A little later than planned, but here is my second monthly bulletin for the Cuteness & Chaos blog.
May. Unpredictable, floral-filled May. This year, however, we have spent the month of May in South Africa. There it was autumn – the days were short, but sunny and warm. At night it was chilly and the first fires of the season were lit. We spent the initial weekend in Johannesburg, then travelled down to my family home in KwaZulu-Natal. May 2017, thank you for family-time and all these special holiday memories:
- While in Johannesburg I was able to have a reunion with my two oldest friends – we met on our first day of primary school 30 years ago. Despite living on opposite ends of the world from each other, and the pressures of life as working mothers, we have kept in touch after three decades. It was also really special for our five children to hang out together at the picturesque Irene Dairy Farm.
- In sunny Durban we enjoyed a return visit to uShaka Marine World. It is always one of our favourite places to visit when in KwaZulu-Natal. Aside from the water park and dolphin shows, the aquarium has an important role in research and conservation of Indian Ocean marine life (I plan to post soon with more information and photos from our visit to the aquarium and nearby beach).
- Little Jules mastered the ability to sit by herself shortly before she turned five months old in May.
- Neil and I belatedly celebrated our wedding anniversary with indulgent treatments and a little R&R at the fabulous Fordoun Spa. This is where we celebrated our mini-moon, after our wedding six years ago, so it has a special place in our hearts.
- A family day out to Kamberg in the majestic Drakensberg mountains. In my childhood, we often used to picnic here and splash in the ice cold river. It was fab to breathe in the fresh mountain air and soak up the autumn sunshine.
- At the end of the month we took Jasper to the Royal Agricultural Show in Pietermaritzburg. This was another blast from my childhood past as I haven’t been to the ‘Royal Show’ in so many years. Jasper had lots of much fun seeing the livestock competitions, enjoying the fairground rides and most of all climbing on dozens of tractors, diggers and other farming vehicles.
It was more difficult to blog here while I was away, but it did give me a chance to focus on recording memories more frequently through Instagram. You can follow the blog on Facebook too, so get in touch and let me know what you were up to this May.