Monday, October 18, 2010

Our first weekend back in South Africa

This weekend was  a far cry from the hectic weekend we had in Khartoum last week. However, it was necessary that we rest and relax and catch up with friends and family.

On Friday I attended my dear friend Carina's birthday breakfast out on their farm. It was good to see so many of my friends so even though I thought I'd only be away from home for about an hour, I spent most of the morning at the party!

Grant and I went shopping on Saturday to replenish the grocery cupboards. We attended church on Sunday. After church Angus and Amanda and our grandson joined us for a braai (barbeque) in the garden.

My dear friend, (wearing a birthday crown) Carina's birthday breakfast on Friday was a wonderful opportunity for me to catch up with all my friends

Shadow is settling in really well and enjoying life inside for now

Our Marquard grandson played in his camp cot in the garden

The dogs and cats realised we'd be having a braai (barbeque) for lunch yesterday and lay around at our feet

Angus and Amanda and our grandson rode my motorbike around the garden
I spent a while in my garden taking photos. Today as this post is aired, I'll be working alongside gardeners John and David in the flower garden and guiding gardener Simon who is starting a vegetable garden for me

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Thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts and comments on the loss of our dear old Pudding. She was such a quiet old lady yet she exuded such a regal presence that I miss her dearly as I feed and re-connect with my Marquard cats.  That's what I love about blogging. You can pour your heart out about something that might seem quite silly in your own social circle yet my blogger friends picked my sadness and passed their own special blend of comfort on to me. Bless you all for thinking of me and "feeling" with me.


  1. It's so nice to work in the garden this time of the year. ENJOY!

    Ek bepan ook aan 'n piepklein groente-tuinjie. ☺

  2. Wow, you hit the ground running, Jo--a BBQ and putting in the garden. You have boundless energy and enthusiasm! I'm glad for you that you're back with your family in SA.

  3. Hi Jo, I know how exciting it must be to be HOME --among family and friends.... Love the pictures.

    Glad Shadow is doing so well...


  4. We love you, Jo.
    I'm glad you and Grant and Shadow are home, and I'm very sorry you lost your old grande dame. You will miss her always, but the pain softens.
    Love from the wild west of Canada.

  5. I have been away for a few days and have just caught up reading your posts. Sorry to hear about Pudding, it is uncanny that she should go as Shadow arrives. He looks like he will soon settle in. You are so caring towards your animals, they are lucky to have you as mum.

  6. So pleased to hear you arrived home safe and sound, Shadow too. It looks lovely where you live, that garden is so lush and beautiful.

  7. No thanks necessary little love....We're here for you!

    Love all the photos!!

  8. So glad you're home safe and sound, Jo! And did indeed hit the ground running!! I'm so very sorry about Pudding, but glad she seemed to have gone quickly and peacefully. It's always hard to lose a beloved pet! Hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks as always for your visit and comment! They are always appreciated!


  9. You are one busy lady! It must be nice to be home again. I have also been gone for a while, so sorry about pudding. Your garden looks green.

  10. The garden photos remind me of many places here in the Southeastern United States. I found your blog today (through photo phase) and am impressed with the life you lead. Keep it up!

  11. I am so sorry for you loss, Jo. Its never easy to loose a family pet, they are such a wonderful part of who we are and our lives.
    Glad you are home and enjoying family and friends once more.
    Lovely photos of happy memories, Jo
    be well, be happy ;)

  12. Shadow looks very much at home already. Must be great reconnecting with family and friends after a long abscense.


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