Mom’s huge pie, and Robin to the rescue.

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. ” πŸ™‚

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 stunnedΒ  itselfΒ  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,Β  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. πŸ™‚

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.

74 comments on “Mom’s huge pie, and Robin to the rescue.

  1. 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?

  2. What a lovely day out with your mom πŸ™‚ 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. 😦

  3. 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!

  4. 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. πŸ˜‰ …. Hi Mom!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. πŸ™‚ 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.

  7. I absolutely love pie crust!! I’d have just eaten that and left the filling for the kid πŸ˜‰
    That valley is quite a lovely place, but I’ve only ever driven through it.

  8. 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?

  9. What a glorious day – I LOVED the look of that pie – although I think it was almost bigger than your mother πŸ™‚

    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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  10. 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!

  11. 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. πŸ™‚

  12. 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.

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