Safe landings in the land of my birth.


Hi there, from beautiful West Sussex in one of the most beautiful parts of the English countryside.

We had a really enjoyable flight over, if one can ever describe eleven hours overnight on a plane, as “enjoyable.” :) The food and service on SAA business class is always great, and the beds, whilst not exactly pillow-top, do afford a few hours sleep at least. Our South African pilots have to be the best in the world, and always give a very smooth landing; I hardly felt the plane touch down on the tarmac.

We arrived early at 6-45 am, and were out of the airport and off to the car rental, in record time, just the time it took to walk through. There was no queue at passport control, our bags were waiting for us at the carousel, and the Alamo bus, was standing outside the door. What a pleasure! The sun was just getting itself into gear as we chose our hire car, and although it was only 8C, there was not a breath of wind, so it felt quite mild.

Then it was off on the back route, through the lovely country lanes.

It was far too early to go straight to my mom-in-law’s, as she was only expecting us about 11am, so we decided to stop off for a cappuccino, and chai latte, at a TESCO’s cafe en route. The cappuccino was MEGA, but hubby wasn’t complaining. :)

We sat for a while reading the morning paper,

and then, after buying a pretty orchid and some Ferrero Rochas, we carried on with our journey through the narrow, winding country lanes. Mom-in-law was all smiles and hugs, and so delighted to see us. She’s an absolute marvel for a lady of 99-years-old, living alone in her double story house, and very sprightly indeed. Her autumn garden was looking really pretty from my bedroom window early this morning.

There are black cats, fairies, and even a toadstool.

A family of Meerkats stand guard next to the pond, to frighten away the birds who come to feed on the goldfish.

Today the weather is dull and rainy, so I’ve had to stop congratulating myself on bringing the South African sunshine with me. My sister-in-law has just visited and brought delicious pastries to have with coffee for ‘elevenses’, so it’s a good job we hadn’t eaten breakfast. This afternoon, we’ll brave the rain, and go into town to see what we can find. Chat again soon, when I get the chance.

 

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87 comments on “Safe landings in the land of my birth.

  1. So glad you’re enjoying your visit and your MIL’s lovely hospitality, but all those hours on a plane (that simply gives me the shivers). Although your flight sounds so much more like I remember flying in the good old days. I swore off flying after some nasty experiences on some Oregon to Florida flights.

  2. A beautiful and exciting trip. The images made me feel that I was there myself down to the magical garden discovery. It’s a joy to read stories of family sharing a wonderful time together. Thanks.

  3. Glad to hear that the first leg of your journey is off to a good start. Wow … A tip of the hat to Mr. P’s mom for being 99 and self sufficient! Thanks for the pics and enjoy your stay!

  4. That’s the same page of the paper I read first too! :P
    (you probably already coulda igured that though,couldn’t you? ;) )

  5. What a lovely garden your MIL has. She must be truly amazing at 99 to be living alone. Glad you had a good flight over. Enjoy your stay – looking forward to more photos :)

  6. Glad you arrived safely. Your mom-in-law’s garden is beautiful and magical. She seems a wonderful woman at 99 living alone and caring for a home and garden. GOD BLESS HER!

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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