Settling In

I know I seem to be complaining about the cold at the moment – sorry but it is taking quite a lot to adjust to.  Here is a picture taken from our front door the other morning and I am sure it was close to the minus figures in temperature, well probably not but it felt that way.

Things seem to be taking quite a bit longer than we initially anticipated but we are getting there and home is starting to feel like home again. 🙂  We are down to 483 million items on the “To Do” list – oh, and that excludes the garden.

Sadly, my stove top is not working nicely either so we are in the process of seeing if we need new switches or plates and getting prices for replacement parts – thankfully my mom is still here and looking after our dinners.  The most I have cooked so far is a bacon and egg breakfast and chicken livers for lunch. 🙂

A crumbed piece of chicken breast that resembles the map of Africa

A huge thank you to my friend Cindy over at The Only Cin who gave me the most wonderful advice of scattering our kitties litter in the garden to prevent them straying and it worked beautifully!  Our fur children still go walk about  but don’t venture too far and come home very happy after exploring and our other cat seems to be tolerating them a little more each day too.

I had a quick walk through a couple of stores while we were out replacing our vacuum cleaner and a few other necessity items the other day and I was amazed at how much is available on the shelves.  I had forgotten that there was so much to choose between and I am still looking forward to my aisle for aisle walk through in Woolies – I have been holding back until we get properly settled so that I can come straight home to the kitchen with my purchases to get creative.

I promise to get back to reading all your blogs this week.  I hope I haven’t missed too much!

Have a happy week.

I’m Back (Nearly)

Talk about a shock to the system!  Winter hit me with a vengeance the second I got off the plane.  Seriously brrr!  I can only imagine how our Mauritius kitties must have felt – poor little things, being locked up in little boxes and having to go from one aeroplane to the next in this very cold weather.

Drika, our housekeeper had our home right and ready for our return and it was heavenly sleeping in our own bed under our own linen.  There are sadly quite a few things around the house that require some attention and repair but we will get to each one in turn.

We were home for all of a day before we flew out for a family wedding in the Midlands, Natal.  It was all very hush hush as it was a surprise for the groom, our nephew; Pete’s Godson.  It was a beautiful wedding and I thrilled that we were able to share in their wedding weekend.

Our little kitties are adjusting to their new environment but are starting to get a little frustrated with being locked up and me with the litter boxes – I am used to all of our cats having the use of the outdoors.  The first introduction with our other cat went okay (I think) – she was not too keen on the new arrivals and all they wanted to do was play with her.  We did a couple more “introduction” sessions and are now allowing them all access to the whole house before we let them go outside for the first time.  Right now for the most part, everybody seems to be staying in their own corners and only venturing out a little way.  I am sure they will be settled and more accustomed to each other in a few more days.

I have not cooked in my own kitchen yet – well with the exception of scrambled eggs this morning as my Mom flew down from Johannesburg to look after our fur children while we flew to the wedding so we are eating all our dinners at her and my Dad’s holiday home , soon to be their retirement home.  Thank you Mommy – not sure what we would have done without you being here to look after us for the next couple of weeks while we find our feet again.

I have missed being in contact with everybody and I am looking forward to catching up with you all soon.  The house “TLC” is going to take a little longer than anticipated – there are quite a few things that have deteriorated over the past couple of years.  I will share more of our being at home ventures soon and look forward to catching up with you all, I am really missing reading all of your posts.

Till then, stay warm. xo

A Semi Sabbatical of Sorts

A lot of you would have read somewhere along the line that our time in Mauritius has come to and end and of our heading back home to South Africa.

Sundays River

We are currently (while you are reading this) on the second leg of our journey and are due to land at Port Elizabeth airport shortly, where we will retrieve our luggage and head home to Sundays River eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Mauritius kitties to welcome them home and to introduce them to their new South African kitty Mom who I have missed beyond distraction the last 2 and a half years.

Further to our being away for an extended period of time, has left our home in need of some much needed TLC and repair.

I will therefore be taking the next week or two to get myself, our kitties and our home settled.  I will check in every now and again to stay in touch with you all and look forward to bringing you recipes with what will be “new” produce for me – fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and meat that I have not been able to purchase whilst on the island.  Not sure where I will begin – maybe Woolies fresh milk, yes, that will be the first thing in my trolly. 😀  I have promised myself an entire morning to browse the shelves I have so missed.

Looking forward to reconnecting with you all soon again.

🙂 Mandy