Mom’s huge pie, and Robin to the rescue.

What a lovely time I had today. Hubby and I drove up the hill to meet my mom and sister at one of our favourite lunch venues, the ‘Pot & Kettle. The weather was beautifully sunny and mild, so we sat outside on the balcony which overlooks the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’. This is an area of great beauty and tranquility, where rural Zulu people still live in traditional homesteads, in the densely folded hills.


Of course, it was quite difficult deciding what we all wanted to eat and drink, but eventually mom went for the chicken pot pie, which when it arrived, had us all gasping at the size of it, especially for someone as tiny as my mom.

Anyway, she decided to eat the filling and potato wedges, and donated the pastry crust to my sister to plop on top of her son’s dinner this evening. Her exact words were, “He’ll think he’s died and gone to Heaven when he sees this. ” 🙂

I had the much healthier option of grilled calamari and veggies, which was delicious, but not nearly as photogenic.

We had such a fun meal, with lots of chatter and laughter. My sister told us that a beautiful sunbird had flown into her kitchen yesterday. The poor little thing flew around in a panic, and couldn’t find its way out again. It stunned  itself  when it hit the window glass, and ended up, clinging to the kitchen curtain. My brother-in-law gently picked it up and place it outside on a plant pot, where it sat for about half an hour, totally traumatised,  with its beak open. (The cat had of course been quickly moved inside the house.)

As my sister watched, a robin flew down to have a look at the sunbird, and after hopping around the pot a few times, it flew off, and then, returning at great speed, dive-bombed the poor bird, so that the sudden shock galvanised it into action again, and it flew away. How wonderful that birds, even of a different species, look out for one another, and when sensing that something is wrong, will work out what to do about it, and then act. We can all take a lesson from this, I’m sure.

After our lunch, we went for a stroll around the craft shops next to the restaurant. Here you can see that we also have Hillbillys in South Africa. They’re not exclusive to rural America. 🙂

This mural painted on one of the walls outside, is very typical of African art.

I was amazed to see that inside the foyer of our restaurant, there was so much Chinese stuff for sale. I sneaked a couple of shots, just to show you that they’ve even infiltrated rural Africa.

It was so great to spend family time together, something I’m going to miss when we return to Florida next month. I’m sure the six months will fly past, and there’ll be so much to do there, including my new kitchen. It will be wonderful to meet up again with the friends we’ve made, and also our family in New York. Thank goodness once again for Skype.

Sidey’s challenge ‘Contrasts’. Two family birthdays on one day.

Hi again, everyone. Here is my post for sidey’s weekend challenge, ‘Contrasts.

Yesterday was my darling Mom’s 87th birthday, and we took her and her very best friend, out to lunch at a lovely restaurant called “The Pot & Kettle,” which is situated high up, overlooking the beautiful “Valley of a Thousand Hills.”

When we arrived at her cottage, she was looking really lovely, dressed all in various shades of her favourite colour, which is mauve. She had received a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my daughter in Johannesburg, the previous day, and told me that she’d been inundated with phone calls since early morning. One of her men friends had thoughtfully woken her up at  6-15 am, so that he could be the first to wish her a happy birthday.  As she heard our car arrive, she was busy ushering her next door neighbour out of the back door, and he was gone before we walked in the front.;) We collected her friend Marg, and set off  for lunch. I could hear the two of them, chattering and giggling like two excited school girls, in the back of the car. They get on so well together, and Marg informed me that my mom has at least 8 male ‘admirers’ that she knows of. I’m not at all surprised, as mom is still quite vivacious and sparkly eyed, even at her advanced age. 😆

We were shown into a lovely dining room, from where we had a gorgeous view of the garden and the hills beyond.

The decor was really festive and bright, and for a while there were no other people there but ourselves.

Mom had just remarked on how tranquil it was, when a large family arrived with three small children, and thus, in a split second, the peace was shattered, but not for long.  After they’d ordered their food, the granny took the baby for a walk in the stroller, and when she returned, he was fast asleep. The two small children, after having a good look around and examining absolutely everything in the room, settled down to enjoy their lunch, and were very well-behaved.

We spent a couple of hours, eating our delicious meal whilst chatting, joking, and reminiscing about the years gone by. Such lovely memories of my childhood came to light, and we had a laugh about my mom trying to keep a straight face whilst chasing her naughty little daughter around the table, shouting, “Just you wait till your dad gets home, and I tell him what you did!” Neither of us could remember what it was that I’d actually done, to warrant this dire threat, but it certainly gave us a laugh.

In contrast to this 87th birthday celebration, our lovely little granddaughter in New Jersey, had her 3rd birthday party, also yesterday. Here she is, blowing out her candles on the “Dora” cake that her mom made.

I know that their house was full of friends, who all have small children of their own, so I’m sure there was no peace and quiet there, for the duration. 😉

So from one end of the spectrum to the other, were two girls of sharply contrasting ages, one old but still young at heart, the other so young in every way, and both very dear to me, celebrating their birthdays on the same date. It just goes to show that we’re never too old or too young to have fun with friends and family.

Hope you’re all having a splendid weekend.Chat again soon.