Hi again, everyone. It rained here again all night long; sea and sky merged into one grey angry mass, with the wind howling like a banshee. Not my favourite kind of weather, but it always seems worse when you’re at the seaside. If I were on holiday here, I’d definitely want my money back.
The clouds have been leaking badly for almost three days, and last night I heard an ominous “drip,drip” just outside our bedroom door. Nothing that a strategically placed cloth and bucket couldn’t deal with temporarily, but as soon as the sun comes out again, I’ll coax hubby up onto the roof to investigate.
I played piano at the mall yesterday. The broken caster on the back leg is still not fixed, in spite of numerous e-mails and promises. It’s quite off-putting to have the piano swaying around whilst I’m playing my little heart out. I had lots of nice comments and friendly smiles, and a request from the security guard to play Kenny Gee’s “Forever in Love.” Some people are really not gifted in successfully giving a compliment, and I had to smile to myself when a man, waiting for his wife to browse through the clothes in the store opposite, said how much he loved my music, and would I play “Misty” for him. I obliged, and when I’d done, he thanked me profusely, saying, “That was absolutely great, but it’s a pity that some of the notes sound a bit off-key. Perhaps you should ask them to get it tuned.” 🙂 If he was wanting to inspire confidence in me, he didn’t have a clue how to go about it. Anyway, I wasn’t phased by his comment, as there’s nothing wrong with the piano tuning, and I actually think that he just couldn’t get his ear around some of Erroll Garner’s wonderful jazz chords. 🙂
A short while later, another guy timidly ventured within my space, and said, “It’s so lovely to listen to your music, but I was just wondering what it must be like to sit there playing away, with nobody listening to you, and no feedback at all.” Hmm…….well what could I say to that back-handed compliment? I told him that on the contrary, lots of people just like himself, stop and speak to me, and that sometimes they even pat me on the head, or stoop to kiss my cheek and give me a hug. He looked quite shocked, and didn’t try it. 😆
Anyway, enough about all that. I still have a few more photos to show you from our visit to my daughter and family in Jo’burg.
Sienna and her two cousins were so happy to spend time together, and we had a wonderful family time. My daughter is an excellent cook, and made us delicious and memorable meals.
Justin showed Sienna a few Karate moves.
We’re very proud of him, as at only thirteen he’s recently upgraded to his Jr. Black Belt. Don’t mess with him. 🙂
My granddaughter, showed us some gymnastic poses, which you’re all welcome to try out at home, after first consulting your doctor of course. (Black socks are not compulsory.) 😉
“Come on granny. You try it.” Right! 😆
At my favourite shopping mall, Sienna befriended this sweet cow sitting reading “The Daily Mooews”.
At Monte Casino, we found a car which seemed to belong to her, except that someone had misspelt her name.
My grandson much preferred this AC Cobra replica which was in the car show there.
On the Saturday, one of Jeff’s friends had an open house party and loads of his friends came along with their young families. Sienna had a great time playing with all the small children, and this trampoline was the favourite out of the many toys there. There was also a tree house, which she managed to climb up into, but then couldn’t get down again without some assistance from her dad.
All too soon, it was time to say our goodbyes, and for them to get the plane back to New York. We all had a last lunch together, and then they were off to the airport. What a great trip they had, with family and friend reunions aplenty.
Today we spoke on Skype, and it was so great to see them both again, and blow kisses across the ocean.
Aww, this looks like lovely family time!
Every minute was so precious, Cathy. 🙂
What flexible grandchildren you have!
Hehehe. Yes, I can’t keep up. 🙂
How could he have not stooped to kiss your cheek after that retort? 😆
The family pictures are truly charming.
Thanks, Madhu. I’m rather relieved that he didn’t. 🙂
Wonderful memories photos 😛
Thanks for commenting, Della Anna. 🙂
My mom would love the cow as she collects them 🙂
I think this one is a bit big to put in the house. 🙂
Seems like you guys had an absolute blast!
Yes, we really made the most of our time together. 🙂
“And the most important thing is family” – by Walt Disney
You’re blessed with a wonderful family. Those kids are adorable and talented. And wow, look at your granddaughter’s flexibility! 🙂
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Yes, my granddaughter can give quite spectacular displays. She’s been doing ballet since she was tiny, and started gymnastics about a year ago.
Great pics as usual but I’m still laughing about your audience. My Dad being a curt Yorkshireman would say something like that!
Thanks so much. Has your dad ever embarrassed you? My husband has a knack of saying the wrong thing, or the right thing in the wrong way. 🙂
Love the your young granddaughter’s smile. Just a short visit to say hello. 🙂
Thanks for visiting, Frank. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Very talented bunch 🙂
Thanks, Roly. Love ’em to bits. 🙂
That’s a cute cow 😉
I thought so to. Amazing what you come across whilst out shopping. 🙂
What a lovely post! My internet is playing up and Ihad to keep coming back ’till I got to read it all! You have a (very athletic), beautiful family!
Thanks so much for the comment. I had two or three goes before I could comment on your post. 🙂
That photo of the AC Cobra replica is just awesome. Shakti
That car was a real favourite with my guys, Shakti. 🙂
Certainly had a great time together AD 😉
Yes we did. 🙂
Lovely post – and lovely memories for you! Have a splendid weekend!
Thanks, Gail. Hope your weekend is splendid too. 🙂
Some people, pft! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.
Exactly! You’re welcome, Marco. Have a great relaxing weekend. 🙂
thank you – you too! ps. I’ll be chasing workmen and plumbers up until the kitchen is done.They really have their own way of keeping time.
I knew that you wouldn’t really be relaxing, with all that’s going on in your life at the moment.
LOL so right but we’re almost there…take it easy on the paino hey!
Was the “paino” deliberate, or just a freudian slip? “D
Bwohaha, that was me incurring more spelling mistakes, I’m telling you it’s scary that I’m even allowed on my own!
Love the pix. Love the cars! Adorable children. And… If I could just get one leg stretching that way… Those were the days…
Thanks, Gemma. My granddaughter makes it look so easy. 🙂
Your answer to the man was priceless… 😆
Sometimes I can come up with a good retort. 🙂
What a beautiful and talented family you have!
I love the story about the comments you receive playing the piano 😀
Thanks, Dianne. There’s never a dull moment when one is an entertainer. 🙂
The visit looks like such great fun! Great and wonderful memories for all around. Now are you due for a visit to our shores soon?
Thanks, Gunta. Yes we leave South Africa on October 9th. England is our first stop; then on to Florida. Lots to do before then. 🙂
Very true, Col. We were so busy finding some steps, to rescue Sienna, that we forgot to take a photo. 🙂
Super pics! Yes, that was a bit of a backhanded compliment, but then people are pretty dim when it comes to anything except pop as demonstrated by that session of busking by a famous violinist – where nobody noticed.
What, no pics of the tree house she was rescued from?
Family, friends, food, fun, photographs. What more can a person want?
Not a lot, Pussycat. 🙂 My happiness was complete.
What a fun family time!
Yes we certainly made some great memories that week. 🙂
A very nimble family you’ve got there! I have to admit something .. I tried to zoom in to see what’s for dinner, but could not be done 😦
Hahaha.. I don’t remember exactly what our meal was, except that it was Mexican, and very delicious. One was a chicken bake and then there was guacomole and Shrimp kebabs, and a few other tasty morsels. 🙂 The chocolate dessert was to die for!
Why are you telling me all this :(…. (j/k)
Fun, shopping, great meals, great people, great post, I will also skip the gymnastics!
Thanks, so much. Yes, we don’t want to do ourselves an injury, do we. ? 🙂
Very nice and wonderful pictures to help cherish those times….
Thanks so much. 🙂
Those dance positions and karate moves look painful, so I will sit them out thank you! 😉
You’re excused, grannymar. 🙂
What a lovely family you have ad. Glad you’re not bothered with the “misty” man.
Thanks so much, Hopestar. I don’t worry about misty men. 🙂
AWESOME memeories!!! 😀
Hahaha. There’s that word again. 🙂
It certainly looks as though you enjoyed your visit to the highveld… you wouldn’t want to be here now… cold rain hail and all that goes with it… Winter again now…
We did indeed. I don’t know where our Spring has disappeared to either. 😦
Another fab post and great collection of pictures and memories in the making. 😉
Thanks, Gerry. 🙂
(Actually managed to log in and do something. Normally the only option I have after logging in is to log out again)
And the slave driving starts again!
Sienna looks a lot like her Grandmother! Cute kid! (The child, not the grandmother).
How wonderful to see you again! You’ve been in my mind. What do you mean by, ‘the slave-driving starts again’? It’s been going on all the time you’ve been away. 😆 Yes, Sienna is very cute, just like her granny. 🙂
Yes, you are a talented lot and it seems good looks also run the family! Glad you had a lovely time together.
Thanks so much, SC. 🙂
Lovely together family time to remember in the years ahead.
Yes, this trip was so amazing. Everything went just perfectly. 🙂
Your family has all kinds of talent. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time making memories. Thanks for sharing.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. Glad you enjoyed my family photos. 🙂