It feels like an age since I sat down to write a post or popped over to read all your lovely blogs; I hope I haven’t missed out on too much in my absence.
Nicely rested with a lovely golden tan after a wonderful holiday with family, it’s time to get the ball rolling again, I’m just not sure where to start.
A quick synopsis of our holiday… We watched in awe with tears streaming down our cheeks as a friend with Parkinson’s disease stood up and sang in a hall filled with people he doesn’t know. I honed my skills on reversing our boat trailer, learnt how to throw a throw net and even managed to net a few fish, took a good few blurry photo’s of our resident fish eagle, heard it’s magnificent call, saw a leguaan being attacked by starlings to steer it away from their nests; enjoyed many a breakfast on the river on our little boat – crispy bacon, boiled eggs and toasted seed loaf with a nice cuppa. We enjoyed a few trips with my folks too which was awesome. These morning rejuvenated our souls. We spent a morning in the Addo National Elephant park. I watched Pete skurf (skiing using a surfboard) for the first time in over 10 years – clearly it’s like riding a bike. We celebrated my dad and Pete’s birthday and as with so many other meals, ate far too much wonderful food. We tried in vein to get my mom to put her feet up after her second foot operation on both feet but alas she needs to mother us all – It is wonderful being spoilt by my mommy. I went for a run most days – yay for me. We viewed what we thought would be our new home but sadly it was not right, the second was beautiful and near perfect but alas it is out of our price range. Our new forever home is around here somewhere, I’m just not sure exactly where it is yet.
Pete and I started the new year off by going for medicals and blood tests to check our cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, bmi, fitness and a few other things I have already forgotten- oops. Seems our medical company is a wee bit confused though as with one of the results I am a year younger than my actual age and with another set of results I am two years older! Maybe I am supposed to subtract the one from the other to get my actual age. Haa. Oh well, guess there is no exact science to it all. Overall I am healthy so there’s a luck although I do seem to be being wrapped over the knuckles for enjoying a glass or two of red wine in the evenings, other than that according to their criteria I am practising 6 of the 7 lifestyle habits. I’m happy with that.
I must confess to not taking many photos this holiday. I was enjoying the moments of happiness far too much to interrupt them with my camera.
I know that 2014 is going to be a wonderful year for us all and I am looking forward to enjoying the journey with you all.
Welcome back! Your holidays sounded like a lovely time.
Thanks very much Laila. Our holidays were fabulous! Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back Mandiferous, sounds like you had a fantabulous time 🙂
Thanks my friendy. We really did have a fantabulous time. Miss you! 🙂 xo
It sounds like you had a fantastic holiday, and spending time with your family is far better than taking photos! Lovely to have you back 🙂
Thanks Claire, lovely to be back. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back, Mandy. Great to know that you had a great time off from the blogging.
Look forward to your another year of beautiful creations!
Angie, thank you! You remain a wonderful inspiration to me. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Welcome return and boy have you missed a whole heap of brilliant stuff 😉
Oh no Mick, I hope I can catch up with all the brilliant stuff. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back, Mandy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post this morning while sipping my coffee. What a lovely time you’ve had! I’m looking forward to more of your posts in the coming months!
Thanks so much Allison. Lovely to know you enjoyed a cuppa while reading my post. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
We missed you but we’re glad you spent your time so well! Congrats on the health situation, and it’s fine to let yourself indulge every so often. Now, go and put on plenty of moisturiser so that the tan doesn’t fade too quickly 😉
I missed you too Tanya! Off to apply a layer of moisturiser. Have a beautiful day friend. 🙂 xo
Wow. Your holiday sounds incredible. Very jealous of your visit to Addo National Elephant Park. Elephants are my favourite animal in the whole world. Emmaxx
We really did have a wonderful holiday Emma. What a pity you can’t just pop over to come and enjoy a day with us in the park. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
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B A C K !!!!!!!! XXxx Glad you relaxed and lived in the moment!
Thanks Kim! It really was the most wonderful time. I have just slipped on my favourite pink T-shirt and getting ready for my run. I will send you pics soon. Much love from a beautifully hot South Africa. 🙂 xoxoxoxo
Welcome back Mandy! Is good to have you around. Happy New Year!! 🙂 🙂
Thanks so much Giovanna! Happy New Year to you too. Have an awesome day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back! Sounds like you had a busy and eventful break!
Thanks Ada! Looking forward to really getting back into the swing of things. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo
Thanks Steff! Have an awesome day. 🙂
Haha I have not blogged or been part of the community for ages, but a break is so nice no? I am glad you are well rested, I look forward to your posts 😀
Thanks CCU. Hope you have been keeping well. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
It sounds like you had a very refreshing break and that you’re ready to attack the new year head on. It’s good to know that you’re both healthy and I don’t think it’s an issue to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine at the end of the day xx
Thanks Charlie, we had a wonderful break. I agree, I drink very moderately so don’t think it’s a problem. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back Mandy, wonderful that you could spend time with family and had a lovely vacation.
Thanks very much Norma. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back, hon. We’ve missed you! Glad you had fun! xxx
Thanks very much Celia. It was truly a wonderful holiday. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo
Welcome home! What a lovely summer you had, Mandy! That health report shows your lifestyle must be good for you! Just throw that “two years older” one out.. those don’t count:D
Thanks Smidge! I realised the results can’t be 100% correct so I am not worried about it at all, although it is a wee bit horrible seeing your age as being 2 years older. Good motivator. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo
Welcome back! were missing your posts 🙂
Thanks so much Raymund! Looking forward to your posts too. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
It is great that your back and healthy! I look forward to reading more of your stories.
Thanks very much Julie. Hope you have been well. 🙂 xo
sounds like everything was perfect! Wishing you all you need for 2014 xox
It really was Tandy. Thank you for the lovely wishes, may you receive tenfold what you wish for me. 🙂 xo
Hi Mandy. It all sounds fab. Good on you. Glad you passed all the blood tests, I am going to have a few myself as part of a regular check up. It is good to get the all clear.
Hi Glenda. It really is worth having all the tests done once a year. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Well it’s wonderful to have you back and it sounds like you had an idyllic time off. Now my understanding is that a couple of glasses of red wine is HEALTHY for you…my mother in law would have her glass every night and lived into her mid-nineties. Reversing a boat trailer is a major accomplishment, or I should say reversing a boat trailer & not hitting anything (like I did) is major. Welcome back.
Thanks Diane. I have missed our chats. The thing is, “they” say only one glass of red wine a night, having 2 clearly isn’t good enough in their records. 😉 It is quite something reversing a trailer – I have watched other people (only men) and they all look out the drivers window – I would get tied in knots like that. I have to look behind me through the back windscreen. Have a lovely day friend. 🙂 xo
Hey Mandy – get a bigger glass cause you can’t lie to your doctor.
Hee hee, good idea Diane. 🙂 xo
Welcome back from your holiday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful one. 🙂
Thanks Caroline, we had a wonderful time. Hope you are well. 🙂 xo
Welcome back :). With or without photos, your story definitely painted a picture for us :).
You are very kind Kay, thank you! Have a super day. 🙂 xo
Hi Mandy, It is nice to see you out and about in the blog world. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday and are as fit as a fiddle. I’m looking forward to what you will be sharing with us this year.
Hi Karen, thanks so much! I have missed your lovely posts too. Looking forward to catching up again. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
There’s nothing better than being too busy enjoying life to document the enjoyment!! So glad you had a true retreat and renewal time. Surely that means the year-younger medical analysis is the correct one. And unless you’re 19 years old, your picture tells me you’re much younger than a year younger than your biological age anyway. So glad you had great family time and wonderful adventures and all of that; the house of your dreams is sure to follow (fingers crossed here)!
Many, many hugs, and welcome back!
Kath, you are the best! Thank you for such beautiful compliments. You have made me feel 19ish. 😉 Hope you don’t have to cross fingers too long for us.
Have a happy love filled weekend. 🙂 xo