Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday at Moyo (Spier)

I had my sister take this photo of me and B...the only one of us together.

Sunday morning we woke to beautiful blue skies...and we were so excited to spend the day at Spier.  I booked for us at Moyo because I was pretty sure that B. would love to have a proper South African meal on her birthday.
We chose to sit the large tent looked so dark and cold.
The birthday girl.
I took stacks of photos of this gorgeous restaurant...but I won't bore you with too many.  I love this venue and the idea of sitting in your own little tent.
Some drumming as entertainment.
We could help ourselves to carvery, five different potjies and every vegetable you kan think of...yummy!  
B being serenaded by the entertainers.

We left Spier Wine Estate with heavy tummies...and happy hearts.  When we got to my sister, Anita's house we watched them eat:-) They made a cake of cup cakes for B and she had to blow out the candles.

It was good to spend the few days with B.....but it was also good to get back home and sleep in my own bed again.  

Here is the layout I made with The Scrappiest Sketch #126.  The sketch was really a challenge and after a while I decided that it reminded me of the sail of a that is what I did on my layout.
Here is the sketch.
My layout based on it.
My little gorgeous.  I used My Minds Eye Stella and Rose Mabel papers and embellishments.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our visit to Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cape Town was very cold and very wet when I landed on Wednesday.

  • I rented a car on the airport and drove to Somerset West to greet my parents.
  • My dad was sick so I took my mom shopping.
  • Then I drove through to Fish Hoek to visit my dear bloggy friend, Allie...and we just chatted and chatted...and before we knew it the afternoon was over and the rain had set in with a vengeance.
  • In the pouring rain and the dark I missed the turnoff from the M4 to the M3 and got lost for a while...fortunately I did not panic and eventually found my way at the University turnoff...sjoe, just in time to get onto the N2 back to Somerset West.
  • Then I got stuck in the traffic and it was 20km per hour all the way to the R300.  Have I told you before that I love PE's rush hour traffic that is seldom even a hour long?
  • Thursday I drove through to Cape Gate to see my sister Anita, who just had a back operation.
  • At four o'clock I met B at Canal Walk and we drove through to Blouberg Strand.  We were so cold that we eventually took a hot bath and got into bed.
  • Friday was another miserable and cold we hit the shops and then went to see a movie.
  • When I got in bed on Friday night my biggest wish was for a sunny day...I could not face another day in the shops...I need the makes me happy;-)
Saturday morning when I saw the sun peeking from behind the clouds my decision was was an "outside" day that we needed and Kirstenbosch Gardens was just the right medicine for us.  
 Every time DH and I visit Cape Town this is a place I want to go...and every time we don't get here...DH gets stuck on the golf course and I never want to come here alone.
I believe that if I lived in Cape Town...this would become my favourite just take a book and read and enjoy the nature and the quiet.
We had a lovely lunch and warmed ourselves by this big fire place.
The weather was still a tad grey when we got there.
Up close and personal with a guinea fowl.
Oh yeah...I was there too.
If these sights don't make you feel good...nothing will.
Maybe I just don't have culture, but these sculptures in the gardens are not my cup of tea... such heavy and scary images.
B clowning around;-)
The biggest Tree Ferns I have ever seen...B is dwarfed by them.
A huge wild fig tree...with a scary sculpture at it's base.
I did manage to pull an angel to earth;-)
B captured this squirrel.
I was lucky enough to capture this little bird sucking nectar from the aloe flowers.
The most beautiful Aloe... I just love the colours of it's flowers.
By the time we got back to Blouberg...the cold had set in.  I love this photo of B...with Table Mountain in the background.
The Stormy Cape?
We were off to Moyo at Spier wine estate today to celebrate B's 22nd birthday.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Tread carefully

"I have spread my dreams under your feet, tread softly because you are treading on my dreams"

“The future lies before us, like paths of pure white snow. We must be careful how we tread it, for every step will show.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tomorrow morning: Destination Cape Town

I am flying down to Cape Town tomorrow morning.  My daughter is turning 22 on Sunday and I am hoping to spend a few days with her and treat her on her birthday.  This time last year our lives were in turmoil and we never got to celebrate her 21st birthday.  I just feel that this is something I have to do.  I will be spending tomorrow evening with my parents who is taking care of my nephews while my sister and her hubby is in Mauritius.

I am hoping to see a few of my blog buddies who have become in-real-life friends.  On Thursday afternoon I will meet B and we will spend three days in a friend's house in Blouberg Strand.  I am really looking forward to some alone quality time with B...but at the same time I am a tiny bitty nervous...not really knowing what to expect. is also time for The Scrappiest sketch #125 reveal.  This is my layout based on the sketch:

If friendship was a colour you would be a RAINBOW to me
I don't usually like to do tiny photos, so I settled on this photo of Ansie (my sister) and me that was taken in January at my favourite restaurant (Blue Waters).  I used My Minds Eye Stella and Rose papers and embellishments and Martha Stewart punches for the scallop under the photo and the butterflies.

My initial layout was without the buttons on the rainbow...but it just looked as if it was missing something. Here is the sketch for this week.  It would be great if you make a layout based on it and upload it to The Scrappiest blog.

Thank you for visiting my blog, my plan is to catch up on some blog reading during my flight see you then.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Lukie (Updated)

Today is Lukas' third birthday.  This weekend while they were away for the weekend, Oupa built a stable and brought home the 4 month old Shetland pony that we got him as a gift for his birthday.  Early this morning we took him out to the plot, without telling him or his parents what to expect.  The joy on his face was thank you enough.
The birthday boy
The colt is very skittish and is still missing his mommy.
HE is afraid of all of us, but seem to have taken to Lukas...maybe because he is small?
Within a few minutes he was taking apples out of his hand.

Does anybody have a good idea for a name for the colt?    The she is a he....bwahaha!!!!!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Innocents

One of the most frustrating and annoying things that confronts us in the ministry is our inability to really "help" children.  It is so easy to make the judgement that the adults have made their beds and now have to live with the consequences of their own choices...the sad thing is that their children have to also live with the consequences of their parents choices.  It is so darn sad:(   Shortly after we started working at the Mission, we were singing in church one day....part of the chorus goes like this.  "...suffering children are safe in Your arms...there is none like You...."....well I just cried when I thought how powerless children are when it comes to their parents choices.

A friend of mine, (R), has become involved with counseling some of the young under 30 ladies and she also  spends time with our 10 -15 year old girls.  One of these girls turned 12 last week.  She lives with her father who has  had an on-again-off-again drug addiction for the past 20 odd years.  Her mother doesn't want her and said as much when we phoned her last week. She alleges that the 12 year old is violent and she is "afraid" that she will kill her in her sleep.  Really!!!!!  I nearly burst out laughing (hysterically) at that!  All this young girl wants is to live in a REAL home and be part of a REAL family.  Something her mother can provide, but refuses.  She so desperately wants her MOMMY.

Last week she stormed into R's office.  She climbed on R's lap and sobbed.  Her dad has decided to move on.  She didn't want to go.  Didn't want to have to take responsibility for her dad again.(she has had to save him once before when he overdosed)  Didn't want to have to start a new school AGAIN.  We are talking about a very, very bright girl and although she only went to school for 6 months last year she got a 95 percent average.  Now she is uprooted again!

I get so angry with parents that don't put the needs of their children before their own.  I get angry when I realize that there is NOTHING we can do to help her.  Legally her father is her guardian.  I get angry when I realize that there is no resources out there that can bring sanity to this situation.  Should the Dept of Welfare decide to step in, there is nowhere for her to go.  There is no safe foster homes in South Africa.

I worry that she will be part of the next generation that will come for help to the Mission.  I worry that the cycle will just continue.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The past weekend

On Sunday we decided we needed to "get out".  We had cabin fever after a week of raining.  We headed out to Seaview and "discovered" a restaurant there called Barnacles.  What a great view and we could sit outside like "dassies" in the sun.  We had a lovely Sunday meal with dessert...and will go back there again soon.
Lovely rustic feel to this place.
I still love spending alone time with my man.
The beach and the sea...still my "happiest place".  Lovely view from the deck of the restaurant.
Even the owners cat decided the sun was the place to be.

I am currently dealing with some frustrating things happening at the Mission and this was going to be a "vent" post...but I decided that can be left for some other time.

It is also time for The Scrappiest sketch #124.  Here is my layout based on it.
My little ones spend each Wednesday afternoon and evening with us.  The photo was taken in February and we needed to cool off.  I adore these little treasures of mine and would not give up my Wednesdays with them for anything.  I used Fancy Pants Rusted Sun papers and embellishments and  decided to add bling to the suns.
This is the sketch:

I also scrapped this layout of Dewan this weekend.  The photos were taken on Christmas eve last year.  He was so excited about the Christmas tree and the gifts that there was no way I could get him to go and take a nap.  He simply played until he keeled over and could not keep his eye open.  Here you see him recharging his batteries.
I used this month's sketch by Allison Davis of Sketch Support.  The paper and the dinosaurs and embellishments are all from the Little Yellow Bicycle "babysaurus" line.

Tomorrow...I will post the vent post.  Until then.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Love wants to Dance

I love the sketch by Anam Stubbington that is to be used in the My Minds Eye Sketch challenge this month.  Part of the challenge is also that the title of your layout has to be a song lyric.

Here is my layout.  I used MME Lost and Found Union Square papers and embellishments. The photos were taken by Shayne at my 50th birthday earlier this year.

Anam Stubbington's sketch:

This is the song sung by Barbara Streisand:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Letting Go

Letting go...such a difficult thing.  Your nature says...protect, care, love, hold and nurture.  Not letting go is even more devastating.  Sleepless nights spent wondering and worrying. Being thrown off balance by unexpected events time after time.

I read these wise words by Pastor Paul Daniel on my sister's facebook page today.  I needed to read it.  
  • To let go doesn't mean to stop caring; It means I can't do it for someone else. 
  • To let go is not to cut myself off... It's the realization that I can't control another... 
  • To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences. 
  • To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. 
  • To let go is not to try and change or blame another, I can only change myself. 
  • To let go is not to care for, but to care about. 
  • To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive. 
  • To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. 
  • To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes. 
  • To let go is not to be protective, It is to permit another to face reality. 
  • To let go is not to deny, but to accept. 
  • To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them. 
  • To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment. 
  • To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can be. 
  • To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. 
  • To let go is to fear less and love more. 
  • To let go and to let God, is to find peace !

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Brrrr! It is cold out there!

In Port Elizabeth we are currently experiencing a winter like never before.  Normally we have spring rains and winters where the average day temperature is 21 degrees C.  After the long drought however the rains have come and the weather reminds me very much of Cape Town weather.  IT IS COLD!  The past week the temperature very seldom rose above 17 degrees and today it is raining and very, very cold.  That means that where clothing is concerned we aren't geared for the weather and today I feel like just staying under the covers...watching the rain fall outside;-)  But there is work to do, so I had better gear up and start moving.

It is time for the reveal of Sketch #123 on The Scrappiest.  Here is a layout I made with photos taken of Lukas a year ago.  See we had a warm winter then.
I used papers and embellishments from the American Craft Dear Lizzie City Park line.
Sketch #123

Keep warm okay!
Featured project on 2 Peas on 8 June  2011.