Finally… I’m back!

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.

up river

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.

One very good reason to clean out the fridge

Remember last week Thursday I said there was another very good reason I was cleaning out the fridge, well, it’s because my ever loving Pete has whisked me away on a romantic getaway.

♥ WE ARE IN MAURITIUS ♥

Yip that’s right.  After living here for nearly 3 years, Pete and I have returned for a vacation – a belated second honeymoon if you will as well as an extension to my birthday.  Woohoo.  Loving being here as a tourist and not as a local.

Sorry I won’t be around to comment on your posts, but I am very busy r e l a x i n g AND catching up with friends we made while living here.

I will see you on the flip side soon!

Au revoir.

Another short interval

No sooner am I back from my last little trip and I am going away again.  Seems I am becoming quite the frequent flyer – not really.



I am heading back to Johannesburg and will be back on Monday 07 May.  I will endeavour to keep up to date with all of your posts during this upcoming week, sorry if it seems that I am AWOL, won’t be for long.

I have scheduled posts for during this period and will log in as often as possible to moderate your loving comments.

🙂 Mandy