Throwback to S.A. 2014 : Part 1

We got back to Belize, from South Africa, about 3 weeks ago and during that time, every free moment in between work and travelling, I have been editing photos and drafting posts about our 3 month stay back home. I saved everything to my nice new 1TB external hard drive and, of course, the ONE item I forgot to pack in, when we took our boat Melody to Guatemala last week, was the hard drive…

So for the last few days I have been rather negative about it but then I realised I could use this opportunity to post about our trip home in April last year, (I have a backup hard drive with me, with all the photos except the ones from SA), before we returned to the Caribbean.

So here goes! This was a picnic at the beautiful Rhodes Memorial, on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town. My mom, my sister and I used to picnic here all the time when we were kids. The statue of Rhodes has since been removed though. Looking back at these photos makes me cringe at how terrible my “photography skills” were back then but it also encourages me to see how I have (hopefully) improved over the last year! I had to delete most of the photos because of their poor quality, and I didn’t really capture the place at all, but the ones I have included here are really special to us and we have actually printed a couple and put them up in the saloon, on Melody.

We spent the afternoon with our 2nd family, the Winterbachs. Rufus has been best friends with Chris since basically the beginning of time and his parents, Danie and Sara, practically adopted Rufus as a second son. Chris’ girlfriend, Carla, has been part of the family for 10 years and when I married Rufus 7 years ago I was also unofficially adopted. This family is amazing. Lesley, Chris’ sister wasn’t in the country on this trip but I will post about another gathering we had, including her, soon.

We always prioritise time with these precious people, on our trips back home. They all have a brilliant sense of humour, generous hearts, adventurous spirits, a lust for life and enjoy good food and wine as much as we do. On Mother’s Day this year, just after Rufus’ mom’s sudden death, Rufus received a message from Sara saying something along the lines of “It’s mother’s day, why have I not heard from my son?”. That was so very special for us.

Thank you for being our family x

Cheese and Hougie, aka Chris and Carla. Cheese and Hougie, aka Chris and Carla. These two legends, Danie and Sara, explore SA and it's neighbouring countries on their motorbikes, something we would still like to tick off our (endless) bucket list. These two legends, Danie and Sara, explore SA and it’s neighbouring countries on their motorbikes, something we would still like to tick off our (endless) bucket list. This was only a couple of weeks after returning from our expat work in Zambia so we still had a long way to go, to get our Caribbean tans back (more me than Rufus obviously). This was only a couple of weeks after returning from our expat work in Zambia so we still had a long way to go, to get our Caribbean tans back (more me than Rufus obviously). I'm not a fan of being in front of the camera, especially if I know I'm being photographed... this is my awkward I’m not a fan of being in front of the camera, especially if I know I’m being photographed… this is my awkward “take-the-picture-right-now-Rufus!” face.

Familie x Familie x I can't remember what the confusion was about but apparently Rufus was oblivious... I can’t remember what the confusion was about but apparently Rufus was oblivious… Boys = excited. Girls  = confused. This happens a lot when the four of us are together - Chris and Rufus live in their own unique and hilarious world when they are around one another. Boys = excited. Girls  = confused. This happens a lot when the four of us are together – Chris and Rufus live in their own unique and hilarious world when they are around one another. Rufus. No comment. Rufus. No comment. l love how we unintentionally coordinated the lowest to highest wave in this one. Again, I'm not sure whats happening with Rufus here... l love how we unintentionally coordinated the lowest to highest wave in this one. Again, I’m not sure whats happening with Rufus here… Chris was being boring and did not want to participate in the Chris was being boring and did not want to participate in the “double pano” – when the same person appears twice in one panorama shot. This is not a technical term, I just had to make something up for this caption. Rufus and I on the other hand, almost had it down, if it weren't for my weird arm situation on the left. If you look carefully you can see us in the bush on the right. Clearly our Rufus and I on the other hand, almost had it down, if it weren’t for my weird arm situation on the left. If you look carefully you can see us in the bush on the right. Clearly our “double pano” skills still needed some work.

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