A walk in the park

One of the things we are blessed with in our area is a lovely park (Kloof Memorial Park.)  We regularly head there for a walk and it's always fun and often hilarious - things are inclined to get a little crazy when you chuck a bunch of people and a whole lot of unrestrained, but friendly, dogs into a fairly small area!

I'm always up for a stroll in the park,but my very favourite time of year to head there is Autumn.  Because the change of season isn't really dramatic in this area, we don't get a whole lot of Autumn leaves, but Memorial Park is always full of them, it so pretty.  I couldn't resist whipping out my phone for an impromptu photo shoot!

The Big Walk

For years I have wanted to do the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk and finally this year we did it - "we" as in the whole family.  It was SO much fun!  The weather was lovely, the view of the sea as we walked along the promenade was perfection, there was a large, but well-controlled crowd and great fun was had by all... well except for Danny who slept through pretty much the entire event!

We parked at Sun Coast Casino and then walked to the Park and Ride bus stop, where we hopped on a bus to ride to the start.  Issy has been obsessed with buses ever since our trip to Europe last year, so she was delighted to get an opportunity to "go on a bus" and it was Danny's first ever bus trip, so that got the day off to a good start.  

The walk started at uShaka Marine World, where we spent some time listening to the ECR jocks and mingling with the crowd.  

We'd signed up for the 10km walk and set off promptly at 9:00.  Surprisingly, the 10km was the biggest event of the day.  There were about 30 000 participants in total and, if I'm not mistaken, about 2/3 of the entrants walked the 10km.  It was pretty congested to begin with, but soon thinned out.

The sea really put on a show for us.

There was a really nice vibe, with ECR jocks along the way and plenty of refreshment tables.

Such a fun event, we definitely plan to walk again next year.

Dealing with grief

I just read this amazing blog post by a mom who recently lost her baby. She gives real, practical examples of what to do/say to someone who has lost a baby. I think it's well worth a read and most of her advice applies to ANY loss, not just a baby.
I had 2 ectopic pregnancies before Paula was conceived and it was hard, because so often people just said... nothing, or mentioned my surgery, but not the reason for it - "how are you feeling after your op?"  By not acknowledging my loss, they made it seem as though I hadn't suffered a loss, so I had to carry my grief alone.
After Craig died, while some of our friends were AMAZING, there were others that avoided us at all costs (in one case actually crossing a road to avoid having to greet me!), or else carried on like nothing had happened, and it hurt. It made it seem as though his life had no value in their eyes.
Dealing with grief is difficult and uncomfortable, yet sooner or later we all have to do it, so I think any bit of advice is helpful.

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