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Our first weekend away together – Louis Trichardt / Sand River

28 April , 2015

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Haha, I am dying to blog about this, but I’ll have to stick to whatever won’t get me into trouble. 😉 I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking…as usual.

No idea what these flowers are, but they grow everywhere and they are simply stunning!

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We traveled all the way to Louis Trichardt for this past long weekend. What a great opportunity!

We stayed on a family farm that belongs to a friend of a friend. The place had everything you might be looking for when staying on a farm…lost of peaceful quiet (well as much as you can have when you take three children with you), wide open spaces, and great company round good food and cheerful fires to cook it on.

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The farm has this beautiful lapa with a great view. Everybody enjoyed spending time looking out over the bushveld from there…

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The view from the top…

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I’m not really a fan of animal trophies, but there were only two so it was easy enough to dodge and the kids found them fascinating.

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Do you see that blanket of yellow?

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All made up of these!

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On Saturday we got to see them dart and capture a whole bunch of Impalas. If you look closely you can see a nose sticking out there…

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At the farm house there is a beautiful huge frangipani that we spent a lot of time under. Who knew they made such beautiful shade?

Bliss…

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Sonsie (and Lukas in belly), Tiaan and a very cranky sausage dog called Chocci. 🙂

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Clever use of gloves…

 

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Mmm….ribs!

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Going on a bit of a game drive. We saw quite a few animals…but the thing we saw most of was giant spiders! I am extremely grateful that I never saw even one at the farm house!

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Steve and I…

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When Tiaan told me we were going to the Sand River, I kind of imagined a normal looking river with a bit more than average sand.

Nope…this is it. A river, well and truly made up of sand! With sea shells in it?! Nicola picked up a shell that she kept with her ALL weekend…she wanted to take it home with us, but it fell and shattered literally as we were getting into the car to go home. Big tears as you can imagine!

My dad grew up in this area. He says when the river comes down it can instantly get up to about 8m deep! I wish my dad could have seen it with us – I think he would have gotten a big kick out of it, I’m sure.

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Tiaan and Nicola, chilling on the rocks.

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This might be the most well documented weekend away ever! I think Tiaan had about 3 cameras going full time.

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Love this photo…

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Sunset over the Sand River…

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Back to the farm house…let there be FIRE!

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We ate like kings of course!

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Tiaan has this extremely portable gas braai…I don’t even like gas things in general and I would strongly consider getting one of these!

Breakfast in the wild, as Nicola would say…

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Bacon, flapjacks and mmmmimosas! What’s not to love?

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I spent quite a bit of time chilling under that frangipani tree in the afternoon, while those that can actually play guitar did their thing on the deck.

Seriously…it was just the perfect afternoon.

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Nicola, coming to check on me under the tree…we’re expecting a visit from the tooth fairy any day now. 😉

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Tiaan, Chocci and Sonsie…

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Frangipani bark…

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Lots of art happening. Claudette did beautiful sketches of everyone. She was a huge hit with the kids!

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Don’t tell me where to grow!

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 Shame, poor Steve got ripped off a bit for bringing charcoal – but it came in handy in the end. 😉

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 A very flat wheel…

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Plaashek…you see a lot of these out here.

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 A feast of mussles, oysters, cheeses and figs…with sundowners of course…again in the Sand River. It was amazing!

We made a smallish fire for the girls to roast marshmallows on and everybody had a grand time watching the sun go down.

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 The beginning of a very pretty sunset…

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 One more Sand River shot.

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 On our way home. The sky is turning shades of gold and pink. Sky’s-on-fire sunsets are just the best!

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 Love this photo!

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 More fire and fun…

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 Of course the little ones decided that just after 4 was a really good time to be awake on a public holiday Monday. I tried keeping them quiet for an hour or so…not very successful.

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 Our GPS took us back on an adventurous route…we got to see tunnels which were a big hit with the kids!

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 Isn’t this just gorgeous?!

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 A sign along the way…

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 I ask if we could stop in Polokwane at the house where my gran used to live for a few photos.

Wow, I did not recognise it at all. The house accross the road actually looks like a very run down version of what I remember. My gran used to have the most stunning garden, veggie patch and fruit orchard. She’d be horrified at what’s happened to the place.

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 They subdivided the property. This bit is new.

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 This looks like it’s still part of the original house. I didn’t want to get close, not sure if there are any angry dogs there or not. But if you peep through the number 10 cut out it looks like a weed infested junker. So sad really…

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Traffic back was terrible! This was every single toll gate from Louis Trichardt to Johannesburg. We were chasing a lunch time target, so no stops along the way. I felt like kissing the ground when we finally got out on the other end.

I am so grateful Steve did all the driving for this trip. He got us there and back safely and my folks were kind enough to lend us their 4×4 and trailer for the trip.

You may or may not know this about me, but I don’t drive automatics…at all. I’m a stick shift kind of girl (don’t laugh…okay laugh if you have to). Anyhoo, I drove the 4×4 to work on Friday, before we all realised that none of us travel lightly and we need a trailer. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and on the up side I didn’t crash it hahaha…

Thank you to everybody who made this past weekend possible:

  • Biebab and Claudidette for the stunning farm to stay on
  • Tiaan and Sonsie for organising the weekend, and the beatiful guitar music
  • Steve, for being all sorts of awesome, for doing all the shopping and driving
  • My folks for the car and the trailer
  • And the kids for mostly being on their best behaviour
  • And for two of them’s mom for letting them come with us
  • And for Albert who washed all the dishes and cleaning up while we were there

How was your long weekend? What did you get up to?

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16 comments

  1. Oh that looks like a fantastic weekend away! Great place, people – all that makes for all sorts of wonderful


    • It really was fantastic, we all enjoyed ourselves immensely! Nicola keeps asking me when we can go back, hahaha!


  2. It’s always a tiny weeny little bit bittersweet when favourite bloggers meet wonderful men and go off doing wonderful things. Sweet because it’s richly deserved and bitter because happy people don’t need as much blogging therapy!

    Looks like a spectacular weekend! Wow!


    • 🙂
      Thank you…I would have never guessed this would be me, but there you go – it is.


  3. absolutely stunning, glad you enjoyed yourselves


    • Thank you! I definitely think we need to do more weekend trips. For the next one I think we need to go a bit closer through…that is a very looooong car trip with three little ones and one iPad.


  4. I love this post.. it tells me you were in one of my favourite areas of the country… it tells me someone had a wonderful weekend away… and it tells me someone is in love and that I enjoyed feeling…


    • 😀
      Thank you bulldog! Yes to all of the above.


  5. Looks stunning! Glad you had a great time!


    • Thank you, it was and we did!


  6. Nicola’s hair looks so, SO cute!!!! The whole weekend looks amazing – those sunsets 🙂 And so glad you guys are getting to have fun as well as moving stuff…


    • We were way overdue for some fun. The move has been all sorts of chaos, as moves tend to be I guess – but I really NEEDED this weekend away so badly. I am glad we got to go.


  7. Hahaaa! Cloud’s End used to be one of our rival hotels back in the day…
    I haven’t been back to LT in 15 years.
    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! 🙂


    • I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a hotel in that part of the world. I know I’ve been to some sort of hot water springy place there…but that was years ago and I have no idea what it was called. Steve actually asked me to take a picture of that name board. They stayed there years ago and he wanted to show his mom.


  8. Awesome foto’s. En seker awesome naweek ook! 🙂


    • Dit was baie lekker gewees! Ek kan eintlik nou min of meer doen met nog een…ek wag net eers dat dit warmer word. 😉



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