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. 🙂
Body Worlds is the first anatomical exhibition of its kind to display real human bodies, and it was an absolute education, 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. It brought to mind that old song, “I’ve got you under my skin.” 🙂
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.
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!
Yes the Body Worlds exhibition was somewhat gruesome, but very fascinating. Loved the Jersey Boys. 🙂
You have such a great family AD. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos:-)
Yes I think I do, Cocoa. Love them to bits. 🙂
It definitely looks like you had a fabulous time 🙂
Thanks, Inga. Yes we certainly did. 🙂
What a wonderful time. What a wonderful place. 🙂 The food your daughter prepared look delicious. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda. She really spoilt us. 🙂
Looks like you had the most amazing time with family. The food looks delicious. Love Salmon too. The trip and events were exciting as well.
Yes, IT. It was a most memorable visit. 🙂
What a fun-filled time you had with the fam! Filled to the brim with joy. Margie
Thanks, Margie. Yes it was a very joyful time. 🙂
What a wonderful time you had!! Great!
Thanks so much, PPD. 🙂
We went to a similar Body Worlds Exhibition here in the states a few years back. It was fascinating. 🙂
Glad you also enjoyed it LuAnn. 🙂
Great weekend with family… a happy family.. love it.. 🙂
Thanks so much, Bams. 🙂
Enjoyed sharing your wonderful weekend Sylvia. Missing my daughter who is in South Africa at the moment with her family 🙂
Thanks so much, Madhu. I hope your daughter has a wonderful time here. 🙂
Thank you so much Sylvia for sharing your lovely family, exquisite food and your friend’s garden 😀
As for the body show ………….. yuk !!
Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox 😀
You’re welcome, Ralph. Sorry about the bodies. 😯
What a lovely weekend AD 😉
Packed full of all kinds of good things – glad you’re home safely though 🙂
Thanks so much. Yes it’s a long drive, but thankfully I wasn’t driving. 🙂
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
Yes, I did. You should make time to go to see the bodies. 🙂
Thanks for the joyous journey with good people!
You’re welcome, Frank. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
I really enjoyed tagging along on your weekend 🙂
Thanks so much, Tilly. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Ruth. Yes, hubby was a bit concerned about the exhibition, but he really enjoyed it. 🙂
I do believe Frankie Valle (and the Seasons) did a rendition of i’ve got you under my skin. He was from my stomping grounds. Looks like a fun time was had by all. 🙂 hope this works …
Thanks for the link, Gemma. Yes, we did have a lot of fun. 🙂
Your photos are beautiful! You look so happy. 🙂 Glad you had a great time. Hugs Paula. Xxx
Thanks so much, Paula. It was a very happy visit. 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks, Poppy. I do try to fit as much in as possible. Love my family and friends. 🙂
These family-get-togethers always fill up the heart’s battery, right, Sylvia? Warm and happy photos, thank you for sharing them with us 🙂
Thanks so much, Marion. Glad you enjoyed. *hugs* 🙂
Beautiful pictures!!! First picture is really awesome!!! Have a nice weekend!!!
Thanks so much, RV.. 🙂 You too.
Wonderful pictures Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. We had so much fun together. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
What an amazing visit AD! Love the pics of you and your daughter. She is just as beautiful as you are hon. 🙂 I must say, I do prefer you with your skin on. 😆
Thanks for sharing your lovely trip. I truly enjoyed. 🙂 *big hugs*
Thanks, Sonel. I also prefer me with my skin on. 😆 Hugs to you too.
Looks like you had an amazing visit. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Yes we did, Melanee. Glad you enjoyed my visit. 🙂
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 🙂
What a fun weekend. I debated going to the Body Worlds Exhibition but decided against it. Looks fascinating, though!
You and your family are all lovely. What wonderful photos to share for this fly on the wall. So warm and inviting. Thank you. Paulette
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!
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?
if we had known……
thank you for sharing your visit with us 🙂
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!
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!
Pictures are beautiful. Makes me want to make the country a must-see. And I’ll be over for breakfast – looks delicious!
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…
I´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
welcome back, Sylvia. Looks like you had quite a great time as your great photos indicate. I’ll be down for breakfast soon. 🙂
Wonderful photographs dear AD, you are both seems like a sister… not mother and daugther 🙂 I mean you are a young lady 🙂 Blessing and Happiness to you all. I loved all these photographs… Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia
Your posts always leave me feeling slightly breathless – life in the fast lane on the Autobahn!
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!!
What a lovely and interesting time. I don’t think I’d enjoy the exhibition, how on earth did they get the bodies?
That ‘Body Worlds’ exhibition is so 😯
what a great weekend ad, more warm memories to travel with 🙂
The breakfast looks great!
I noticed that the “six-pack” is actually an eight-pack 😉
Lovely pics especially of your friend’s garden.
Thanks, Pussycat. The mathematician in you always comes to the fore. 🙂
Sometimes that is a curse.
what a lovely family you have and what a beautiful place to live
Thank you so much, misswhiplash. 🙂 I love them to bits. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your lovely photo’s and family trips! Always enjoy them.
Have a wonderful weekend
You’re so welcome, Gail. Thanks for the lovely comment. Happy weekend to you too. 🙂
How fortunate you are, our family is spread world wide.
So is ours, but when we do meet up, it’s a lot of fun, as I’m sure you find too.