The last few days have been such happy ones, full of fun times with lots of smiles. It was wonderful having our daughter here to help celebrate her dad’s 70th. She also got to see her darling Gran, which was an added bonus. Here are some of the highlights. (Click on any photo to enter gallery and read captions.)
The Birthday boy sitting in one of the original Durban rickshaw’s, and basking in the sun, is Skabenga, the hotel’s resident ‘Fat Cat’, who has a penchant for caviar, prawns and crayfish.
My daughter and I, the ‘Ladies in Red’.
They do say, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” He should be very healthy indeed with this lot.
What a stunning foyer. I think I could live here.
One of the hotel’s oldest members of staff. He was in the foyer of the original hotel in the 1950’s.
Getting our priorities right; photos before food.
Just the two of us.
My delicious chocolate brownie dessert.
Our lovely niece drinks a toast to hubby.
Hubby got two desserts!
My sister and niece goofing around on the staircase.
We were so thrilled that mom was well enough to join us for Sunday lunch at my sister’s.
Mom got an early birthday present from her granddaughter, and was very happy to find some choccies in the pocket of her new pink jacket.
There was a lot of eating going on, with a delicious crayfish starter, and for dessert, my baked lemon cheesecake went down very well.
At the theatre on Friday evening, where we saw a great ‘Rock’ show called “The Battle of the Sexes.”
Our daughter treated us to dinner on Sunday evening.
Yesterday, it was time for Mandy to fly back up to Johannesburg. Her family have been coping quite well without her, and her husband has even tried out his cooking skills. My granddaughter told me that although they managed okay, they were all “Just hanging on by a thread” without Mom. She is very good at dramatising situations, but I’m sure they were all so glad to have mom back at the helm in the kitchen, as she’s a fabulous cook.
Time is marching on, and this week, I really must get up on the step ladder and see what delights are hiding in the tops of my cupboards. (Actually, that should probably read “I really must get hubby up on the step ladder.”) I’m sure there are many items which will be going to the Animal Welfare for their monthly fund raising sales. I’ll really try my best to pop in on as many of you as I can, but as moving day draws closer, it will get more difficult to find time to sit at my computer. I really wish I were twins.
So there I was, running my bubble bath, when I got the urge to just go and check on my blog and a few of your posts. Before I knew it, I had sat down on my chair, and got so engrossed, that I forgot about the bath water. Suddenly I remembered, and rushed through to the bathroom just in the nick of time before the water had quite reached the rim and started to trickle down the sides. Phew!! That was a narrow escape.
This isn’t the first time I’ve almost had a disaster because of my blogging addiction. I usually do the ironing next to my desk, so that I can have a quick squiz at my computer screen in between shirts and pillow cases. I have a burnt patch on my ironing board from when I just popped the iron down to read someone’s post, and promptly forgot about it. I’ve had Banana Walnut Muffins that were in the oven for a little too long.
I’ve also had overdone Chocolate Brownies that were rather crisp around the edges. (These aren’t they, as I only photograph my perfect specimens).
I know you probably aren’t going to believe me, but as I was typing this, I smelled burning toast and raced downstairs to rescue my lunch before it totally incinerated. Have you ever had any near disasters because you’ve been focusing on your blog rather than on ‘more important matters’? Do tell.