuri area and so enjoyed staying in the historic compound on the South African, Mozambique border. Yes, we did hear the generators at night, but we loved being with friends and sharing good times, many laughs and delicious meals. The advantage was that until 10h00 every morning and after 16h00 in the afternoon we were the only guests in the area. The game viewing was special, with nyala, bush buck, buffs and elephant frequent visitors.

The forests are beautiful and trees spectacular. It was one of my sister's favourite spots and I cherish the memories we evoke. We will definitely return.

Autumn is the time when I think up special projects for long winter evenings, series on audiobooks and catch-up TV. I did a creative knitting course with Adele at The Yarn Tree this past Saturday which encouraged me to 'stash-bust' my yarn box with beautiful fine fingering wool and look at new combinations and textures in my knitting. I will start with the Scarfy-Thing pattern from Hedgehog Fibres which will be an easy but challenging design. Our Friends with Threads outreach group has excelled in their scarf/shawl/beanie making and we've managed to fill our 'annual' quota extremely early in the year thanks to the 'Stitch&Bitch' ladies. So now we start with a 'Round-Robin' project where everyone works on everyone else's piece. Always a challenge, we all enjoy the swapping and end of year surprise of a beautiful blanket which we either keep or donate.

Of course there's still the calligraphy creativity which is ongoing and I am extremely excited by the creative and colourful pieces the students are making. I think we tend to forget that we need creativity together with our use of letters so that we can be inspired to be brave and 'think further than we've dared'.

We now look forward to Pesach and Easter. With our 'extended' family we have the joys of many different disciplines and can share aspects of old and the new. We are planning our family holiday which is 10 days in Zinkwazi (an extremely generous gift for our 50th wedding anniversary from friends of ours) and will allow us time to make more memories together.

Until next time I wish you Chag Semach and a Peaceful Easter.