Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Precious moments

As I mentioned yesterday, we spent the weekend in the Drakensberg near John, Debbie and children. We had a most blessed time. The littlest Hedges has grown like the proverbial weed and everyone is blooming with health and happiness, praise God. We had a wonderful weekend and a special time of fellowship together.

Debbie with our third and fifth grandchildren. The blonde angel is 20 1/2 months old while her baby brother - who made a hasty appearance in the Karoo in May this year - is five-and-a-half months old and thriving. Aren't they just TOO beautiful?

This little beauty doesn't intend to pander to any of our expectations that she should walk. She still crawls all over the place (with the speed of light!) and we think she does walk when no-one is watching. Here her older sister placed her in the doorway and with her mum, beckoned her closer. Gran was ready with the camera! She took a few steps and then sank to the ground and crawled the rest of the way. Her dad also took long to walk; she will walk when she's good and ready!  
The three older children wait at the kitchen counter while Gran makes them lunch
Three of our four beautiful Kwa-Zulu Natal grandchildren "ride" granddad's bike. We always rent this, Wattle Cottage for our stays in the Berg. John and Debbie's land is only a kilometer away to the front the of motorbike 

The children and I walked to a half completed future guest house near Wattle Cottage.  Here the two oldest were picking up wood cuttings to play with back at Wattle Cottage, while I collected for the little one in my arms

Grant, John, Debbie and the littlest Hedges joined us at the cottage which is still a work in progress. This abode is a wooden structure. The owners bought a defunct garden shed from a nursery which closed down in Durban and transported the pieces to the Berg earlier this year. At the end of July when we rented Wattle Cottage (as we always do), they had thrown the concrete foundation. When we arrived there four months later, we were most impressed to see the progress that had been made. The owners live and run their business in Durban, 160kms/100miles from the Berg and can only work on this property over the weekends

Grant and our two oldest grandchildren walk to the dam below Wattle Cottage. Grant and I received full toiletry bags on our flight back from Khartoum. Instead of opening them, we kept them for these two children who were THRILLED with the teeny toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash and other interesting items (Look Gran, a pen!) in the bags. Here they swing their "gifts" as they walk along with Granddad

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  1. Lovely family. Glad you all enjoyed your get together!

  2. Such a lovely family you have, Jo! Your grandchildren are indeed adorable! I can imagine the pleasure and joy that they bring you and Grant! Love all your photos! Thanks for such a beautiful look at your world -- one of your many beautiful worlds! Have a wonderful week!


  3. What a gorgeous little family, Jo.... I know how much you and Grant enjoyed being with John and Debbie and the children... That baby has really grown, hasn't he????


  4. Jo, you are so lucky to have such a loving, beautiful family. I'm sure they get their looks from you!
    The little girl in the flowered dress sure looks upset about having to walk. Maybe she can get her siblings to carry her all her life.
    Best to you!

  5. WHat happy photos. You are indeed blessed!

  6. Everyone looks so happy and healthy. Hope you took pics of their place.

  7. Love the beautiful photos! Your grandchildren are lovely.

  8. Precious moments indeed, Jo. It doesn't take long at all till they a full grown and out on their own but you and Dan have reap the rewards of parenthood with little hands holding yours and small feet following your footsteps.

    Its a wonderful feeling, isn't it, Jo. Life is good!

    Blessings to you and yours ;)

  9. Nice family pictures ! your grandchildren are really all very cute !

  10. What a beautiful family! I'm glad you were able to enjoy their company for a little while, Jo.


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