Next week, we leave our seaside home in South Africa, to travel to England for hubby’s mom’s 100th birthday parties next weekend. We will spend about ten days touring around England, and then we are all going on a Rhine cruise to celebrate her centenary once again. From there, we will be going back to our home in Florida for six months.
Today was a beautiful mid winter’s day, so after my early birthday lunch, we decided we needed to take a walk along the promenade to have a last look at the beach and the waves, before getting down to the serious business of packing cases and preparing the house for our seven months absence.
It wasn’t very populated along this stretch,
but a bit further along where the life guards are, there were a lot more people, frolicking in the waves, and sunbathing.
The huge rocks are a very popular place for a bit of climbing around.
A lone fisherman looked to be concentrating very hard, probably wishing for a fish to put on his plate tonight.
These surfers were just chilling, waiting for the right waves.
This family had set up camp here for the day, also hoping for a few fish to bite.
Someone had rescued an interesting piece of driftwood, which looked to me like a weird sea monster.
I’ve never noticed this palm tree in flower before. Isn’t it quite wonderful? I have no idea what it’s called, but maybe you can enlighten me.
I think I’m going to miss this particular piece of paradise quite a lot for the next seven months, but it will still be here when we return in March, and there are lots of adventures to be had in the meantime. 🙂
You can never really go wrong with hanging out at a beach, any beach. The water, rhe waves, the rocks, Ahhhh! Soothing.
I so agree with you, Rommel. Thanks for the visit to my beach. 🙂
Another difficult day in Paradise. 😉
A centenary celebration!! Happy Birthday wishes to your mum in law in advance 🙂
Thanks so much, Madhu. We’re all very excited. 🙂
Have a wonderful time at the birthday celebration and of course in Florida 🙂 I hope your early b-day was a great day for you…Hopefully all of your renovations in Florida are done and you can just enjoy your “new” place!
Thanks so much, Suzanne. We still have a few things to do to the house in Florida, but the kitchen was the most important, and thankfully it’s all finished. 🙂
So this trip you get to enjoy your kitchen…ENJOY!
Happy travelling.. Sounds fantastic… 100 years.. how awesome is that!! Enjoy!!
Thanks so much, Lisa. 🙂
I’m reading backwards, so I won’t ask any more questions, as they might be answered in a previous post! I’m so far behind in my visits. Tell your MIL happy birthday and many more from me. She’s an amazing lady. 🙂 I look forward to more pictures of sunny England this time. 🙂
Thanks for the backwards catch-up. Marsha. I’m also looking forward to sunny England. 🙂
It should be gorgeous there! Have fun! 😀
Beautiful shots. Be safe, celebrate hard, and take pix! 😉
Thanks, Gemma. Will do. 🙂
These are beautiful pictures of the beach 😉 I’m sure you will miss it it, but it will be wonderful getting back there in seven months.
I hope you had a wonderful birthday and the 100th celebration goes for weeks! Safe travels to you, my friend 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. I had a wonderful birthday, and I’m off on my travels very soon. 🙂
It sounds like you have many adventures awaiting you. And you’re right, your piece of paradise will still be waiting for you when you return! 🙂
I can imagine that you would miss your piece of paradise AD. But you’re going to your other piece 🙂
Hope your b day was a brilliant one!!
That’s true. I’m so fortunate and I know it. Had a great birthday. 🙂
Wonderful sand. The beaches down from where I live are full of pebbles and we only see the sand at low tide. Do you get sharks?
Thanks, Sarah. Yes we do get sharks and have extensive shark nets in place. 🙂
Oh shoot!! Is it today??? MANY HAPPY RETURNS Sylvia 🙂 I won’t ask about the number ;). I have missed you while I was back… Have a great time in England and then in Florida. I wish our mid-winter day would be more like yours 😀
Yes, it is. Thanks so much for your birthday wishes, Paula. 🙂 xx
Happy Birthday for today!
Thanks so much, Pussycat. xx
We’ve been having a heatwave here but it’s broken this weekend but I think it will be sunny again in time for your visit and what a fab birthday to celebrate
Thanks for the long term weather forecast, Dallas. 🙂
OMG I’m beginning to sound like my Dad!
Happy birthday to your mother in law… blessing.
What a lovely beach, indeed. Enjoy your upcoming trips.
Best wishes to you.
Thanks so much, Bams. 🙂
I love a beach with big rocks like that and rock pools to watch the tiny fish, and fishing used to be one of my favourite hobbies when I lived in KZN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sylvia for today, and another HAPPY BIRTHDAY for your Mother-in-law next week. ♥
Thanks so much, adee. I had a great birthday. 🙂
I’m sure you’ll enjoy both your trip to Europe and your stay in Florida 🙂
Yes, I’m sure we will, Inga. 🙂
Living the dream, Ad 🙂
Happy Birthday to you. I believe yours is today? You’ll have much better things to do than blogging.
Thanks so much, Jo. I celebrated my birthday yesterday, as I’m rather busy today, preparing for my trip, in between answering phone calls. 🙂
come sempre tutto molto bello ed interessante, spettacolare il legno di mare-mostro, Penso che nei prossimi mesi abbiate belle avventure e vi auguro che sia tutto molto speciale
as always, all very nice and interesting, spectacular sea-wood monster, I think in the coming months have beautiful adventures and hope that everything is very special
Thank you so much for your good wishes. 🙂
It seems like no time since you got there!
Yes it seems like that to me too, Gilly. If it wasn’t for the 100th celebration in England, we wouldn’t be leaving here until September.
Your beach looks a lot like our Australian beaches. I think the palm is a pandanus. They grow near the beaches here too.
Thanks for the palm info, Debra. I’m sure you’re right. 🙂
Wow, your time back in SA has simply flown by.
Have a safe trip, enjoy all the celebrations and give my regards to the Lorelei 😉
Yes it has. Thanks for the good wishes, and have a wonderful birthday tomorrow. 🙂 xx
what a lovely winters day
Congratulations to your MIL. 100 and doing so well.
Thanks so much, sidey. 🙂
I like the your photos they are so relaxing to look it. I love the rocks and the lone fisherman. Wishing you a lot of fun, and memory making time at the birthday celebrations.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
Stunning shots AD and I bet you can’t wait to get back in Florida. Enjoy hon! 😀 *hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Yes, I’m looking forward to Florida and seeing our friends there again. 🙂
Yesterday, I met with a friend who is contemplating a move that will take her away from the home that she dearly loves. She wondered if she would feel at home in a new location. In our existence with are tied to time and location. In the end, we agreed that wherever we went, it would be home because we carry our most precious possessions within our hearts. You exemplify this thought in every one of your posts. Whenever you are, it is home. Safe travels – have a wonderful time and give Birthday greetings to your hubby’s mother. I assume she will be receiving a letter from the Queen! 🙂
Thanks so much, Rebecca. Yes, you’re so right; my home is where I feel comfortable, and luckily both places are really welcoming. Thanks for the travel wishes. My MiL will definitely be getting the Queen’s telegram. 🙂
How exciting!!! Have a wonderful time!!!
For me this look like a fantastic summers day at the beach, 100th birthday, how amazing. Some iron lady. *smile – you have the best of many worlds .. and thanks for sharing it with me.
Thanks so much, Viveka. Glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
I can feel the beautiful day there. The trip plan sound wonderful. Coming to Florida will be a drastic weather change for you then. Have a great trip.
Thanks so much. Florida weather is very similar to our weather in South Africa, but I think it will still be rather warm when we arrive. 🙂
Looks like a great day at the beach Sylvia! Enjoy your upcoming trips and HBD!
Thanks so much, Phil.
Does not look like any winter scene I have become accustomed to 🙂
Wonderful ladies! Happy birthday to your mother-in-law. She’s an inspiration. 🙂
Thanks so much, George. 🙂
I understand they are actually having a summer in England right now…. hope it holds out for you….
I hope so too. 🙂
The life of a nomad seems to suit you. You may be getting to Florida a bit early. I suspect it’s still a bit hot and humid down there.
More happy wishes to the birthday girls!
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, Gunta. 🙂
Wow! What a grand celebration. Happy 100th to your Mother-in-law. 🙂
Thanks so much, Imelda. 🙂