A great family long weekend in pics.

So, what did I do whilst I was internetless and away from you all?

I hugged my daughter a lot.


I watched as she prepared the most delicious breakfasts in her beautiful kitchen.


She makes the best roasted tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.


I love smoked salmon for breakfast, or any meal, for that matter.


The weather was really warm and sunny, so each morning, we sat outside to eat.


On Saturday we went to the truly amazing ‘Body Worlds’ exhibition in Johannesburg.


I had to poke my face through the holes for a couple of photos, just so that you could see what I would look like with no skin on.


I could run with the best of them. πŸ™‚


Body Worlds is the first anatomical exhibition of its kind to display real human bodies, and it was an absolute education,Β  and really fascinating to take a peek under the skin to see how our bodies are made. All the bodies and body parts are real, and have been plastinated to reveal the inner anatomical structures. No photos were allowed inside the exhibition, but I got these from The Guardian’s UK site. The first one here gave us a bit of a shock as we came around the last corner before the exit. There was a warning for anyone under 16-years-of-age, but our grandkids weren’t at all phased.Β  It brought to mind that old song, “I’ve got you under my skin.” πŸ™‚


The exhibits were really riveting, in a ghoulish sort of way. The worst was a human head which had been sliced down the middle to show all the contents. The skin was still in place, and it even had eyelashes. I half expected the eyes to open at any moment, so didn’t pause there for more than a few seconds.

On Sunday we went to the Teatro at Montecasino, to see ‘Jersey Boys’.


What a fabulous show, and it was so interesting to find out the story behind the singing sensation Frankie Valli and his group ‘The Four Seasons’. I had no idea that they had such a turbulent relationship, not only with one another, but also with the police. This photo was taken as they were performing that lovely song, “You’re just too good to be true.”


We ate out every night except one, and my favourite was the Yamazaki sushi bar, where we sat around, watching the sushi being made. It was an ‘eat as much as you like’ buffet, and I was amazed at how soon my tummy told me it was getting full. 😦  It must have been the delicious Spring Rolls we had to start with.

I paid a visit to one of my dearest friends, who lives in a little cottage with a beautiful garden.


Just look at the size of the buds on her Cymbidiums! She has really green fingers.


All too soon it was time pack up and head for home, so after many hugs and kisses, we were on the road again. The weather was still wonderfully sunny and warm, and the sky was a dazzling blue, as we drove back through the autumn landscape.



We stopped to fill up with gas at a garage which had a couple of antique vehicles parked outside.



Once back in our own province, the contrast of the lush green grass, as opposed to the brown of the much drier Freestate, was so noticeable.


and the more we drove, the greener it got. We don’t really have a winter here. It always looks much the same; blue sky and lots of greenery.


Tomorrow we’ll be off up the hill again, to see my sister and mom, and on Sunday, I’ll be playing the piano at our local mall. Happy weekend to you all. Have a great one.

83 comments on “A great family long weekend in pics.

  1. I saw an exhibit much like Body Worlds when I was in Korea. It looks interesting, if maybe a little gruesome as well. The show sounds fabulous and it looks like it was a beautiful day!

  2. You have such a great family AD. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos:-)

  3. What a wonderful time. What a wonderful place. πŸ™‚ The food your daughter prepared look delicious. πŸ™‚

  4. We went to a similar Body Worlds Exhibition here in the states a few years back. It was fascinating. πŸ™‚

  5. Enjoyed sharing your wonderful weekend Sylvia. Missing my daughter who is in South Africa at the moment with her family πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you so much Sylvia for sharing your lovely family, exquisite food and your friend’s garden πŸ˜€

    As for the body show ………….. yuk !!

    Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

  7. What a lovely weekend AD πŸ˜‰
    Packed full of all kinds of good things – glad you’re home safely though πŸ™‚

  8. Looks like you had a great time with your family! I still want to go to that exhibition, need to squeeze in some time for it

  9. Good to have a break from being wired and daughter hugs are wonderful. I enjoyed sharing your vacation weekend. Thanks for the series of photos. Npt sure about the body exhibit as I think I might be squeamish although you look terrific in the pic.

  10. You fit so much into your life AD ! I must say it is rather nice to be able to share your family gatherings and doings πŸ™‚

  11. These family-get-togethers always fill up the heart’s battery, right, Sylvia? Warm and happy photos, thank you for sharing them with us πŸ™‚

  12. Fantastic adventures days … and gallery. That kitchen I would love to get my fingers in.
    Love the nibbles and the big table. That exhibition looks fun and exciting, would love to spend some hours there. Good luck with playing in the mall – and keep on hugging your daughter. *smile … Thanks for sharing your busy days without internet.

    • Thanks, Viveka. Yes, her kitchen is huge and amazing. She loves cooking. I played piano today and it went very well. People are most appreciative. πŸ™‚

      • Great … daughter who cooks and mum that plays … what a fantastic combination. Would mind a dinner date with you two. I’m happy that your audience appreciated your art, but I wasn’t expect anything else.

  13. Sounds like a busy, wonderful life. So great to visit with family with more to come. I’d heard about the body exhibit. Not so sure I’d want to see it, but seems like you’re always willing to try new experiences. I think it keeps you young! Lovely to see you enjoying life to its fullest.

    • Thanks, Gunta. Yes, I do love to experience everything I can lay my hands on. Life is too short to pass up on such opportunites. πŸ™‚

  14. What an amazing visit AD! Love the pics of you and your daughter. She is just as beautiful as you are hon. πŸ™‚ I must say, I do prefer you with your skin on. πŸ˜†
    Thanks for sharing your lovely trip. I truly enjoyed. πŸ™‚ *big hugs*

  15. What a lovely visit you had, ad. I’ve been wanting to see that show for a while now, but I must be one of the worlds biggest procrastinators πŸ™‚

  16. That bodyworld exhibition…would have been interesting to visit. You and your family are so tight and warm, that’s important. And, that kitchen and breakfast look gorgeous!

  17. looks like you had a ball! love all the pics – very very nice…especially the avo shots, hehe.
    would you consider donating your remains to body world one day?

  18. What a lovely visit AD, your daughter’s kitchen is befitting a great cook! Gave that Bodyworld expo a miss when it was in Cape Town, there is such a thing as too much information as far as I am concerned!

  19. Lovely photo’s, AD. I always remarked about how green Natal was when we came back after being away. Loved the heads-in-the-holes, lol!

  20. Pictures are beautiful. Makes me want to make the country a must-see. And I’ll be over for breakfast – looks delicious!

  21. looks like you had a wonderful weekend with your daughter and family…always great to connect! my two children live in here so I see them weekly which is great…

  22. IΒ΄m so glad that i found your wonderful blog . I love the way you write about your family . You and your daughter look like young sisters!
    It must have been special to seen that Body World .
    Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos and text in this post. // Maria

  23. Wonderful photographs dear AD, you are both seems like a sister… not mother and daugther πŸ™‚ I mean you are a young lady πŸ™‚ Blessing and Happiness to you all. I loved all these photographs… Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  24. Beautiful family and your daughter’s kitchen is gorgeous! That exhibition was in Cincinnati, but I didn’t have a chance to see it. Have a great weekend!!

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