The Hills Are Alive Day #8 {The End}

Not much of an update today. I had an exceptionally terrible night. Didn’t feel like doing the cha-cha. Had scrambled egg on toast and by 9h30 we were on the road!

We drove for three hours and were back in Jo’burg looking at curtains. We dropped all our bits for washing and went to buy curtains.

Moving is exceptionally expensive!!!! Thanks to husband.

We fetched keys and I insisted on moving my clothing.

Got home, went to fetch keys and show the kids the new house – they seem very happy and helpful, but not sure how much they will enjoy moving by Monday!

Continued packing, coloured my hair, Liam James and Victoria made a packet butternut soup, chicken and hash browns for supper, bless them!!!!…. and off to bed.

Exhausted. Excited for the move but petrified as to my physical ability.

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The Hills Are Alive Day #7

Today was a lazy day. We did nothing but sit by the fire and read….{The morning was freezing}, had a simple lunch of toasted sandwiches, played a game of snooker and slept the entire afternoon. Dinner by candle light and back to bed.

In truth, my mind is very busy with what to do about work, that I desperately need to colour my hair, making target for Tranquil Body Treats for May {help!!}, my health, the kids transition to the new environment, Douglas’s 11th birthday, my relationship with Noid’s parents and my own, the unpleasant news Noid received, pondering the huge move this coming weekend and how I will physically manage although Noid told me to delegate and all will be fine, my birthday party at the zoo…please don’t let me be the kid where no other kids come to the party!! The royal bride and how she must feel tonight…. and my sock project – a busy place inside me head as you can see.

Oh so the sock project…. Please mail me a pair of socks from around SA and the world for me birthday on June 13th? I love funky socks and I am in desperate need with the kids having ‘stolen’ my socks!

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The Hills Are Alive Day #6

Noid left to play golf kinda during breakfast. After the grand of Champagne Sports Resort I found Tower of Pizza’s breakfast lacking, although it was very well presented and tasty.

I did not want to spend another day on a golf cart and the side effects of medication I am taking makes life challenging at times…. so we arranged for a later check out.

I went back to bed, read, spent time on the PC and eventually I got kicked out the room and sat outside having a drink waiting for Noid to finish who arrived at 1pm. It was thankfully not cold, but windy.

We drove to our next destination, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat where we have become friends. Thankfully it was not a far drive as nausea and driving isn’t nice.

Noid was kind enough to bring all our baggage in. It hit me that I wish we could pack and throw away emotional baggage as we able to do with material things.

Noid flew his huge kite, I had tea and played around on a very slow internet connection. Noid fell asleep with Giraffie.

The afternoon turned cold and dark and I felt kinda lonely and down…. contemplating what all needs to be done for the move this weekend, work and the difficulties I face there, relationships with our kids, friends,…. my health. I felt a tad overwhelmed, yet thankful for the great amount of good in my life. I have many blessings. Thankfully the sad went.

Our room is one we have stayed in before with a double shower which is kinda sexy, a claw bath the is deep and luxurious, a fire place…. It is spacious and beautiful.

We had supper by candle light, a long chat with the lady who runs the establishment and lots of reading by the fireplace.

My favourite moment of the entire day was Noid holding my face in his hands and looking at me as if I was more precious than gold.

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The Hills Are Alive Day #5

Early bath time treats for me with Rooibos and Vanilla Tranquil Body Treats. I don’t love the fragrance of the body wash, not distinct enough of either vanilla or rooibos, but the body scrub is divine!!!! Loved that.

On that note I won ‘Distributor of the month’ for the 7th month running! Yay!! Me!!!! Okay, look I will be so sad if I don’t complete a 12 month run, it will mess up my bi-polar, Gemini self completely, so please…..keep supporting!

To every single customer, be it a singular time you purchased or if you are an addict to the range like I am, THANK YOU!!!! I appreciate every single order and get a great kick out of your enjoying it. I report both positive and negative feedback back to Leigh-Ann and she is awesome in sorting out any unhappiness!

Btw, I am travelling with a lovely range of goodies for personal use. Noid was like ‘You are not serious? when I unpacked it at our first destination. LOL {I am already working out which range will go in which bathroom in our new house!}

Anyway!!!! I was reading ‘Oros vir die siel’, by Susan Coetzer {fiksie met ‘n boodskap} in the bath with a face mask on until Noid woke up. Btw, the book has given me an idea what to get for Noid for his 40th birthday in July.

We didn’t have much time as we had to pack and eat breakfast before Noid’s early morning golf.

We met up with a couple of total strangers but everyone hit it off well, no pun intended. Petro en Jan van Krugersdorp. Oulik.

Since I was last on the course they have added a GPS on the golf cart which I thought was cool. The second 9 holes I find the landscape prettier. I don’t really mind driving up and down, but I hate the heat! Noid seemed to have enjoyed it and after drinks and a tad of social chatter we were on our way.

Our destination, Tower of Pizza is nothing like I expected. It was suppose to be one of those roughing it options in our budget, but it turned out to be arty and fabulously Melville meets the mountain.

Dinner included coffee milkshakes that both my husband and I proclaimed was the best we have ever had…and off course, pizza! Delicious. Highly recommended in both accommodation and food!

In the evening, I received a picture from my fathers sister of me as a baby and my dad. I have never seen a picture of me as a baby, never mind with my father! I cried and cried and cried some more …. I did have a dad and he seemed rather fond of me!

A picture can say a thousand words a dead man can’t speak to his grown daughter.

How it amazes me that people like me who grew up without fundamental building blocks, or essential figures remain forever seeking where we belong and hide a hunger for recognition that indeed we came from somewhere and that we do fit.

Even I had a Dad. How ordinary I am after all those roads travelled.

The Hills Are Alive Day #4

A relaxing kinda, clear day where you can see forever!

After breakfast we visited the curio shop and met Giraffie! Ag, I fell in love at once and just there our giraffe child was born. Beautiful.

Noid decided to play golf today and I visited the spa quite unexpectedly. Having been to a few spa’s and beauty salons I love to see how each goes about business. The soft music was playing as I was shown to the ‘relaxation area’. A room with lounger type chairs overlooking the mountain with cold water if you wanted. It was rather relaxing I must say! The salon is tranquil and very professional.

I had booked a neck and back massage. Full body is a waste for me as my pain is more specific in those areas.

The therapist did not ask me a) what type of neck and shoulder massage I wanted, nor b) how hard or soft I wanted it. Grape seed oil was used and she did a Swedish massage on heated towels with really nice classical music. I think after physiotherapy I now expect pain from massage!

Besides this, the therapist was very interested in my tattoos and I really didn’t feel like talking! So, when I stopped she started making the quote true that tattooed people really do not care one bit why you are not tattooed!!!!

My next appointment was later in the day {as I fitted into appointments that had been cancelled} so I read the Oprah magazine next to the pool, listening to the people and their stories unfold around me, drinking my passion fruit and lemonade….. wondering how I got to lead this life.

My second session involved a full manicure, pedicure and eye brow clean up. I liked this therapist much better! She made me comfortable, did the manicure first, then the pedicure and had a proper discussion about where I want my eye brows going! She was so sweet saying she wishes I was a regular client of hers. I am sure I fell asleep during parts of the 90 min treatment was the beds were also warmed, I truly enjoyed this experience and thank my husband a million times over for spoiling me today while he played golf. It was tremendous.

When I got back to our room I see management had left us a bottle of wine and a letter of apology for having no hot water this morning. Nice touch I thought!

Wow! I wish I never have to go home…sadly this is our last night at Champagne Sports!

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