Sunday, January 25, 2015

Highland Nook

Last weekend we went off to Highland Nook for what seems to be becoming our annual family week-end away.  This time we went sans Rox, Jon and Isabella, unfortunately.

The weather played some bizarre games with us on the way up (seriously, it was SO weird!):




But other than the crazy temps and a minor hail storm at Nottingham Rd, we had a lovely trip up and soon we were enjoying the mountain views:




There are many things I love about Highland Nook, one of them being that my precious Jackie-dog can come with us when we go there.  Jax LOVES her visits to Highland Nook, the endless fascination of things to see and smell..... and it all starts on the drive up:
 

 
 
She slowly morphs from pampered urban lap-dog, to farm dog extraordinaire!
 
And it's not only Jackie that undergoes something of a shift, it always amazes me how within an hour or two of arrival at Highland Nook, everything slows down and becomes a whole lot more laid-back.  I just love it, wish I could spend a weekend there every month!
 
There are 3 cottages at Highland Nook, we like to stay in Stoneage, while Dad and co. stay in The Croft (didn't get any pics of their cottage).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If I'd used my brain I would have taken a photo of our adorable bedroom, tucked upstairs, under the thatch.  Too cute.  I also failed to get a photo of one of my very favourite Highland Nook things.. the shower.  The houses only have baths, so we generally head up to the ablution block in the camp site for our showers (only a short little walk away).  The shower is a rustic, outdoorsy facility.  I adore it!  You can literally see the sky as you shower.  I have no idea why I get so excited about it, but I do!  Am kicking myself for not getting a pic.
 
Fortunately, before leaving home we had a good look at the weather report and saw that we were in for some significantly cooler weather than the 34 degree Celsius temps we left home in, so we packed our Winter woollies.  Saturday dawned very fresh... not quite as fresh as Paula (pictured below) would have you believe... but a crisp day nonetheless.
 

 
Aunty Wend in a worryingly "kappie komando" look....
 
 
So, what did we do all weekend?  Well we relaxed,
 

 
 
 
we read, we hung out at the dam,



we chilled,


 

Jax made some new friends!
 
 
we took some walks
 
 
oh the fascinating smells on these walks...!

 
 
and we braaied.
 

 
 
Utter bliss!
 
 
I was not asked to do this review or reimbursed in any way, these opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Reflections Day 31- My Word for 2015 is...

My word for 2015 is: STEADY

 

For me, embracing the word "steady" will mean opening my life to:

calm
 
discipline
 
order
 
peace
 
balance

 
 
 

Here's to a GREAT 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December Reflections Day 30 - Thank you for...

So, 2014, you are nearly done and I want to thank you for:

* All the wonderful times I have shared with my girls.  I so love living close to my girls and the tight-knit, supportive, loving family that we are.  I am forever grateful. 



* Isabella!  I'll never forget 2014 because that's the year that gave me my Isa-boo, and turned my Rox into a wonderful mom.



That little poppet carries my heart in her teeny-tiny little hand x
 
* Paula settling so well at VarsityShew, I don't deny that I had many sleepless nights about Paula heading off to Varsity.  But it's turned out just fine, she has made such lovely friends and is doing very well academically.  I have a very thankful heart.
 
 

 


* My Jax is becoming an old lady and her health isn't the best.  I am grateful for each and every day that 2014 offered me with this precious dog, my constant and faithful companion.  Love her more than words can say.

* EuropeOur trip to Europe this year was the stuff that dreams are made of.  I am forever grateful that we have had the opportunity to travel the way we have.


* Lisa.  This year marked 40 years of friendship!  Lis and I have seen each other through so many ups and downs I don't think I even remember them all.  She's my "sister-from-another-mother".  It was so special that we got to cruise together this year. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

December Reflections Day 29 - My smile

So I am going to cheat a little here and change this prompt to:  "And the Smile of the Year goes to...."

And it was so easy to pick a photo for this one!

 
Don't you just LOVE those proud Mommy and Daddy smiles?!  Melts my heart!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December Reflections Day 26 & Day 27 - Sweet and Silence

I think this photo of our Issy-bear sums up Sweet and Silence pretty well!
 

Thursday, December 25, 2014