We started the week with a big bang running around in circles achieving not so much as what we hoped we will. I still had to finish off the last Quilt I was busy making for Heleen’s (our youngest daughter) Internet Shop, Little Honeypot’s launch on the 6th. I thinks this is a first for any Africa Overlander to start their trip with a double bed quilt on top of the Freezer:-) We actually got a bit frantic yesterday…..it felt that we are running against time. So we sat down, talked about what we must still do and then decided to change direction a little bit. We had to go to George to pick up our second passports. We still have to show a property that we have a sole mandate on until after the school holidays, so we had to put the show boards up, advertise and take clients out to show the house, check on another property that we sold, move out of the office, move out of cupboards in the apartment for our friends who are coming to house sit etc, etc! The car must be washed, the Hilux must be washed and then finally packed and lastly, we must still drive to Witsand to say our farewells to Hanli, our eldeste daughter, her husband and our grandson Troi. So after a huge discussion we decided to drive to Witsand on Saterday and come back on Monday. Our final day of starting our trip will now be Thursday the 4th of April 2013!!
I am officially finished with this companion changing it formally to these below……
After saying our farewells to the West Coast children on Thursday, we had a hectic business afternoon in Cape Town and a late run to Vloedbos Holiday Resort near Caledon to meet up with Lucas, Petro and Little Luke who already set up camp. We had a lazy and relaxed evening (without wind) around the campfire. The children treated us with a braai while we could enjoy the pleasure of being with them and play with Luke. We had such a nice time there until the WIND started blowing and raindrops falling during the second night!! After discussing the situation we decided to move on to the children’ s smallholding that is quite nearby, to stay there until Sunday. It was such a precious time for all of us. We decided, because of the long weekend and the traffic, to rather drive home very early Monday morning than Sunday afternoon, to start our last very hectic week in Mossel Bay!!
We travelled from Velddrif to Saldanha to meet with Carel, Daphne and Dane. (Son no 4 ). We had a glorious evening with them and then took Dane the next morning with us to camp at Trekoskraal. Trekoskraal is a real secret sort of destination on the West coast;- This beautiful beachfront area is totally desolated and only the people that knows about the area, go there camping. There is absolutely no facilities, no drinking water, only beaches, the sea, rocks, birds and nature as it was intended to be. Carel and Daphne joined us after work and we had a fantastic beach braai under the stars. We had quite a discussion about the Southern Cross and saw a few “ry sterretjies” (travelling stars for satellites) as Heleen our youngest daughter always called satellites.
We decided to stay another 2 nights at Trekos before we depart to Caledon via Cape Town to Lucas, Petro and little Luke. The camp at Trekos is a real challenge for our equipment because we are totally dependent on the Solar Panels for electricity for both Freezers. Up to now, everything works perfectly!!! The washing facilities (?) are also being tested for what it’s worth but yes, we have to get used to whatever we have!!
Typically West Coast, the wind started blowing nonstop!! This was also a real test for our outfit. After a lovely stay with the children, we moved on to Vloedbos near Caledon to meet up with the next set of children.
The second set of children to visit and say goodbye is Andre, Jeanne-Marie and our 3 grandchildren Marene, Luan and Stephan (Stefaansie). We drove to Jacobs Bay today for Andre to dive for Crayfish! Yes, we are having a seafood extravaganza tonight with Crayfish, Tuna, some other fishes, calamari and whatever the West Coast has to offer;-) We are enjoying our stay with each and every child and their family enormously. We are so thankful to be blessed with these wonderful grownup children and their fantastic offspring! What a joy:-) We said a sad farewell to these wonderful children and grandchildren.
This is what grandparents love to do……playing with their grandchildren.
Arno in the swimming pool with our eldest son Pieter and our grandchildren PJ an Yvonne:-)
Camping in style
We tried to leave Mossel Bay round about 10:00 but got away at 13:00!! So much to do, so little time. When we arrived at Leopards Trail between Swellendam and Ashton, it was in pouring rain. Luckily for us we were alone in the bushcamp and we could pitch our tent beneath the undercover area of the braai. Arno said we are camping in a chalet:-) The one thing that worried us a bit was that the solar panels could not do there job being undercover. Luckily the sun was shining Saturday and yes, our panels and battery worked perfectly and our freezers were also working perfectly! We are very happy with how everything worked over the weekend. We had a ball of a wedding, meeting up with the family and danced until 24:00.
Today we went to George to apply for our second Passports. Another great thing busy to fall in place is that our house-sitter friends are still eager to come and stay in our apartment in Mossel Bay while we are exploring Africa. Arno also serviced the Hilux and put the Mozambique sticker on the bumper. The bakkie is starting to look quite “overlandish:-) The list of “what to do’s” are supposed to become shorter but every time something new pops up! The tick list seems to grow and not to shorten!! Time is going by so rapidly that it is scary. This coming Friday (8 March) we start the first part of our journey. We are doing a real bush camp to test our equipment while attending Arno’s nephews wedding near Ashton staying on a guest farm without any electricity etc. From Sunday onwards we are staying between Cape town, Veldrif, Saldanha, Caledon and Witsand with our children and grandchildren to say goodbye to them. When we return to Mossel Bay, it will be only for a week before our journey starts for real heading north!!
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