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The Week That Was – 3.21

November 30th, 2010 · 36 Comments

Hi there… We missed you all but it was so good to have a week off!!! What can I say – clear skies and December looming…


We needed a break… just a bit of peace was in order… and posters weren’t enough!!!
So we gathered our water bottles…
And took a trip in our untrustworthy steed…DSC_0889
And we went looking for blue skies…
We drove…DSC_0877
And drove…DSC_0911
And drove some more…DSC_0916
We wound our way…
Up hill and down dale…
To places far…
From the world of internet…DSC_0944
And zero cell-reception…DSC_0949
To a slice of quiet…
And a house in the country…
The nearest neighbors were a couple of goats…DSC_1331
And were they hungry…DSC_1324
It wasn’t just a trip to the country but a trip down memory lane… way down!!! Because in the olden days when I was very short we used to visit the same spot… and we ate at the same table and I am sure it was about ten times bigger then!!!
But I remember the bushes billowing over my head and I remember the dam was as wide as an ocean… times change, what can I say!!!
We finally met our cow!!!
And other associated farm animals…
We went on night hikes…
And had camp coffee…
We went trailing…DSC_1132
And tracking…
We discovered beasties…
And plants…
We had braai’s every night…
And turned roosterkoek into pizza…
Mostly we went exploring…
And clambering…
Swimming in every possible waterhole…
And more hiking…
And exploring some more…
And hunting…
And exploring some more…
And hiking through strange lands…
And caving…
And clambering…
And stretching…
And hiding…
And hiding some more…
And looking at the view…
And through the window…
And dashing around…DSC_1551
And discovering…
And sweltering…
And recovering…
We played some Uno…
And did some painting…
And Bananagrams…
And some more painting…
And some more Uno…DSC_1006
And whizzed through the Kindle:
And waded through a book shelf of ancient readers digests…
And our book of the week… has to be my Italian set work book… who knew I could have read the whole thing in English on a bookshelf in the country… we read these stories and laughed out loud, typically bittersweet!!!


Hood #1: Followed the rules and made sure that he was never out of sight!!!
And he makes a fire just like his mother – Woosh… A son after my own heart!!!


Hood #2: Dragged his sister fishing every day!!! And she willingly followed!!!
And spent hours scavenging for ancient artifacts…
Hood #3: Was always happy to be at the destination of a hike than actually on a hike!!!
Hood #4: Is still the champion feather finder!!!
And spent his time doing research in the spotters guides…
Hood #5: Was the dreamer of dreams…DSC_1826
And the gatherer of lots of stones…DSC_0078
Not to mention the best lizard on the block…DSC_1024

Hood #6: Was in heaven…finding creepy crawlies everywhere!!!


The teller of tall tales:


And the stealer of hats!!

Hood #7: Was the cutest hiker and the bravest explorer!!!

Hood #8: Discovered rivers…
And happy hiking…
And the tap… he just loved that tap!!!
And now we are home drinking tea and eating rusks…
And the reality of holidays…
Is sorted and packed away…
Would we do it again? In a blink!!!

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aunty Muffin // Nov 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

    What glorious photos and a wonderful vacation!
    Great memories for the children; and a dream-holiday for them!

  • 2 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Hay Aunty Muffin!!! You are so right… memory making!!! I am sure they all grew an inch or two while they were exploring outdoors for a week!!! Have a good week!!!

  • 3 irene // Nov 30, 2010 at 8:35 am

    This looks like so much fun….

  • 4 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Oh Irene!!! You have no idea how much fun!!! And did we all struggle to sit down and do school yesterday!!! Anyway we have a heap of memories!!! Lots of love!!!

  • 5 mel grant // Nov 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Looks like a fantastic place to visit and a real adventure. Welcome back.

  • 6 Christine // Nov 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Sounds like you all had a fantastic time!

  • 7 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Mel, We had a fabulous time!!! Not so glad to be back!!! But I am sure I will be when I am after my next latte!!! It’s a two hour drive to the nearest store and that is not exactly a shopping mall or metropolis either!!! Have a lovely week, enjoy the sunshine!!!

  • 8 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Oh Christine we did!!! ANd we certainly needed a break – it has been six years since our last holiday!!! Six years and a number of kids later!!! Lots of love!!!

  • 9 LollyChops // Nov 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    What an amazing post! I loved every single picture! Miss ya and thanks for sharing! I had to drop in and see what you have been up to!


  • 10 Kim Allen // Nov 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Very glad to hear you had a fantastic time! The photos are beautiful! I especially loved the one of Hood No.1 sticking to the rules….took me a long while to figure out where he was. :-)

  • 11 Mumsy // Nov 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Hi. This looks like a great place for kids. I’m also in the Western Cape, so would love to know where this holiday spot is?

  • 12 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Lollychops!!! I can’t believe you stopped by… I am so thrilled… no honored!!! You made my day!!! I read blog avidly waiting for every hysterical installment!!! Hugs right back to you!!!

  • 13 se7en // Nov 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I know Kim… If I knew how I would have scribble an arrow pointing to the at hat… hoisted above his head on a long stick, so I could just “see” him as he wandered off through the taller plants!!! We had had a great time thank-you!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

  • 14 Karen M // Nov 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    What a fabulous adventure you had!! Such great memories made for you and your family. Thanks for sharing!

  • 15 Debbie // Nov 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Would love you to reveal where this spot is. Looks like the perfect ‘away-from-it-all’ place!

  • 16 irene // Dec 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Oh, by the way – I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Don Camillo

  • 17 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Hay Mumsy, It is a guest farm in the Cederberg called Kromriver… I am going to Saturday Spot it, with all the details, this week… Just waiting for the weekend!!! Have a good week!!!

  • 18 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Karen, It was a lovely time… thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a good day.

  • 19 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    HI Debbie… It is a guest farm in the Cederberg, called Kromriver… I will be blogging all the details in my next Saturday Spot!!! Have a good week!!!

  • 20 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Hay Irene… Don’t I wish I had known I could just read it in English… I did copious amounts of translation!!! And learnt great chunks of it off by heart !!! Hope your day is excellent!!!

  • 21 jenni // Dec 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    beautiful photographs, looks like an amazing place to visit, thank you for sharing!

  • 22 Stephanie // Dec 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous trip!
    So, so, so much coolness. I can’t list my favorites, because there were about fifteen (favorite) parts! :)

    Though I do love the lizards and toad and the spider!

    Congrats on a great vacation!

  • 23 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks Jenni, Glad you liked our photos, the internet is grabbing our replies today!!! But I really wanted to say thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!!!

  • 24 se7en // Dec 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hay Stephanie!!! It was pretty… no very cool in an altogether hot kind of way!!! Shew, talk about under the African sun!!! We had a great time and thanks for the congrats… somehow I think I need them for pulling off an actual trip!!! Have a fun week!!!

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  • 26 Adventures In Babywearing // Dec 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    That was awesome. And what beautiful skies! I want to go on a trip with your family!!


  • 27 se7en // Dec 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hay Steph!!! We would love you to come on holiday with us!!! Imagine twelve cute kids in one spot I would probably expire from all the cuteness!!! But them what a way to go!!! Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!!!

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    Just awesome and awesome and, well, awesome!

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    Hay Jacki… We thought of you all the time, your guys would love a swim in the rivers and a clamber on rocks and eating out under the stars… it was fabulous fun!!! Enjoy the snow, we would love to see it!!!

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