Ronnie phoned me about 4.45 and asked if I was going to my family for Christmas Eve. I said no, that was for Christmas day. So she invited me to her and Janine's Christmas Eve dinner next door.
This is the view of John and Ronnie's home from my cottage
This is my own front lawn with cattle pens at the end
This is the view of Janine and Gavin'[s home from my cottage
I arrived at Gavin and Janine's home shortly after 6pm on Christmas Eve. Their daughters (from Varsity) and their even younger cousins from the city we playing a game in the diningroom. The adults were sitting chatting on the large veranda and watching the sun set over the mountains. I didn't have my camera and didn't take any photos. (don't ask me why; I'm still kicking myself!)
The ladies had all prepared meats and vegetables. The young girls had made accompaniments of salads and pumpkin pie and also been solely responsible for the most delicious desserts. It was such a wonderful evening with friends who made me feel at home and part of the celebrations.
The next morning at 9.15 John, Debbie and children collected me. We were on our way to Debbie's mom (Barbar's) cousin who has a home and B&B in the Midlands Meander.
As we arrived, I noticed the old doggie in her kennel. Apparently she's rather old and stays out of the way when there are people around.
Honey, the old family dog
The pup, Tessa
Mel, Barbara's sister had set three tables heautifully with the Christmas theme
Our six Kwa-Zulu Natal grandchildren
Both Debbie's sisters and their young daughters were there too
There was food enough to feed an army
We were 20 people around this Christmas Lunch table
How awesome it is to have such wonderful family and friends. Barbara and Mike (Debbie's parents) and Grant and I have known each other for 19 years. Is there any measure of friendship greater than this at a time when I needed people the most?
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