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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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I could run with the best of them. 🙂

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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.” 🙂

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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’.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Word a Week: Clouds #2

One of my favourite songs is this one, and it seemed rather apt for Sue’s challenge.

Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all  ~ Joni Mitchell

Here’s my second take on Sue’s ‘Word a Week’ Cloud challenge. Yesterday I got a bit sidetracked by the sweet little love birds, but today I’ve decided to give you some serious clouds. Just click on any photo to get a slide show.

I hope you enjoyed my cloud pics. To see more, just visit ‘A Word in Your Ear’, by clicking here.

Home again with great memories.

We have just arrived back home, after a 7 hour drive from Johannesburg. We left quite late, as we attended our granddaughter’s ‘Brilliance Award’ ceremony and stayed for a delicious lunch afterwards. She achieved the highest mark in South Africa for her sociology exam. Her college did so well and had 14 students who were given this award in different subjects. Her younger brother was sitting behind us, cheering her on as she went up to accept her certificate. She has two more years of schooling, and is hoping  to study medicine at one of the top universities in England when she graduates from college.

Our drive back was thankfully uneventful, although we did see some insane driving along the way. I wish people would realise that a car isn’t a fun toy, but a lethal weapon, when driven recklessly. The winter dryness was very evident as we drove through the Free State, but the scenery was still really beautiful.

Our son and his daughter Sienna got back to New Jersey today, and he sent me a message saying, “Had a decent flight home, except for the giant Croatian cruise captain who kept falling asleep on my shoulder; definitely something to be said for travelling business class.” 🙂 He went on to say how much he enjoyed his trip out to see us all, and that it was “the trip of a lifetime.”

I have wonderful memories, lots of photos, and a pair of tiny purple socks which need washing, to remind me of their visit. 😉

Now all that remains, is for me to finish unpacking,  load the washing machine, and then it’s off to bed. Tomorrow I’ll attempt to catch up with you all, as I wade through my 300+ emails. 😉 I also have lots of photos to share over the next few days.