Mar 24, 2012

It's been a while...

As you can see I am not the most prolific blogger. I did say I would try to update my blog on a regular basis but once the school term starts I really battle to make the time. Anyway, it's holidays and I am back. Because we had such a short summer holiday the term has seemed particularly long and busy. I find that more and more is expected of us and by the time we get to the end of the term everyone is very cranky and in need of a break. I was off school for a week because I ended up with a nasty dose of bronchitis which has really knocked me and even after 2 visits to the doctor and antibiotics and a cortisone injection and tablets I am still not over it . I don't think I have ever coughed so much in my life, so much so that I have only had 2 decent nights sleep in the last 3 weeks.

Anyway on a much more pleasant note we have had lots to look forward to. My eldest son Kyle left South Africa to live in the UK 9 years ago. In all that time he has only been home once. That was for his 21st birthday and that was the last time Chez saw him! He is turning 30 this year! Last Sunday Kyle andhis girlfriend Emma, arrived for a holiday. This is Emma's first visit to South Africa and her first time meeting the rest of the family. She and I have met on several occasions when I was over in the UK staying with Rhona and her family. Chez and I went to meet them at the airport but unfortunately I have no arrival photos as my camera was playing up : (   Kyle and Emma are staying with us and we have llts planned for whilst they are here. I just know the time is going to fly by!

We still had 2 days of school before our holidays started but this gave them a chance to relax and enjoy the lovely South African sunshine. Luckily the humidity is not as bad at this time of the year but the temperatures are still in the late 20's early 30's.

On Wednesday we left for a 4 night stay in the beautiful Drakensberg. We booked to stay at Ama Casa Cottages in the Cathkin Peak area. Chez had been searching the internet and found this piece of heaven. What an awesome find. It is so beautiful here. We are staying in Sunbird, which has the biggest house and our accommodation is fantastic. The views of the mountains are spectacular and it is so peaceful. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

On the road to Ama Casa

Follow the signs

Nearly there

Wow! Such a steep hill.

Arriving at the reception area.

The entrance

This is it - Sunbird Cottage

Looking in from the veranda

What a view!

Looking out from the veranda towards the mountains

The view from our bedroom

Our bedroom


  1. Woohoo! a post!!! Great photos Norma, I hope you are all having a fantastic time and I have to admit, I was just a bit envious when I saw the Berg photos - such a stunning area and it brings back wonderful memories :) Enjoy the rest of your time with Kyle and Emma and give everyone my love xxx

  2. Hi Rhona,
    Yes, a post! Holidays again, that's why. I must confess it was heaven being there. we are home again and I already miss it. We had a lovely stay - can definitely recommend the venue. Kyle and Emma thoroughly enjoyed it too. It's so lovely having them here. Will pass on your message.

  3. How I wish I could say "Beam me up, Scotty". The lovely memories come flooding back when looking at your photographs Norma The holiday breaks we used to have in the Drakensberg area were some of the happiest times of our lives in South Africa. Have a wonderful time with all your family together for now and enjoy your trip to the Game Reserve. Take care of yourself and give my love to everyone. xxx

    1. Thanks Mum, will do xx