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.
Lovely scenery, though I don’t care much for cats 😉 Have fun AD!
Thanks, Paula. 🙂
Beautiful garden… Where are you in West Sussex? I went to school in East Sussex. Enjoy your time away! 😉
Thanks, Elizabeth. We’re in a little village called Bucks Green, in Rudgwick.
Wonderful… I went to school in Bexhill-on-Sea, near Hastings. 😉
I have a friend in South Africa, who hails from there. 🙂
Small world, eh? I went to boarding school there but lived in London. 😉
It’s really strange to see you posting about England!
Hehehe. I wonder how close I am to you, Gilly. 🙂
Have a wonderful trip!!!:)
Thanks so much. 🙂
Oh, goody. Some of my family have established squatters’ rights there. I am on my way!
Hehehe. I’ll lay an extra place at the table for Sunday lunch. 🙂
Don’t forget the bed – er, guest suite with built-in bar.
You don’t ask for much, do you?! 🙂
Welcome home @Adin 😛
Thanks so much, Della Anna. 🙂
Beautiful garden MIL has. Have wonderful trip 🙂
Thanks, Ruth. 🙂
Glad you made it there in one piece! Thumbs up for Dilbert and I love the autumn garden – I wonder why!
Thanks, Marco. Glad you enjoyed Dilbert too. 🙂 Ah yes, the cats in the garden must have waved to you. 😆
The stood out like glow-in-the-dark-cats on a moonless night 😉
They have beautiful blue ‘day-glo’ eyes. 🙂
Ja that must be it 🙂 I’m such a sucker for anything feline.
Welcome home, even if it is just for a little while.
Sorry we are not closer 😦
Thanks, Tilly. Yes, I would love to come to see you. too. 🙂
wow, your m-i-l is a wonder, and has a wonderful garden, hope you enjoy your stay ad!
That garden is looking so good even though autumn has arrived, must be the fairies 😉
I think you could be right about that, Chris. 🙂
What a lovely garden. Adore the fairies 🙂
Thanks, bibi. Me to. 🙂
Just love thoise little fairies 😉
ENjoy the visit AD!
Those fairies have been here for many years, My nephew has recently sanded them down and repainted them, Can’t have rusty fairies, can we? 😆
Loved the positivity in the post and the pictures.Very enjoyable.
Thanks so much, Shakti. 🙂
I love those black cats ornaments!
Thanks, ioanna.They are very cute, aren’t they. 🙂
Glad you arrived safely! Lucky you to have no waiting time at the airport 🙂 have a great day
Thanks, Tandy. I’m having a lovely time. 🙂
The garden is such a beauty!!
I love the first picture too!
Hope the weather gets better!
Thanks so much, Pablo. 🙂
This whole post was just so soothing! The garden is lovely, she must be a most remarkable woman!!
I like that, Suzanne. What a lovely word is “soothing.” 🙂
beautiful.. your mom-in-law sure has a clever way of frightening the birds away.. love the garden..
Thanks so much, starlight. 🙂
What a beautiful garden. Your mom-in-law lives alone in a double story house, how amazing!
She is amazing, Amy. You would never think that she is 99; she’s more like a healthy 79. 🙂
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.
Ah yes, those internal flights in the US also give me the ‘screaming habdabs’. 🙂
You got it! 😦
What a beautiful garden 🙂
Yes, it’s quite magical, Marriane.
The garden looks beautiful,it looks peaceful 🙂
Thanks, matron. It’s lovely, and has squirrels and rabbits visiting too. 🙂
Glad you arrived safely… just got back to Pretoria… nice toi have fast internet again…
Thanks, bdt. Internet here is better too. 🙂
What a beautiful garden – very peaceful
Yes, it’s gorgeous. A real English country garden. 🙂
Sounds good all round Sylvia. Glad you’ve arrived safely. I hope the weather improves. Enjoy your stay! 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. Rained all day today, but we have a few more days to go. 🙂
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.
Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed my pics and sharing. 🙂
I love your MIL’s “garden people”
They’re very cute, sidey. She’s just ordered an owl that hoots, to welcome people at the front door. 😆
Lol she is such a character
A ‘real hoot’, actually. 🙂
Morning coffee to die for! And that yard is so fun!
Be waiting on you, AD.
Have fun (like I need to tell you).
Thanks, Gemma. 🙂
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!
Thanks, Frank. She’s amazing. 🙂
It looks so lovely! I adore the winding road and the garden figures. Excellent! Enjoy your trip and I hope the sun returns. 🙂
Thanks so much, Angelia. I hope so too. 🙂
That’s the same page of the paper I read first too! 😛
(you probably already coulda igured that though,couldn’t you? 😉 )
Hahaha. One has to have a few smiles before reading the depressing news on the other pages, 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks, optie. She is so wonderful…….you would never guess her age. 🙂
what a beautiful garden! and so well tended.
Enjoy the visit
Thanks, Rosa. 🙂
Glad you had a safe trip, Sylvia! I can’t believe your 99-year-old mother-in-law gets around in two-story house and tends such a beautiful garden! Looks lovely there. 🙂
Sounds like you had a great trip over. A smooth day of air travel is always a good news.
Wow! That’s some garden! Gotta love the Meerkats!
Enjoy to the fullest and you won’t believe it in Cape Town it is 21C and sunny, yes sunny!!
Glad you arrived safe and sound ad…love the kitties 🙂
So glad you arrived safely! You’ll have to name one of the meerkats Les and one of the cats Pussycat 😉 Enjoy your time with the grand (old) lady.
I just ADORE that garden!
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!
Glad to hear that you are there all safe and sound! What a lovely garden your MIL has! Enjoy your time there and look forward to hearing more soon.
Take care and regards