Thursday, March 23, 2017

Family visit

I haven't posted a Parkrun event this week. Not that we didn't do it last Saturday; we did. But this week I've been busy planning to have family over for tea and lunch on Wednesday. Grant's 82 year young aunt, Gill and her delightful husband, Neville are visiting at Caley Lodge which is directly across the valley from our house. 

Our dear friend, Ant Muirhead knew Grant's paternal grandfather and family many years ago so we invited him to come and meet up with Gill again. 
Neville, Grant, Ant and Gill catching up under the shade of a thorn tree 
A photo bomb of Gill and Grant while I show Namusa how to use my camera!

Skabenga just has to be in on all the action! 
Neville, Gill, Jo and Grant against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains

What a privilege to have these precious people to visit us yesterday. We caught up on all the news and of course, Ant and Gill reminisced about Arthur Buttemer, a most successful farmer in an area not far from here. 

Neville and Gill were also racehorse breeders earlier this century; Ant,  who had stables of his own the farm, recounted several horse stories as well. Gill has been a keen horsewoman since a teenager and I wanted her to "meet" Missy and Thunder. Unfortunately, the two horses got into the juicy grass which is growing after the mowing and I couldn't cajole them to come into the middle paddock. We've arranged with Gill and Neville that they come up and visit us for a week or more so there will be time for Gill to help with the horses.

Now... not only did we have our "oldies" over for a visit, but we are going to visit John, Debbie and children who are living in the Western Cape while he does a tanker course. 

And, we're doing the trip on a new, 20 year-old Harley Davidson. Mmm. 



  1. How nice that you had a visit with the relatives and that you will get a chance to spend more time with them soon. Namusa took a very good photo of the 4 of you. I'm betting you are also very excited to be spending time with your son and his family very soon.

  2. Hello, wonderful photos of you and the family. Grant's aunt Gill does look young for 82. I hope your have a fun and safe trip on the motorcycle. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  3. Yay for a wonderful visit with family/friends and yowsa on a trip on the Harley... prayers for a safe and uneventful trip to see your family. will miss you for that week. a lot.

  4. It's always good to have close friends around!
    Good adventures out there, Jo!!!
    Nice weekend

    <º(((< Bia

  5. Always nice to have old time friends visit. Say hi to John and family.


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