Early in the Easter holidays Katie and I had a wonderful trip to visit my parents in South Africa. Mum and dad live near George, an old colonial town in the Western Cape – sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains it is the most beautiful place to live…….lush and green and warm (mostly….the fact that it is green and lush hints to the rainfall!). It is perfect for all the things my parents like to do – walk, cycle, golf, bird watch and visit other parts of Southern Africa – and makes for a wonderful place to visit. I was only there for a handful of days as my real role was to deliver Katie and her cousin. They stayed on for another week and were delivered home by mum and dad when they returned to the Northern Hemisphere to spend their summer in Scotland.
I was having far too much fun to take very many photos and really didn’t manage any to show off this beautiful country* so these are just a few snapshot from a holiday planned around a 3 year and 4 year old. The beach is Victoria Bay, the garden is mum’s (she has created the garden from scratch in just 10 years – she loves her garden), the elephants were at Knysna Elephant Park**, and the airport is George Airport with it’s views of the Outeniqua mountains. On my peaceful journey home I did indeed manage to indulge in some uninterrupted knitting (my Settler Shawl) and I enjoyed using my handmade bags (my caravan tote and traveller bag).
* We have a family trip to South Africa and Namibia planned for this summer – the six of us will fly into George, collect mum and dad’s Landover and drive up to Windhoek, Namibia, via Cape Town (and a lot of miles!) where we’ll meet up with mum and dad for some more travelling around Namibia. I can’t tell you how excited we all are about this adventure……and I promise to take some proper photos!
** Knysna Elephant Park rescues orphaned and homeless elephants and conducts research into captive elephant welfare. This trip was especially for Katie – she adores elephants, I think because of her love for her soft toy Ele – and it remains her favourite part of the whole holiday. We were able to hand-feed the elephants while they were behind the barrier shown in the photos and then, once they had finished feeding, we were able to follow them out into the park and walk with them and touch them (under the guidance of their keepers). It was an incredible experience……did you know that the end of an elephant’s trunk is slightly soggy and snotty? Or that the back of their ear is smooth? I was also surprised at how very strong the tip of the trunk felt and that impression came just from a gentle touch to pick up a piece of apple or carrot from my hand so there really must be a lot of strength and power behind it.