Ah, Christmas time. I am fully in Christmas mode once I’ve had my annual viewing of ‘Love, Actually’ for the year. And while December’s not exactly a ‘mistletoe and wine, snowy winter wonderland’ in South Africa, it’s still a favourite holiday for many.
Last year was a different one as it’s the first Christmas in almost a decade that we didn’t spend with hubby’s family (click here for a reminder).
This year was especially special for us as some of the Joburg rellies we’d not seen in months came down to spend time with us. In addition to brother-in-law Spec (click here for more of his early Cape Town adventures), we have Gords and Natalie in the house… and their visit is all the more special as they got engaged at Sunset Beach on Christmas Eve! So, lots of excitement all in all.
Added to this, it was our first ever year hosting the main Christmas meal, but with minimal stress (mainly on my part, as I’m the worrywart in this family), we produced an excellent spread! Clifton braaied the turkey based on a combination of advice from his dad and recipes he picked up online, mom made her famous potato salad with sausage and gherkin bits, there was gammon with candied clementines, and for dessert mom outdid herself with the best trifle ever (cherry jelly, custard, a base of Christmas cake, cream and fresh cherries and blackberries, mmm).
Here are some pics of the celebrations…
Christmas Eve – 24 December 2013
Christmas Day – 25 December 2013
Boxing Day – 26 December 2013
That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more pics of the Joburg visit to Cape Town – coming soon…
Woohoo! We’re here! 🙂 What a road trip this has been, from packing up our house in Joburg based on a rather sudden decision to having all our furniture packed on the moving truck, spending a final night at my in-laws and finally making the cross-country trek with most of or bedding and the Very Excited doggies (despite herbal calmers for Bertie and lots of stops along the way for walkies to get rid of some of that pent-up energy). The weather is gorgeous here and we’re loving the lifestyle so far. We’re staying at my parents’ lovely new housie until we find one of our own. 🙂 Happy days!
As always, here are some pics of the trip …
That’s all for today – movers are here offloading our furniture. I will blog again soon about Bassie and Bertie’s first experience of the sea! 🙂