...and you breathe real deep.
We are on holiday (vacation). Two weeks of bliss. I must confess the last week before our departure was hectic. The wage envelopes had to be filled for three weeks in advance and I had to make sure that each and every payment due is scheduled and VAT and PAYE returns done. Sometimes I actually wonder whether all the stress that lead up to a holiday is worth it.
But then we arrive at our destination...and it is as if this huge weight rolls off my shoulders...and my body goes into a totally different mode to which it is accustomed. This is really, really my happy place. A place where my body, mind and soul is restored and refreshed. No stress...the biggest decision we have to make is where to go for our next meal...not too shabby :-P
Our routine quickly becomes set. We sleep until we wake...no alarm clocks and no grandchildren banging on the door for Ouma and Oupa to wake up. Kobus is a morning person which means that I am spoiled with coffee in bed. We then go for a long walk on the beach. The first morning we walked the nine kilometers from the hotel to Robberg and back. We then decide where we want to go for a late breakfast.
On warm days we soak up the sun on the lawn of the hotel where there is also entertainment for children as well as grown ups. Yesterday was overcast and cold and we woke up late. So we decided to drive through to George and visit a colleague of Kobus from his Pick 'n Pay days. Round about 4 o'clock the heavens opened up and the rain came down in buckets. I was instantly chilled to the bone and we were off to search for a Cape Union Mart. I needed a fleece jacket and I knew that they would be the only ones to stock it at this time of the year. We packed for summer and the cold was unexpected and unwelcome.
I have brought enough reading material with me. Reading is something I seldom find the time for and when we are on holiday I read until way past my bedtime and sleep late the next day. A book is also a welcome escape if your husband is an ardent Rugby fan and he "needs" to watch all the World Cup matches. I finished my first book "Smacked" an autobiography by Melinda Ferguson within the first day here. It is a book that gives a lot of insight into the psyche of a drug addict and hopefully I will be more patient with the people in our care in the future.
I am now reading the latest Corban Addison book "The tears of dark water". It is a gripping story and Kobus frequently moan at me to "put of the light" when he wants to sleep or to "get my nose out of the book" when he wants attention. Today he is on the golf course and I can read as much as I want. I might get time to read a few blogs too.