Friends, I posted about the kids being 6 and a half, and fully planned (in my head) to continue blogging but then we hit Cape Town, and we were on the go for the entire 4 days.
Coffee/ Suppers out/ plans with friends/ faffing (as we do)
We only stopped moving at about 6:45 on Monday when we got home. I insisted we stay home and I cooked to minimise more driving around and eating out.
So let's do the highlights package, and a few more posts may follow.
My word of the year is joy, and I'm absolutely only doing what brings me joy this year. If I don't feel like blogging, well, I won't. For my friends, you'll have to email or phone me to find out if I'm alive :)
Anyway, the very late setting of the sun was one of the best things about Cape Town, and on the flip side, a little bad too.
I tend toward night owl behaviour so I only start thinking about supper when either a child (Connor) said, "what's for supper?" or golden hour happened.
So my nights were VERRRRRY late.
We spent our first four nights in Pringle Bay. And actually, if not for friends in Cape Town, I could have spent a month there. For real.
We lived in a beautiful house with a view overlooking the Bay. The house was stunning and I still miss that kitchen. It was a dream to cook in. We went out to eat one night and the rest of the time I happily cooked.
And for some strange reason (because that has never ever happened before), I woke early - first! - every morning, and took my water/ tea outside to read/ do goals overlooking the bay.
I had a good hour - and three hours the first day - by myself every morning. Divine! And then I could be a nice, calm mother when the kids woke.
So from all that eating, reading, relaxing, beach walking, photo-taking and so on, we went through to Cape Town for exactly the opposite.
I saw friends every day except the last day and it was great.
Julia asked me after 1.5 days if I wanted to cancel or postpone our plans and I said, NO! This will bring me joy. And it did.
I normally don't prefer to go at such a hectic pace but I'm aware that Cape Town is such an expensive holiday, and who knows when I'll see my friends again.
In Cape Town proper, we (kids and D) went lunching with Cathy, swimming with Julia, out for supper, Kalk Bay, visiting with the Se7en +1 gang, church at Hillsong, lunch with friends, a Bo-Kaap walking tour with Julia, out for supper with Julia and Leandra, on a red city sightseeing bus just us, and then home for packing and eating, and back to Jhb.
So Cape Town was people-great, and Pringle Bay was relaxing-great.
|this is the one I posted on Instagram|
But there's no place like home, and I'm thrilled to be back. For one, I'm a lot cooler and you know how much that brings me joy!
Which type of holiday is more your style - a relaxing Pringle Bay-type one, or the doing and seeing and eating Cape Town one?
PS the Pringle Bay place was only available for 4 days otherwise we would have stayed about a week.