Weekend recap

I haven’t done a weekend recap in a while and this past one was so good that it deserves a post of its own.

It has been so cold lately that I’ve been tempted to just hibernate and emerge when spring arrives.  Hubby and I were talking the other evening about spending a night somewhere and last week we decided to make a weekend out of it.  We chose Hermanus and I tell you, it was just what I needed.

I am rationing out my leave at the moment because I’ve used quite a bit and need some for later in the year.  So I got to work early on Friday and made up some hours so I could leave early.  I have the best boss ever – and told him we were hoping to leave early to get ahead of the traffic and he said to go ahead!

Well we were in Hermanus at 3:30pm!  Checked in and did grocery shopping before relaxing with a drink on the balcony.  I could feel the weeks of stress and worrying melting away as we sat and laughed together at random things and smiled thinking of our weekend ahead.  Got comfy in the lounge and watched some tennis – so proud of Anderson!


Mark made us a braai which was so delicious!  We had puddings from Woolies and then a bath.  Yes a bath.  With water restrictions in Cape Town being at level 6B bathing is a distant memory and we only have stop start showers.  So you can imagine how a bubble bath felt!  It.  Was.  Pure.  Bliss.

We slept so well and barely heard the rain in the night.

Woke up the next morning and Mark went to Harold Porter National Botanical Garden to do a hike and photograph a waterfall (more on this shortly).  I stayed in bed reading and drinking tea.

Tea and book

Bedroom view

I loved the trees outside the bedroom and could hear the drizzle on and off while I read.

I was hoping Mark was getting the photos he wanted of the waterfall.  He returned late morning very happy with the hike he’d done and the photos.

Now regarding the hike and waterfall photography!  I’m used to him getting back from these trips cold and wet but this time he had slipped on a rock that moved, scraped his shin, landed hard on his ribs and returned cold, wet, bruised and sore.  I did what I could to clean the huge scrape and put Mark’s clothes in front of the heater while we had breakfast.  Never a dull moment!

Below is a pic Mark took at Kleinmond early in the morning.


After breakfast we took a drive to Gansbaai.

Selfie below 🙂


Hermanus waves.


This is at Danger Point.

Danger Point



We came back and watched some rugby before another fabulous braai.


The next morning Mark returned to get some more photos of the waterfall (promising to be careful after my speech on safety).  He returned alot drier and had only one wet shoe (which dried quickly thanks to the heater).

We had a slow breakfast and showered before packing up and making our way home.

This weekend was just what I needed.  I loved it and cannot wait to go back.  Hubby agrees and says he’ll pack his wellingtons in next time so his feet stay dry!

The stress with my mother has really taken its toll on me lately.  It is impossible to be in two places at once and we were not the ones who moved.  We’ve made a huge effort visiting and driving the distance and even after numerous trips and endless worrying I’m still not given the full story with health issues and updates.

I simply cannot anymore.  I’ve worried myself sick and all I’ve ever asked was to be given honest updates and be kept in the loop.  Too much to ask and I cannot let it drain me anymore.

The photos of the waterfall at Harold Porter were amazing and we are having one printed and put on our wall at home – a reminder of a fantastic weekend.


8 Comments on “Weekend recap

  1. Looks like it really was a lovely weekend! I’m so glad you got to enjoy a bubble bath and some time away! The pictures are gorgeous too. Spontaneous trips are the best sometimes!


  2. Oh no, I’m glad Mark is okay! It looks like a beautiful place though and I feel you on needing a weekend away sometimes. And a nice bubble bath sounds amazing. I’m glad you had a really nice weekend.

    Sorry to hear about your mom though. I imagine it would be rough to not really know what’s happening. Honest communication is definitely needed in these situations.



    • Thanks Lauren – he is feeling rather tender and has 2 bruises from where he landed. Hopefully his wellingtons will work better next time he goes.

      Honest communication is essential – especially when family and friends live far away and you don’t see them regularly. It has been tough but I cannot do more 😦


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