A whole month - Whoosh! An indication of how this year will whiz by if I let it. I have an a varied, travelling, rootless life these days - sometimes too varied - and this month it has been hectic! I know for sure that I will never die of boredom.
Where I have been. Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Ballito, San Lameer, Port Elizabeth again via the long drive through the Free State, Oudtshoorne to visit the Cango Caves - a first for V,Madi Madi in the Karoo in the banks of the Kammanasie River for my birthday, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town to visit Vs daughter in her new home of five months that we have not been able to see.I think that you will agree that it a lot of miles to clock up in a month. I have come to cherish the peaceful days when I can potter around my home, getting dressed late and doing everyday chores.I have been to book club armed with my camera expecting an orange sunset but was sent a smokey blue sky instead - We went back the next evening with a picnic and this time basked in the sun's blood orange farewell - The remains of the day!
What I have learned.
I have learned how to make paella - I tried to get a caterer to come and make it as I had never done it before but they didn't return my call so I got my trusted 20 odd year old Gray School cook book out and it all came together very nicely - tasty it was and easier than I thought.
I have learned that time does not heal and that you can never predict how you will feel on the anniversary of a loved one. I coped less well this year on Tony's anniversary and my sadness was like a heavy blanket the whole day. Its like living with a piece of glass in your heart.
I have learned that the folk of PE are amazing. I was at the car rental office at Durban airport to collect our vehicle to take us to 'Maritzburg today and was informed that they didn't accept FNB cards outside banking hours - which is rubbish! I didn't think it would go through on my other card as they take a hefty deposit and was about to fetch V and the heavy artillery when a lovely lady and friend of my son and wife, who I have only met once or twice, offered to put it on her card! Amazing that an almost stranger would do that DESPITE knowing my sons lol. Seriously I was very touched - that is so kind of you Joanne and I may have had to take you up on your offer but my other bank card saved the day and cooperated.