A Christmas recap

Firstly HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope that 2019 is an amazing year for everyone and that the next 12 months are filled with joy.  May we all make amazing memories that we look back on and smile about at the end of this year.

Secondly, I haven’t blogged in almost two weeks and I’ve missed it so much!  We were on leave and on holiday and I have so much catching up to do.  It is just after 7:30am this side of the world and I’m having my first cup of tea for the year!  Mark and I had a braai late last night before celebrating the start of 2019.  What did you all get up to?

I wanted to do a Christmas recap, so if you are over Rudolph and the Boney M Christmas CD I suggest you look away……

Last month I got caught up in the festive spirit and loved decorating our home.  The tree was so much fun and I took a few pictures to show.




Yes, our owl doorstopper is wearing a hat. 

I went on leave on the 21st as planned and on the 22nd we were packed and on the road to Hermanus.

We arrived early so we drove through to Stanford first.


We then travelled back to Hermanus and had a breakfast at Brassiere South.

Afterwards we checked in and then it was time for the grocery shop.  We timed our trip perfectly, remembered everything on our list and the queues weren’t too long.

We unpacked which took some time as I’d brought enough for a month away.  I don’t pack lightly.  I know some people do but after 35 years I’m still not one of them.  Hinting that I’d like hubby to buy a trailer so I could pack more has not worked.


We went to Tapas for drinks and then took a slow walk back to the apartment.  Supper was a braai and we had drinks on the balcony watching the sunset.

We celebrated our anniversary the next day.  Weather was super hot and stunning (just like it was 12 years ago).


Wedding pic

December 2006


December 2018

I couldn’t believe how quickly the years have gone by.  Had breakfast out and then chilled by the pool.  After lunch we went for a drive and then had a massive braai for dinner.


Christmas Eve we ran before breakfast.  I managed my furthest distance – 7 km’s and was super happy afterwards.  We took a drive to Pringle Bay, then had a relaxed afternoon by the pool.  I decorated the table for the next day and set the presents out by the little tree I brought with.  As I said I don’t pack lightly!

In the afternoon we went for a drive and I took this photo which looked moody with the clouds.


Christmas day we were up early opening our presents.  We had chosen a gift we wanted but also set an amount on a surprise gift which was super fun to buy and then open.

We went for another run (I managed over 8 km’s this time) and then got ready for lunch.  Hubby made us gammon which was out of this world and his potatoes are so good that my Gran (who was the roast potato expert) would have approved!


We took these pics and I love how festive they feel!



The rest of our holiday was filled with long drives, good braais, too much puddings, chilled drinks on the balcony, relaxing with a book (yes I finished my Goodreads challenge) and watching beautiful sunsets.  In a nutshell – bliss!


I also drove A LOT!

Furthest distance I’d ever driven, busiest streets during the festive season and narrowest road on the way back from a day trip.  But I did it.  Determined to stop being a nervous driver – I’ve had my licence since I was 19 and then just became a permanent passenger.  Time to change that!

We got home a few days ago and did a day trip to Langebaan where I got some spa pampering and hubby got some great bird photos.  Been eating loads, drinking champagne and having a great time on leave.  Pity the time goes so fast.

And now it is New Years Day!  I hope that everyone has a magnificent 2019 and that is filled with the best!


8 thoughts on “A Christmas recap

  1. Charlotte says:

    Oh, Anthea! Your pictures are all so lovely. I love your little photoshoot with the hubs, too! So adorable! I am so glad that your 2019 is off to a good start. Don’t you have good feels about this year? I do. Also your tree is adorable. And the owl with the hat!! I can’t. Too cute 🙂

    Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019! XO


    • my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/ says:

      Thank you Charlotte – it was a lot of fun taking the photos 🙂
      Yes – totally agree I’ve also got food feels about this year. We took the tree down on New Years Eve after having it up since the 1st December – felt so festive each time I looked at it. Glad you liked the owl – he is the cutest doorstopper 🙂
      Here is to an awesome 2019 filled with good health and happiness XOXO

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