Hi again everyone. Our SAA flight to Johannesburg was really very pleasant and I even got quite a few hours’ sleep. There were several young South African businessmen in our cabin, and as soon as they started chatting to one another, I felt I was home already. Their conversation was liberally sprinkled with those words and phrases so unique to South Africa, which I hadn’t heard in six months, like “Howzit bru?; Jozi; to die for; hang of a; lekker; braai; jislaaik hey; ja-nee,” etc.. Just listening to them was like a breath of fresh air. I felt like saying the same thing to them that the Americans had often told me, “I just love your accent.”
I have to mention the food we had for dinner, even if it’s only to make my friend “The Asian” reach for another slice of her sister’s chocolate cake.
Smoked salmon, with crab, capers and creme fraiche to start, along with a glass of Moet & Chandon:
Followed by beef fillet, roast pumpkin, parsnip and mange tout with dauphinoise potatoes and a very good Uva Mira merlot/cabernet sauvignon blend.
Raspberry chocolate mousse cake was the perfect end to a delicious meal. The choccies are still waiting to be eaten. I so prefer SAA over Virgin.
I always tell myself that when get on the plane, I’m going to drink only water, and have just a salad, but that never happens.
When we got home, the first thing we noticed was how warm the house was, and it didn’t take long to find out that the aircon wasn’t working. The temperature was 29C, so within ten minutes of walking in the door, hubby was up the ladder and onto the roof, checking it out. Two capacitors had blown,
so, being the amazing “jack of all trades” that he is, he went off to buy new ones, and within a couple of hours, it was all fixed again, for the princely sum of R115. We think that it couldn’t have happened more than a day or two earlier, as nothing in the house had gone mouldy or mildewed, which it would have done if it had been off for too long.
Whilst visiting our local mall to buy groceries, I noticed quite a few changes since we left for America. Lots of things had shrunk! The parking spaces are all a lot smaller, the escalators have all got much narrower, whilst the stores themselves seem to have decreased in size. There are far fewer products to choose from, and at the checkout they don’t shower you with free plastic bags. The only thing that hasn’t shrunk is the petrol price, which at almost R11 per litre is so much more expensive than the just under R7 which we paid in the States, and of course the food prices seem to have gone through the roof.
We went for a walk along our beachfront yesterday afternoon. It was good to see that the lighthouse is still there.
The Umhlanga rocks haven’t been washed away,
and the new pier is holding up well.
Today is “Spring cleaning” day, and also buying a new dishwasher day, as the wretched thing decided to finally give up the ghost tonight. RIP
Have a great weekend everyone. Chat again soon.
I think that’s exactly how my mom felt when I phoned her to say we’d landed. 😉 She was over the moon. Hugs xx
You’re back! YAY!!!! hugs, AD xx
..and the petrol price is going up again on Tuesday!! I hope you are enjoying it to be back?! Have a marvellous weekend!
Yes, I saw that it’s going up over 71c. That’s truly shocking, and just before we are due to drive up to Jo’burg on Thursday. ;( Happy weekend to you too. xxx
Stunning photos you have here my friend great post 🙂
Thanks so much, jake. 😉
welcome back. Gosh that man of yours is so capable
Thanks, sidey. Yes, there’s not many things he can’t do. 😉
Thanks for the welcome back 68. 😉 It’s a wet weekend here. xxx
First things first – Welcome Home!!!
Life is not worth living without dishwashers 😉
and apparently aircon if you live at the coast!
Glad to have you back safely AD 😉
I’m glad to see (well…read,as it were,LOL) that you made it home safe and sound 🙂
Thanks, DC. I’m glad you couldn’t see me today, up to my ears in housework. 😉 Have a great weekend. Happy cycling. 😉
LOL,me too (up to my ears in housework),and you do as well,my friend! 🙂
Glad you are home. Love the pictures, especially one of lighthouse. I collect them.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. I should put a better one of the lighthouse in my next post, just for you. 😉 Have a great weekend.
Ja, swaar! (phonetically speaking).
I take it you didn’t fly economy? 🙂
I hated the South African accent all the time I lived there (an extension of my hating to live there). Then I left, and found I LOVE the South African accent, and rather miss South Africa, as it happens.
There’s no pleasing me.
Welcome home! I went back for a visit once and cried as we landed at Joburg, because I felt I was coming home. There really is no pleasing me.
Vir seker, Tilly. 😉 You sound like a very difficult person to please. Aren’t we all? 😉
What a clever hubby!!!
Welcome home dear ad!!!!!
Yes, there’s not a lot he can’t fix, Hopestar. 😉 Hugs xx
Welcome home AD! 🙂
It’s good to be back, Sonel. 😉
Thanks, newsy. 😉