What a lovely time I had today. Hubby and I drove up the hill to meet my mom and sister at one of our favourite lunch venues, the ‘Pot & Kettle. The weather was beautifully sunny and mild, so we sat outside on the balcony which overlooks the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’. This is an area of great beauty and tranquility, where rural Zulu people still live in traditional homesteads, in the densely folded hills.
Of course, it was quite difficult deciding what we all wanted to eat and drink, but eventually mom went for the chicken pot pie, which when it arrived, had us all gasping at the size of it, especially for someone as tiny as my mom.
Anyway, she decided to eat the filling and potato wedges, and donated the pastry crust to my sister to plop on top of her son’s dinner this evening. Her exact words were, “He’ll think he’s died and gone to Heaven when he sees this. ” 🙂
I had the much healthier option of grilled calamari and veggies, which was delicious, but not nearly as photogenic.
We had such a fun meal, with lots of chatter and laughter. My sister told us that a beautiful sunbird had flown into her kitchen yesterday. The poor little thing flew around in a panic, and couldn’t find its way out again. It stunned itself when it hit the window glass, and ended up, clinging to the kitchen curtain. My brother-in-law gently picked it up and place it outside on a plant pot, where it sat for about half an hour, totally traumatised, with its beak open. (The cat had of course been quickly moved inside the house.)
As my sister watched, a robin flew down to have a look at the sunbird, and after hopping around the pot a few times, it flew off, and then, returning at great speed, dive-bombed the poor bird, so that the sudden shock galvanised it into action again, and it flew away. How wonderful that birds, even of a different species, look out for one another, and when sensing that something is wrong, will work out what to do about it, and then act. We can all take a lesson from this, I’m sure.
After our lunch, we went for a stroll around the craft shops next to the restaurant. Here you can see that we also have Hillbillys in South Africa. They’re not exclusive to rural America. 🙂
This mural painted on one of the walls outside, is very typical of African art.
I was amazed to see that inside the foyer of our restaurant, there was so much Chinese stuff for sale. I sneaked a couple of shots, just to show you that they’ve even infiltrated rural Africa.
It was so great to spend family time together, something I’m going to miss when we return to Florida next month. I’m sure the six months will fly past, and there’ll be so much to do there, including my new kitchen. It will be wonderful to meet up again with the friends we’ve made, and also our family in New York. Thank goodness once again for Skype.
Your mom has the sweetest face… and that sandwich. Yum! 🙂
Thanks, Elizabeth. My mom is very sweet indeed. 🙂
Wow, that chicken pot pie looks delicious! I would have eaten the crust!! That’s the best part, especially with the gravy on it. Looks like a lovely day and a beautiful place! When do you go to Florida?
I also agree that it’s the best part, but I try to resist in favour of more healthy fare. 🙂
We leave on October 9th and spend a week in England with my 99-year-old mom-in-law. She’s so awesome. 🙂
Wow, that’s coming up soon. So you’ll be there for only one week? That seems like a long trip for one week. I’m sure you’ll have a great time!
It’s nice to break the journey this way. A direct flight to Miami isn’t good, and we need to see MiL. Of course, next August we’ll all be going over for her 100th. 🙂
Wow, 100th birthday! Amazing. That’s going to be a really exciting celebration!
What a lovely day out with your mom 🙂 The Chinese craft made me smile! Our religious idols for puja are now all made in China!!
Why does that fact not surprise me, Madhu? It’s hard to find anything not made in China these days. Some of our industries in South Africa are really suffering because of all the Chinese imports. 😦
HA! That’s a nice portion of chicken pot pie. Love it, I’m all about big portions … makes me hungry just looking at it.
Hehehe. You’d probably have demolished the pie and still had room for dessert afterwards. 🙂
Totally. Chocolate of course 🙂
Why am I not surprised? 😆
The Valley of a Thousand HIlls is a wonderfully scenic part of SA. Your lunch and shopping sounds lovely. Not the place to expect to Chinese goods though!
It’s really gorgeous up there, optie. Happy weekend to you. 🙂
Such beautiful views! And yes, us Asians are taking over the world 😉
Hehehe, so it would seem, TA. Have a great weekend. 🙂
Oh my … what a great view and perfect for wine with lunch. Thanks for the clarification about Hillbillies because I thought it was exclusively American. 😉 …. Hi Mom!
Thanks, Frank. Mom says, “Hi” right back at you. 😉
Great post again… fascinated me everything… you are amazing dear AD, Thank you. Blessing and Happiness to you both. Love, nia
Thanks so much, nia. Happy weekend to you. 😉
beautiful post ad, your mother looks radiant, nothing better than celebrating with a happy family!
Thanks, Christine. This is very true. 🙂
What a huge chicken pie crust!
We had a beautiful gold-finch fly into one of our windows once, when I lived in England. He too was stunned for twenty minutes or so, before shaking his head and flying off, but it was an amazing opportunity to get so close to such a beautiful creature.
Yes, one feels so bad when birds do that. We once found a pigeon that had killed itself when it flew like a bat out of Hell into our bedroom window. It gave me such a fright when it hit.
Goodness time has gone fast! that pie would daunt me for sure. We are off to meet with friends who like you, do 6months here and 6 months in SA. Meeting them for lunch at the St Georges Hotel in Stamford.
Hi there, SC. You’d better get your Mum to chuck out that Spam, because that’s where your comment ended up. 🙂 Glad you’re still having fun over there. I bet the St Georges serves a hearty lunch, even if the pies aren’t as big as my mom’s.
I absolutely love pie crust!! I’d have just eaten that and left the filling for the kid 😉
That valley is quite a lovely place, but I’ve only ever driven through it.
Hahaha….. what an admission, 68. 🙂
Hi AD, your Mom has a good appetite. Lucky bird hey 😉
Yes she has, but that pie would have had her beaten. )
During WWii it was THE GERMANS ARE COMING, now it’s a case of THE Chinese are coming, lol. Florida? 6 months? Hey? Okay I’m missing something, half the year in SA the other half in the states?
Very true, Marco. Yes, a change of news service is as good as a rest, and can even be refreshing. 🙂
LOL anything other than SA new is refreshing 🙂 When I have some time I’ll have to do some digging in your blog to get the facts 🙂
I’m amazed that you’ve been home for nearly six months! That pie looks like it could have fed two 🙂
I’m also amazed, Tandy. It’s time to start packing again. What a scary thought. 😦
That is some big pie!!
Too big for my mom. 🙂
Love this blog… tells of South Africa’s beauty….
Thanks, bdt. We certainly have the most astounding beauty here. 🙂
A “slice of life” day whose pleasant memories would no doubt remain with you for a long time. Loved the pictures!
Thanks, Shakti. Yes, memories are indeed made of this. 🙂
I loved this post and mom is awesome!
Thanks so much. I love my mom to bits. 🙂 Thanks for the follow; I can’t find a “follow by email” button on your blog. Where is is it?
I would had pot pie for a week. I’m not big on casserole type food but my hubby would have gobbled that up. He loves pot pies. It looks like everyone had a grand time. You have a beautiful Mom. ~~~~ : – )
Thanks so much, Isadora. My mom is so precious. 🙂
The view of the the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’ is peaceful! Love your mother’s beautiful smile.
Thanks, Amy. 🙂
What a beautiful day…beautiful memories and what a pie…but I really chuckled when I saw the Hillbilly’s sign.
Thanks, Lynne. So did I. 🙂
What a fun day out. Loved the pic of your mum! Sweet!
Thanks, Naomi. Yes, my mom is very sweet and lovely. 🙂
What a glorious day – I LOVED the look of that pie – although I think it was almost bigger than your mother 🙂
We have sunbirds on the farm in Queensland and they build hanging nests with a little door at the front. At one point we had party lights hanging on our veranda and the birds build their nests from the lights and it looked so sweet! Do your sunbirds build hanging nests?
Yes, you’re right about the pie, Dianne. 🙂 Our sunbirds do usually build hanging nests, although they are sometimes built in the bush. The nests on the party lights, must have been a sight to see. 🙂
It was amazing – some of them chose red lights and others chose green and we could never figure out why they chose the colours they did!
Those pies aren’t nearly as daunting as they look! I got through my last one without strain.
You hardly seem to have returned and you’re off to Florida again!
That doesn’t surprise me, Col, but even hubby wasn’t tempted to help mom out with that pastry. 🙂 Yes, the six months has just flown by.
thisis lovely thank you for sharing the pie looks bigger than your mum! 🙂 have a lovely evening xx
Thanks, kizzy. Yes, that pie crust really looked great, but mom knew she couldn’t do it justice. 🙂
That second pic makes me want to be there gazing out at the hills. It’s so tranquil and beautiful. What is it about the sunbirds that make me think of hummingbirds? Are they at all similar? We’ve had hummers get stuck inside our shop building because they keep trying to escape by flying up instead of dipping down and out the door. I’ve rescued a few as they went dormant to preserve what little energy they had left from their futile flights to find a way out. There are few things more precious than holding one of those tiny birds in your hand.
It is very peaceful sitting up there, Gunta. The sunbirds don’t usually hover like the hummingbirds, although I read that research has shown that some have learned to do this. We also get birds flying around in our malls. Glad you’ve been able to rescue some of your hummers. 🙂
Oh no all that Chinese stuff!
Your mum made a wise decision with the pie crust it’s ginormous 🙂
I was shocked about the Chinese tack, Gilly. That pie looked impressive, but I think mom would have found all that pastry most indigestible. 🙂
I am so glad you had a wonderful time. The pie looks great. I’m sure your nephew enjoyed his treat.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks, Francine. I’m sure that pastry is history now, 🙂
Looks like a GREAT time!!! WOW what a pie 😀
Thanks, DC. I bet you’d have made short work of that pie. 🙂
That’s why my gut is beginning to look like a small keg instead of the 6 pack I had just 2-3 years ago 😉 😛
Oh dear. Maybe it’s time to start counting carbs. 🙂 It really works.
LMBO,I can’t count that high 😛 I hope you and yours are having a great weekend so far,my friend 🙂
Looks like u and your family had a good time. Thanks for the photos, we live in what must be one of the most beautiful country’s in the world.
Yes we certainly do, Anthony. Such a pity about all the stuff that’s going on here.
Sounds like a really lovely day.. I’m envying your nephew that pie crust 😉
Yes it was a really great day. That pie crust looks so tempting. 🙂